One conference, three locations
Three educational institutions have come together to present a discussion on the roots of the Civil War but in three locations on three separate dates. The unusual arrangement allows the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and the Chautauqua Institution to use their own venues but draw from the diverse audience of each of the three sponsors.
The dates for the conference, titled “Storm on the Horizon: Slavery, Disunion and the Roots of the Civil War,” are Feb. 16 in Washington, at the National Museum of American History; Feb. 18-19 in Colonial Williamsburg; and Aug. 21-27 in Chautauqua, NY.
The African American museum is yet to be built on the Mall, so the American History Museum will host the free panel discussion at 7 p.m. It will be led by Lonnie Bunch, director of the African American museum, and one of the panelists who answer questions on the Civil War on this blog. The event is titled, “Children of the Enlightenment: The Ideological Origins of Black Agency and Activism,” and promises a wide-ranging panel discussion on the complex relationships between free blacks and whites in antebellum America.
Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is offering several lectures and a theatrical performance. A trio of actors playing George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison will discuss the future of the republic, followed by a question and answer period. A fee will be charged.
In the summer, Chautauqua Institute will feature a week of programs. The schedule and speakers have yet to be finalized. A fee will be charged.
| February 4, 2011; 4:19 PM ET
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