The fourth annual Virginia Forum will be held at Longwood University, in Farmville, on Friday and Saturday, April 24 and 25, 2009. The Virginia Forum is the only annual conference on Virginia history and culture.
The 2009 program features several sessions on Civil Rights and Massive Resistance. The conference is being held in the county where the Virginia law suit that became part of the Supreme Court's 1954 Brown v. Board of Education case originated and in the fiftieth anniversary of the reopening of public schools in several Virginia cities that were closed under the state's Massive Resistance laws.
Other important sessions reconsider the French and Indian War, Indians and settlers in the colonial period, life in Virginia after the American Revolution and after the Civil War, freedom and slavery in the antebellum period, and a concluding plenary session that examines the life and legacy of Virginia singer Patsy Cline and the Holiness and Pentacostal musical traditions of Appalachian and Tidewater Virginia.
Registration is $50 for the two-day conference ($40 for enrolled graduate students and $30 for undergraduates), which includes box lunches both days. The Virginia Forum Web site at http://www.virginiaforum.org contains the full conference program, registration information, and a list of local motels.
The first Virginia Forum was held at Shenandoah University, in Winchester, in April 2006, the second at the Library of Virginia, in Richmond, in April 2007, and the third at the University of Mary Washington, in Fredericksburg, in April 2008.
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