Taylor White ’15 and Huebner to Present at Southern Historical Association Meeting

On Nov. 15, history major Taylor White ’15 will join Prof. Tim Huebner in presenting at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Historical Association in Atlanta. Their presentation will be part of a workshop session, “Digital Collaborations Across Institutions: Using Visualizing Emancipation to Teach the End of Slavery.”

The conference presentation is the final piece of an Associated Colleges of the South Blended Learning Grant, which Huebner received in collaboration with historians at the University of Richmond, Millsaps College, and Furman University during 2013-2014. The grant allowed faculty and students at the four institutions to work together to contribute to the Visualizing Emancipation database, a digital history project hosted by the University of Richmond that shows when and where African Americans gained their freedom during the American Civil War.

Students in Huebner’s spring 2014 course “Civil War, Emancipation, and the Constitution” worked on independent research projects on emancipation in Tennessee, and they then took the data from their papers and added it to the Visualizing Emancipation site. In addition to working on their own projects, all students in the class held three virtual class meetings, in which students from all four institutions shared their research strategies and findings via Skype. 

White, one of the students in Huebner’s course, will discuss her paper, which focused on women’s experiences of emancipation in Nashville.