Year of Freedom

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Chain logoRecap: What then? What next?

April 24, 2013
Time: Noon
Location: University Student Commons Forum Room
Fee: Free

Part of the VCU Year of Freedom Brown Bag Discussion lunch series, this presentation will be an open discussions on the Year of Freedom, hosted by the Year of Freedom Committee. All students are invited to come participate in the discussion. For more information or special accommodations, contact Ryan K. Smith, Department of History, at (804) 828-1635 or rksmith3@vcu.edu.

Creek logoThe Battle of Pussy Willow Creek film showing

April 26, 2013
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: University Student Commons Theater
Fee: Free

Filmmaker Wendy Jo Cohen will introduce and show her “fictional documentary,” the satiric film, The Battle of Pussy Willow Creek, on Friday, April 26, at 7 p.m. at the VCU Student Commons Theater. The showing is free and open to the public. A discussion with the filmmaker will follow the showing.

This event is part of the VCU Year of Freedom program, and is supported by the Office of the Provost and the Department of History. For special accommodations, contact Ryan K. Smith, Department of History, at (804) 828-1635 or rksmith3@vcu.edu.

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Museum of the Confederacy Brown Bag Lunch: John Coski on Jackson’s Death and the 2nd National Confederate Flag

May 10, 2013
Time: 12-12:30 p.m.
Fee: Free

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The Library of Congress’ “Civil War in America” exhibit

Running until May 23, 2013
Time: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Location: Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave, SE, Washington, D.C.
Fee: Free

The Library of Congress’ Civil War Exhibition, “The Civil War in America,” features more than 200 unique items, many never before on public view, in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

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Past events

Liz CanfieldThe Prison-Industrial Complex and Contemporary Abolition Movements

April 10, 2013
Time: Noon
Location: University Student Commons Theater
Fee: Free

Part of the VCU Year of Freedom Brown Bag Discussion lunch series, this presentation will be given by Liz Canfield, an assistant professor in the VCU Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies. For more information or special accommodations, contact Ryan K. Smith, Department of History, at (804) 828-1635 or rksmith3@vcu.edu.

Another Untold Story of Race and RichmondAnother Untold Story of Race and Richmond

March 28, 2013
Time: 2-4 p.m.
Location: Special Collections and Archives, Fourth Floor, James Branch Cabell Library
Fee: Free

Richmond native Carmen Foster will present on an important piece of Richmond's past: the untold story of Hartshorn Memorial College, a private school for African-American women. Founded in 1883 in the vestry of Ebenezer Baptist Church, the school was located at the corner of Lombardy and Leigh Streets and officially merged with Virginia Union University in 1932. Foster, a longtime supporter of the VCU Friends of the Library, is a doctoral candidate at the University of Virginia. For information, contact Ray Bonis, archives coordinator, at (804) 828-1108 or rfbonis@vcu.edu. Above image courtesy of Harris H. Stilson.

Virginia Historical SocietyIntensely Human: The Health of Black Soldiers in the American Civil War

March 27, 2013
Time: 5:30-7 p.m.
Location: Grace Street Theater, 932 W. Grace St.
Fee: Free

“Intensely Human: The Health of Black Soldiers in the American Civil War,” will be presented by Margaret Humphreys, M.D., Ph.D., Josiah Charles Trent Professor in the History of Medicine, Duke University, and editor of the Journal of the History of Medicine. A specialist in the history of science and medicine, Dr. Humphreys’ research focuses primarily on infectious disease in the United States and the American south, while her current research explores the history of medicine during the Civil War. Until the last half of the 20th-century, diseases such as malaria, yellow fever, pellagra and hookworm marked the south as tropical, impoverished and strikingly different from the rest of the United States.

Virginia Historical SocietySomething Like Glory: The True History of Black Soldiers in the Civil War

March 27, 2013
Time: Noon
Location: University Student Commons Forum Room
Fee: Free

Part of the VCU Year of Freedom Brown Bag Discussion lunch series, this presentation will be given by Andrew H. Talkov, a historian with the Virginia Historical Society. For more information or special accommodations, contact Ryan K. Smith, Department of History, at (804) 828-1635 or rksmith3@vcu.edu.

SoldiersCrisis of a Country – A U.S. Civil War Musical Retrospective

March 14, 2013
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts
Fee: Free to VCU students with ID; $7 in advance, $10 on the day of performance for non-VCU students

“Crisis of a Country — A U.S. Civil War Musical Retrospective”, by student composer Allen Wittig, will be performed by the combined forces of the VCU Orchestra and Commonwealth Singers on March 14 at W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts. The concert will be conducted by Maestro Daniel Myssyk and augmented by the Williamsburg Choral Guild.

This work is the product of Mr. Wittig’s UROP Research Grant during the summer of 2012. The 21-minute work uses both original 20th century music and popular songs of the mid-19th century to encapsulate the events leading up to the Civil War through the Battle of Gettysburg. This exciting piece, which will be narrated by American Civil War Center President Christy Coleman, chronicles the perspectives of the Union, the Confederacy and the enslaved African-American population.

This concert also features Franz Joseph Haydn’s powerful “Missa In Angustiis.” This mass, one of three composed by Haydn in 1798 (when Napoleon Bonaparte’s French army threatened Austria), is also known as the “Nelson ” mass in honor of British Admiral Horatio Nelson defeating Napoleon’s fleet in the Mediterranean just a month after the premier of the work.

Tickets are $7 in advance and $10 on the day of the performance, and free for VCU students with ID. Tickets can be purchased in advance by contacting the VCU Music box office at (804) 828-6776 or musictix@vcu.edu, or by going online to www.showclix.com/events/1320. For special needs, contact Curt Blankenship at (804) 828-4019.

Virginia Historical SocietyGabriel’s Conspiracy: Exploring the Richmond Slave Rebellion of 1800

March 13, 2013
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts
Fee: Free

The event will feature two prominent experts on the subject of Gabriel’s Rebellion, discussing this landmark in Virginia history: Dr. Michael Nicholls, professor emeritus of history at Utah State University and author of “Whispers of Rebellion: Narrating Gabriel’s Conspiracy,” and Dr. Philip J. Schwarz, professor emeritus of history at VCU and author of “Gabriel’s Conspiracy: A Document History.” Schwarz is also emeritus of the VCU Friends of the Library Board.

These two books, both recently published by the University of Virginia Press, aim to present a complete account of the rebellion.

Virginia Historical SocietyPinning Gabriel’s Rebellion

March 13, 2013
Time: Noon
Location: Lecture Hall, Library of Virginia
Fee: Free

Using the new website, HistoryPin, historian Gregg Kimball and authors Dr. Michael Nicholls and Dr. Philip Schwarz trace the activities and events leading up to the best-planned — and potentially most damaging — slave insurrection in Virginia. The region’s geography and the library’s documents are merged on the website to graphically depict the actions and aftermath of the Henrico bondsman. This program is presented in partnership with VCU Libraries.

Katherine C. BassardNegotiating Freedom: Emancipation and Identity in Slave Narratives and Neo-Slave Narratives

Feb. 20, 2013
Time: Noon
Location: University Student Commons, Virginia Room A
Fee: Free

Part of the VCU Year of Freedom Brown Bag Discussion lunch series, this presentation will be given by Katherine C. Bassard, VCU Department of English chair. For more information or special accommodations, contact Ryan K. Smith, Department of History, at (804) 828-1635 or rksmith3@vcu.edu.

The Museum of the ConfederacyThe Confederate Battle Flag: A Short History of a Controversial Symbol

Feb. 6, 2013
Time: Noon
Location: Larrick Student Center, Court End A
Fee: Free

Part of the VCU Year of Freedom Brown Bag Discussion lunch series, this presentation will be given by John Coski, a historian with the Museum of the Confederacy. For more information or special accommodations, contact Ryan K. Smith, Department of History, at (804) 828-1635 or rksmith3@vcu.edu.

SoldiersA Breakdown on the Underground Railroad: Petersburg, 1858

Jan. 23, 2013
Time: Noon
Location: University Student Commons Forum Room
Fee: Free

Part of the VCU Year of Freedom Brown Bag Discussion lunch series, this presentation will be given by John T. Kneebone, VCU Department of History chair. For more information or special accommodations, contact Ryan K. Smith, Department of History, at (804) 828-1635 or rksmith3@vcu.edu.

The Medical College of Virginia During War and ReconstructionThe Medical College of Virginia During War and Reconstruction: Year of Freedom Brown Bag Lunch with Jodi Koste, VCU Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences

Dec. 4, 2012
Time: 12 p.m.
Location: Larrick Student Center, Court End A
Fee: Free

For more information or special accommodations contact Ryan K. Smith, Department of History, at (804) 828-1635 or rksmith3@vcu.edu.

SoldiersLife and Limb: The Toll of the Civil War

Through Dec. 1, 2012
Time: 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Location: Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences, Special Collections and Archives Reading Room
Fee: Free

This traveling exhibit explores the experiences of disabled Civil War veterans and their role as symbols of the fractured nation. For more information, visit http://www.library.vcu.edu/events/detail.html?ID=55801. For more information or special accommodations contact Ryan K. Smith, Department of History, at (804) 828-1635 or rksmith3@vcu.edu.

Civil War ReduxCivil War Redux: Reenactments through the Eye of a Pinhole Camera: Year of Freedom Brown Bag Lunch with Willie Anne Wright, independent photographer

Nov. 28, 2012
Time: 12 p.m.
Location: University Student Commons, Forum Room
Fee: Free

For more information or special accommodations contact Ryan K. Smith, Department of History, at (804) 828-1635 or rksmith3@vcu.edu.

Crenshaw HouseCrenshaw House marker unveiling and reception

Nov. 20, 2012
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Location: Crenshaw House
Fee: Free

Come celebrate the unveiling of a historical marker marking the founding of the Equal Suffrage League (ESL) of Virginia in 1909. The ESL, who led the movement in Virginia for women’s suffrage, held their first meeting at 919 W. Franklin St. (the home of Anne Clay Crenshaw) on Nov. 20, 1909. The Fourth Annual Crenshaw Lecture will also be presented, as Lorraine Gates Schuyler, Ph.D., presents “After the Right to Vote.”

ColumnTraditions IV, the Twentieth Annual Symposium on Architectural History and the Decorative Arts

Presented by the VCU Department of Art History and VCU School of Arts

Nov. 16, 2012
Time: 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Location: Virginia Historical Society (428 N. Boulevard)
Fee: Free for students

For registration information, please visit http://traditions.art.vcu.edu/th_event/traditions/. For more information or special accommodations contact Ryan K. Smith, Department of History, at (804) 828-1635 or rksmith3@vcu.edu.

History mobileHistory Mobile

Presented by the VCU Department of Art History and VCU School of Arts

Nov. 7-8, 2012
Time: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Location: 901 Park Ave., in front of Cabell Library
Fee: Free

The History Mobile, an interactive museum in a 53-foot expandable tractor-trailer, draws together stories from across Virginia and uses state-of-the-art technology and immersive exhibit spaces to present individual stories of the Civil War from the perspectives of those who experienced it. For more information, contact  jtkneebone@vcu.edu.

The Emancipation of Sojourner TruthThe Emancipation of Sojourner Truth: Year of Freedom Brown Bag Lunch with Isabelle Richman, VCU School of World Studies

Oct. 25, 2012
Time: 12 p.m.
Location: University Student Commons, Virginia Room A
Fee: Free

For more information or special accommodations contact Ryan K. Smith, Department of History, at (804) 828-1635 or rksmith3@vcu.edu.

Emancipation and the Civil WarEmancipation and the Civil War: Recent and Classic Young Adult Fiction and Nonfiction: Year of Freedom Brown Bag Lunch with Leila Christenbury, VCU School of Education

Nov. 6, 2012
Time: 12 p.m.
Location: Richmond Salons II
Fee: Free

For more information or special accommodations contact Ryan K. Smith, Department of History, at (804) 828-1635 or rksmith3@vcu.edu.

Evergreen CemeteryEvergreen Cemetery: Uncovering Richmond’s Premier African-American Burial Ground: Year of Freedom Brown Bag Lunch with John Shuck, volunteer coordinator at Evergreen Cemetery

Oct. 10, 2012
Time: 12 p.m.
Location: Larrick Student Center, Court End A
Fee: Free

For more information or special accommodations contact Ryan K. Smith, Department of History, at (804) 828-1635 or rksmith3@vcu.edu.

MasurAbraham Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation

Oct. 3, 2012
Time: 5 p.m.
Location: University Student Commons Theater
Fee: Free

Louis P. Masur, professor of American studies and history at Rutgers University, will speak on Abraham Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation. A reception and book signing will follow.

Masur is a cultural historian whose publications include books on capital punishment, the first World Series, a transformative photograph and a seminal rock ʹnʹ roll album. He will base his lecture on his new book, “Lincolnʹs Hundred Days: The Emancipation Proclamation and the War for the Union.”

For more information or special accommodations contact Ryan K. Smith, Department of History, at (804) 828-1635 or rksmith3@vcu.edu.

Ta-Nehisi CoatesTa-Nehisi Coates, Year of Freedom Lecture: “The Civil War and Emancipation in the Age of Obama”

Sept. 20, 2012
Time: 5 p.m.
Location: VCU Commons Theater
Fee: Free

Ta-Nehisi Coates is a senior editor for The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics and social issues for TheAtlantic.com and the magazine. He is the author of the memoir “The Beautiful Struggle.”

The National Endowment for the Humanities’ Emancipation Nation “Watch Party”

Sept. 17, 2012
Time: 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Location: VCU Commons Theater
Fee: Free

One day in a nation’s history would change its course forever. Civil War scholars will re-create the national scene and dilemmas America faced on Sept. 22, 1862, in a special presentation at the Smithsonian Museum of American History. The conversation will stream live to classrooms and gatherings nationwide and feature University of Richmond President Edward L. Ayers moderating historians Eric Foner (Columbia University), Thavolia Glymph (Duke University), Gary Gallagher (University of Virginia) and Christy Coleman (American Civil War Center). Inclusive perspectives of different races and backgrounds will be presented.

A capping ceremony in 1944 at St. PhilipSegregation and Desegregation in Higher Education: Confronting Our Past, Facing Our Future

Sept. 12, 2012
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: Younger Auditorium, School of Nursing Building
Fee: Free

The Jackie Denise Jackson Memorial Cultural Diversity Lectureship will mark the 50th anniversary of the closing of the St. Philip School of Nursing with a panel discussion titled “Segregation and Desegregation in Higher Education: Confronting Our Past, Facing Our Future.” Established as a separate nursing school for African-American women at the Medical College of Virginia during racial segregation, the St. Philip School of Nursing operated from 1920 to 1962, when the last of its 688 graduates received their nursing diplomas.

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Unknown No LongerUnknown No Longer: A New Database to Track the Enslaved: Year of Freedom Brown Bag Lunch with Lauranette L. Lee and Paige Newman, Virginia Historical Society

Sept. 12, 2012
Time: 12 p.m.
Location: University Student Commons, Forum Room
Fee: Free

For more information or special accommodations contact Ryan K. Smith, Department of History, at (804) 828-1635 or rksmith3@vcu.edu.

Museum of the Confederacy Brown Bag Lunch: Eric App on the Richmond Bread Riot and Brown’s Island Explosion

April 19, 2013
Time: 12-12:30 p.m.
Fee: Free

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Museum of the Confederacy Brown Bag Lunch: Ruth Ann Coski on John Singleton Mosby

March 8, 2013
Time: 12-12:30 p.m.
Fee: Free

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Museum of the Confederacy Brown Bag Lunch: Waite Rawls on Longstreet’s Suffolk Campaign

Feb. 15, 2013
Time: 12-12:30 p.m.
Fee: Free

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Virginia Historical Society Banner Lecture: “My Father’s Name: A Black Virginia Family After the Civil War” by Lawrence Jackson

Jan. 31, 2013
Time: 12 p.m.
Fee: Free for members (please present card) and to Richmond Times-Dispatch readers with a newspaper coupon; $6 for adults; $5 for seniors; $4 for children and students. Reservations are not required.

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Museum of the Confederacy Brown Bag Lunch: Sam Craghead on the Alabama's sinking of the Hatteras

Jan. 18, 2013
Time: 12-12:30 p.m.
Fee: Free

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Museum of the Confederacy Brown Bag Lunch: “Manumitting the Custis Family Slaves and the Eve of Emancipation”

Dec. 21, 2012
Time: 12-12:30 p.m.
Fee: Free

On Dec. 29, 1862 — three days before the Emancipation Proclamation took effect — R.E. Lee, executor of the estate of his father-in-law, George Washington Parke Custis, traveled from his headquarters in Fredericksburg to Spotsylvania Court House to file a document that freed Custis’ slaves. What was going on? This program will discuss this important document and its historical context. Join MOC Historian and Vice President of Research and Publications John Coski for this free talk.

Contact Kelly Hancock at (855) 649-1861, ext. 121, or khancock@moc.org for more information.

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Virginia Historical Society Gallery Walk: “Edwin Forbes and the Bohemian Brigade: The Civil War as Reported by Correspondents”

Dec. 12, 2012
Time: 12 p.m.
Fee: Free for members (please present card) and to Richmond Times-Dispatch readers with a newspaper coupon; $6 for adults; $5 for seniors; $4 for children and students. Reservations are not required.

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Trapped in a Hot Spot: The Germans of Richmond During the American Civil War

Lecture with Andrea Mehrlander, Executive Director of Check Point Charlie Foundation

Nov. 14, 2012
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: University of Richmond, Jepson Hall, Room 118
Fee: Free

“Red Badge of Courage” film and discussion

Nov. 11, 2012
Time: 2-4 p.m.
Location: Henrico Theater, 305 E. Nine Mile Road, Henrico, Va.

View the 1951 film, “Red Badge of Courage” and hear a discussion of combat experiences with U.S. Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant Thomas Williams.

For more information, please call (804) 652-3409.

Museum of the Confederacy Brown Bag Lunch: “The Revolving Door of the Army of the Potomac’s Leadership”

Nov. 9, 2012
Time: 12-12:30 p.m.
Fee: Free

On Nov. 5, 1862, Abraham Lincoln finally removed George B. McClellan from command of the Army of the Potomac. This was neither the first nor the last time that Lincoln would change commanders. Join MOC President and CEO Waite Rawls for this free talk.

Contact Kelly Hancock at (855) 649-1861, ext. 121, or khancock@moc.org for more information.

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From Foundry to Fire

Oct. 20 and 27, 2012
Time: 12:30 p.m.
Location: American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar
Fee: Free with paid admission

Learn about the importance of the cannon manufacturing capabilities of Tredegar Iron Works and the role of artillery in the Civil War, with a demonstration by a costumed artillery crew.

Museum of the Confederacy Brown Bag Lunch: “Antietam, Photography and the Changed Face of War”

Sept. 21, 2012
Time: 12-12:30 p.m.
Fee: Free

One of the bloodiest battles in history, Antietam forever changed the way we look at war due to the photographic images of its dead. This talk looks at the romantic image of war created by artists and compares them with Antietam’s photographic reality. Antietam marks the beginning of our modern day image of war. Join MOC Supervisor of Visitor Services Bryce VanStavern for this free talk.

Contact Kelly Hancock at (855) 649-1861, ext. 121, or khancock@moc.org for more information.

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Virginia Historical Society See You in Class: “Richmond’s Civil War in Photographs” by Michael Gorman

Sept. 20 and 27, 2012
Time: 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Fee: $50 for VHS members; $60 for nonmembers

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Virginia Historical Society Gallery Walk: “The Emancipation Proclamation”

Sept. 19, 2012
Time: 12 p.m.
Fee: Free for members (please present card) and to Richmond Times-Dispatch readers with a newspaper coupon; $6 for adults; $5 for seniors; $4 for children and students. Reservations are not required.

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A Fireside Chat: “Looking at the Emancipation Proclamation”

Sept. 17, 2012
Time: 7-9 p.m.
Fee: Free, but registration is required.

Join three of the nation’s foremost scholars — Edna Greene Medford, Frank Williams and Harold Holzer — as they interpret, evaluate and remember the Emancipation Proclamation as its 150th anniversary begins.

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Freedom and Social Memory in Global Perspective: A Panel Discussion

Sept. 14, 2012
Time: 5 p.m.
Location: The Jefferson Hotel Grand Ballroom
Fee: Free

In 2012‐2013 Virginia Commonwealth University sponsors a Year of Freedom: Confronting Our Past, Facing Our Future as the university's commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War and Emancipation. The American Civil War and Emancipation constitute the most important events in American history, and Richmond, the capital of the Confederacy, was ground zero for the Civil War. It also became ground zero for conflicts over public memory of the war.

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Virginia Historical Society Banner Lecture: “Civil War Lawyers: Constitutional Questions and Courtroom Dramas” by Arthur T. Downey

Sept. 13, 2012
Time: 12 p.m.
Fee: Free for members (please present card) and to Richmond Times-Dispatch readers with a newspaper coupon. $6 for adults; $5 for seniors; $4 for children and students. Reservations are not required.

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A View from the Inside: A Behind-the-Scenes Tour of the Virginia Historical Society’s “Forever Free”: The Emancipation Proclamation

Sept. 11, 2012
Time: 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Fee: $10 for VHS members; $17 for nonmembers; reservations required.

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