Public Speaking

One of the best parts of my job has been the opportunity to share my love of history with a wide range of audiences. 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.

Below you will find a few of the topics that I have presented, but I will work with you to customize a presentation that meets the needs of your group.

Hot Topics

  • 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 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.

Selected Speaking Topics

      • Do You Really Want to Use That Website For Your History Essay?
      • Teaching Reconstruction with Primary Sources
      • Boston Commemorates its Civil War
      • The Battle of the Crater in History and Memory
      • Confederate General William Mahone
      • The Demobilization of the Army of Northern Virginia
      • Military Executions During the Civil War
      • Hollywood Meets History
      • The 55th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry and the Pay Crisis
      • Massachusetts Veterans Reflect on Union, Emancipation, and Reunion
      • The Myth of the Black Confederate Soldier
      • The Civil War Centennial and Sesquicentennial
      • Using Hollywood to Teach History (fact and fiction)

Upcoming Speaking Dates in 2016

      • April 21: “The History & Memory of the Confederate Battle Flag,” Olde Colony Civil War Round Table, Dedham, MA
      • May 19: “Remembering Reconstruction,” Lynn Historical Society, Lynn, MA
      • May 21: Teacher Workshop on Reconstruction at G.A.R. Hall, Lynn, MA
      • May 23: Skype discussion with history class at Oradell High School, Oradell, NJ
      • June 17-22: Three talks at Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA
      • July 14-17: Civil War Trust, National Teacher Institute, Richmond, VA.
      • July 29: Teacher Workshop on Reconstruction at Ford’s Theatre, Washington, D.C.
      • May 23, 2017: New Bedford Civil War Round Table, New Bedford, MA.
      • Date TBD: “Searching For Black Confederate Soldiers,” Lynchburg College, VA.

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JOT_river“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

Ralph D. Van Inwagen (2)“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

skypeCalling 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, and Skidmore College.