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
 Phone: 309-298-1053
Source: Department of History

Western Illinois University
1 University Circle * Macomb, IL 61455
Phone: 309/298-1414 * E-mail
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