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NEH panel presentation of Emancipation Nation on Constitution Day, 9/17

September 12, 2012

Members of the Lewis & Clark community–

As part of our annual Constitution Day commemoration, this coming Monday, September 17, 2012, National Constitution Day, the NEH will host a panel of renowned Civil War scholars at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History for a performance and discussion about emancipation. They will be joined by a live audience of 250 students from Washington, D.C. area colleges and universities. With support from the Smithsonian, this performance will be live-streamed to classrooms and gatherings nationwide.

The conversation features University of Richmond President Edward L. Ayers moderating historians Eric Foner (Columbia University), Thavolia Glymph (Duke University), Gary Gallagher (University of Virginia) and Christy Coleman (American Civil War Center).

The historians will recreate the national scene and the dilemmas facing Americans on Sept. 22, 1862 without drawing on their knowledge of what would unfold over the next few months and years. Perspectives from the White House, enslaved people from the South, military personnel, Frederick Douglass, Northern free blacks, and their allies will be highlighted in this presentation.

This live streamed event will be shown in three locations at Lewis & Clark on Monday, September 17, at 10:30 a.m.: 

  • Law Campus – Wood Hall, Room 8
  • Graduate Campus – York Center
  • Undergraduate Campus – Templeton, Council Chamber

I encourage all members of the Lewis & Clark community to participate in this national presentation on Monday.  The one hour video can also be accessed via your computer at NEH live and will be shown at a later date on the History channel and the Smithsonian Institution.

Michael Ford, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President for Campus Life 
503 768-7216