beetham speaking

In addition to my work as a researcher, writer, and educator, I have over seven years of experience as a speaker at conferences, museums, symposia, and events geared toward non-academic public audiences. I have presented papers and talks centered on the nature of public memory in the post-Civil War era, the relationship between monuments and mourning, the implications of vandalism and iconoclasm, the history of American sculpture, and the remembrance of bodily trauma in war memorials and photography. I am available to speak to audiences at museums, community organizations, Civil War roundtables, symposia, and other gatherings.

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To discuss speaking engagements, contact me at sbeetham@udel.edu.

Interview with Larry Mendte on “The Delaware Way”:


“Defeating the Lost Cause: Iconoclasm and the Confederate Landscape.” Toppling Monuments: A Symposium on History, Memory, and the Power of Images. University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, April 19-20, 2018.

“Obsolete Monuments: Revising the Civil War Memory Landscape.” The Monument: Past, Present, Future. American University, Washington, D.C., November 16, 2017.

“Contested Legacies: Confederate Monuments, White Supremacy, and the Future of the Southern Memory Landscape.” Race, Memory, and Monuments after Charlottesville, University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware, October 10, 2017.

“Time Traveling Objects: Past, Future, Retrofuture, and Material Culture.” A salon in Mrs. M—-’s Cabinet, curated by the Chipstone Foundation, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI, December 17, 2016. LINK

“Sentinels Keep Watch: The Civil War Citizen Soldier and American Sculpture.” North Shore Civil War Roundtable, South Huntington Public Library, Huintington, New York, June 2, 2016.

“‘Dear Mamma you must let me go’: Memory and Loss in Post-Civil War American Art.” Art at Lunch Lecture Series, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, March 30, 2016.

“Army of the Dead: Civil War Monuments, the Lost Cause, and the Afterlife of Memory.” Master’s Degree Program in the History of Decorative Arts, George Mason University, Washington, D.C., June 1, 2015.

“Bivouac of the Dead: Confederate Monuments and the Politics of Mourning.” The Art of Memory and Mourning: A Symposium in Honor of Cynthia J. Mills, Smithsonian American Art Museum, November 14, 2014. LINK

“Forlorn Soldiers and Buried Riflemen: Remembering the Civil War Citizen Soldier.” Reading Public Museum, Reading Pennsylvania, May 31, 2013.

“Re/Membering the Citizen Soldier: Civil War Bodies in Granite and Bronze.” St. Francis College, Brooklyn, New York, April 8, 2013.

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