The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
UTC professors to present papers at symposium

Dr. Kit Rushing, McDonald Professor and head of the UTC Communication Department  and Dr. Fran Bender, professor in the English Department  are among the UTC professors who will present papers  as the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's Twelfth Annual Symposium on the 19th Century Press, the Civil War, and Free Expression begins Thursday, November 11, 7-10 p.m. at the Sheraton Read House Hotel.  The symposium will continue through Saturday, November 13. 

The symposium aims to share current research and to develop a series of monographs on the 19th century press, the Civil War and the press, and 19th century concepts of free expression. 

Papers from the first five conferences were published by Transaction Publishers in 2000 in a book called The Civil War and the Press, according to Dr. David Sachsman, George R. West, Jr. Chair of Excellence in Communication.

“We recommend that you arrive as early as you can and stay as long as possible,” Sachsman said. “On Saturday afternoon, Jim Ogden, the historian of the Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park, will take us on a tour of historic Civil War sites.”

The symposium is sponsored by the West Chair of Excellence, the UTC Communication and History departments, the Chattanooga Times Free Press, and WRCB-TV Channel 3.

There is no admission charge for paper presentations, and the public is invited. To attend a luncheon on November 11 or the tour of the park, please call Sachsman at 425-4219.

A complete listing of presentations follows:

Thursday, Nov. 11, 7-10 p.m., Sheraton Read House Hotel.

  • "Voices" Kit Rushing, The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
  • "History and Children's Fiction" Fran Bender, The University of  Tennessee at Chattanooga
  • "The Development of Narrative Art in the Civil War Fiction of F. Scott  Fitzgerald" Dr. Marcia Noe, Fendall Fulton, UTC
  • "I Undertook to Write You a Letter for Publication: The Social Functions of Soldiers' Letters to Indiana Newspapers During the Civil War" Stephen Towne, Indiana University, Purdue University Indianapolis
  • "Greeley at Salt River: Whig Radicalism and the Collapse of the Second Party System" Gregory Borchard, UNLV
  • "Slavery in the Florida Whig Press: A report on how three Florida Whig papers  covered slavery and the 1850 Compromise from 1848-1852" Sherrie Farabee, Lorain County Community College

Friday, Nov. 12    Raccoon Mountain Room of the UTC University Center

9-10:30 a.m.

  • "A Brief History of the Confederate Press" Deborah Reddin van Tuyll, Augusta State University
  • "'No Turning Back': The Official Bulletins of Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton, Summer of '64" Crompton Burton, Ohio University
  • "Drawing Civil War Soldiers: Volunteers and the Draft in Harper's Weekly and Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, 1861-1864" Martin Kuhn, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

10:40 a.m.-12:10 p.m. 

  • "Hollywood Themes and Southern Myths: An Analysis of Gone with the Wind" Bill Huntzicker, St. Cloud State
  • "Gone With The Wind: It's The Copyright, Not Tara, That's Worth Fighting For" Robert Spellman, SIU, Carbondale
  • "The Fugitive Imagination: Robert Penn Warren and Southern Biography" Robert Gilpin, Yale University

12:10-1:30 p.m. 

  • Luncheon in the Chickamauga Room, University Center
  • "Cameras, Sketchbooks and Combat: Visual Communication During the American Civil War" Charles Lewis, Minnesota State University, Mankato

1:30-3:30 p.m.

  • "John L. O'Sullivan and the Tragedy of Radical Jacksonian Thought" Robert Sampson, University of Illinois
  • "Assignment Liberia: 'the boldest adventure in the history of Southern journalism'" Patricia McNeely, South Carolina
  • "'The Darlings Come Out to See the Volunteers Drilled': Depictions of Women in Harper's Weekly  During the Civil War" Kate Edenborg and Hazel Dicken-Garcia, University of Minnesota
  • "Lawyer/Editor Alexander K. McClung: the South's Most Feared Dueler" Alex Nagy, MTSU

3:45-5:45 p.m.

  • "This Wicked World: Masculinities and the Portrayals of Sex, Crime, and Sports in the National Police Gazette, 1879-1906" Guy Reel, Winthrop University
  • "The Liberty to Argue Freely: Nineteenth-Century Obscenity Prosecutions and the Emergence of Modern Libertarian Free Speech Discourse" Mary Lamonica, Bridgewater State College
  • "Race, Reconciliation, and Historical Memory in American Newspapers During the Centennial Year" Robert Rabe, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • "Journalism in Civil War Indiana: Technology, the Party Press, and Suppression" David Bulla, Iowa State University

6-8 p.m.      

  • Dinner in the Chickamauga Room
  •  Panel: "Words, Images, Destiny: Native Americans in the 19th Century Press" Barbara Straus Reed, Rutgers, moderator
  • "Portrayals of Native Americans and African Americans in the Journalism of Jane Grey Swisshelm: Heretical or Conventional?" Mary Ann Weston, Northwestern University
  • "Tough Words and Savage Pictures: Images of American Indians in Harper's and Leslie's" Bill Huntzicker, St. Cloud
  • "Business, Politics, and War: Relations Among American Indians and Whites as Portrayed in the Frontier Press of Mankato, 1857-1868", Charles Lewis, Minnesota State University, Mankato
  • "Constituting the present: Lessons for today from newspaper coverage of the Indian Land Severalty Act of 1887" Debra Schwartz, University of Maryland

Saturday, November 13, 2004

9:00 a.m..-12:00 p.m.

  • "The Failure of a Moderate Southern Voice: Andrew Jackson Donelson's Tenure as Editor of the Washington Union,1851-1852" Mark Cheathem, Southern New Hampshire University
  • "The Intersection of Mid-Nineteenth Century Black and White Community in Hartford, CT as presented in the letters of Addie Brown" Tami Christopher, Teikyo Post University
  • "Fighting the Demon Rum: The Murder of a Virginia Prohibition Party Newspaper Editor" Stephen Bird, Radford
  • "Immersion and Secession: Mixing Religion and Politics in the Mississippi Baptist, 1860-61" Nancy Dupont, Loyola
  • "Checking Financial Power: Newspaper Coverage of the New York Stock Exchange's Bid to Control the Ticker, June 1889" Cynthia Mitchell, Central Washington University
  • "A Survey of the Newspaper Industry's First Professional Trade Publication, The Journalist (1884-1907)" Jennifer Moore, University of Minnesota

12-6 p.m. 

  • Discussion continues while the group visits Chattanooga's historic Civil War Sites  (includes lunch and dinner)