Published on April 24, 2018

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A Civil War Conference:
Confederate Icons: History, Memory, and the Future of Our Past

Saturday, July 28, 2018, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
James Madison University,
Harrisonburg, Virginia

This conference will focus on the history of Confederate icons such as monuments and the battle flag – and how their use, meaning, and cultural acceptance have changed over the years.

Conference speakers will include historians Christy S. Coleman, John M. Coski, Caroline E. Janney, James I. “Bud” Robertson, Jr., and Keven M. Walker.  For more about our speakers, click here.

Please Note:  Registration for the conference has closed.


9:00 am               Check-in Desk Opens

10:00 am             Keven M. Walker – Welcome and Opening Remarks

10:30 am             James I. “Bud” Robertson, Jr. – The Monument War: History vs. Hypocrisy

11:30 am             Caroline E. Janney –The Civil War Generation’s Competing Memories of the War

12:30 pm             Lunch

2:00 pm               Christy S. Coleman – When the Sacred and Profane Become One

3:00 pm               John M. Coski – Battles Over the Battle Flag – and a Modest Peace Proposal

4:00 pm               Keven M. Walker – Preservation vs. Politics: Our View of the Road Ahead