Upcoming Events

Thursday, September 20, 2018
Harrison Institute & Small Special Collections Library Auditorium, 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM

On Thursday, September 20 at 5pm, the Nau Center will host John Marszalek at the Small Special Collections Library auditorium to talk about his new annotated edition of Ulysses S. Grant's famous account of the Civil War, The Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant.

Marszalek is the Giles Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Mississippi State University and the executive director and managing editor of the Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library. His new edition of the Memoirs is based on original manuscripts and fully annotated with the aid of the vast collection of Grant's personal correspondence owned by the Grant library. The memoirs provide important insight into the war from the perspective of the North's most famous and successful general.

This 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.

Copies of the Memoirs will be available for purchase and there will be a chance to meet the editor and have your book signed after our event.

This lecture is generously funded by William F. Crozer ’07.

Saturday, September 29, 2018
11:00 AM, UVA Rotunda

John L. Nau III Center for Civil War History is proud to co-sponsor the Emancipation in History and Memory panel discussion on Sept. 29th. Rector of the Board of Visitors Frank M. “Rusty” Conner will provide remarks. Reflecting on these historic documents, a discussion will explore emancipation in history and memory with panelists Liz Varon (moderator), Edna Green Medford, and Richard S. Newman. Following the panel discussion, members of the Memorial to Enslaved Laborers design team will provide an update on construction.

The panel will take place alongside a temporary exhibition of important Civil War-era documents in UVA's Rotunda. On display will be copies of both the Emancipation Proclamation and 13th Amendment signed by Abraham Lincoln and a document handwritten by Frederick Douglass will be exhibited in the Rotunda.

Following the Rotunda panel discussion, these and additional documents, including an anti-slavery broadside, will be exhibited in Special Collections from October 2-22, 2018 in order to coincide with President Ryan’s inauguration.

Location: Rotunda: Exhibition in North Oval Room, Reception in Lower West Oval Room, and Panel Discussion in the Dome Room

Time: A reception will start at 11:00 a.m. Remarks, the panel discussion, and memorial update are scheduled for 12:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Registration: Registration for this free event is available here.

Thursday, November 15, 2018
5:00 to 6:30 PM, Harrison Institute & Small Special Collections Library Auditorium

On Thursday, November 15, the Nau Center will host a discussion with historian Peter Carmichael about his newest book, The War for the Common Soldier: How Men Thought, Fought, and Survived in Civil War Armies (UNC Press, 2018).

This 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.

Copies of Professor Carmichael's book will be available for purchase and there will be a chance to meet the author and have your book signed after our event.

Monday, February 25, 2019
5:00 to 6:30 PM, Harrison Institute & Small Special Collections Library Auditorium

Join us on Monday, February 25, 2018, for a lecture delivered by Nina Silber, professor of history at Boston University. We will post more details when they become available.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Charlottesville, VA

The Nau Center is pleased to once again partner with the Virginia Festival of the Book by sponsoring Civil War era book panels at next year’s festival. The 25th annual Virginia Festival of the Book will take place March 20-24, 2019 in Charlottesville.

The Festival has just announced that it is accepting book submissions for next year. Any book published in 2018 (or before March 2019) will be considered.

We encourage all Civil War authors with a book being released in 2018 to apply. If accepted, your work will appear on one of our officially sponsored panels along with other outstanding recent studies of the war.  For the past two years our panels have featured the winner of the Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize as well as many other notable titles written by scholars such as Catherine Clinton, Edward Ayers, Jonathan W. White, Douglas Egerton, and James I. Robertson.

To submit your book for consideration, please visit the Festival’s website and submissions page: https://www.vabook.org/submissions/.

Friday, March 29, 2019
9:00 AM to 4:30 PM, Harrison Institute and Small Special Collections Library

Our Center’s next signature conference is scheduled to take place again at UVA’s Small Special Collections Library on Friday, March 29, 2019. It will examine the various "theaters of war" in the East and West during the conflict.

We will post more details when they become available.