A Fire Never Extinguished

2014 Fall Conference

Plenary Speakers

BlightDavidDavid W. Blight
Class of 1954 Professor of American History at Yale University

David Blight is one of the nation’s foremost authorities on the American Civil War and its legacy. He is the author of six books, including American Oracle: The Civil War in the Civil Rights Era and Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory, which won the Bancroft Prize and eight other awards. He is also Director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale. He was the Pitt Professor of American History at Cambridge University in England for the 2013-14 year.

LoisBrownLois Brown
Class of 1958 Distinguished Professor at Wesleyan University

At Wesleyan, Lois Brown’s teaching, research, and scholarship focus on African American and New England literary history and culture, 18th- and 19th-century African American memory, as well as the politics of identity, faith, and privilege in colonial and antebellum America. She teaches in the African American Studies Program and in the English Department. Brown’s published work includes Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins: Black Daughter of the Revolution (UNC Press, 2008) and she is at work on a biography of the antebellum Bostonian Nancy Prince.

Eleanor Jones Harvey
Senior Curator of 19th-Century American Art at the Smithsonian American Art Museum

Eleanor Jones Harvey holds a BA in Art History from the University of Virginia, and earned her MA and PhD at Yale University. Her most recent exhibition was The Civil War and American Art, which was on view in Washington, DC and at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York during 2012 and 2013. The accompanying book won the Southeastern Book Festival Award for Best Art or Photography Book for 2012.

JohnStaufferJohn Stauffer
Professor of English and of African and African American Studies at Harvard University

Writing and lecturing on the Civil War era, antislavery, social protest movements, and photography, Stauffer is the recipient of two teaching awards from Harvard. He is the author or editor of eleven books and over sixty articles, including Giants: The Parallel Lives of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln (2008) and The Battle Hymn of the Republic: A Biography of the Song That Marches On (2013), co-authored with Benjamin Soskis. He has been a consultant and advisor for two Hollywood films and three PBS documentaries.

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Presented 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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