Free Speech, Diversity, Inclusion: Is There a Balance?

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A Conversation With:

Keegan Callanan, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Middlebury College; Noelle Chaddock, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs for Diversity and Inclusivity, Rhodes College; James R. Stoner, Jr., Hermann Moyse, Jr., Professor and Director of the Eric Voegelin Institute in the Department of Political Science, Louisiana State University

Moderated by: Daniel Cullen, Professor of Political Science, Rhodes College

Commenting on the recent incident at Middlebury College that has galvanized the higher-ed community, an editorial in the Atlantic Monthly concluded: “What once seemed like a divide among students has now created a fault line in the academic community, in what is perhaps a fitting example of the constructive dialogue that should have occurred on the Middlebury campus. Even so, it raises the question: How can students strike the appropriate balance between protest and tolerance when their educators disagree on which is most important?”

Join us for a discussion of this important question, Monday April 17th at 7:00pm in McCallum Ballroom. A dessert reception will precede the discussion at 6:30 in the Crain Reception Hall. Seats and desserts will be first come, first served.

 

Political Science

Historian and Author Timothy Tyson: The Blood of Emmett Till

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Reception at 5:30 p.m., event to follow at 6 p.m.

The 1955 lynching of Emmett Till was a pivotal moment in the Civil Rights Movement and remains a crucial symbol of the national struggle for racial justice. To discuss the killing and its contexts, we welcome author Timothy B. Tyson, historian and author of the acclaimed and bestselling new book The Blood of Emmett Till. Tyson’s groundbreaking research – which includes the first-ever interview with accuser Carolyn Bryant – sheds new light on what happened to the 14-year-old Till, as well as the larger consequences of his murder on Mississippi, Chicago, and the United States. As we continue to wrestle with the causes and effects of racial violence, the Till case and the movement it provoked remain vital to understanding both past and present. 

Joining Tyson this evening will be two respondents who will enrich the conversation:

·         Aram Goudsouzian – Chair of History Department at the University of Memphis

·         Doria Johnson – Activist, Historian, and 2016 Nelson Mandela Fellow for International Dialogues

 

Africana Studies

Baldwin Now Symposium: Keynote Lecture

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This two-day symposium celebrates the life and legacy of James Baldwin. Baldwin’s work has become a touchstone in our present cultural moment. Baldwin is an intellectual forbearer of Ta-Nehisi Coates, Jesmyn Ward, and the #BlackLivesMatter movement, and a key reference for post-civil rights discussions of race in America. As such, Baldwin continues to be a cultural catalyst for American society.

Keynote lecture by Dwight McBride, author of Impossible Witness, Why I Hate Abercrombie and Fitch, and editor of James Baldwin Now.

The Symposium continues March 30 @ 6:00 p.m. in Ellington 100 at the University of Memphis with a roundtable discussion with leading Baldwin scholars Quentin Miller, Soyica Colbert, and Magdalena Zaborowska. Moderated by Ernest Gibson.

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