Special Opportunity: President Ayers seeks students to join him at the Smithsonian, 9/17

From the President’s Office:

President Ayers is leading a national discussion on President Lincoln’s emancipation proclamation on Monday, September 17, at the Smithsonian Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. http://www.neh.gov/news/press-release/2012-08-06-0

This event is being sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities, The History Channel, and the Smithsonian. We hope as many as 15-20 University of Richmond students will be able to attend this program as part of the live audience.

The University will provide bus transportation from the University, departing at 10 a.m. on September 17. Students from other Richmond area colleges and universities have also been invited to attend. Lunch will be provided. The Emancipation Proclamation discussion will begin at 1:30 p.m. and includes historians Christy Coleman of the American Civil War Center, Thavolia Glymph of Duke University, Eric Foner of Columbia, and Gary Gallagher of the University of Virginia. Each historian will share the reactions of different interests within the U.S. population at the time, including the perspectives of newly freed slaves, abolitionists, President Lincoln, and political factions in D.C.

Following the 1:30 p.m. event, there will be a wreath-laying event at the Lincoln Memorial at 4 p.m. The bus will return to the University after the Lincoln Memorial event.

To register, visit: (http://engage/involved/events/emancipation-nation.html).

This event is being live streamed to sites throughout the United States since seating is limited, and the CCE will host a “watch party” from 1:30-2:30 p.m. in Tyler Haynes Commons 305 for those who are unable to make the trip.

Also, the NEH is sponsoring a nation-wide student contest as part of its program. Students submitting the winning entries will have their work published on the NEH website and receive a cash prize, a two-night trip to Washington, D.C., and a specially guided tour of the Smithsonian Museum of American History.

Contest Information: Students will analyze and interpret historical document(s) from either the Freedmen and Southern Society Project or Visualizing Emancipation (both NEH-funded sites), identifying the speaker, subject, and relevance to the Emancipation experience. Students must present their analysis creatively and be sure to cite the primary source they are using. Possible submission formats include, but are not limited to: a short essay, a first-person narrative, a letter, a one scene play, a poem, a blog poem, a video, an original song, or a digital recording. If interested in submitting media content, contestants should attach a brief abstract along with their work.

Detailed submission and prize information is available on the NEH website: http://emancipation.neh.gov/student-contest/.

For more information, contact:
Carolyn R. Martin
Office of the President
Phone:(804) 289-8088
Email: cmartin@richmond.edu