Virginia Center for Civil War Studies

Upcoming events

Saturday February 15, 2020, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Civil War Film Series: Lincoln (2012). A free screening of Steven Spielberg’s biopic that focuses on Abraham Lincoln’s efforts to pass the 13th amendment to end slavery. Lincoln expert Edna Greene Medford (Howard University) will lead a discussion of the history behind the movie. Free and open to the public. Colonial Hall, Squires Student Center, 290 College Avenue, Blacksburg VA. (Please note location change from the Lyric to Colonial Hall.)

February 21 – March 27, 2020. LLI Class–The American Civil War: Causes, Course, and Consequences. The Virginia Center for Civil War Studies is partnering with Blacksburg’s Lifelong Learning Institute to present this team-taught class, investigating the conflict that almost destroyed the United States. We’ll probe the long-term roots of the war in the fight over slavery’s expansion; the wartime experiences of soldiers, women, and African Americans; local stories from Southwest Virginia; and ongoing debates over the meanings and legacies of the war.

March 27-29, 2020. Civil War Weekend. This year, our signature annual event commemorates the life and career of the center’s founding director, James I. “Bud Robertson, Jr. Speakers will include Dr. Robertson’s former students and colleagues. The event takes place at the Inn at Virginia Tech and will be followed by a two-night “Spring Campaign” field trip to Antietam and Harpers Ferry. Click here for registration and other details:

Thursday April 23, 7:00 p.m. “The Impeachers: The Trial of Andrew Johnson and the Dream of a Just Nation.” A free public lecture by Brenda Wineapple, author of The Impeachers. Owens Banquet Hall, Virginia Tech.


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