2014 Speakers

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 CyberInstitute.


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.


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.


Joan Waugh
Professor of History at the University of California, Los Angeles

Joan Waugh is a historian specializing in the Civil War, Reconstruction and Gilded Age eras. She has written books on these subjects, including U. S. Grant: American Hero, American Myth and Civil War and Reconstruction, 1856 to 1859, as well as The Memory of the Civil War in American Culture and Wars Within A War: Controversy and Conflict Over the American Civil War.


Allen Guelzo
Director of Civil War Studies at Gettysburg College

Allen Guelzo is the author of the New York Times bestseller Gettysburg: The Last Invasion, as well as Abraham Lincoln: Redeemer President, Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation: The End of Slavery in America and Lincoln and Douglas: The Debates that Defined America.


Ed Ayers
President, Richmond University

Ed Ayers one of the nation’s leading scholars on the history of the American South, has authored or edited 10 books, including The Promise of the New South: Life After Reconstruction, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and In the Presence of Mine Enemies: Civil War in the Heart of America.


Kyle Harper
Kyle Harper
Director, Institute for the American Constitutional Heritage

An Edmond native, Kyle Harper graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Letters from OU in 2001. After pursuing his Master’s and Ph.D. In History at Harvard University, Kyle returned to his home state in 2009 to become the Director of the Institute for the American Constitutional Heritage and Associate Professor of Classics and Letters at the University of Oklahoma. He is a specialist on Roman History, with particular interests in Roman law and Roman economic development. His first book, Slavery in the Late Roman World, appeared from Cambridge University Press in 2011. Dr. Harper is also the recipient of the James Henry Breasted Prize.