Professor of History Dr. Kathryn Galchutt is among a select group of faculty chosen to participate in The American Civil War: Origins and Consequences, currently scheduled to take place in late June at the University of Virginia. The multidisciplinary seminar is cosponsored by The Council of Independent Colleges and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, and will be directed by Gary W. Gallagher, John L. Nau III Professor in the History of the American Civil War Emeritus at the University of Virginia.
Dr. Galchutt’s expertise in the history of religion and race in twentieth-century America makes her well suited for the seminar, which will explore the continued resonance of the Civil War era’s dividing issues by looking at the central role of slavery, the intersection of military and civilian affairs, unresolved questions and Americans’ inherited memories of the conflict. Dr. Galchutt teaches the Civil War and Reconstruction in American History survey courses at Concordia, and in her Civil Rights course, she draws connections between the American Revolution, the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement to illuminate the Civil War’s long shadow on today’s United States, and its continuing relevance to the lives of students.
Dr. Galchutt is the author of The Career of Andrew Schulze, 1924-1968: Lutherans and Race in the Civil Rights Era, published through Mercer University Press. She has presented and published on historic Lutheran communities in Milwaukee, Chicago, Harlem, and Brooklyn. Her most recent publication is “Lutherans and the Civil Rights Struggle in Selma,” published in the Journal of the Lutheran Historical Conference.