Marquette Civil War Project Explores the Many Meanings of Freedom

Sep 26, 2012

Most of the commemorations in this second year of the Civil War sesquicentennial revolve around analyzing the military history of the conflict. But Marquette University wanted to mark the anniversary by presenting another angle: the meaning of freedom.

Led by the history department's chair James Marten, Marquette's "Freedom Project" is a look at the changing meaning and history of the concept of freedom and emancipation. The Project is a year-long collaboration between departments throughout the university, including its Raynor Memorial Libraries, theatre department, College of Arts and Sciences - as well as its Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

William Welburn is Marquette’s Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion, and he joined Marten in Lake Effect's studios to talk about the Freedom Project. Marten tells Lake Effect's Stephanie Lecci that its kickoff is timed near the anniversary of the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation.

The Freedom Project kicks off with the Klement Lecture tomorrow evening featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and author Dr. Steven Hahn.

You can hear more about the Project's logo image below as supplemental audio.