The Nau Center will be co-sponsoring a symposium with the American Civil War Museum at the Library of Virginia on Saturday, February 25, from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM. Titled "Lightning Rods for Controversy," the symposium is about the past, present, and future of Civil War monuments across the nation.
From the ACWM website:
"The Museum’s 2017 symposium will explore the past, present, and future of Civil War monuments on the American commemorative landscape, South and North. What were the historical, social, and cultural contexts in which monuments were erected? How have changes in those contexts affected the way our increasingly diverse public regards Civil War monuments? The program seeks to provide the background and perspective that will help understand the controversies surrounding monuments.
The speakers for the symposium are Dr. Thomas J. Brown of the University of South Carolina, and author of The Public Art of Civil War Commemoration and Civil War Canon: Sites of Confederate Memory in South Carolina; Christy S. Coleman, CEO of the American Civil War Museum, who is also a member of Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s Monuments Work Group; Prof. Ervin L. Jordan, Jr., of the University of Virginia and author of Black Confederates and Afro-Yankees in Civil War Virginia; Dr. James Loewen, author of Lies Across America: What Our Historic Sites Get Wrong and other works; and Dr. Timothy S. Sedore of the City University of New York, Bronx Community College, and author of An Illustrated Guide to Virginia’s Civil War Monuments and a forthcoming work on Tennessee monuments.
The symposium will conclude with a panel discussion involving the speakers and the audience to consider the future of Civil War monuments."
Please visit the symposium's official webpage for more details and to reserve your seat now.