In this time of continuing social distancing and increased reliance on digital formats for facilitating meaningful conversations, CWI is excited to continue its new biweekly virtual program, "Finding the Source." Every other Wednesday evening, Peter Carmichael (Director, CWI) and Ashley Whitehead Luskey (Assistant Director, CWI) will conduct virtual interviews with both academic and public historians of the Civil War era to discuss an historical source of particular interest to them in their latest research endeavors, as well as the source of their personal inspiration to join the history profession. Programming rooted in the Gettysburg battlefield will be included wherever possible.
In addition to providing fascinating glimpses into the motivations and personal experiences of some of today’s leading historians, the Finding the Source series will delve deeply into a wide range of intriguing primary documents, artifacts and commemorative pieces, bringing the detective work of history into the spotlight. Each week, Carmichael, Luskey, and the featured guest will probe beneath the surface of these sources and scholarship to reveal new questions animating continually evolving approaches to the American past. Viewers will be encouraged to get involved in the conversation with questions and comments, which the hosts will strive to address and incorporate into the program.
Please see below for the Spring, 2021 "Finding the Source" schedule!
February 3, 7 pm: Andrew Lang (A Contest of Civilizations: Exposing the Crisis of American Exceptionalism in the Civil War Era)
February 17, 7:15 pm: Deirdre Cooper Owens (Medical Bondage: Race, Gender, and the Origins of American Gynecology)
March 3, 7 pm: Matthew Hulbert & Andrew Fialka (The Civil War Guerrilla: Unfolding the Black Flag in History, Memory, and Myth; The Ghosts of Guerrilla Memory: How Civil War Guerrillas Became Gunslingers in the American West)
March 17, 7 pm: Kathryn Shively ("Jubal Early and the Architecture of the Lost Cause”)
March 31, 7 pm: Jonathan Jones ("Opium Slavery: Civil War Veterans and Opium Addiction”)
April 14, 7 pm: Amy Greenberg (A Wicked War: Polk, Clay, Lincoln, and the 1846 Invasion of Mexico)
April 28, 7 pm: Elizabeth Varon & William Kurtz (“Black Virginians in Blue”)
May 12, 7 pm: Kenneth Noe (The Howling Storm: Weather, Climate, and the American Civil War)