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. 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…
Current Keynote Talk
- 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.
- 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 Speaking Engagements
- February 4: “Radical Public History” (panel discussion), Newport Historical Society, Newport, RI.
- February 8: “Taking a Stand on the Confederate Flag,” The Newman School, Boston, MA.
- February 11: Teacher Workshop on Lincoln and Race, Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston, MA.
- February 12: “The History and Memory of the Confederate Battle Flag,” Department of Massachusetts, Sons of Union Veterans, Wakefield, MA.
- March 7: “What Does the Confederate Flag Mean to You,” panel discussion sponsored by Fostering Racial Justice Group, Sargent Memorial Library, Boxborough, MA.
- March 22-24: Guide students from St. Ann’s School, Brooklyn, NY on Civil War tour (Washington, D.C., Harpers Ferry, Antietam, and Gettysburg).
- April 22: “Confronting Confederate Iconography in the Wake of the Charleston Massacre,” National Civil War Museum, Harrisburg, PA.
- May 2: Webinar on Fake News, National Humanities Center.
- May 23: “The History and Memory of the Confederate Battle Flag,” New Bedford Civil War Round Table, New Bedford, MA.
- June 14: Civil War Memory and Monuments, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, GA.
- July 9-19: Travel to Vietnam with Trans-Pacific Teacher Program, National Humanities Center.
- July 23-28: Ford’s Theatre Summer Teacher Workshop, Washington, D.C.
- September 27: Searching For Black Confederate Soldiers,” Civil War Round Table of Central Massachusetts, Holden, MA.
- October 13: Topic, TBD, General Lander Civil War Round Table, Lynn, MA.
- October 18: Topic, TBD, Rhode Island Civil War Round Table, Cranston, RI.
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. I have led groups in places like Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Memphis, Nashville, Montgomery (AL), Jackson (MS), Boston, Gettysburg, Fredericksburg/Chancellorsville (VA), Petersburg, Richmond, and Charlottesville.
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
Check Out These Reviews
“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.