Civil War Symposium

Thursday, October 17, 2013Friday, October 18, 2013

Ruggles Hall

Center for American History and Culture Programs

In conjunction with the exhibition “Home Front: Daily Life in the Civil War North,” the Newberry and the Terra Foundation for American Art are co-sponsoring a symposium to present new scholarship on the Civil War. The exhibition and symposium are made possible through support from the Terra Foundation for American Art.

The symposium begins with a lecture by Sarah Burns on Thursday evening, October 17, and will continue on Friday, October 18, with two panels of scholars, separated by a second lecture by Bruce Levine. The symposium will be held in Ruggles Hall at the Newberry Library, and all sessions are open to the public.

Thursday, October 17, 2013
Lecture: 6-7 pm

Sarah Burns
Professor of Art History Emeritus, Indiana University, Bloomington
“Women, the Flag, and the Wounds of War”

Friday, October 18, 2013
Panel 1: 9-10:30 am
Moderator: Daniel Greene, Newberry Library

Anna Arabindan‐Kesson
Ph.D. Candidate, African American Studies and History of Art, Yale University
“Connected By a Thread: The Politics of Cotton in the Civil War”

Sarah Jones Weicksel
Ph.D. Candidate, Department of History, University of Chicago
“ ‘Iron-Clad’ Men: Body Armor and the Politics of Wartime Death”

Sara Hume
Curator/Assistant Professor, Kent State University Museum
“ ‘Everything is getting dear’: Fashion on the Civil War Home Front”

Commentator: Kate Masur, Associate Professor of History, Northwestern University

Lecture: 11 am‐12 pm

Bruce Levine
J. G. Randall Distinguished Professor of History and Professor of African American Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana‐Champaign
“Reshaped by the ‘Logic of Events’: Changing Views of Slavery and Race in the Union and Confederacy”

Panel 2, 1:30‐3 pm
Moderator: Peter John Brownlee, Terra Foundation for American Art

Maura Lyons
Associate Professor of Art History, Drake University
“The ‘Natural’ Body of the Union Soldier”

Ross Barrett
Assistant Professor and David G. Frey Fellow of American Art, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
“Another Round for the “Exempt Brigade”: Edmund Hawthorn’s Interior of George Hayward’s Porter House (1863) and the Picturing of Home‐Front Masculinity”

Heidi Knoblauch
Ph.D. Candidate, History of Science and Medicine Department, Yale University
“Portraits of Wounded Bodies: Photographic Conventions and the Circulation of Images in the Nineteenth Century”

Commentator: Joshua Brown, Executive Director, American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning; Professor of History, The Graduate Center, City University of New York