Public Lectures

"Civil War and Emancipation: Visualizing American History"
Edward L. Ayers, University of Virginia

2006 Pauley Symposium: History in the Digital Age
Opening Keynote Lecture
Thursday, September 21, 2006, 7:30pm

About the Presenter

Edward Ayers is the author of the Bancroft Prize-winning In the Presence of Mine Enemies: The Civil War in the Heart of America, 1859-1863 (2004). He is Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Virginia where he holds the Hugh P. Kelly Professorship in History. Ayers has written widely on the American South and has been a leading force in digital history. He is the co-founder of the Virginia Center for Digital History and the Director of the project entitled "Valley of the Shadow: Two Communities in the American Civil War," winner of the e-Lincoln Prize from Gettysburg College, honoring outstanding high-tech projects that bring 19th century history to life electronically. Ayers is the author of What Caused the Civil War: Reflections on the South and Southern History, and The Promise of the New South: Life After Reconstruction, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award.

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This presentation included material from:

  • The Valley of the Shadow
  • The Emancipation Project
  • The Southern History Database


    An essay based upon ideas presented in this lecture and separately edited for print publication is available.


    This presenter participated in our ongoing series of Digital History interviews.