The annual Conference on Illinois History is scheduled for September 30 and October 1 at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in downtown Springfield and is the stateís largest meeting devoted to the history of the Prairie State. This is the twelfth year of the conference, which is sponsored by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency.
The conference will feature topics that include politics, architecture, community studies, Abraham Lincoln, African American history, and the Civil War. Teachers will benefit from workshops on a variety of topics. All teacher workshop sessions are approved for Continuing Professional Development Units (CPDUs).
Featured Speakers include:
Thursday September 30
Timothy R. Pauketat is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Author of eight books with most of them focused on Cahokia, he will talk about his latest, Cahokia: Ancient Americaís Great City on the Mississippi (2009).
Michael Kammen is Professor of American History and Culture, Emeritus, at Cornell University. He began his career studying the colonial period and won the Pulitzer Prize for People of Paradox: An Inquiry Concerning the Origins of American Civilization (1973). Kammen has expanded his focus in the last two decades examining legal, social and cultural issues from the 19th through the 21st Centuries. His most recent books, Visual Shock: A History of Art Controversies in American Culture (2006) and Digging Up the Dead: A History of Notable American Reburials (2010) reflect the breadth of Kammenís interests.
Friday October 1
Cynthia Grant Bowman is the Dorothea S. Clarke Professor of Feminist Jurisprudence at Cornell Law School. She has published extensively on womenís legal issues and most recently authored Dawn Clark Netsch: A Political Life (2010). Bowman will talk about the remarkable life of Netsch who remains an active reformer in Illinois.
Online registration will be available nearer to the conference at www.PresidentLincoln.org. Questions? Contact Sabrina Manci at 217-558-9014 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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