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Special Event

Lessons & Legacies: The Civil War and Veterans Today

Army of the Potomac Staff

Generals of the Army of the Potomac, Culpeper, Va. Image credit: Wikimedia Commons

Georgetown University, Washington, DC

November 13, 6 p.m.

ICC Auditorium, Georgetown University

United States Naval Academy and St. John’s College

November 14, 7 p.m.

Rickover Hall, U.S. Naval Academy

United States Military Academy and Mount Saint Mary College

November 14, 12:50 p.m.

Haig Room, USMA Library

United States Air Force Academy and Colorado College

November 14, 6 p.m.

Colorado College

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Welcome to the NEH's Lessons and Legacies Resource Portal. To commemorate Veterans Day 2012, the NEH is hosting a series of screenings and panel discussion of the NEH-funded film Death and the Civil War, which aired in September on PBS as part of the American Experience series. The NEH is partnering with the following instituitions for these events:

Each event will begin with a special director's cut of Ric Burns' documentary film, Death and the Civil War, followed by a scholarly panel discussion featuring historians, veterans, and policy experts from the partner institutions. The discussions will examine lessons from the Civil War and how they can be applied to the experiences of today's soldiers. These screenings and panels will foster dialogue between students from military academies and liberal arts colleges, veterans, and their families on how students and academics can bridge the gap between the military and civilian spheres to create stronger educational support mechanisms for returning veterans.

But aside from these, and the crowd's hurrahs, and
the land's congratulations,
Admitting around me comrades close, unseen by the
rest, and voiceless
I chant this chant of my silent soul, in the name of all
dead soldiers.

-- Walt Whitman, Hymn of Dead Soldiers

Harvard President Drew Gilpin Faust introduces NEH "Death and the Civil War" Veterans Day screening
Georgetown University

Image appears courtesy of Georgetown University

Washington, D.C. Event at Georgetown University

(Open to the public)

When: November 13th, 2012, 6:00 p.m-8:00 p.m.
Where: ICC Auditorium, Georgetown University
Panelists: Ric Burns, Steeplechase Films; Dr. Chandra Manning, Georgetown University History Department; Russell Galeti, Georgetown University's Student Veterans' Association; Dr. Albert C. Pierce, Professor of Ethics and National Security NDU; Dr. Tommy Sowers, Assistant Secretary for Public and Intergovernmental Affairs (OPIA).

naval chapel

Image appears courtesy of U.S. Naval Academy

United States Naval Academy & St. John's College Event

When: Wednesday, November 14th, 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. 
Where: Rickover Hall, U.S. Naval Academy
Panelists: Dr. Mary DeCredico, American Civil War, USNA; Dr. Wayne Hsieh, 19th C U.S. Military History, USNA; Captain Craig Felker, USNA Permanent Military Professor in the History Department; Adam Schulman, Tutor, St. John's College; Walter Sterling, Tutor, St. John's College.

United States Military Academy

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United States Military Academy & Mt. St. Mary College Event

When: Wednesday, November 14th, 12:50 p.m. (lunch preceding)
Where: Haig Room, USMA
Panelists: COL Matthew Moten, History Department Head, USMA; LTC David R. Siry, American Civil War, USMA; MAJ Andrew Forney, American Historian, USMA; MAJ Joseph ScottDepartment of History, USMA; Lucien Mott, Academic Administration, State University of New York (SUNY).

Colorado College

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United States Air Force Academy & Colorado College Event

When: Wednesday, November 14th, 6:00 p.m. (MST)
Where: Armstrong Hall 300, the Max Kade Theatre, Colorado College
Panelists: Dr. Jessica Giles Copeland, Colorado College Collaborative for Community Engagement; Dr. Jean Scandlyn, University of Colorado at Denver; Dr. Anne Hyde, Colorado College History Department; Jason Copeland, U.S. Air Force Academy Athletics Department; Col. Mark Wells, U.S. Air Force Academy History Department; Dr. Jeanne Heidler, U.S. Air Force Academy History Department; Janet Edwards, U.S. Air Force Mortuary Affairs .