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UIS program will examine women’s roles in the Civil War

June 13, 2005

SPRINGFIELD – The University of Illinois at Springfield will present “With Hearts on Fire - Women in the Civil War: North and South” from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday, June 17, in Brookens Auditorium, located on the lower level of Brookens Library on the UIS campus.

The program is free and open to the public; however seating is limited and reservations are required. Each participant will receive copies of program materials, including a book written specially for the seminar.

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The third event in the annual Society, Slavery, and the Civil War seminar series, the program will examine women’s roles – including spy, soldier, nurse, and more – on both sides of the conflict. Speakers will include Catherine Clinton, Elizabeth Leonard, and Alice Fahs.

Clinton has taught at such institutions as Harvard, Brandeis, and Brown universities. She is the author or editor of more than a dozen books, including The Plantation Mistress: Woman’s World in the Old South (1983) and The Other Civil War: American Women in the Nineteenth Century (1984). Her biography Harriet Tubman: The Road to Freedom was selected by the Christian Science Monitor and the Chicago Tribune as one of the best non-fiction works of 2004. Clinton’s newest children’s book, Hold the Flag High, will be published this year and she is currently at work on a biographical study of Mary Todd Lincoln.

Leonard is John J. and Cornelia V. Gibson Associate Professor of History and department chair at Colby College, Waterville, Maine. Her books include Lincoln’s Avengers: Justice, Revenge, and Reunion after the War (2004), All the Daring of the Soldier: Women of the Civil War Armies (2001), and Yankee Women: Gender Battles in the Civil War (1994). She also edited and wrote the introduction for a new edition of Sarah Emma Edmonds’ 1864 autobiography Memoirs of a Soldier, Nurse, and Spy: A Woman’s Adventures in the Union Army (1999).

Fahs is associate professor of History at the University of California, Irvine. She is the author of The Imagined Civil War: Popular Literature of the North and the South, 1861-1865 (2000) and in 2003 she published an edition of Hospital Sketches, Louisa May Alcott’s account of her experiences as a nurse during the Civil War.

Co-sponsors of the event are the UIS Public Policy High School Initiatives Program; Professor Phillip Shaw Paludan, Naomi B. Lynn Distinguished Chair of Lincoln Studies at UIS; the UIS Speakers Bureau; the UIS Center for State Policy and Leadership; and Lawrence J. Smith and Sheila Stocks-Smith.

The Public Policy High School Initiatives program, housed within the Center for Policy Studies and State Leadership, is an educational program focused on students, teachers, and schools that encompasses residential leadership education with college credit for students, public policy research program grants for the classroom, and professional development opportunities for teachers.

For more information or to make reservations, contact Peggy Dunn, PPHSI director, at (217) 206-7398 or e-mail pphsp@uis.edu.



    The University of Illinois at Springfield, one of three U of I campuses, is a small, public liberal arts university that offers 42 degree programs – 21 bachelor’s, 20 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.