September 19, 2017
- Making Sense of Charlottesville: When Social Responsibility & Historical Memory Collide
- Time: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
- Location: Sandburg Theatre, University Union
- Description: Protests and violence erupted in Charlottesville, VA in August over plans to remove a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. The clashes resulted in one death and the wounding of dozens of others, and put the spotlight on questions about the nation’s history and how it is interpreted today. Why was the Civil War fought? What role did slavery play in the conflict, and what memories and lessons are communicated by the many war monuments present in formerly Confederate states? What connections exist between those monuments and contemporary racism? Should we erase the past? Does removing monuments move America forward? Whose history is “right,” and what constitutes “real” American history? Should/does free speech have limits?
This moderated roundtable features panelists Tim Roberts (History), Erik Brooks (Centennial Honors College), and Jill Myers (LEJA), who will discuss Charlottesville and its implications. Audience Q&A will follow the discussion.
- Related Web Site: WIU Department of History homepage
- Contact Information:
Dr. Jennifer McNabb, Chair of the Department of History
- Source: Department of History