Crossroads of Memory: A Conference Honoring the Life and Work of John Neff (October 29 & 30, via zoom)

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The Center for Civil War Research at the University of Mississippi invites attendees to “Crossroads of Memory: A Conference Honoring the Life and Work of John Neff,” to be held online this Friday and Saturday, Oct. 29 & 30. 

Barbara Gannon (University of Central Florida) will deliver the keynote address, "Honoring the Olustee Dead: Commemoration and the Problem of Erasure,” at 6pm on 10/29.

Register for the zoom link for all events here: https://olemiss.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIpdemvqjopHdLf8F1tbpWz2yaqddXiPzwt

A complete schedule as well as a registration link can be found on the Center for Civil War Research website: http://www.civilwarcenter.olemiss.edu/Conference2021.shtml

Other highlights include:

  • A roundtable (10/29 at 2pm) with fellow contributors to the volume in which John was recently published, featuring:
    • Caroline E. Janney John L. Nau III Professor in the History of the American Civil War, University of Virginia
    • James Marten Professor of History, Marquette University
    • Jonathan W. White Associate Professor of American Studies, Christopher Newport University
    • Anna Gibson Holloway Supervisory Historian, Fleet History at Naval History and Heritage Command
  • The awarding of the 2020 Wiley-Silver Prize for Best First Book in Civil War History to Christopher Mortenson, Professor and Chair, Ouachita Baptist University, including his remarks, "A 'Rough' in Uniform: General Lew Wallace and the Civil War" (10/29 at 4:15pm)
  • Panels all day Saturday, 10/30, featuring papers by many of John’s former students.  (Full schedule can be found here: http://www.civilwarcenter.olemiss.edu/Conference2021.shtml)

The Conference on the Civil War, and the Center for Civil War Research were both the creations of Professor John Neff (1961-2020), whose scholarship and teaching inspired so many at the University of Mississippi and beyond.  Neff, author of Honoring the Civil War Dead: Commemoration and the Problem of Reconciliation (2005), was the College of Liberal Arts Outstanding Teacher of the Year in 2005, won the University of Mississippi Humanities Teacher of the Year award in 2009 and won the Elsie M. Hood Outstanding Teacher Award in 2009.

Please email April Holm (aholm@olemiss.edu) with questions.