An Interdisciplinary Conference
November 10-12, 2011


Civil War Conference Program

To see the full program which includes detailed descriptions of each event, click here. (PDF)

(Program is subject to change.)


The Legacy of the Civil War: An Interdisciplinary Conference 

Date: November 10–12, 2011
Conference Venue: Chestnut Hill College, The Commonwealth Chateau at Sugarloaf Hill 

November 10, Thursday

Pre-Conference Event


Movie and Light Refreshments  

The Conspirator (Robin Wright, James McAvoy, Kevin Kline, and Tom Wilkinson)
7:00 p.m. — Chestnut Hill College, The Commonwealth Chateau at Sugarloaf Hill 


November 11, Friday

8:30 - 10:00  Breakfast / Conference Registration 
10:00 - 11:30 

Session I Panel I Salon A 

Preserving the Past: Diaries & Battlefields


Session I Panel II Salon B
American Diversity and the Civil War: Reconciling Splits Within Minority Communities


Session I Panel III Grand Salon
Strategy and Leadership in the North

11:30 - 1:45  Informal Lunch/Lecture by Dr. Donald Cresswell of The Philadelphia Print Shop
“Printed Portraits of Abraham Lincoln: The Strong Image”
2:00 - 3:30 

Session II Panel I Salon A
The Civil War’s Legacy for Women I

Session II Panel II Salon B
The Civil War Legacies for the Law and the Constitution

Session II Panel III Grand Salon
Interpreting the Declaration’s Assertion that “All Men Are Created Equal”


Session III Panel I Salon A 
The Legacy of Camp William Penn

Session III Panel II Salon B 
The Legacy of the Disabled Veterans of the Civil War

Session III Panel III Grand Salon   

The Civil War's Legacy for Women II

8:00  Conference Address
“Legacies of Appomattox: Lee’s Surrender in History and Memory”
Elizabeth Varon, Ph.D.
Professor of History, University of Virginia

November 12, Saturday

8:30–9:00   Breakfast  

Session I Panel I Salon A   

American Diversity and the Civil War: The Irish Community

Session I Panel II Salon B   

Post-War Sectional Reconciliation

Session I Panel III Grand Salon   

Preserving the Past Through Visual Images


Session II Panel I Salon A   

Andersonville Confederate Prison: Victims/Perpetrators

Session II Panel II Salon B
Civil Wars: A Comparative Perspective

Session II Panel III Grand Salon
The Civil War in American Culture

Session II Panel IV Library  

The Civil Rights Movement


Conference Address   

"Lincoln and the Civil War" 

Michael Burlingame, Ph.D.
Chancellor Naomi B. Lynn Distinguished Chair in Lincoln Studies
University of Illinois at Springfield