Monday February 8, 7:00 p.m. “The Birth of a Genre: 100 Years of Slavery on the Silver Screen.” A free lecture and discussion with Dr. Matthew Christopher Hulbert, part of the “New Perspectives on the Civil War Era” speaker series. This “crash course” on Hollywood’s rendering of slavery explores the good, the bad, the well-intentioned (but still bad), and the truly-abhorrent–from Birth of a Nation (1915) to recent treatments such as Django Unchained (2012) and 12 Years a Slave (2013). To register for this free online event via zoom, click here.
March 2020. Virginia Tech’s Civil War Weekend. Unsurprisingly, this year’s pandemic-era Civil War Weekend will be different. It will be delivered online rather than in-person. And it won’t even take place at the weekend! Instead, we’ll offer three 90-minute panel discussions on consecutive Thursday evenings in March. The theme for the entire event is “Resources for War.” Each speaker will explore what Americans needed in order to wage war–ranging from military needs like manpower and ammunition to intangibles such as information, memory, and love.
Thursday April 8, 7:00 p.m. A free lecture and discussion with Dr. Tamika Nunley, part of the “New Perspectives on the Civil War Era” speaker series. Dr. Nunley will draw on her new book as she explores how the Black women of Washington, D.C., pursued their own visions of freedom in politics, education, and the law.
Thursday April 22, 7:00 p.m. “The Families’ Civil War.” A free lecture and discussion with Dr. Holly Pinheiro, part of the “New Perspectives on the Civil War Era” speaker series. Dr. Pinheiro will discuss his research examining every Philadelphian-born African American man who served in a Pennsylvanian United States Colored Troops regiment. He investigates their families from 1850 to the 1930s to argue that northern freeborn African Americans fought against systematic racial oppression throughout their entire lives. To register for this free online event via zoom, click here.