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"Zebulon B. Vance Reconsidered" - Historian Panel with Gordon McKinney, Steve Nash, Joe Mobley and Darin Waters

  • 09/15
  • 10:00 am-11:00 am
  • Sherrill Center - Mountain View Room 417

As part of a 2-day symposium, Zebulon B. Vance Reconsidered, a panel of historians will discuss Vance's life and legacy. The panel will feature eminent retired history professor Gordon McKinney; Steve Nash, assistant professor at East Tennessee State University; Joe Mobley, lecturer at NC State; and Darin Waters, assistant professor of history at UNC Asheville.

All symposium events are free and open to everyone. Seating capacity is limited and each symposium event is ticketed separately. Tickets are available online - click here. No backpacks will be allowed and bags will be checked at the door.

Vance, who served as a Confederate officer and then North Carolina governor during the Civil War, was imprisoned after the war. Later pardoned, he practiced as an attorney, and then became governor again and then U.S. Senator.

Commemorated with statues (like the one in Raleigh photographed above), monuments and historical sites, including the Vance Monument in downtown Asheville, and the Vance Birthplace near Weaverville, N.C., Vance's legacy is now being reexamined and debated.

Friday afternoon at 2 p.m., New York Times best-selling novelist Sharyn McCrumb, who has featured Vance frequently enough in her novels that she jokes, "I think I dated him in high school," will offer a talk about Vance.

The two Friday events - the 10 a.m. historian panel and the 2 p.m. talk by Sharyn McCrumb, will both take place in UNC Asheville's Sherrill Center, Mountain View Room 417.

The symposium will begin a day earlier, on Thursday, when David Blight, an expert on history and memory, will lecture at 7 p.m. in Lipinsky Auditorium. Blight is the author of many books about the Civil War and Reconstruction eras, is director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale.


Contact for this event:

  • Department of History
  • 828.251.6415