To mark the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, Virginia Theological Seminary announced the Religion and the Civil War Lectures at VTS, presented by the Zabriskie Lecture Series, focusing on the war’s effects on the seminary and surrounding community as well as on American religious life. Dr.Kate Masur of Northwestern University delivers the next lecture in the series on November 15, 2013. (Click here to register).
Dr. Masur’s lecture, "Fugitive Slaves, Military Intelligence, and Civil Rights before the Emancipation Proclamation,"
will examine encounters between runaway slaves, United States soldiers and sailors along the Potomac River in the first year of the Civil War, and how the interactions led white soldiers and sailors to reconsider their assumptions about African Americans' loyalty, credibility, and the worthiness of equal rights.
Professor of History and African American Studies at Northwestern University, Dr. Masur is the author of An Example for All the Land: Emancipation and the Struggle over Equality in Washington, D.C. (2010).
Historians of American religion have long noted the divisive effect of the Civil War on religious institutions in this country,” said the Rev. Robert Prichard, Ph.D., Arthur Lee Kinsolving Professor of Christianity in America and Instructor in Liturgy at VTS. “Denominations divided, Christians North and South turned to God for assistance in gaining victory over one another, and individual institutions and communities were altered. Virginia Seminary, founded in 1823, was no exception to this general pattern.”
This free lecture from the Religion and the Civil War series is hosted by VTS' Office of Lifetime Theological Education, and will be held on Friday, November 15, 2013 in the Addison Academic Center at Virginia Theological Seminary beginning with a reception at 7:00 PM and the lecture at 7:30 PM.