The Miami University Libraries will commemorate the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War during the 2011-2012 academic year with a series of programs. This series will support the Libraries’ goal of facilitating meaningful discussions about the significance and legacy of the Civil War in the United States in the past and present, as well as here in Oxford. We hope hosting this program at Miami University will engage both the university community and the Oxford community.

Co-sponsored by Miami’s Humanities Center, the symposium was the official kick off for a reading and discussion series, “Let’s Talk About It: Making Sense of the American Civil War,” supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association and co-sponsored with Lane Library Smith Library of Regional History. The symposium provided the greater context for five reading and discussion groups to be conducted over the course of the next six months. For more information, please visit

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