Virginia Civil War 150
Commemorative Event

A Fireside Chat:
Looking at the Emancipation Proclamation

Friday, September 21, 2012
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

University of Mary Washington
Dodd Auditorium
Fredericksburg, VA



Harold Holzer
Harold Holzer, a leading authority on Lincoln and the political culture of the Civil War era, is Chairman of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation, successor organization of the U. S. Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, which he co-chaired for nine years. He is the author, co-author, or editor of 42 books, most recently Emancipating Lincoln. Holzer has won many research, writing, and lifetime achievement awards, including the 2008 National Humanities Medal from the President of the United States. A former journalist, and political and government press secretary (for both Congresswoman Bella Abzug and Governor Mario Cuomo), Holzer serves as Senior Vice President for External Affairs at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.


Edna Greene Medford
Edna Greene Medford is a professor and chairperson of the Department of History at Howard University, where for the last 25 years she has specialized in nineteenth century U.S. history. Her publications revolve around the issues confronting African Americans as they made the transition from slavery to freedom during the Civil War and in the decades thereafter. Professor Medford sits on the advisory boards of the Knox College Lincoln Studies Center (Galesburg, Illinois), the Ulysses S. Grant Papers (Mississippi State University), President Lincoln’s Cottage (Washington, D.C.) and the Abraham Lincoln Foundation. She is a member of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation board and of the executive committee of the Lincoln Forum.


James I. Robertson Jr.
James I. Robertson Jr., Alumni Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Virginia Tech, is one of the most distinguished names in Civil War history. A nationally acclaimed teacher and lecturer, he has written or edited two dozen books on the Civil War era. His biography of Stonewall Jackson won eight national awards and was the basis for the movie Gods and Generals. His most recent book is The Untold Civil War: Exploring the Human Side of War (2011). Early in his career, Robertson was appointed executive director of the U.S. Civil War Centennial Commission by President John F. Kennedy. Today he serves on the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission, appointed by the Virginia General Assembly.


Frank Williams
Frank J. Williams is the recently retired Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Rhode Island and a renowned Lincoln scholar and author or editor of 14 books on Abraham Lincoln. He has a private library and archive that ranks among the nation's largest and finest Lincoln collections. Williams is on the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation board and has served as chairman of the Lincoln Forum since it was founded in 1995.


Lynwood J. Evans, Discussion Host
Lynwood J. Evans (“Woody”) is a retired attorney and government affairs professional who is now a TV Host and MC. For the past four years he has been the host of Cable Reports, the television show that explores issues of concern for viewers in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Woody interviews members of the Virginia General Assembly during the legislative session in Richmond, Virginia every year as the members deal with the complicated financial and social issues that affect the lives of ordinary citizens.

Known for his easy going and conversational style Woody has also hosted various events for Comcast Newsmakers, panel discussions at the Virginia Cable Telecommunications Association annual meeting, and the Comcast Leaders and Achievers Award Ceremony.


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