Upcoming Events

Monday, March 2, 2020
5:00 to 6:30 PM, UVA Small Special Collections Library Auditorium

As part of the weeklong celebration of Liberation and Freedom Day taking place during the first week of March, the Nau Center and Small Special Collections Library will co-host an event in the library’s auditorium on Monday, March 2, from 5:00 to 6:30 PM. Professor Ervin Jordan, archivist and one of the Center's affiliated faculty, will highlight the library’s collections relevant to the Union occupation of Charlottesville and the start of the emancipation of the city’s enslaved citizens on March 3, 1865. The Center’s William Kurtz will talk about our ongoing research project Black Virginians in Blue as well as portions of the Nau Collection relevant to the history of emancipation and black military service during the war. There will be a short Q&A after our speakers are done.

During and after the event, items from the Small Special Collections Library and its new John L. Nau III Civil War History collection will be on display to the general public for the first time since having been donated by Mr. Nau in 2019. The event will be a great opportunity for UVA students and the general public to learn more about the ongoing study of local Civil War history by UVA historians and the Nau Center.

The event is free and open to the public and no advance registration is required. Paid parking is available nearby at the Central Grounds Parking Garage located near the UVA bookstore.

A full list of all of the events scheduled for the celebration of Freedom and Liberation Day can be found at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center's website.

Thursday, March 19, 2020
2:00 PM, Harrison Small Special Collections Library Auditorium

The Nau Center is sponsoring a panel at the 2020 Virginia Festival of the Book titled "Shifting Perspectives on the Civil War Experience." Historians James J. Broomall (Private Confederacies), William B. Kurtz (co-editor, Soldiers of the Cross), and Thavolia Glymph (The Women’s Fight) share their research and writing from the personal side of the Civil War. These books follow the lives of Southern men, Catholic chaplains and sister nurses, and the role of women to provide new and important perspectives for our understanding of the War. Book sales and signing will follow. The event will be moderated from Caroline E. Janney, director of the Nau Center.

The panel will take place in UVA's Special Collections Library auditorium from 2:00 to 3:30 PM. This event is free to attend and open to the public. Paid parking is available nearby at the Central Grounds Parking Garage located near the UVA bookstore.


Friday, April 3, 2020
9:00AM-5:00PM, Harrison Institute & Small Special Collections Library Auditorium

We are pleased to announce the speakers for our 2020 Signature Conference titled “For Liberty and Union: The Black Military Experience in the Civil War.” Historians Amy M. Taylor, Joseph P. Reidy, Emmanuel Dabney, and Holly Pinheiro will join UVA’s own Elizabeth Varon and William Kurtz to talk about the experiences of African Americans in the Union military during the war. The conference will take place at UVA’s Special Collections Library on Friday April 3 from 9AM to 5PM. The most recent books published by our participants will be available for purchase during our event.

At the conference the Nau Center will officially launch its "Black Virginians in Blue" digital project, a study of African American men from Albemarle County, Virginia, who served in the Union army or navy during the Civil War.

The conference is free and open to the public and no advance registration is required. Paid parking is available nearby at the Central Grounds Parking Garage located next to the UVA bookstore. Please be advised that unlike previous years you pay for your parking in advance, not when you leave the garage. Follow signs to use payment kiosks that are available on each floor of the parking garage. Please allow extra time to arrive at our conference as a result. You can also pay for your parking in advance using the ParkMobile app and reserving a space in "Zone 5515." We should be done no later than 4:30.

Please find our full schedule below. It can also downloaded at the following links. (Word) (PDF)

Conference Schedule

Session 1

9:00: Doors Open

9:50: Opening Remarks from Caroline E. Janney

10:00-10:30: Emmanuel Dabney, National Park Service, “Beyond Glory: Remembering the United States Colored Troops”

10:40-11:10: Elizabeth Varon, University of Virginia, “Men of Mark:  Black Commissioned Officers in the Union Army”

11:20-11:50: Joseph Reidy, Howard University, Emeritus, “Chaplain Henry M. Turner and the Moral Condition of the Colored Troops”

12:00-12:30: Question and Answer Session #1, Moderator Carrie Janney

12:30-1:30: Lunch

Session 2

1:40-2:10: Holly Pinheiro, Augusta University, “USCT Soldiers and Their Families Battle to Survive”

2:20-2:50 William Kurtz, University of Virginia, “Black Virginians in Blue: Albemarle County’s USCT Story”

3:00-3:30: Amy Murrell Taylor, University of Kentucky, “Uncovering the Military History of African American Women”

3:40-4:10: Question and Answer Session #2, Moderator Carrie Janney

4:15: Concluding Remarks from Caroline E. Janney

Saturday, April 11, 2020
11:00AM, University of Virginia

Construction on the UVA Memorial to Enslaved Laborers is nearing completion. The Memorial will be formally dedicated in a public ceremony on April 11, 2020 at 11AM at the University of Virginia. Please see their website for more details.