“Marching on Washington,” the 40th Annual D.C. Historical Studies Conference
Hear stimulating presentations of the latest provocative research on all things DC: Civil War Washington, beauty culture, archaeology, the War of 1812, research methods, neighborhoods, culinary traditions, labor, desegregation, and much more. Making their arguments are professional scholars, graduates, knowledgeable amateurs, and eyewitnesses. Your questions and observations will enrich the day for everyone!
The curtain rises Thursday evening, November 14, 6 pm, at the George Washington University with the all-conference reception and the Letitia Woods Brown Memorial Lecture. Kate Masur, Associate Professor of History at Northwestern University, will speak on “Black Politics in Civil War Washington: What Spielberg’s Lincoln Didn’t Tell You.” Professor Masur, the acclaimed author of An Example for All the Land: Emancipation and the Struggle over Equality in Washington, D.C., has published commentary on how the 2012 film portrayed the African Americans who worked in Lincoln’s White House. Meet at George Washington University’s Jack Morton Auditorium in the Media and Public Affairs Building, George Washington University, 805 21st Street, NW.
The conference sessions start on Friday morning. All panels take place at the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. (Carnegie Library), 801 K Street, NW.
First up is a panel on Washington alley life featuring a presentation of how students from Flint Hill School used the latest digital techniques to explore alley dwellings. The Washington Post’s Colby King and the Rev. Oliver Johnson will offer their personal recollections of life in the alleys.
Throughout Friday and Saturday, there will be 24 panels at the Historical Society along with recent DC films and walking tours. The History Network, the marketplace of ideas, organizations, and projects, is held on Friday, 12:30 – 2:00 pm. Sunday brings more unique and timely walking and bus tours.
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