Friday, April 1, 2016

UNO Professor to Moderate Civil War Panel at Literary Festival

Mary Niall MitchellUniversity of New Orleans history professor Mary Niall Mitchell will serve as moderator for a panel discussion entitled "Storytelling, Memory, and the Civil War" as part of the 2016 Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival. The discussion takes place Sunday, April 3 at 1 p.m. in the Queen Anne Ballroom at Hotel Monteleone and will explore ways authors tell new stories about the Civil War. Mitchell is co-director of UNO’s Midlo Center for New Orleans Studies, which is sponsoring the panel.

Mitchell’s panel is set to include Clay Risen, editor of The New York Times blog “Disunion,” Deborah Willis, professor and chair of the Department of Photography and Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and Kent Wascom, author of the new Civil War era novel Secessia.

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Mary Niall Mitchell is Ethel and Herman L. Midlo Chair in New Orleans Studies, Joseph Tregle Professor in Early American History and associate professor of history at the University of New Orleans. She is the author of Raising Freedom's Child: Black Children and Visions of the Future after Slavery (NYU Press, 2008). Her latest book project, The Slave Girl in the Archive, is a study of race, photography, slavery and memory in the nineteenth century. Mitchell is one of three lead historians for, a collaborative database of fugitive slave advertisements housed at Cornell University. She has written for The New York Times “Disunion” blog, Harper’s Magazine, The Atlantic, and She has received fellowships and awards from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and the J. William Fulbright Foundation.

The Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival began in 1986 with 500 audience members and two days of programming. By the event’s 25th anniversary in 2011, there were 10,000 audience members hearing from more than 130 authors, actors and musicians over a five day span. USA Today named it one of the top ten literary festivals in the nation, and it has a total economic impact of $1 million. The festival organization also provides professional writing education to more than 200 area students and supports year-round literary programs in the community.