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Thursday, June 20

9:00 am-10:15 am (Opening Convocation)

Thavolia Glymph, PhD, is an associate professor of history and African American studies at Duke University where she teaches courses on slavery, the U.S. South, emancipation, Reconstruction, and African American women's history. She is the author of Out of the House of Bondage: The Transformation of the Plantation Household (Cambridge University Press, 2008), for which she was co-winner of the Philip Taft Labor History Book Award. She also is coeditor of two volumes of Freedom: A Documentary History of Emancipation, 1861-1867 (Ser. 1, Vols. 1 and 3, 1985 and 1990), a part of the Freedmen and Southern Society Project. She is currently completing Women at War, a study of women in the Civil War, which is under contract with the University of North Carolina Press. Since 2011, she has been an Organization of American Historians (OAH) Distinguished Lecturer.


Thursday, June 20

12:15 pm-1:45 pm (Luncheon and Keynote Address)

Matthew Pinsker, PhD, is an associate professor of history at Dickinson College where he holds the Pohanka Chair in American Civil War History. He teaches courses in U.S. political, legal and diplomatic history. His research focuses on the career of Abraham Lincoln, partisanship in the Civil War era, American constitutionalism, the Underground Railroad and the history of U.S. campaigns and elections. He has published two books and numerous articles on Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War era, including Lincoln's Sanctuary: Abraham Lincoln and the Soldiers' Home (Oxford University Press, 2003). He has served as a visiting fellow at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia and leads annual teacher workshops on the Underground Railroad for the National Endowment for the Humanities. Pinsker directs House Divided, an online resource that brings the latest technology to the teaching of the 19th Century, including the Civil War. He also is an Organization of American Historian (OAH) Distinguished Lecturer.


Friday, June 21

10:45 am-11:45 am

Jim Downs, PhD, is an associate professor of history at Connecticut College. He specializes in nineteenth-century United States history, African-American Studies, and the history of medicine and public health. In 2011, Downs was a co-organizer for the conference Beyond Freedom: New Directions in the Study of Emancipation, which was sponsored by the Gilder Lehrman Center at Yale University. He is the recipient of various honors, awards, and fellowships including the Andrew Mellon fellowship from the Massachusetts Historical Society. Most recently he has published Sick from Freedom: African-American Illness and Suffering during the Civil War and Reconstruction (Oxford University Press, 2012), which adds new dimensions to the African American struggle for freedom during the Civil War. The book tells how enslaved people's journey to freedom was not one without challenges, as they faced what was an often deadly health crisis. Sick from Freedom has received widespread media attention and was featured by The New York Times.