"Civil War Lives," 2018 Signature Conference

Our 2017-2018 Nau Center Signature Conference, "Civil War Lives," will be held on Friday, March 30, 2018.  The event will be held in the auditorium of UVA's Special Collections Library. The conference is free and open to the public. No advance registration is required. Paid parking is available nearby at the Central Grounds Parking Garage. We have compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions to help you plan your day with us.


Session 1

8:00: Coffee available

8:30: Opening remarks from Gary W. Gallagher and Elizabeth R. Varon

8:45-9:30:  Elizabeth R. Varon, University of Virginia, “James Longstreet’s Reconstruction: The Politics of Loyalty in the Postwar South”

9:40-10:25: J. Matthew Gallman, University of Florida, “Anna E. Dickinson: A Woman in Politics”

10:35–11:20: David W. Blight, Yale University, "Frederick Douglass: His 'Mission of the War' and Transformed Life."

11:30-12:00: Question and Answer Session #1, moderated by Gary W. Gallagher

12:00-1:00: Break for Lunch

Session 2

1:15-2:00: Stephen Cushman, University of Virginia, “George B. McClellan on the Peninsula: Fighting Like a Gentleman”

2:10-2:55: Joan Waugh, University of California at Los Angeles, “U. S. Grant’s Shifting Reputation”

3:15-4:00: Gary W. Gallagher, University of Virginia, “R. E. Lee in the 21st Century: Coming to Terms with the Most Important Confederate”

4:15-4:45: Question and Answer Session #2, moderated by Elizabeth R. Varon

4:50-5:00: Concluding remarks from Gary W. Gallagher and Elizabeth R. Varon

Friday, March 30, 2018
Time and Location: 
8:30 AM to 5:00 PM, Harrison Institute Small Special Collections Library Auditorium