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Upcoming Civil War symposium examines role of guerrilla warfare


A photo of Dr. Daniel Sutherland, the upcoming speaker for the Summer History Symposium
Dr. Daniel Sutherland, one of America’s foremost authorities on the Civil War, will focus on the role of guerrilla warfare in the western theaters when he delivers the keynote address for the Summer History Symposium beginning at 7:30 p.m. on June 9 in Te Ata Memorial Auditorium on the campus of the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma in Chickasha. The event is free and open to the public.

Upcoming Civil War symposium examines role of guerrilla warfare

 

Dr. Daniel Sutherland is scheduled to deliver the keynote address for the fourth Summer History Symposium beginning at 7:30 p.m. June 9 in Te Ata Memorial Auditorium at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma.

See Dr. Sutherland interview here:

Dr. Daniel Sutherland Interview - Summer History Symposium 2015

The event is free and open to the public.

Sutherland is a distinguished professor of history at the University of Arkansas, where his teaching and research have traditionally focused on the American Civil War.

Sutherland’s keynote address will focus on the role that guerrilla warfare played in the American Civil War, both in advancing causes unobtainable by regular forces and in the degrading effect that it had on the Confederate war effort by weakening support for state and national governments and diminishing the trust citizens had in their officials to protect them.

Sutherland is the author of eight books including A Savage Conflict: The Decisive Role of Guerrillas in the American Civil War (2009) and Guerrillas, Unionists, and Violence on the Confederate Home Front (1999). He has published more than 50 book chapters and articles in popular magazines and scholarly journals. Five of his books have been selected by the History Book Club.

Sutherland has received more than 40 honors and awards for his work including the Distinguished Book Award from the Society for Military History and the Tom Watson Brown Book Award from the Society of Civil War Historians.

Dr. James Finck, assistant professor of American history and coordinator of the Summer History Symposium, feels that Sutherland’s presentation will shine a much-needed light on a poorly understood aspect of the war.

“Dr. Sutherland has been important in changing how historians see the war in the western theaters,” Finck said. “He reminds us that many in the border states never saw the larger battles we have heard of. For them, guerrilla warfare was the war and, in many ways, a much more savage and brutal conflict. This is an often forgotten part of the Civil War and I am excited to have Dr. Sutherland here so we can learn more about this important aspect of the war.”

USAO’s Summer History Symposium began in 2012 and has expanded to include a history camp component. As part of the camp, high school students will have VIP seats for Sutherland’s keynote address and the opportunity to have breakfast with him the next morning where they can ask questions in a more private setting.

During the first day of camp there will be three history lectures given, including the keynote address by Sutherland, and one more the next morning.

The Summer History Symposium is scheduled to continue with Civil War themed addresses through 2016.

The event is part of USAO’s annual symposia series, which includes the Ray, Mary and Nita Giles Symposium on Citizenship and Public Service each fall and the Emerson-Wier Liberal Arts Symposium in the spring.

Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Dan Fagin is scheduled to deliver the keynote address for the upcoming Giles Symposium, beginning at 7:30 p.m. on October 8.

Recent keynote speakers for the symposia include author and new media sensation Neil Gaiman, Nobel prize winning neuropsychiatrist Eric Kandel and celebrated novelist Margaret Atwood.

More information about the Summer History Symposium can be obtained by calling 574-1229.