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Seminar will discuss children of the Civil War

June 16, 2004

SPRINGFIELD - “An Almost Silent Cry: Children of the Civil War, North and South” is the subject of the 2004 Society, Slavery, and the Civil War seminar presented by the Public Policy High School Initiative at the University of Illinois at Springfield.

The seminar is set for 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday, June 25, in Brookens Auditorium, located in the lower level of Brookens Library on the UIS campus.

Moderated by Cullom Davis, UIS professor emeritus of History, the seminar is designed for teachers and Lincoln and slavery historians, as well as for anyone with a general interest in the subject.

Speakers will include:

James Marten, professor of history/director of graduate studies at Marquette University and author of The Children’s Civil War, Children and War: A Historical Anthology, and Lessons of War: Selections from Children’s Magazines During the Civil War;

Mary Niall Mitchell, assistant professor of history/director of undergraduate studies at the University of New Orleans and author of a forthcoming cultural history of African-American childhood and the politics of freedom in the 19th century;

Wilma King, Arvarh E. Strickland Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Missouri-Columbia and author of Stolen Childhood: Slave Youth in Nineteenth Century America and the forthcoming book African-American Children in Historical Perspective; and

Marie Jenkins Schwartz, associate professor of history at the University of Rhode Island and author of Born in Bondage: Growing Up Enslaved in the Antebellum South

Scotti Cohn, author of Beyond Their Years: Stories of Sixteen Civil War Children and Liberty’s Children: Stories of Eleven Revolutionary War Children, will be the luncheon speaker from 1 to 1:30 p.m.

A roundtable discussion from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. will conclude with a question-and-answer session open to the audience. Deborah McGregor, UIS associate professor of History, will moderate.

A book sales area will be open during the day and a book-signing session with the authors will begin at 3:30 p.m. outside Brookens Auditorium.  Copies of the authors’ books will be available for sale in the UIS Bookstore.

Registration, including lunch and seminar materials, is $15 ($10 for students and those aged 55 and over). To make reservations, contact Brenda Allan at (217) 206-7163 no later than June 22.

Illinois teachers may receive six CPDUs for attending this seminar. For more information, visit UIS’ Center for State Policy and Leadership website at http://cspl.uis.edu/.

    The University of Illinois at Springfield, one of three U of I campuses, is a small, public liberal arts university that offers 40 degree programs – 20 bachelor’s, 19 master’s, and the Doctorate of Public Administration. UIS has a special mission in public affairs and service and is known for extraordinary internships, a wireless campus, extensive online offerings, and a commitment to teaching.
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