Upcoming Talks in 2015
- “The Pay Crisis and the 55th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry,” Rhode Island Civil War Round Table, Cranston, RI, February 17.
- “Appomattox and Civil War Memory,” Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA, June 19.
- “William Mahone and Virginia’s Reconstruction,” Facing History and Ourselves, September 24.
- “Black Confederates Out of the Attic and Into the Mainstream,” The National Civil War Museum, Harrisburg, PA, September 26.
- “Remembering the Battle of the Crater,” Civil War Round Table of Central Massachusetts, February 24.
- “Searching For Silas Chandler and the Myth of the Black Confederate Soldier,” Lenawee County Civil War Roundtable, Adrian, MI, April 18.
Latest Speaking Topics
- Should Confederate Flags Be Allowed in Schools? Perfect for schools that are dealing with this divisive subject. This talk explores the history of the Confederate flag and how different groups of Americans have interpreted its meaning. This talk is highly interactive and offers the audience an opportunity to share their thoughts in a way that promotes open communication.
- Assessing the Civil War Sesquicentennial: 2015 will mark the end of the Civil War sesquicentennial. Now is the perfect opportunity to begin to think about how our collective memory of the war has changed and where it might be headed. Perfect for Civil War roundtables.
Selected Speaking Topics
- Boston’s Civil War Memory
- 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: Thinking about the Movie “Glory”
- 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)
What People Are Saying…
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 (Presentation on the history and memory of the Confederate flag)
Let’s Skype! One of the easiest ways to connect Online is through Skype. Over the past few years I’ve connected with teachers and students in high school and college classrooms across the country to talk about Civil War blogging and a wide range of subjects related to the Civil War era. Schools include Virginia Tech, Skidmore College, Indiana University-Purdue University, and Marquette University High School. Connect your students. Interested? Contact me for more information.