The Porter L. Fortune, Jr. History Symposium, in conjunction with the Center for Civil War Research’s Conference on the Civil War, will take place October 3 – 5 on the University of Mississippi campus.
This year’s theme is “This Terrible War,” harkening to Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address in 1865. The conference will encourage scholars to probe the impact of the war in various arenas of life in the United States and the Confederacy. Historian Eric Foner will deliver the keynote address.
The Porter L. Fortune, Jr. History Symposium, sponsored by the University of Mississippi Department of History and the Center for the Study of Southern Culture, began as an annual conference on southern history in 1975. In 1983, it was named for Porter L. Fortune, Jr., chancellor emeritus, to honor his contributions to the success of the symposium. Past events have examined topics such as the southern political tradition, childhood, religion, and the role of gender in shaping public power.
For more information on the Symposium, visit the Center for Civil War Research’s website.