Call for Papers for Multidisciplinary Symposium:
John Brown Remembered:  150th Anniversary of the Raid on Harpers Ferry
Date:  October 14-17, 2009
Location:  Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, Harpers Ferry, West Virginia
Submission Deadline:  15 January 2009

Plenary Speakers Include:

•        Dr. David Blight
•        Dr. Spencer Crew
•        Dr. Paul Finkelman

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, along with other partners, will host a
multidisciplinary academic symposium on John Brown and his 1859 raid on
Harpers Ferry. This early announcement of the conference is designed to
stimulate new and innovative scholarly research and debate.  Submissions
should focus on the life of John Brown in relation to the broader context of
slavery, the abolitionist movement, and the American civil rights movement. We
welcome 300 word abstracts or proposals. Proposals for panels are also
welcome.  All presentations will be eligible for submission to the proposed
publication of the conference's juried proceedings.

Please include the following information in your conference proposals or
Name, e-mail address, college or university affiliation, mailing address, audio
visual needs, and times when it is impossible for you to present your work during
the October time frame. Also please indicate if you are part of a pre-arranged

E-mail submissions, are encouraged, although mailed submissions will also be

Submission topics may include, but are not limited to, the following:

•        John Brown’s Plan
•        John Brown and Frederick Douglass
•        Events leading up to and/or following the raid
•        Individual Raiders
•        The Secret Six
•        The Trial
•        Press Coverage of Brown, the Raid, or the Trial
•        Responses in the South and/or the North
•        Political Responses:  Lincoln, Gov. Wise, etc.
•        Literary Responses
•        John Brown in Literature, Art, and/or Entertainment
•        Biographers of John Brown
•        Descendants of Participants of this Historic Event
•        John Brown and Religion
•        Brown and the African-American Community

Submit 300 word proposals or abstracts by 15 January 2009 to:
Dr. Peggy A. Russo
Department of English
1 Campus Drive,
Pennsylvania State University
Mont Alto, PA 17237
Phone:  (717) 749-6231
Fax:  (717) 749-6231

For more information, contact:
Kim Biggs
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
P O Box 65
Harpers Ferry, WV 25425
(304) 535-6026

Conference Sponsors:
•        Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
•        Harpers Ferry Historical Association
•        Jefferson County NAACP
•        National Parks Conservation Association
•        John Brown Heritage Association
•        Penn State University, Mont Alto Campus

Conference Organizers:

Kim Biggs, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, P O Box 65, Harpers Ferry,
WV, 25425, (304) 535-6026, Kim

Todd Bolton, Branch Chief Visitor Services, Harpers Ferry National Historical
Park, P O Box 65, Harpers Ferry, WV  25425, (304) 535-6026, Todd

Paul Finkelman, President William McKinley Distinguished Professor of Law and
Public Policy, Albany Law School, 80 New Scotland Avenue, Albany, New York   
(518) 445-3386,  

Amy S. Greenberg, Professor of American History & Women’s Studies,
Pennsylvania State University, 0108 Weaver Building, University Park, PA
16802, (814) 863-0162,

Debbie Piscitelli, Harpers Ferry Historical Association, P. O. box 197, Harpers
Ferry, WV  25425, (304)535-2078,

Peggy A. Russo, Assistant Professor of English, Pennsylvania State University,
1 Campus Drive, Mont Alto, PA 17237, (717) 749-6231,

Link to Conference website: where
you may download the Call for Papers poster.