The Department of History at Rhode Island College, in conjunction with the Rhode Island Historical Society and the Rhode Island State Archives, is sponsoring a symposium entitled “Rhode Island in the Civil War,” commemorating the sesquicentennial of the State’s participation in the American Civil War on Friday April 8, 2011. This symposium will center on public history, examining the history and memory of the event through commemoration, scholarly interpretations, and re-enactments that bring the scholarly community into direct contact with current popular interpretations. The day itself will be divided into a morning of experience, with reenactors of the Rhode Island 14th Artillery Regiment (Colored) drilling participants and performing short plays about African American life during the Civil War, and an afternoon of academic presentations and discussions.
The Department of History invites papers on a variety of topics related to the themes of Civil War memory, commemoration, and history, but papers relating specifically to Rhode Island in the Civil War are especially desired. To submit a proposal for a paper or presentation, please send an abstract and brief bio to firstname.lastname@example.org by February 1, 2011. A modest subsidy for travel to the conference should be available to presenters.
Department of History
Rhode Island College
600 Mount Pleasant Avenue
Providence, RI 02908 Email: email@example.com
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