May 14, 2010
History Professor Accepted to NEH Summer Seminar on the Civil War
Kristen Anderson, Webster University assistant professor of American history, has been accepted to a National Endowment for the Humanities seminar on the Civil War to commemorate the war's 150th anniversary. The four-week seminar will take place in June at the Georgia Historical Society in Savannah, Georgia. The seminar is a great opportunity for professor Anderson, as it is hosted by some of the top scholars in the field at one of the best archives for studying the Civil War.
"Participating in this seminar will be very beneficial to both my research and my teaching," says Anderson. "I will have the chance to learn the latest methods for teaching the war from the leaders in the field as well as to do research in the Georgia Historical Society archives. The Civil War stands at the center of the 19th century, literally and figuratively, and as a 19th century historian, I am committed to conveying the full significance of this event to my students."
For more information on the seminar go to: http://www.georgiahistory.com/containers/631.
Anderson completed her first year teaching at Webster University. Prior to her appointment, she finished her Ph.D. at the University of Iowa and holdes an M.A. from the University of Iowa and and a B.A. from the South Dakota State University. She teaches courses in 19th Century U.S. history, including courses on the Civil War, slavery, and the history of St. Louis. These topics are central to her research as well. Her dissertation focused on German immigrants in St. Louis during the time period surrounding the Civil War and their relationships with the city's African American population and the institution of slavery.