Carnegie Mellon University

"Civil War in the Borderlands: Reflections on War and African Americans in the Southwest"

Friday, February 9th, 2018
Steinberg Auditorium, Baker Hall A53 (Basement)
4:30pm, Reception
5:00pm, Lecture and Discussion

Dr. Andrew E. Masich, President & CEO, Senator John Heinz History Center

About the Lecture
Dr. Masich, President of the Smithsonian-affiliated Senator John Heinz History Center, will share his reflections on the African American experience in the American West during the Civil War. His extensive research on the Southwest Borderlands has revealed complex relationships involving slavery, conflict, and cooperation among Indians, Hispanos, Anglos, and African Americans. From the time of the Spanish Entrada of the 1540s through 1867, when Civil War conflict began to subside, black Americans were caught up in the cycles of violence that characterized life in te middle ground where cultures collided and struggled for survival and dominance.