UTC’s twenty-second annual Symposium on 19th Century Press, the Civil War, and Free Expression will be held Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, November 6-8. The purpose of the conference is to share current research and to develop a series of monographs on the 19th century press, the Civil War and the press, and 19th century concepts of free expression.
Papers from the first five conferences were published by Transaction Publishers in 2000 as a book of readings called The Civil War and the Press. More recently, Purdue University Press published papers from past conferences in three distinctly different books titled Memory and Myth: The Civil War in Fiction and Film from Uncle Tom’s Cabin to Cold Mountain (2007), Words at War: The Civil War and American Journalism (2008), and Seeking a Voice: Images of Race and Gender in the 19th Century Press (2009).
The fifth book, Sensationalism: Murder, Mayhem, Mudslinging, Scandals, and Disasters in 19th Century Reporting, was published by Transaction last year, and the latest book, A Press Divided: Newspaper Coverage of the Civil War, was released last month.
The symposium will be at the Sheraton Read House Thursday evening and the UTC University Center Friday and Saturday.
All paper sessions are free and open to the public.
On Saturday, Jim Ogden, the historian of the Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park, will take attendees on a tour of historic Civil War sites.
View the 2014 program.
This event is sponsored by the West Chair of Excellence, The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga communication and history departments, the Walter and Leona Schmitt Family Foundation Research Fund, and the Hazel Dicken-Garcia Fund for the Symposium.