Below is the schedule for the Reconstruction Conference on March 1-2, 2019.

Please register for the conference here.


Day 1
Friday, March 1, 2019
Duke Law School - Room 3041


8:30 - 8:45 AM

Welcome: Dean Kerry Abrams


8:45 - 10:00 AM

The History of Reconstruction: The Legal and Historical Landscape

Moderator: Trina Jones, Duke University


Eric Foner, Columbia University

Thavolia Glymph, Duke University

Evelyn Higginbotham, Harvard University

Daniel Sharfstein, Vanderbilt University


10:15 - 11:30 AM

The Theory and Origins of Reconstruction

Moderator: Joseph Blocher, Duke University


Mark Graber, University of Maryland

Kate Masur, Northwestern University

James Oakes, CUNY

George Rutherglen, University of Virginia


11:45 AM - 12:45 PM

Lunch Panel - Preview of PBS Documentary Reconstruction: America after the Civil War

A New Documentary from Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Q&A with Eric Foner

Room 3041


1:00 - 2:15 PM

Reconstruction and Rights: What are they, and Who can Claim them?

Moderator: Thavolia Glymph, Duke University


Pamela Brandwein, University of Michigan

Laura Edwards, Duke University

Brandon Garrett, Duke University

Franita Tolson, University of Southern California


2:30 - 4:00 PM

Reconstruction and Citizenship, Part I

Moderator: Darrell Miller, Duke University


Garrett Epps, University of Baltimore

Tera Hunter, Princeton University

Martha Jones, The Johns Hopkins University

Tamika Nunley, Oberlin College and Conservatory

Rebecca Zietlow, University of Toledo


4:15 - 5:30 PM

Reconstruction and Citizenship, Part II

Moderator: Rebecca Scott, University of Michigan


Rabia Belt, Stanford University

Jack Chin, UC Davis

Stephen Kantrowitz, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Beth Lew-Williams, Princeton University



Day 2
Saturday, March 2, 2019
Duke Law School - Room 3041


9:00 - 10:15 AM

Reconstruction and Federalism: A Changing Relationship?

Moderator: Laura Edwards, Duke University


Kurt Lash, University of Richmond

Maggie McKinley, University of Pennsylvania

Norman Spaulding, Stanford University

Alexander Tsesis, University of Loyola Chicago


10:30 - 11:45 AM

Reconstruction on the Ground: Law, Courts, and Justice

Moderator: Guy-Uriel Charles, Duke University


Taja-Nia Henderson, Rutgers University

Darrell Miller, Duke University

Dylan Penningroth, University of California, Berkeley

Leslie Rowland, University of Maryland

Rebecca Scott, University of Michigan


12:00 - 1:30 PM

Reconstruction's Legacy and Lessons for Our Times

Lunch Panel

Moderator: Patricia Timmons-Goodson, Vice Chair, United States Commission on Civil Rights, Former Associate Justice, the Supreme Court of North Carolina


Greg Downs, UC Davis

Trina Jones, Duke University

Tim Lovelace, Indiana University - Bloomington

Theodore Shaw, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Neil Siegel, Duke University

[Conference Concludes]


Registration for the conference is now closed.

Conference Details

For information about area accommodations, please contact Leanna Doty:


On Friday, March 1st and Saturday, March 2nd, parking will be available in the Science Drive Parking Garage. Permits will be given out for all day parking in this lot. The parking garage is accessible off of Cameron Blvd. (also known as 751). This parking lot is located on the corner of Cameron Blvd. and Science Dr.



For information regarding registration, logistics and travel, please contact Leanna Doty at