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Wrestling With Our Past: Vanderbilt, Race, and the Confederate Legacy

A CONFERENCE ON RACE AND RECONCILIATION

March 22-23, 2018

Thursday, March 22, 2018: Keynote Lecture

5:30 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.
Langford Auditorium

THE OCCASION
NICHOLAS S. ZEPPOS
Chancellor
Vanderbilt University

KEYNOTE ADDRESS
“Legacies of Evil: A Comparison of the Confederacy, Germany, and France”
THOMAS HOLT
James Westfall Thompson Professor of American and African American History
University of Chicago

Followed by Q&A with Zeppos, Dickerson, and Holt

Friday, March 23, 2018: Panels

Flynn Auditorium, Law School

8:30 A.M.-10:00 A.M.
MEMORY, “THE LOST CAUSE,” AND “CONFEDERATE” MEMORIAL HALL

Chair:
Magana Kabugi, Graduate Student, Department of English, Vanderbilt University

Panelists:
Jonathan Holloway, Northwestern University
Caroline Janney, Purdue University
Thavolia Glymph, Duke University

Commentator:
Brandon R. Byrd, Assistant Professor of History, Vanderbilt University

10:00 A.M. – 11:30 A.M.
ACADEMIA IN STRUGGLE WITH THE SLAVE AND CONFEDERATE PAST

Chair:
Ebony McGee, Associate Professor of Teaching and Learning, Vanderbilt University

Panelists:
Craig Steven Wilder, Barton L. Weller Professor of History, MIT
Bernard E. Powers Jr., College of Charleston
David Collins, Georgetown University

Commentator:
Christopher Loss, Associate Professor of Public Policy and Higher Education, Peabody College, Vanderbilt University

11:30 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. LUNCH

1:00 P.M. – 2:30 P.M.
VANDERBILT AND BLACK NASHVILLE

Chair:
Rhonda Williams, John Seigenthaler Professor of History,
Vanderbilt University

Panelists:
Abena Boakyewa-Ansah, Graduate Student, Department of History, Vanderbilt University
Martina Schaefer, Graduate Student, Department of History, Vanderbilt University
Vera Chatman, Vanderbilt University
Andrea Blackman, Nashville Public Library

Commentators:
Caroline Randall Williams, Writer-in-Residence, Fisk University
Wonder Drake, Professor of Medicine, Vanderbilt University

2:30 P.M. – 3:00 P.M. WRAP-UP/THE WAY FORWARD

Speakers:
Harold M. Love, Jr., MTS’98
State Representative, 58th Legislative District
Tennessee House of Representatives

Skyler Gordon, BA’16
Alumnus
Vanderbilt University

Open to all Vanderbilt students, faculty and staff. Please RSVP to wwopevent@vanderbilt.edu.