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"America on the Eve of the Civil War"
Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Robins Center, University of Richmond
Campus Drive, Richmond, Virginia 23173


Welcome and Greetings
Dr. Edward L. Ayers, President, University of Richmond Conference Chairman

The Honorable William J. Howell, Speaker of the House of Delegates; Chairman, Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission

The Honorable Timothy M. Kaine, Governor, Commonwealth of Virginia

9:00-10:00 Session #1: "Taking Stock of the Nation in 1859"
Edward L. Ayers, Moderator
Christy S. Coleman, American Civil War Center
Gary W. Gallagher, University of Virginia
Walter Johnson, Harvard University
Joan Waugh, University of California Los Angeles
10:00-10:15 Break
10:15-11:15 Session #2: "The Future of Virginia and the South"
Charles B. Dew, Williams College
Robert C. Kenzer, University of Richmond
Gregg D. Kimball, Library of Virginia
Lauranett L. Lee, Virginia Historical Society
11:15-11:30 Break
11:30-Noon Discussion and Q&A from both morning sessions
Noon-1:15 p.m.

LUNCH; Book Signing Session

1:20 p.m. Announcement of Sesquicentennial Tourism Marketing Grant Program Recipients - The Honorable William J. Howell
1:30-2:30 Session #3: "Making Sense of John Brown's Raid"
David W. Blight, Yale University
David S. Reynolds, City University of New York
Manisha Sinha, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Clarence E. Walker, University of California Davis
2:30-2:45 Break
2:45-3:45 Session #4: "Predictions for the Election of 1860"
Jean H. Baker, Goucher College
Daniel W. Crofts, College of New Jersey
Nelson D. Lankford, Virginia Historical Society
Elizabeth R. Varon, Temple University
3:45-4:00 Break
4:00-4:30 Discussion and Q&A from both afternoon sessions
4:30-5:00 Concluding Remarks
5:00-5:30 Book Signing Session



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