Registration for the second “Signature Conference” sponsored by the Virginia Sesquicentennial Commission opened this week. This year’s conference will take place at Norfolk State University on September 24, 2010 and will focus on the issues of race and slavery. Norfolk State is an ideal place given its location. It was one of those places where the war changed on the ground as scores of slaves made their way into Union lines. Like last year the commission has assembled a dynamite team of scholars for the various panels. They include, James O. Horton, who will chair the event, James McPherson, Ira Berlin, David Blight, Dwight Pitcaithley, among others. Perhaps our friend Earl Ijames should attend to hear Bruce Levine discuss the myth of black Confederates.
This promises to be another entertaining and educational experience and I encourage all of you to register as soon as possible. I have been asked to live blog the event, which I agreed to do. Given my experience last year I have a much better idea of how to go about it. Hope to see you there.
- Click here for coverage of the conference in The Virginian Pilot.
- Click here for video from last year’s conference.
- Teachers may want to check out the commission’s new video, Virginia in the Civil War: A Sesquicentennial Remembrance