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Colloquium – GAGS (Heritage and Hate: A Discussion about Confederate Monuments)
November 20, 2015 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Heritage and Hate: A Discussion About Confederate Monuments
Organized by the Graduate Association for Geography Students (GAGS)
On Friday, November 20th, please join the Graduate Association for Geography Students (GAGS) for our annual colloquium at 3:35PM in Carolina Hall 220. This year’s colloquium, Heritage and Hate, will be a meditative reflection on recent activism against and claims about Confederate monuments including, but not limited to, the building in which the Geography Department is housed, historically a tribute to a KKK leader and Confederate colonel. The colloquium will feature a panel of scholars and community leaders who will discuss discordant claims regarding what such memorialization does today.
Dr. Joseph Jordan is the Director of The Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History. Previously, he directed the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African-American Culture and History in Atlanta and was founding chair of African/African-American Studies at Antioch College. Dr. Jordan’s research and curatorial work focus on the intersection of art, politics, and culture in the African diaspora.
Dr. Jecca Namakkal is an assistant professor in Duke University’s Department of International Comparative Studies. Her work focuses on 20th century decolonization and postcolonial relationships between France and India. See her CounterPunch article, “Re-Naming as Decolonization:” http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/06/26/re-naming-as-decolonization/
Dr. Harry Watson is the Atlanta Alumni Distinguished Professor of Southern Culture in the UNC Department of History. Previously, he served as director of the Center for the Study of The American South where he worked to generate discussion on UNC’s racial history. His research focuses on North Carolina along with U.S. social and political history.
Ms. Jennifer Weaver is a commissioner on the Town Board of Hillsborough, NC who led efforts to address Confederate memorialization in the town. Read more about her work here: http://wncn.com/2015/07/12/confederate-memorial-in-hillsborough-could-be-history/