Civil War Dream Conference for Students

Tony Horwitz Speaking Event Poster


8:30 a.m. Welcome

8:45 a.m. Overview of Connecticut and the Civil War with Dr. Matthew Warshauer, author of Connecticut in the American Civil War: Slavery, Sacrifice, and Survival.

9:15 a.m. Break

9:45 a.m. The Great Debate: Union, States Rights, & Slavery (click for details) / Famed abolitionist Frederick Douglass, President Abraham Lincoln, and Vice President of the Confederacy Alexander Stephens face off in an historical reenactment over the very meaning of freedom

10:45 a.m. Campus tours

11:15 a.m. Lunch (provided by CCSU)

11:45 a.m. Discussion with Tony Horwitz

1:00 p.m. End of the day

What do you need to do?

  • Contact Dr. Matthew Warshauer, Professor of History at CCSU, 860-832-2803
  • Determine if your district can cover the cost of buses. If it cannot, Dr. Warshauer will try to arrange funds to cover that expense
  • Choose Confederates in the Attic or Midnight Rising (or both) for your students. They will be distributed free of charge in January
  • Consider providing your students with extra credit for the reading
  • Provide your students with study questions related to Confederates in the Attic and Midnight Rising. These will be forwarded by Dr. Warshauer
  • Class time, before and after, discussing the books and event

What do your students get?

  • An opportunity to share history and define memory with one of America’s great writers
  • Free admission to the event
  • Free copies of Confederates in the Attic and Midnight Rising
  • Free lunch
  • Tours of the CCSU campus and information on the university