McPherson-Mitchell Lecture Series

2020 McPherson-Mitchell Lecture

Kevin M. Levin

Wednesday, February 19, 5 P.M.

Claudia Crosby Theatre

Kevin M. Levin, author of Searching for Black Confederates: The Civil War's Most Persistent Myth, presented the 2020 McPherson-Mitchell Lecture.

Kevin M. Levin is an award-winning educator and historian based in Boston, Massachusetts. He has written extensively about the American Civil War and has spoken across the country on the current controversy surrounding Confederate monuments. His expertise on the Confederate monument controversy has led to interviews with The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Wall Street Journal as well as numerous international newspapers. He has appeared on C-SPAN, NPR, Al-Jazeera, BackStory With the American History Guys, and Vox.

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