I’m being entirely truthful when I say that yours was the most enthralled audience I’ve ever witnessed here. I was sitting way in back, so I could literally see everyone, and no one squirmed, no watches were checked, not a single yawn! Instead, heads were nodding, people turned to each other to corroborate your remarks, they chuckled at your humor. You’re a good teacher!—Gracelaw Simmons, Royall House & Slave Quarters
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Over the past fifteen years I have spoken in front of audiences across the country on a wide range of topics related to the American Civil War and history education. I regularly visit classrooms to work with students directly and have led numerous professional development workshops for history educators.
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
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Confederate Monuments and Race in America
Why are Confederate monuments being removed in cities and towns across the country? In this presentation we will explore the long and divisive history of these monuments, why they became pervasive on the Southern landscape by the early twentieth century and why they remain contentious today.
The Myth of the Black Confederate Soldier
Why do so many people believe that thousands of enslaved men served as soldiers in the Confederate army during the Civil War? This presentation challenges these longstanding myths by first exploring the actual place of African Americans in the Confederate war effort and why these stories in more recent years have been transformed into stories about Black soldiers. In the process you will learn how to interpret primary sources and appreciate why the Internet needs to be approached with caution.
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
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Even with the move to online teaching there is still plenty of opportunity to arrange for a lecture and/or discussion with your students about these and other topics via Zoom, Skype, etc.
Thank you so much for two terrific presentations!! I really can’t say enough how perfect they were for these students as they begin the school year. I spent the next 40 minutes with the students who were in person for yesterday’s presentation and they really could not stop talking about it.—Peter Vermilyea, Social Studies Department Chairman, Housatonic Valley Regional High School
Professional Development For History Educators
Some of my most enjoyable work has been with fellow history educators. I have extensive experience leading tours for educators at historic sites and monuments in cities like Richmond, Charlottesville, and Washington, D.C. Over the past few years I have led workshops for teachers from all over the country. I am committed to helping educators teach some of the most challenging subject matter, including the current controversy surrounding the history and memory of Confederate monuments.
- January 20: “Confederate Monuments and Race in America,” Rochambeau, the French International School, Bethesda, Maryland.
- January 27: “Confederate Monuments and Race in America,” Montgomery County Historical Society.
- January 28: “Searching for Black Confederates,” Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, Winchester, VA.
- February 2: “The Confederate Battle Flag and Civil War Memory, Discussion with students at Endicott College, Beverly, MA.
- February 10: “Civil War Memory After the Monuments Come Down,” Discussion with Dr. Hilary Green Ford’s Theatre.
- February 11: “Telling the History of American Racial Justice,” Newton North High School, Newton, MA.
- February 16: Hosting discussion of the movie Glory for the Virginia Museum of History and Culture, Richmond, VA.
- February 18: “Is This Who We Are?: Reflection on the Capitol Insurrection,” Constellation Pharmaceuticals, Cambridge, MA.
- February 23: “Searching for Black Confederates,” Book talk with students at the University of Pennsylvania.
- February 24: “The History and Memory of Confederate Monuments,” Gallaudet University, Washington, D.C.
- March 2: “Winning and Losing in the Civil War,” The British School, Den Haag, Netherlands.
- March 2: “Reconstruction and Public Memory,” Discussion with students at the Brooklyn Latin School.
- March 16: Blair Academy, Society of Skeptics.
- March 20: “Searching for Black Confederates,” Catawba County Truth & Reconciliation Committee
- March 25: “Is This Who We Are?: Reflection on the Capitol Insurrection,” Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA.
- March 30: “The History and Memory of Confederate Monuments,” Harvard-Westlake School, Los Angeles, CA.
- April 6: “Uses and Abuses of History,” University of Ottawa.
- April 22: “Searching for Black Confederates,” #sschatreads online discussion at Twitter.
- April 28-29: “Understanding Confederate Monuments,” Castilleja School, Palo Alto, CA.
- May 28: “Confederate Monuments and Race in America,” Walpole High School, Walpole, MA
- July 12: American Civil War Museum/NEH grant supported summer teachers institute on emancipation, Richmond, VA.
- July 30: “Confederate Monuments and Race in America,” Ford’s Theatre, Washington, D.C.
- September 8: Topic, TBD, The American School in Japan.
- September 21: “Confederate Monuments and Race in America,” Newburyport Public Library, Newburyport, MA.
- September 22: Moderator for discussion about Rachel Boynton documentary Civil War (or who do we think we are), Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline, MA.
- September 23: Book Discussion, Searching for Black Confederates (Dr. Scott Hancock), Gettysburg College.
- September 30: “Searching for Black Confederates,” Norwich University, Northfield, VT.
- October 15: “When Slavery Came to Pennsylvania: The Role of Enslaved Labor During the Gettysburg Campaign,” Chambersburg Civil War Seminars.
- October 21: New England College, Topic: TBA.
- November 1: In conversation with Gordon Rhea about his new biography of Stephen Swails, Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston, MA.
- November 2: Placing the Controversy Surrounding Critical Race Theory in Historical Context, Rochambeau: The French International School, Bethesda, MD.
- November 4: Book Discussion, Searching for Black Confederates, (Dr. Jill Ogline Titus), Gettysburg College.
- November 6: Panel Discussion about the history and legacy of the United States Colored Troops, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA.
- April 1: Walking tour of Civil War Boston, Organization of American Historians annual meeting, Boston, MA.
- April 14: Robert Gould Shaw, Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain Civil War Round Table, Brunswick, Maine.
- April 20: Robert Gould Shaw, Rhode Island Civil War Round Table, Cranston, RI.
- April 26: Searching for Black Confederates, Baltimore Civil War Round Table, Baltimore, Maryland.
- April 11: Robert Gould Shaw, Atlanta Civil War Round Table, Atlanta, GA.
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