University conference to celebrate 200th anniversary of Lincolnís birth
The University of South Carolina will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of President Abraham Lincoln with a conference Feb. 6 – 7 in Charleston.
Titled “Lincoln and the Civil War in Contemporary America,” the conference will take place in McKinley Washington Auditorium at the Avery Research Center for African-American History and Culture at the College of Charleston.
Sessions will take place 5:30 – 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6, and 9 – 10:30 a.m. and 10:45 – 12:15 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7. The conference is free and open to the public.
Scholars from around the country will discuss an array of topics, including Barack Obama and Lincoln, Juneteenth emancipation festivals, Lincoln and the Civil War in 21st-century photography and Civil War battlefield interpretation and re-enactments.
Dr. Robert Brinkmeyer, a professor of English and Southern studies at the university, will discuss the Civil War in contemporary Southern fiction, including university graduate Charles Frazier’s “Cold Mountain” (1997), Josephine Humphrey’s “Nowhere Else on Earth” (2000) and other novels. Brinkmeyer has written five books on 20th-century Southern literature, including works on contemporary Southern writers’ views of the West and, most recently, a book about Southern writers’ response to European fascism.
Also in attendance at the conference will be several prominent visual artists who will prepare works for an exhibition to be organized at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art in April 2011 for the sesquicentennial anniversary of the outbreak of the Civil War.
Dr. Thomas Brown, associate professor of history, has coordinated the conference for the university. He has written and edited several books on the Civil War, including a book on the 54th Massachusetts Regiment and a book about the public art of Civil War commemoration.
The conference is sponsored by the university’s College of Arts and Sciences and its department of history, the S.C. Humanities Council and the School of Arts’ Halsey Institute of Contemporary Arts at the College of Charleston.