College to Host Interdisciplinary Conference on the Legacy of the Civil War

Release Date: Tuesday, September 20, 2011

PHILADELPHIA, PA – The History and Political Science Department at Chestnut Hill College will host an interdisciplinary conference "The Legacy of the Civil War," November 10-12, 2011 at the Commonwealth Chateau at SugarLoaf. Keynote speakers include Michael Burlingame, Ph.D., the Chancellor Naomi B. Lynn Distinguished Chair in Lincoln Studies at the University of Illinois at Springfield, and Elizabeth R. Varon, professor of history at the University of Virginia.

The conference will explore a variety of topics including, but not limited to: “The Civil War’s Legacy for Women,” “Strategy and Leadership in the North,” “The Civil War in American Culture,” “Preserving the Past Through Visual Images,” “Post-War Sectional Reconciliation,” and “Preserving the Past: Diaries & Battlefields.”
Michael Burlingame will deliver his keynote address “Lincoln and the Civil War" on Saturday, November 12 at 1:30 p.m. Dr. Burlingame, the Chancellor Naomi B. Lynn Distinguished Chair in Lincoln Studies at the University of Illinois at Springfield, is the author of “Abraham Lincoln: A Life” (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008) and “The Inner World of Abraham Lincoln” (University of Illinois Press, 1994).

Burlingame received the Abraham Lincoln Association Book Prize (1996), the Lincoln Diploma of Honor from Lincoln Memorial University (1998), an honorable mention for the Lincoln Prize, Gettysburg College (2001), and was inducted into the Lincoln Academy of Illinois in 2009. He currently lives in Springfield, where he is working on several Lincoln-related projects.

Elizabeth R. Varon will deliver the keynote address"Legacies of Appomattox: Lee’s Surrender in History and Memory," on Friday, November 11, at 8 p.m. Elizabeth R. Varon is professor of history at the University of Virginia. She received her M.A. from Swarthmore College and Ph.D. from Yale, and has held teaching positions at Wellesley College and Temple University.

A specialist in the Civil War era and 19th-century South, Varon is the author of “We Mean to be Counted: White Women and Politics in Antebellum Virginia” (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1998), which won the Lerner-Scott Prize of the American Historical Association, and “Southern Lady, Yankee Spy: The True Story of Elizabeth Van Lew, A Union Agent in the Heart of the Confederacy” (Oxford University Press, 2003), which won the Lillian Smith Prize of the Southern Regional Council; the People’s Choice Award of the Library of Virginia; and the Richard Slatten Biography Prize of the Virginia Historical Society. Varon’s recent public presentations include book talks at the Lincoln Bicentennial in Springfield; on C-Span’s Book TV; and at Gettysburg’s Civil War Institute.


Full conference registration includes:

  • All conference materials and admission to all sessions and speeches;
  • All meals during the conference including breakfast, lunch, breaks, and Friday evening’s banquet;

Previous Legacy conferences hosted by Chestnut Hill College include the "Kennedy Legacy" (2003), "The Legacy of the Second World War" (2005), and the "Legacy of 1968" (2008).
For more information or to register, please contact Barbara Crawford at 215.248.7129, email, or visit