Summer History Symposium 2012

"A Lonely Grave" | September 1862 | photographer Alexander Gardner | Union soldiers standing near a comrade's grave at the battlefield of Antietam. PD-US

Civil War historian William C. Davis is the keynote speaker for the inaugural Summer History Symposium at 7:30 p.m. on June 19 in Te Ata Memorial Auditorium at the University of Science and Arts.

The event is free and open to the public.

Davis’ lecture, titled The Summer of ‘62 will focus on the critical events of 1862 including The Battle of Antietam, the photography of Matthew Brady and President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation.

Davis is the author or editor of more than 40 books in the fields of Civil War and Southern history, as well as numerous documentary screenplays.

He was the on-camera senior consultant for 52 episodes of the Arts & Entertainment Network/History Channel series Civil War Journal, as well as historical consultant for several television and film productions, including The Blue and the Gray, George Washington and The Perfect Tribute.

Davis is the only three-time winner of the Jefferson Davis Award given for book-lengthworks in Confederate History. He published two books in 2011, A Taste for War: The Culinary History of the Blue and the Gray and The Rogue Republic: The Shortest Revolution in American History.

Davis is a professor of history at Virginia Tech and serves as director of programs at that institution’s Virginia Center for Civil War Studies.

More information about the Summer History Symposium can be obtained by calling 405-574-1283.