• March 10, 2014: Teach-In on The Civil War

       

      The keynote speakers for this event include John Wilmerdig, an expert on the portray of historical moment through American art, and Ed Ayers one of the nation’s leading scholars on the history of the American south.  It promises to be the single greatest day of teaching about this period in American history ever put together.

    • A Special Occasion For Students, Alumni, and Oklahoma

       

      Oklahoma will have a unique opportunity to attend and participate in OU’s “Teach-In on The Civil War” Monday, March 10 on the main campus in Norman. The incredible array of American historians who will be featured during the day represent some of the best scholarship on the foundational and formative eras of our nation’s history.

    • Why The Teach-In?

       

      The University of Oklahoma is committed to making sure that our students are prepared for citizenship when they graduate, and the Teach-In reflects that commitment.

      I believe that a solid understanding of our country’s history has never been more urgent.  America cannot remain great unless all of us understand how we overcame adversity and became great in the first place. – David L. Boren, President

      OU is becoming a national leader in making civic education an integral part of the college experience.  I’m proud to say that our new concentration and minor in Constitutional Studies makes OU the only top-tier university where an undergraduate can focus his or her studies on the American Constitution and its history.

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The University of Oklahoma Teach-In
Norman, OK · Monday, March 10, 2014

President BorenThe Teach-In is a celebration of what we’ve accomplished so far and a statement of our commitment to teaching American history.  This year's event, which promises to be one of OU's most important single-day programs, will focus on the topic of the Civil War and will feature lectures from the nation's top historians on this crucial period in American history.
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David L. Boren, President

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Monday, March 10

9:30 a.m. – “From the Emancipation Proclamation and Gettysburg Address to the March on Washington”

Paul F. Sharp Concert Hall, Catlett Music Center
President David L. Boren will open the session and introduce Vernon Burton, Director Clemson CyberInstitute, Creativity Professor Humanities, and Professor of History and Computer Science at Clemson University.
Question-and-answer period to follow.

10:30 a.m. – “Lincoln’s Greatest Speech: The Second Inaugural”

Paul F. Sharp Concert Hall, Catlett Music Center
Ronald White, Professor of History, University of California, Los Angeles
Question-and-answer period to follow.

Noon – (Luncheon Address) “Visualizing the Civil War: Three American Artists”

Molly Shi Boren Ballroom, Oklahoma Memorial Union
President Boren will introduce luncheon speaker John Wilmerding, professor of American art at Princeton University.

2 p.m. – “U.S. Grant at the Civil War Sesquicentennial”

Paul F. Sharp Concert Hall, Catlett Music Center
Joan Waugh, Professor of History, University of California, Los Angeles
Question-and-answer period to follow.

3 p.m. – “Lincoln’s Four Roads to Emancipation”

Paul F. Sharp Concert Hall, Catlett Music Center
Allen Guelzo, director of Civil War Studies, Gettysburg University
Question-and-answer period to follow.

4 p.m. – “Freedom in America and Civic Education”

Paul F. Sharp Concert Hall, Catlett Music Center
Discussion with all speakers moderated by Kyle Harper, Director of the Institute for American Constitutional Heritage and recipient of the James Henry Breasted Prize.
Question-and-answer period to follow.

6:30 p.m. – (Dinner Address) “Where Did Freedom Come From?”

Dinner, Molly Shi Boren Ballroom, Oklahoma Memorial Union
President Boren will introduce Ed Ayers, one of the nation’s leading scholars on the history of the American South, and president of Richmond University.

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Vernon Burton

Professor of History and Computer Science at Clemson University

Vernon Burton, a prolific author and scholar, has authored or edited 20 books and more than 200 articles including The Age of Lincoln and In My Father’s House Are Many Mansions: Family and Community in Edgefield, South Carolina. He is Creativity Professor of Humanities, Professor of History and Computer Science at Clemson University, and the director of the Clemson…

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Ronald White

Author of critically acclaimed "A. Lincoln: A Biography"

Ronald White is the author of the New York Times bestseller A. Lincoln: A Biography, as well as Lincoln’s Greatest Speech: The Second Inaugural and The Eloquent President: A Portrait of Lincoln through His Words. He has lectured at the White House and has been interviewed on the PBS News Hour.

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John Wilmerding

Professor of American Art at Princeton University

John Wilmerding has authored books on various artists and their portrayal of historical moments in American history, including Fitz Henry Lane, John F. Peto, Winslow Homer and Thomas Eakins. He also serves on the Committee for the Preservation of the White House.

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