Speaking at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette

I am an OAH Distinguished Lecturer and I’m available to give talks on topics that include, but are not limited to:  Confederate Monuments, The South in American Popular Culture, and one of my recent books, Goat Castle, which demonstrates the power of genealogy and local history research.

To schedule a lecture contact me directly via email at

No Common Ground Book Tour (Virtual)
Abraham Lincoln Book Shop, Inc., Chicago, IL, April 12, 2021 (3:30pm CT/4:30pm ET)
Flyleaf Books, Chapel Hill, NC, April 13, 2021 (6pm ET)
Malaprops Bookstore, Asheville, NC, April 14, 2021 (6pm ET)
WFAE 90.7, Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins, 9-10am ET, April 15, 2021
Politics & Prose Bookstore, Washington, DC, April 15, 2021 (6pm ET)
KABF “Wade’s World,” New Orleans, LA, April 16, 2021(10am ET)
Park Road Books, Charlotte, NC, April 20, 2021 (7pm ET)
Covenant Presbyterian, Charlotte, NC, April 21, 2021 (7:30pm ET)
UNC Charlotte/UNC Press “As a Matter of Fact,” April 22, 2021 (5:30-7pm ET)
KPFT 90.1, The Progressive Forum with Wally James, April 27, 2021 (4pm CT/5pm ET)
Online Discussion with Donna Ladd, Publisher of the Mississippi Free Press, April 29, 2021 (6pm CT, 7pm ET) 

Mississippi Book Festival, scroll to “Myths & Consequences” to see the virtual panel, October 2021
Washington & Lee University, Lexington, VA, September 30, 2021
Library of Virginia, Richmond, VA, September 14, 2021
North Carolina Commission on Racial & Ethnic Disparities, March 26, 2021
James Weldon Johnson Institute, Emory University, March 1, 2021
Minnesota State-Mankato, February 25, 2021
City of Fairfax, Virginia, February 11, 2021
Convenant Presbyterian Church Working Group, January 19, 2021
Gaston College, January 19, 2021


Panelist, “Gone with the Wedding,” National Trust for Historic Preservation Past Forward Conference, October 29, 2020
Panelist, “Markers Monuments, and Meaning,” Wisconsin Historical Society, July 16, 2020
Speaker, Western Piedmont Community College, January 2020
Panelist, Civil War Monuments, History Miami, February 2020

American Civil War Museum, Richmond, Virginia, August 1, 2019
Teacher seminar, National Museum of African American History and Culture, July 26, 2019
Personally Speaking, UNC Charlotte Center City, February 19th
Natchez Literary & Cinema Celebration, February 23rd
Private UNCC Salon, February 26th
Host & Panelist, “The Confederate Monument Debate: History, Controversy, and the Future of Civil War Memorials,” UNC Charlotte Center City, March 13th
Keynote, “Memory, Memorials, and Community,” Oklahoma Center for the Humanities in partnership with the Gilcrease Museum and the University of Tulsa, OK, March 29th
The Confederate Monument Debate and Why History Matters,” Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, California, April 2nd
Panelist, “Competing Narratives of Failed Regimes: An International Comparison of National Memory Cultures” German Historical Institute, Washington, DC, April 17th
McMillen Lecture, Gender & Sexuality Studies, Davidson University, April 19th
Closed University (UNCC CLAS Salon) event, April 30th
Keynote, Institut d’histoire de l’Amerique Francaise, U. of Quebec-Trois Rivieres, October 19, 2018
Annual Women’s History Lecture, University of Southern Mississippi, October 11, 2018
Pack Memorial Library, Asheville, NC, May 19, 2018
Daniel Goffman Keynote, Graduate Student Conference, DePaul University, Chicago, IL, May 4, 2018
Annual Gilbeau Lecture, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, April 11, 2018
Lecture, University of Michigan, March 16, 2018
Featured Speaker, Natchez Literary and Cinema Celebration, Natchez, MS, February 2018
Keynote, Georgia Association of Historians, Macon, GA, February 2018
Featured Speaker, West Louisville Forum, Louisville, KY, February 2018
Library Lecture, Mississippi University for Women, November 2017
Portier Lecture, Spring Hill College, Mobile, AL, October 2017
Gilpatrick Historical Society Lecture, Furman University, November 17, 2016
Featured Speaker, Bertoti Graduate Conference, Virginia Tech, March 18, 2016
Public History speaker, University of Southern Mississippi-Gulf Coast, March 10, 2016
Heritage Lecture, Barton College, Wilson, NC, February 16, 2016

Quail Ridge Books & Music, January 30, 2015
Presbyterian College, Clinton, SC, November 4, 2014
Annual Low Lecture, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, April 2, 2014
Hollins University, Roanoke, Virginia, March 11, 2014
The Cotton Museum, Memphis, TN, November 7, 2013
Center City Literary Festival, Uptown Center, UNC Charlotte, October 12, 2013
West Virginia State Museum, Charleston, WV, June 4, 2013
Echoes of the Civil War, Senior Citizens, Inc., Savannah, GA, May 13, 2013
Commencement Address, History Department Graduation, UNC Greensboro, May 9, 2013
Historic Natchez Conference, Natchez, MS, April 19, 2013
Future of Civil War History, Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA, March 15, 2013
Bland-Lee Lecture, Clark University, Worcester, MA, March 2013
Author Series, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, November 2012
NC Museum of History, September 2012
Keynote, Banners Cultural Series, McNeese State University, Lake Charles, LA, April 2012
Keynote, Okra to Opera—Conference on Southern Culture, Converse College, April 2012
Hutchins Lecture, Center for the Study of the American South, UNC, October 2011
Southern Festival of Books, Nashville, TN, October 2011
Murray State University, September 2011
Kansas City Public Library, August 2011
Charlotte Museum of History, Scholars Series, April 2011

Temple University, September 2010
University of Southern Mississippi, November 2010
Dorothy Lambert Whisnant Lecture, Women’s History Month, Clemson, March 2010
Queen’s University, Belfast, February 2010
Popular Music in the Age of Mercer, Georgia State University, November 2009
Stones River Civil War Symposium, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, March 2007
University of South Carolina, September 2005
Columbus Public Library, Columbus, Georgia, October 2005
Georgia Historical Society, Summer Lecture Series, September 2004
University of Southern Mississippi, October 2003
Vanderbilt University, October 2002