Upcoming Events

Friday, February 15, 2019
4 PM, Caplin Pavilion, UVA Law School

On Friday, February 15, UVA Law School will host a panel discussion of Professor Cynthia Nicoletti’s book, Secession on Trial: The Treason Prosecution of Jefferson Davis (Cambridge University Press, 2017).  The panel will take place in Caplin Pavilion and starts at 4 PM with a reception to follow at 5 PM.  Organized by Law professor George Rutherglen, the speakers include Laura Edwards (Duke University), Mike Ross (University of Maryland), Elizabeth Varon (UVA), and the author. No advanced registration or RSVP is required to attend.

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

Join us on Monday, February 25, 2019, for a lecture delivered by Nina Silber, professor of history at Boston University. Professor Silber will talk about her latest book, "This War Ain't Over: Fighting the Civil War in New Deal America" (UNC Press, 2018).

This event will be held at the Small Special Collections Library at the University of Virginia. It 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.

Saturday, March 2, 2019
9:30 AM – 4:00 PM, Library of Virginia, 800 E. Broad St., Richmond, VA 23219

The Nau Center is honored to once again co-host this year's American Civil War Museum symposium. The 2019 Symposium will share with attendees some of the ideas and insights that have informed the planning of the Museum’s new flagship exhibition, “A People’s Contest: Struggles for Nation and Freedom in Civil War America.” The symposium will feature the historian advisers who helped shape the exhibit lecturing on the importance of military history, of African Americans, and of Southern Unionists, and fundamental questions of causation and “contingency” in the Civil War.

In addition to the historian advisers, the symposium will feature a keynote address by Jon Meacham, the Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer of Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, George H. W. Bush, and most recently, author of The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels. The symposium will be held at the Library of Virginia (800 E. Broad St., Richmond, Virginia, 23219) on Saturday, March 2, from 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 pm.

Other speakers include: 

Dr. Edward Ayers is Tucker-Boatwright Professor of History and President Emeritus, University of Richmond, and president of the Museum’s Board of Trustees.

Dr. Cassandra Newby-Alexander is Professor of History and Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Norfolk State University and formerly director of the Joseph Jenkins Roberts Center for African Diaspora Studies.

Dr. Paul Quigley is James I. Robertson, Jr., Associate Professor in Civil War Studies at Virginia Tech and director of the Center of the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies.

Dr. Kathryn Shively is Associate Professor of History at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Dr. Elizabeth Varon is Langbourne Williams Professor of American History at the University of Virginia and associate director of the John L. Nau III Center for Civil War History.

Cost: 

$65; $40 for members; $20 for students
Friday, March 22, 2019
12 PM Noon, UVA Special Collections Library Auditorium

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

Our panel will take place on Friday, March 22, at noon in the UVA Special Collections Library auditorium. Moderated by Corcoran Department of History Professor George H. Gilliam, it features the following three authors and their books:

Matthew Gallman, Civil War Places: Seeing the Conflict through the Eyes of Its Leading Historians (UNC Press)

Stephen Maizlish, A Strife of Tongues: The Compromise of 1850 and the Ideological Foundations of the American Civil War (UVA Press)

Elizabeth Varon, Armies of Deliverance: A New History of the Civil War (Oxford University Press)

This event is free and open to the public. Paid parking is available nearby at the Central Grounds Parking Garage located near the UVA bookstore.

 

Friday, March 29, 2019
9:00 AM to 5:00 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.

Our conference lineup inclues historians Caroline E. Janney, Gary W. Gallagher, Stephen Cushman, Christopher Phillips, Tamika Nunley, and William Kurtz. Elizabeth Varon will provide comments and moderate discussion after our morning and afternoon panels.

We will post more details and a complete conference schedule when they become available.

Thursday, April 18, 2019
5:00 to 6:30 PM, Harrison Institute & Small Special Collections Library Auditorium

Join us on Thursday, April 18, 2019, for a book talk delivered by David Silkenat, professor of history at the University of Edinburgh. He will be talking about his newest book, Raising the White Flag: How Surrender Defined the American Civil War (UNC Press, 2019).

This event will be held at the Small Special Collections Library at the University of Virginia. It 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 Silkenat'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.