The public symposium is sponsored by UofL’s College of Arts and Sciences and Center for Arts and Culture Partnerships, along with the Frazier History Museum through support from the Institute of Museum & Library Services. The Carnegie Center for History and Art in New Albany, Ind., is providing additional support. The conference includes the chance to visit several related local history exhibits.
Most sessions will be in Ekstrom Library’s Chao Auditorium with Thursday lunch at the University Club and dinner downtown at the Frazier History Museum. The Thursday conference runs from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., followed by a 6:15 p.m. tour of the museum’s “Civil War: My Brother, My Enemy” exhibit of more than 100 artifacts and the 7 p.m. dinner. Friday’s schedule is 8:30 a.m.-noon.
Historians and other scholars will discuss Kentucky’s post-war Confederate identity; the lives of women, African Americans and soldiers during the war and Reconstruction; and lawlessness of wartime and post-war Kentucky. The keynote speaker, Columbia University history professor Barbara Fields, will examine issues Kentucky and other border states faced. Other topics will range from Kentucky horse-racing to Lincoln to Confederate memorials.
Also included are a visit to the Filson Historical Society to see the “United We Stand – Divided We Fall” exhibit and an Ekstrom Library panel discussion by UofL history professors in conjunction with the “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War” traveling exhibit displayed there.
Registration is $65 for the general public and includes Thursday breakfast, lunch and dinner and Friday breakfast; registration is encouraged by March 2 as seating is limited. Contact Janna Tajibaeva at 502-852-2247 or by email to register.