The Norman Transcript

February 19, 2014

Historians to headline Teach-In

Transcript Staff
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — Award-winning historians Ed Ayers and John Wilmerding will headline the University of Oklahoma’s “Teach-In on the Civil War” for the public March 10 on the Norman campus. They will be joined by four additional leading historians who will share their perspectives on this era in American history during the daylong events.

Ayers, who will speak at dinner on the topic of “Where Did Freedom Come From?,” is one of the nation’s leading scholars on the history of the American South.

Wilmerding will speak at the luncheon on “Visualizing the Civil War: Three American Artists.” He is a member of the American Philosophical Society and also serves on the Committee for the Preservation of the White House.

Teach-In will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Paul F. Sharp Concert Hall in the Catlett Music Center, 500 W. Boyd St., with “The Seductiveness of Turning Points: How Important was Gettysburg?” by Gary Gallagher.

The next session will be at 10:30 a.m. in the same location on “Lincoln’s Greatest Speech: The Second Inaugural,” by author Ronald White.

The noon luncheon address, “Visualizing the Civil War: Three American Artists,” will be presented by Wilmerding in the Molly Shi Boren Ballroom of Oklahoma Memorial Union, 900 Asp Ave. 

The afternoon sessions, which will be in the Paul F. Sharp Concert Hall, will begin at 2 p.m. and feature historian Joan Waugh, who will speak on “U. S. Grant at the Civil War Sesquicentennial.”

The following session will be at 3 p.m. in the same location on “Lincoln’s Four Roads to Emancipation,” by author Allen Guelzo.

A panel discussion moderated by Kyle Harper, director of OU’s Institute for American Constitutional Heritage and recipient of the James Henry Breasted Prize, will be at 4 p.m. in the same location, featuring all of the speakers.

The event will conclude with a dinner in the Molly Shi Boren Ballroom of Oklahoma Memorial Union, featuring an address by Ayers. Reservations are required for the lunch and dinner sessions. 

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