Thursday, December 1, 2016

Coming January 5, 2017

Roundtable board member Andrew Pelosi will moderate a film showing of the The Red Badge of Courage. The Red Badge of Courage is a war novel by American author Stephen Crane (1871–1900). Taking place during the American Civil War, the story is about a young private of the Union Army, Henry Fleming, who flees from the field of battle. Overcome with shame, he longs for a wound, a "red badge of courage," to counteract his cowardice. When his regiment once again faces the enemy, Henry acts as standard-bearer.

Stephen Crane was an American novelist, short story writer, poet and journalist. Prolific throughout his short life, he wrote notable works in the Realist tradition as well as early examples of American Naturalism and Impressionism. He is recognized by modern critics as one of the most innovative writers of his generation.


Monday, November 7, 2016

Coming December 1, 2016

George Munkenbeck will discuss his book Civil War Heroes of  Long Island. Mr. Munkenbeck is the volunteer, part-time Town Historian of the Town of Islip.
Mr. Munkenbeck is a native Long Islander who resides in West Sayville, NY. He earned a BS in Engineering from the United States Coast Guard Academy and an MA in Emergency and Disaster Management from American Public University. A Certified Lay Servant in the United Methodist Church, he is a fourth generation member of New York’s volunteer fire service as an active member of the West Sayville Fire Department, Company H. He is a member of The Fourteenth “Brooklyn” Regiment New York State Militia Society of the New York Civil War History Group, The American Legion, and The Industrial Archeology Society.  He is also a member of the United States Naval Institute, the Society of Civil War Surgeons, the Museum of Civil War Medicine, the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, the National Model Railroad Association, and the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York. In addition, he has produced numerous programs, articles and studies on the Bible, local history, fire service training and history as well as railroad history and military history.
“We are delighted the Town of Islip will be the beneficiary of George Munkenbeck’s expertise, vast knowledge and experience as a historian.  We thank him for volunteering to promote and preserve the Town of Islip’s rich history which extends more than three centuries,” said Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter.


Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Coming November 3, 2016

Professor Michael D’Innocenzo will present a lecture, The Uniqueness of Radical Reconstruction: The Capitulation to Racism. Professor D’Innocenzo received the American Historical Association Eugene Asher National Distinguished Teaching Award in 2009.  During 56 years at Hofstra University, D’Innocenzo served as both a Professor of History and The Harry H. Wachtel Distinguished Teaching Professor for the Study of Nonviolent Social Change.  He has degrees from Columbia University (where he was a Danforth Scholar and an Edward John Noble Leadership Fellow) and from Union College  (where he was recognized with the Freling Smith Prize for outstanding history thesis, and received the Bailey Prize for outstanding senior service). For the past twenty-four years, D’Innocenzo has led the Hofstra Social Science Associum and Public Policy Institute.  Working closely with the Kettering Foundation, the National Issues Forums Institute, and the Public Agenda Foundation, Hofstra’s programs have involved more than 50,000 people over that time span, mostly high school students and teachers, but also increasingly reaching into the community to sponsor intergenerational programs.  These extended programs have developed into “town meeting” sessions at nearly a dozen public libraries where D’Innocenzo leads “current events in perspective” discussions.  Because of these endeavors and others, he has received many public recognitions and has written extensively on themes of diversity and communication, both historically and in the present. In 2013, Professor D’Innocenzo was appointed to the Advisory Board of the National Issues Forums Institute. In 2007, he was a founding member of the Hofstra Center For Civic Engagement (CCE) and served as the first chairperson of its advisory board. He is now working to help establish an Institute for Peace Studies as part of the CCE.


Friday, September 9, 2016

Coming October 6, 2016

Roundtable member Dr Ralph Levy will present a lecture entitled 1860: The Year of the Party of No Compromise or How to Lose an Election. Dr. Levy is a retired primary care physician; He was a hearing officer for the state of New York Department of Health: Office of Professional Medical Conduct for twenty years; He was a member of the Board of directors of The Des Moines University for thirty years and he is currently a Member of the Long Island Civil War Round Table. He received his B.A. from Brooklyn College and his DO from Des Moines University.

He was always interested in history. The Democratic nomination convention of 1860 particularly interested him because Stephen A Douglas, if nominated might have easily defeated William Seward or Lincoln. But the party of no compromise led by Mr. William Yancy, a Fire-eater, prevented his nomination and caused the Democratic Party to split into three parts easily allowing the Republicans to win, insuring a civil war.


Friday, July 15, 2016

Coming September 8, 2016

Kathleen Velsor will discuss her book The Underground Railroad on Long Island.  Kathleen Velsor lives in Bayville, New York on the North Shore of Long Island. She was born in Rochester, New York. As a girl she lived in nearby LeRoy, New York - an up-state stopping point on the Underground Railroad - and remembers hearing local stories about fugitive slaves. She earned an undergraduate degree in fine arts and education from Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri, and received her master’s degree in educational administration from Lehigh University in Pennsylvania and her doctorate in educational research from the University of Cincinnati in Ohio. Dr. Velsor has uncovered a rich history of anti-slavery activity on Long Island that started at least two decades before 1775, the year that the Quakers from Westbury began to free their slaves.

Dr. Velsor is an associate professor in the School of Education at SUNY Old Westbury. She is co-author of the non-fiction book The Road to Freedom: the Underground Railroad, New York and Beyond, and author of Friends of Freedom: Anti-Slavery Struggle in Queens and Long Island. She speaks frequently to middle and high school students about her topic. She has received numerous grants to research the Quaker involvement in the Underground Railroad on Long Island, most recent among them an education grant from the Long Island Community Foundation to establish the Underground Teaching Partnership to build community through interdisciplinary social studies workshops for schoolteachers.

From the arrival of the Quakers in the seventeenth century to the enforcement of the Emancipation Proclamation, Long Island played an important role in the Underground Railroad’s work to guide slaves to freedom. In Old Westbury, the Post family established a major stop on the freedom trail with the help of an escaped Virginia slave. In Jericho, families helped escaping slaves to freedom from the present-day Maine Maid Inn. Elias Hicks helped free 191 slaves himself and worked to create Underground Railroad safe houses in many northeastern cities. Some former slaves even established permanent communities across the island.


Friday, June 3, 2016

Coming July 7, 2016

Coming Thursday July 7, John Oller will present his book, American Queen: The Rise and Fall of Kate Chase Sprague, Civil War Belle of the North and Gilded Age Woman of Scandal. John Oller, is the author of four books, including, most recently, American Queen. It has been praised by Pulitzer prize-winning author Debby Applegate as “a terrific work of historical research and reconstruction” which tells “the story of the Civil War and its scandalous aftermath—its assassinations, impeachments and sexual hi-jinks—from an entirely fresh perspective.”

Born in Huron, Ohio, John is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a B.A. in journalism. He obtained his law degree from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. For many years he represented Major League Baseball in many high-profile cases, including the celebrated George Brett "Pine Tar" case and the Pete Rose gambling case.  His first book was Jean Arthur: The Actress Nobody Knew. At the end of 2011, John retired from active legal practice to concentrate on his writing career.  Since then, in addition to American Queen, he has published an e-book, An All-American Murder, a true crime story of a murder in Columbus, Ohio in 1975. His next book, The Swamp Fox: How Francis Marion Saved the American Revolution, is scheduled for publication  in October 2016.  When not writing he pursues his hobbies of golf, theater, film, and travel. He divides his time between New York City and a home in California wine country.


Friday, May 6, 2016

Coming June 2, 2016

Coming Thursday June 2, 2016 .  Dr. Sarah Beetham will give a talk entitled Sentinels Keep Watch: The Civil War Citizen Soldier and American Sculpture.  Sarah Beetham is an adjunct lecturer in American art and material culture at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. She holds an M.A. and Ph. D. in art history from the University of Delaware and a B.A. in Art History and English from Rutgers University. She has recently published work in Common-Place and Nierika: Revista de Estudios de Arte, and she has a forthcoming article in the spring 2016 issue of Public Art Dialogue addressing the recent controversy surrounding Confederate monuments. Her current book project, titled Monumental Crisis: Accident, Vandalism, and the Civil War Citizen Soldier, focuses on the ways in which post-Civil War soldier monuments have served as flash points for heated discussion of American life and culture in the 150 years since the end of the war.

In her talk, Dr. Beetham will explore the material and social history of the citizen soldier monument. First appearing in the years following the Civil War, these monuments were erected to honor the contributions to the war effort by rank-and-file soldiers. They took many forms, from columns and obelisks to triumphal arches and multi-figure groups. But by far the most common were soldiers standing at parade rest, with their rifles held vertically before them and their eyes gazing into the distance. Standing in town squares or in cemeteries, these monuments represent an important legacy of the Civil War.