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2019 Speaking Engagements

  • February 2: “Searching for Black Confederate Soldiers,” General Lander Civil War Round Table, Lynn, MA.
  • February 27: Guest lecture on public history and Confederate monuments, Northeastern University, Boston, MA.
  • March 16: “Searching for Black Confederates,” History Camp, Suffolk University, Boston, MA.
  • March 22: “Searching for Black Confederates,” Greater Boston Civil War Round Table, Waltham, MA.
  • April 7, Annual Meeting of the Organization of American Historians, Forum on Independent Historians, Philadelphia, PA.

2018

  • January 16, 2018: “Understanding Confederate Monuments in the Wake of Charlottesville,” Rhode Island Civil War Round Table, Cranston, RI.
  • January 19, 2018: Skype discussion with Marquette University High School, Milwaukee, WI.
  • February 1, 2018: “Understanding Confederate Monuments in the Wake of Charlottesville,” New Trier Public School, Chicago Ill.
  • February 28, 2018: Webinar, “Contested Monuments and Contested Civic Spaces in the United States, 1865 to the 21st Century,” National Humanities Center, w/Prof. W. Fitzhugh Brundage.
  • March 9, 2018: “Understanding Confederate Monuments in the Wake of Charlottesville,” General Lander Civil War Round Table, Lynn, MA.
  • March 12, 2018, “Contested Memories of the Civil War,” (student workshop), St. Ann’s School, Brooklyn, NY.
  • March 15, 2018, Skype discussion with interpretive staff at the Atlanta History Center, Atlanta, GA.
  • March 17, 2018: “Monuments & Historical Memory,” Teacher Workshop, Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston, MA.
  • March 26-27: Interpreting Freedom and Slavery in New England Workshop, Providence, RI.
  • April 19, 2018: Keynote Address, National Council of History Education, San Antonio, TX.
  • April 21, 2018: Teaching Reconstruction and Historical Memory w/Ford’s Theatre Staff at National Council for History Education, San Antonio, TX.
  • May 30-31: Workshop with students at Walpole High School on Confederate Iconography, Walpole, MA.
  • June 2, 2018: “Frederick Douglass and the Fight for Civil War Memory,” Teacher Workshop, Lynn, MA.
  • June 6: Walking tour of Boston, Saul Ewing, LLP.
  • June 11: Teacher Workshop in Charlottesville, Virginia on teaching Confederate monuments.
  • July 11: “The Contested Landscape of Confederate Monuments, Teacher Workshop, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston, MA.
  • July 22-27, 2018: Teacher Workshop on Reconstruction and historical memory at Ford’s Theatre, Washington, D.C.
  • October 2: Social Media and the Black Confederate Myth, University of Virginia, Nau Center for Civil War Studies, Charlottesville, VA.

2017

  • June 21, 2017: NEH/Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, GA.
  • July 23-28, 2017: Ford’s Theatre Teacher Workshop on Reconstruction, Washington, D.C.
  • December 5, 2017: “Monuments & Historical Memory,” Teacher Workshop, Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston, MA.

2016

2015

  • “The Pay Crisis and the 55th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry,” Rhode Island Civil War Round Table, Cranston, RI, February 17.
  • “Searching for Black Confederate Soldiers,” Medford Historical Society, Medford, MA, April 8.
  • “Remembering the Battle of the Crater,” Joshua L. Chamberlain Civil War Roundtable, April 9.
  • “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.
  • Skype Discussion with Chris Lese’s Civil War Class at Marquette University High School, October 14.
  • Skype Discussion with Adam Dean’s class at Lynchburg College, October 26.
  • Skype Discussion with Chris Lese’s Civil War class at Marquette University High School, October 30.
  • “The Future of the Confederate Flag,” General Lander Civil War Round Table, Lynn, MA, December 11.

2014

  • January 10: Book Signing and Talk, “Remembering the Battle of the Crater,” North Shore CWRT/GAR Hall, Lynn, MA.
  • February 7: “Lincoln, Race, and the Battle of the Crater,” Boston Union Club, Boston, MA.
  • February 9: Book Signing and Talk, “Remembering the Battle of the Crater,” Sons of Union Veterans, Concord, MA.
  • February 17: Book Signing and Talk, “Remembering the Battle of the Crater,” University of North Carolina at Pembroke/Workshop with area teachers on digital literacy and the myth of the black Confederate soldiers.
  • March 15: “Until Every Negro Has Been Slaughtered”: Confederates Assess the Battle of the Crater, Longwood University, Civil War Seminar, Longwood, VA.
  • March 19: “Searching for Black Confederate Soldiers,” Rhode Island Civil War Round Table, Cranston, RI.
  • April 14: Book Signing and Talk, “Remembering the Battle of the Crater,” Ann Arbor Civil War Round Table, Ann Arbor, MI. (Canceled)
  • April 22: “Searching for Black Confederate Soldiers,” New Bedford Civil War Round Table, New Bedford, MA.
  • April 23: Skype Discussion with Class at Marquette University High School, Milwaukee, WI.
  • May 28: Signing and Talk, “Remembering the Battle of the Crater,” Walpole, MA.
  • June 20-25: “The Battle of the Crater in Memory,” Gettysburg College, Civil War Institute, Gettysburg, PA.
  • July 5: Gettysburg National Military Park & Gettysburg Foundation: Sacred Trust – 2014 Talks and Book Signing Event, Gettysburg, PA (3:30pm).
  • July 9: “The Shaw Memorial and Civil War Memory,” Skype discussion with Civil War Institute students at Marquette University High School.
  • August 1: 150th anniversary of the battle of the Crater, Keynote Speaker for National Park Service Commemoration, Petersburg, VA.
  • September 18: “Searching for Black Confederate Soldiers,” Olde Colony Civil War Round Table, Dedham, MA.
  • September 26: “Forgetting and Remembering Private Louis Martin,” Conference on Illinois History, Springfield, Ill.

2013

  • February 27: Skype discussion about the movie Glory with De La Salle Institute, Chicago, Ill.
  • March 14-16: Interpreting Issues of Civil War Memory for the Classroom and Museum Audiences, Conference sponsored by the Gettysburg National Park and the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College.
  • March 22: Talk on the Battle of the Crater and Book Signing, Virginia Festival of the Book, Charlottesville, VA.
  • April 20: Massacre at the Crater: Addressing the Tough Questions of Civil War History in the Classroom, Civil War Trust, Regional Teacher Institute
  • May 15: Book Signing and Talk, “Remembering the Battle of the Crater”, Rhode Island Civil War Round Table, Cranston, RI.
  • June 21-25: “The Other Gettysburg Address: An Introduction to Civil War Memory” The Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA.
  • July 11: “Remembering and Commemorating Civil War Soldiers,” Framingham History Center, Framingham, MA.
  • July 21: “Hey Boston, Embrace Your Civil War Memory,” Boston Harbor Islands Reservation, National Park Service, Boston, MA.
  • August 4-14: Teaching American History Grant funded Civil War tour from Nashville to Washington, D.C.
  • October 31: Race and the American Civil War, Skype Discussion with Civil War class at Marquette University High School.
  • November 4: “Remembering the Battle of the Crater”, The Nevins Memorial Library, Methuen, MA.

2012

  • January 19: Topic TBA, Olde Colony Civil War Roundtable, Dedham, Massachusetts.
  • January 30: “From Civil War to Civil Rights”, Teaching American History Grant Workshop for teachers from Virginia Beach, Virginia.
  • March 6: “Until Ever Negro Has Been Slaughtered”: Remembering United States Colored Troops at the Crater, Genesee Community College, Batavia, New York.
  • March 27: Guest in Civil War Memory seminar taught by David Blight and Brian Jordan, Yale University, New Haven, CT.
  • April 19-22: Panelist on Civil War Sesquicentennial Working Group sponsored by the American Association for State and Local History at the Annual Meeting of the Organization of American Historians, Milwaukee, WI.
  • April 19-22: “Teaching Civil War History Through Film”, Annual Meeting of the Organization of American Historians, Milwaukee, WI.
  • June, 22-26: “Blogging the American Civil War”, Civil War Institute, Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
  • July 12-15: “Teaching Civil War Monuments”, Civil War Trust, National Teacher Institute, Charleston, SC.
  • July 15-19: The Richard Bartol, Jr. Educators’ Conference at Gettysburg National Military Park.
  • July 28: Book Signing and Discussion, “Remembering the Battle of the Crater”, Abraham Lincoln Bookshop, Chicago (Virtual Book Signing).
  • August 4: Book Signing and Discussion, “Remembering the Battle of the Crater”, GAR Hall in Scituate, MA, sponsored by Sons of Union Veterans (11am).
  • September 20: Book Signing and Discussion, “Remembering the Battle of the Crater”, Olde Colony Civil War Roundtable, Dedham, Massachusetts
  • September 28: Appearance on Civil War Talk Radio with Gerry Prokopowicz (3pm).
  • October 10: Book Signing and Discussion, “Remembering the Battle of the Crater”, Merrimack Civil War Roundtable, Newburyport, Massachusetts.
  • October 17: Representations of USCTs in Public History, Skype discussion with class in public history at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.
  • October 26: Book Signing and Discussion, “Remembering the Battle of the Crater”, Civil War Roundtable of Boston, Waltham, Massachusetts.
  • October 31: Skype discussion with Civil War memory class at Skidmore College
  • November 1: “Black Confederates Out of the Attic”, Charleston, West Virginia (Rescheduled for 2013).
  • November 19: Skype discussion with Civil War class at Marquette University High School
  • November 27: Book Signing and Discussion, “Remembering the Battle of the Crater”, New Bedford Civil War Roundtable, New Bedford, Massachusetts
  • December 1: “Teaching Glory in the Classroom”, John Brown Lives! Educators’ Workshop
  • December 10: “Civil War Memory in a web2.0 World”, Guest lecturer for Nina Silber’s Civil War survey course at Boston University.
  • December 19: “Book Signing and Discussion, “Remembering the Battle of the Crater”, Civil War Forum of Metropolitan New York, (NYC).