Oklahoma Civil War Symposium

On June 25, three world-class historians will take the stage in the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma’s Te Ata Memorial Auditorium for the 2018 Oklahoma Civil War Symposium. The event, which is free and open to the public, will take an in-depth look at how this chapter of the American story has shaped our history up to the present day.

Dr. James Finck, associate professor of history at USAO, will kick off the symposium at 2 p.m.; followed by Dr. Carol Sheriff, Pullen professor of history at The College of William and Mary, at 4 p.m. Harold Holzer, director of the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College, will close out the day at 7:30 p.m. A book signing with all three presenters will follow. 

“These scholars really make the past live and breathe again,” said Finck, who is the symposium coordinator. “Their fascinating talks will examine aspects of the Civil War that go far beyond simple summaries of battles and famous speeches. They will show the audience how the events of this era have shaped the American consciousness for nearly two centuries.” 

Holzer is the winner of the 2015 Gilder-Lehrman Lincoln Prize and one of the country’s leading authorities on Abraham Lincoln and the political culture of the Civil War era. He is a prolific writer, lecturer and television guest, and currently serves as co-chairman of The Lincoln Forum. 

Sheriff specializes in 19th-century social and cultural history with an emphasis on the period between 1815 and 1865. She earned her Ph.D. from Yale University in 1993 and is currently working on a book that examines how state-history textbooks have portrayed contested historical events.

Finck is an expert in political history and the Civil War. His editorial column, Historically Speaking, frequently runs in newspapers across Oklahoma. Finck earned his Ph.D. from the University of Arkansas and has been a member of the USAO faculty since 2011. 

For more information contact Finck at 405-574-1229 or jfinck@usao.edu

On June 25, three world-class historians will take the stage in the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma’s Te Ata Memorial Auditorium for the 2018 Oklahoma Civil War Symposium. The event, which is free and open to the public, will take an in-depth look at how this chapter of the American story has shaped our history up to the present day.

Dr. James Finck, associate professor of history at USAO, will kick off the symposium at 2 p.m.; followed by Dr. Carol Sheriff, Pullen professor of history at The College of William and Mary, at 4 p.m. Harold Holzer, director of the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College, will close out the day at 7:30 p.m. A book signing with all three presenters will follow. 

“These scholars really make the past live and breathe again,” said Finck, who is the symposium coordinator. “Their fascinating talks will examine aspects of the Civil War that go far beyond simple summaries of battles and famous speeches. They will show the audience how the events of this era have shaped the American consciousness for nearly two centuries.” 

Holzer is the winner of the 2015 Gilder-Lehrman Lincoln Prize and one of the country’s leading authorities on Abraham Lincoln and the political culture of the Civil War era. He is a prolific writer, lecturer and television guest, and currently serves as co-chairman of The Lincoln Forum. 

Sheriff specializes in 19th-century social and cultural history with an emphasis on the period between 1815 and 1865. She earned her Ph.D. from Yale University in 1993 and is currently working on a book that examines how state-history textbooks have portrayed contested historical events. 

Finck is an expert in political history and the Civil War. His editorial column, Historically Speaking, frequently runs in newspapers across Oklahoma. Finck earned his Ph.D. from the University of Arkansas and has been a member of the USAO faculty since 2011.

For more information contact Finck at 405-574-1229 or jfinck@usao.edu.

 

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