In honor of the bicentennial of American actor Edwin Forrest (1806-1872), the Department of History of the College of Mount Saint Vincent invites scholars from all disciplines to join us for a one-day conference on Saturday, November 4, 2006.
While we have a number of papers on Forrest's life and work, we are always willing to consider more. Just as important, we are hoping to get submissions exploring cultural and social life in nineteenth century New York, focusing particular on issues of class, cultural, and ethnic conflict during Forrest's lifetime.
Proposals, which may be for single papers or for complete panels, should include abstracts and CVs for all participants.
The College of Mount Saint Vincent is located on the lands once occupied by Forrest’s Riverdale estate, and Fonthill Castle, constructed by Forrest between 1849 and 1852, still stands on campus, overlooking the Hudson River.
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