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March 17-Tennessee's War of 1812 Symposium

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All Day

War of 1812 Bicentennial Symposium

 "Tennessee, the Atlantic World, and the War of 1812"

Saturday, March 17, 2012
Nashville Public Library Auditorium
615 Church Street, Nashville

Register in advance by emailing the Tennessee Historical Society at

Sponsored by the Center for Historic Preservation at Middle Tennessee State University, the Tennessee Historical Society, the Tennessee State Museum, and Special Collections at the Nashville Public Library.

Friday, March 16, 2012
Exhibit Reception and Tour, “Becoming the Volunteer State: Tennessee in the War of 1812” at the Tennessee State Museum

Saturday, March 17, 2012
Nashville Public Library Auditorium

9-9:45 Registration

9:45-10:00 Welcome
Dr. Carroll Van West, MTSU Center for Historic Preservation
Ann Toplovich, Tennessee Historical Society

10:00-10:45 "Indian Country in 1812: The Life and Times of the Southern Indians on the Eve of the War of 1812."
Dr. Robbie Ethridge, University of Mississippi

10:45-11:30 "Andrew Jackson's Bolivar: Tennesseans Embrace Latin American Independence"
Dr. Caitlin Fitz, Northwestern University

11:30-1:00 Lunch on your own

1:00-1:45 Keynote Address:
“Why Is the War of 1812 Important”
Dr. Donald Hickey, Wayne State College

1:45-2:30 “Tennessee and the War of 1812”
Dr. Kristofer Ray, Austin Peay State University

2:30-3:30 Panel Discussion
Dr. Tom Kanon, Tennessee State Library and Archives, moderator

3:30 Conclusion

Dr. Don Hickey holds a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois and is a professor of history at Wayne State College in Nebraska. A specialist in early American history and American military history, Hickey has taught at Wayne State since 1978, although he has held concurrent visiting appointments at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College (1991-92) and the Naval War College (1995-96). He is the author of five books and more than fifty articles, including The War of 1812: A Forgotten Conflict (1989), The War of 1812: A Short History (1995), and Don't Give Up the Ship! Myths of the War of 1812 (2006).

Dr. Robbie Ethridge is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Mississippi. In addition to writing several articles and book chapters on the ethnohistory of the Indians of the American South, she is the author of Creek Country: The Creek Country and Their World, 1796-1816, with the University of North Carolina Press (2003), and she is the co-editor, along with Charles Hudson, of the volume The Transformation of the Southeastern Indians, 1540-1760, published by the University Press of Mississippi (2002). She also co-edited with Thomas J. Pluckhahn Light on the Path: The Anthropology and History of the Southeastern Indians (2006) published by the University of Alabama Press. Her latest co-edited volume is Mapping the Mississippian Shatter Zone: The Colonial Indian Slave Trade and Regional Instability in the American South (2009) co-edited with Sherri Shuck-Hall, published by the University of Nebraska Press. Her latest monograph is entitled From Chicaza to Chickasaw: The European Invasion and the Transformation of the Mississippian World, 1540-1715 (2010) published by the University of North Carolina Press. She is currently working on a long-term project on the rise and fall of the Mississippian world.

Dr. Caitlin Fitz (Ph.D., 2010, Yale University) is an assistant professor at Northwestern University. She is a historian of early America, in a broad and hemispheric sense. Her work explores early U.S. engagement with foreign communities and cultures, as well as the relationship between ordinary people and formal politics. Her current manuscript, Our Sister Republics: The United States in an Age of American Revolutions, reveals how the early nineteenth century Latin American independence movements shaped popular understandings of race, revolution, and republicanism within the United States. Fitz has also written about U.S. citizens in insurgent Brazil (The Americas, 2008), Iroquois communities during the U.S. revolution (Journal of the Early Republic, 2008), and antislavery activists in Tennessee (Civil War History, 2006). She has conducted archival research in Portuguese, Spanish, French, and English, and she has received fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.  She received her Ph.D. in 2010 from Yale, where her dissertation received the George Washington Egleston Prize in American History.

Dr. Kristofer Ray (Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 2003) is an assistant professor of history at Austin Peay State University and serves as the Senior Editor of the Tennessee Historical Quarterly.  Dr. Ray’s research interests lie in early North American identity formation, political culture and economic development. His most recent book, Middle Tennessee, 1775-1825: Progress and Popular Democracy on the Southwestern Frontier, was published by the University of Tennessee Press in 2007.