Join us for a frank discussion with several scholars of southern history, culture, and literature, as they consider the controversy surrounding Confederate monuments and symbols and their relationship to racial division, injustice, and violence.
Confirmed Speakers: Regina Bradley, Kennesaw State University; James A. Crank, University of Alabama; Maurice J. Hobson, Georgia State University; Erich Nunn, Auburn University.
Dr. Regina Bradley is a writer and researcher of African American Life and Culture. She is an alumna Nasir Jones HipHop Fellow (Harvard University, Spring 2016) and is the Assistant Professor of English and African Diaspora Studies at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, GA. Dr. Bradley's expertise and research interests include 20th and 21st Century African American Literature, hip hop culture, race and the contemporary U.S. South, and sound studies.
James A. Crank is an Assistant Professor of American/Southern literature and culture at the University of Alabama. Editor of New Approaches to Gone With the Wind and author of the books Understanding Sam Shepherd and the forthcoming Understanding Randall Kenan, Professor Crank's research focuses primarily on issues of race, sexuality, and class in concert with regional identities.
Dr. Maurice J. Hobson is an Assistant Professor of African American Studies at Georgia State University. Dr. Hobson’s research interests are grounded in the fields of 20th Century U.S. and African American history, African American studies, oral history and ethnography, urban and rural history, political economy, and popular cultural studies. He is working to form a new and emerging field that he calls Black New South Studies. He is currently working on his manuscript entitled The Legend of the Black Mecca: Myth, Maxim and the Making of an Olympic City.
Erich Nunn is Associate Professor of English at Auburn University, where he teaches American Studies, with an emphasis on the literature and culture of the US South. He is the author of Sounding the Color Line: Music and Race in the Southern Imagination as well as articles on authors such as William Faulkner and Mark Twain and topics concerning race, music, and popular culture.
This program is free and open to the public, but reservations are appreciated.
This program was previously scheduled for September 11, but was changed due to Hurricane Irma.