published Thursday, November 8th, 2012

UTC symposium explores Civil War, 19th-century press

"Lee and His Generals" is among the Civil War-related prints up for bids in the Whitfield-Murray Historical Society auction in Dalton, Ga., on Saturday, Nov. 10.
"Lee and His Generals" is among the Civil War-related prints up for bids in the Whitfield-Murray Historical Society auction in Dalton, Ga., on Saturday, Nov. 10.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's 20th annual Symposium on the 19th Century Press, the Civil War and Free Expression will be held today through Saturday, Nov. 8-10.

The conference will begin this afternoon at the Sheraton Read House Hotel, 827 Broad St., and continue Friday and Saturday in the University Center on the UTC campus. All paper sessions are free.

The symposium will feature 44 speakers from across the nation, including distinguished historians and communication scholars.

The Friday luncheon speaker will be Gregory A. Borchard, University of Nevada Las Vegas, whose topic is "The Campaign From Candidate to President: Abraham Lincoln and the Press, 1858-1861." Borchard co-wrote "Journalism in the Civil War Era" (2010) and wrote "Abraham Lincoln and Horace Greeley" (2011).

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.

To view the complete list of presentations this year, visit www.utc.edu/Academic/ WestChairOfExcellenceIn Communication/Symposium and click "2012 program."

For more information, contact David B. Sachsman, holder of the West Chair, 423-425-4219 or david-sachs man@utc.edu.

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