RIC History Department to host Civil War symposium, Sept. 28

The Rhode Island College History Department will host its 49th symposium, “America’s Bloodiest Day: Antietam, Emancipation and Memorialization” as part of the state’s 150th commemoration of the American Civil War on Friday, Sept. 28.

The Battle of Antietam is considered an important turning point of the Civil War because it resulted in Abraham Lincoln's decision to issue the Emancipation Proclamation and ended British consideration to directly interfere in the American Civil War.

View the "America's Bloodiest Day" Poster

Several guest speakers with expertise in these areas will be invited to participate in the event.

"It's a real treat to host scholars who are not only highly regarded, but also are currently engaged in important new research on the Civil War,” said Erik Christiansen, a history professor at the college. “Richard Slotkin's brilliant new book on Antietam has just hit the shelves, and the audience at RIC will be one of the very first to hear him discuss his work in person."

The symposium will be split into several parts and be located in Gaige Hall room 100 and the Fortes Room in Adams Library.

This event is free and open to the public.


Gaige Hall 100

9:00 – 10:15 a.m.

“The Long Road to Antietam: How the Civil War Became a Revolution”
Professor Emeritus Richard Slotkin, Wesleyan University

10:15 - 11:15 a.m.
Living History Program

11:30 – 12:30 p.m.
Keynote Address: “Abraham Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation”
The Honorable Frank Williams

Fortes Room, Adams Library

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Photography and Memorial: Antietam
James Ulrich, Eastman House

2:45 – 3:45 p.m.
Roundtable Discussion: Memorial During the Civil War,
Professor Emeritus, J. Stanley Lemons, First Baptist Church, Providence, The Reverend John Alexander, St. Stephen’s Church, Providence and other guests to be announced

These events have been endorsed by the R.I. Civil War Commission. For more information, contact Karl Benziger at kbenziger@ric.edu or Erik Christiansen at echristiansen@ric.edu.