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Maine Historical Society, Maine Humanities Council to offer Civil War Sesquicentennial Symposium on April 27, 2013

March 13, 2013

On Saturday, April 27, 2013, the Maine Historical Society and Maine Humanities Council will offer a public one-day symposium examining the Civil War. Local and Legendary: Maine in the Civil War features a full day of national and Maine-based speakers on the beginnings of the Civil War; its causes, constituencies, politics, and personalities; cultural aspects of the Civil War era; and why the War still matters to us 150 years later. This symposium is the only broad-based statewide event of its kind this year.

Featured speakers include Manisha Sinha, Professor of Afro-American Studies, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, on Emancipation during the Civil War; and Patrick Rael, Associate Professor of History, Bowdoin College, on Maine in the Civil War.

Breakout sessions include: • Libby Bischof, Assistant Professor of History, University of Southern Maine, on Civil War photography • Cedric Gael Bryant, Lee Family Professor of English at Colby College, on literature of the Civil War era • Gretchen Long, Associate Professor of History and Chair of Africana Studies Program, Williams College, on Civil War-era medical practices, with a focus on the African-American experience • Richard Sautter, Pennsylvania Humanities Council Commonwealth speaker and Adjunct Instructor of Theatre, Messiah College, on the role of the theater during the Civil War

And enjoy a special field music presentation from the 3rd Maine Infantry Fife and Drum Corps!

The program will take place at Hannaford Hall at the University of Southern Maine in Portland, from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. Advance registration is required: $35 for the general public and $20 for students, which includes all sessions, materials, and lunch. Some scholarships are available.

This program is funded under a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this press release do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

For more information:

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