A Fire Never Extinguished

2014 Fall Conference

Breakout Session Speakers

Howard Coffin is a seventh-generation Vermonter and author of three books on the Civil War, including Full Duty: Vermonters in the Civil War; Nine Months to Gettysburg; and The Battered Stars, as well as Guns Over the Champlain Valley, a book on military sites along the Champlain Corridor.

Janie Cohen has directed the Fleming Museum since 2002, and for eleven years prior to that she served as the Fleming Museum’s curator. She has published widely on Picasso and other aspects of twentieth-century art.

Murray Dry is the Charles A. Dana Professor of Political Science at Middlebury College. He specializes in American constitutional law, American political thought, political philosophy, freedom of speech, freedom of religion, federalism, separation of powers, and the American founding. For the 2009-2010 academic year, Dr. Dry was a visiting professor at Yeshiva University. His current area of research is in the constitutionality of same-sex marriage, which is the topic of the book he is working on.

Jeffrey Marshall is the Director of Research Collections at the Bailey/Howe Library at the University of Vermont. He is also the editor of A War of the People: Vermont Civil War Letters, which is a compilation of collections of the letters of Vermonters who served and were civilians during the Civil War. Marshall began his professional career as a curator at the Massachusetts Historical Society (1987-1988) and has been at the University of Vermont since 1988, first as University Archivist and Curator of Manuscripts, and since 2006 as Director of Research Collections.

Dwight Pitcaithley teaches history at New Mexico State University. From 1995 until 2005, he served as Chief Historian of the National Park Service.

Heather Cox Richardson is a professor of history at Boston College. She is committed to bridging the gap between professional historians and the public, as shown through her work on documentaries, her many public talks, and her active social media presence (follow her on Twitter). Her books include Wounded Knee: Party Politics and the Road to an American Massacre, West from Appomattox: The Reconstruction of America after the Civil War, and most recently, To Make Men Free: A History of the Republican Party.

Paul Searls holds a dual position as professor of history and music at Lyndon State College. Author of Two Vermonts: Geography and Identity, 1865–1910, Dr. Searls is fascinated by the state’s struggle to reconcile conflicting impulses — development versus preservation, progress versus tradition. “Vermont is a sort of Petri dish,” he says, “an attempt to solve problems that plague all humans.” He lives in Danville, Vermont.

Margaret Tamulonis is Manager of Collections and Exhibitions at the Fleming Museum, and works with students and faculty at the University of Vermont on student research, class-curated exhibitions, and all sorts of collections projects. She is the Executive Committee Chair for the Center for Research on Vermont at UVM.

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VHC-40-logo_vert_hires2Presented by the Vermont Humanities Council in collaboration with the Vermont Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, with partnership and support from the National Park Service, the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission, the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership, Billings Farm & Museum, The Bay and Paul Foundations, Fleming Museum, the Friends of the UVM Special Collections, and the Center for Research on Vermont.


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