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Over the past ten years I have delivered talks at academic conferences, Civil War round tables, history education workshops, schools and a host of other settings throughout much of the country. I do my best to ensure that all of my presentations and workshops are as entertaining and as educational as possible.
A few of the organizations that I have worked with over the years…
- Confederate Monuments in History and Memory: Explores the current controversy over Confederate monuments by focusing on who and why they were originally erected and dedicated. What do these monuments tell us about how Americans have chosen to remember the Civil War and what does this current debate tell us about how it has changed over time?
- The History and Memory of the Confederate Battle Flag: Perfect for schools and other institutions that are dealing with this divisive subject as well as the general public. This talk explores the history of the Confederate battle flag and how different groups of Americans have interpreted its meaning over the past 150 years. It is highly interactive and offers the audience the opportunity to share their thoughts in a way that promotes open communication.
- Do You Really Want to Use That Website For Your History Essay?
- Teaching Reconstruction with Primary Sources
- Boston’s Civil War
- The Battle of the Crater in History and Memory
- The Myth of the Black Confederate Soldier
- The Civil War Centennial and Sesquicentennial
- Using Hollywood to Teach History (fact and fiction)
2017-18 Speaking Engagements
- July 23-28: Ford’s Theatre Summer Teacher Workshop, Washington, D.C.
- August 28: Workshop for faculty on teaching the Confederate monument debate, The Loomis Chaffee School, Hartford, CT.
- September 9: “Understanding Confederate Monuments in the Wake of Charlottesville,” Roslindale Community Center, Boston, MA.
- September 11/12: “Understanding Confederate Monuments in the Wake of Charlottesville,” Skype Discussion with St. Anne’s – Belfield School, Charlottesville, VA.
- September 15: Skype discussion with Baker Middle School’s Social Studies Department about teaching Confederate Monuments. Troy, MI.
- September 16: “Understanding Confederate Monuments in the Wake of Charlottesville,” Mattapan Historical Society, Boston, MA.
- September 27: “Understanding Confederate Monuments in the Wake of Charlottesville,” Brown Advisory, Spangler Farm, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
- September 30: Historical Writing Panel, Thayer Memorial Library, Lancaster, MA.
- October 6: Skype discussion about the myth of the black Confederate soldier with Grace College.
- October 18: “Understanding Confederate Monuments in the Wake of Charlottesville,” Carthage College, Kenosha, WI.
- October 18: “Understanding Confederate Monuments in the Wake of Charlottesville,” Kenosha Civil War Museum, Kenosha, WI.
- October 24: Tour of Boston’s Civil War Monuments, Boston University.
- October 25: Tour of Boston’s Civil War Monuments, Hingham High School, MA.
- October 25: “Understanding Confederate Monuments in the Wake of Charlottesville,” Royall House & Slave Quarters, Medford, MA.
- November 2-3: Presentation and teacher workshop on the history and memory of Confederate monuments, Ashley Hall, Charleston, SC.
- December 2: “The Political Lives of Historical Monuments and Memorials,” Teacher Workshop at the Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston, MA.
- January 17, 2018: “Understanding Confederate Monuments in the Wake of Charlottesville,” Rhode Island Civil War Round Table, Cranston, RI.
- February 9, 2018: “Understanding Confederate Monuments in the Wake of Charlottesville,” General Lander Civil War Round Table, Lynn, MA.
- February 28, 2018: “Confederate Monuments and Contested Civic Space in the United States, 1865 to the 21st Century,” Webinar with Professor Fitzhugh Brundage, National Humanities Center.
- April 19: “Understanding Confederate Monuments in the Wake of Charlottesville,” Keynote Address, Annual Meeting of the National Council for History Education, Austin, TX.
Looking for something else? Let’s work together to customize a talk that works for your audience. Contact me.
With history educators at the Crater in Petersburg, Virginia
There is no better opportunity to connect people to history than when visiting a historic site. Over the years I have guided students, history educators, and the general public on a wide range of tours.
I specialize in sites related to the American Civil War, including battlefields as well as the Civil Rights Movement and have led groups in the following places:
- Washington, D.C.
- Atlanta, Georgia
- Memphis and Nashville, Tennessee
- Montgomery, Alabama
- Jackson, Mississippi
- Boston, Massachusetts
- Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
- Fredericksburg, Petersburg, Richmond, and Charlottesville, Virginia.
I work closely with teachers to help organize an enriching experience for their students that they will not soon forget. Let’s get started.
With students at Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, MA
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“Kevin is a veteran member of the Civil War Institute summer conference faculty, and is one of the most versatile speakers in our bullpen. Over the past few years, he’s led breakout sessions on a wide variety of topics, participated in panel discussions on the main stage, and facilitated small-group investigations of primary source materials. He’s also worked closely with our high school student scholarship program, leading intensive discussions on historical memory and history and new media. Kevin’s programs are extremely popular with our attendees.” — Jill Titus, Assistant Director, Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College
“Excellent! I have been involved with studying U.S. History since the 4th grade, taught it for two decades, and was a History Department chair for nearly ten years. With all of that, I sat there enraptured and completely enveloped in your presentation. Thanks for giving all of us much to think about.” — Ralph Van Inwagen, Assistant Head of School, Gann Academy
Calling All History Teachers: An easy way to connect me with your students is through Skype. Over the past few years I have talked with students at the St. Anne’s – Belfield School, Columbia University, Marquette University High School, Lynchburg College, Indiana University, University of Virginia at Wise, Stanford University and Skidmore College.