Arizona State University: Spring 2020 Virtual Symposium, “Race and the American Story”
Each year, the Race and American Story project hosts an annual symposium that brings together students, academics and community members to carry on the vibrant discussions on race and American culture. The symposium acts as the culmination of students’ work throughout the semester.
Focusing on the case study of African American history as an important and illuminating thread of the American story, this project aims to learn from and engage deeply in the historic and ongoing struggle for racial justice in the United States. In this way it hopes to influence the construction of a shared American historical narrative — an American Story — that is capable of grounding and sustaining our precarious American experiment in the quest for true and equal citizenship for all. This year, four of the symposium’s major lectures have been converted to an online format so that students (and the public) may still participate. JMC faculty partners Peter Onuf and Nicholas Buccola will be serving as speakers.
A conversation featuring Annette Gordon-Reed, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family and Thomas Jefferson Foundation Professor Emeritus Peter S. Onuf, co-authors of the New York Times Bestseller Most Blessed of the Patriarchs: Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of the Imagination.
When: 1:00-2:30 MST / 4:00-5:30 EST
A conversation featuring Aram Goudsouzian, Professor of History at the University of Memphis and author of King of the Court: Bill Russell and the Basketball Revolution.
When: 1:00-2:30 MST / 4:00 – 5:30 EST
A conversation featuring Charles Hughes, Director of the Lynne and Henry Turley Memphis Center at Rhodes College and author of Country Soul: Making Music and Making Race in the American South.
When: 1:00-2:30 MST / 4:00-5:30 EST
A conversation featuring Nicholas Buccola, Director of the Frederick Douglass Forum at Linfield College and author of The Fire is Upon Us: James Baldwin, William F. Buckley, Jr., and the Debate over Race in America.
When: 12:00-1:30 MST / 3:00-4:30 EST
April 3 – 28, 2020 • Most webinars begin at 4:00 PM EST
Peter Onuf is the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation Professor of History, Emeritus, at the University of Virginia. He is also Senior Fellow at Monticello’s Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies. A leading scholar of Jefferson and the early American republic, he is the author, co-author, and editor of several books, including Jefferson’s Empire: The Language of American Nationhood (2001) and The Mind of Thomas Jefferson (2007). Professor Onuf is also a co-host of the weekly public radio program and podcast Backstory with the American History Guys.
Professor Onuf is a JMC fellow.
Nicholas Buccola is the Elizabeth & Morris Glicksman Chair in Political Science at Linfield College. His teaching and research interests are in political theory and public law. Professor Buccola is the founding director of the Frederick Douglass Forum on Law, Rights, and Justice, a partner program in JMC’s Pacific Northwest Initiative, and has written extensively on the political thought of Frederick Douglass. He has published essays on a wide variety of topics including the debate over same-sex marriage, Friedrich Nietzsche’s critique of socialism, and the political philosophies of Judith Shklar and Leo Strauss. He is a recipient of the Allen and Pat Kelley Faculty Scholar Award, and a two-time recipient of the Samuel Graf Faculty Achievement Award. Professor Buccola is also the book review editor for the JMC supported journal, American Political Thought.
Professor Buccola is a JMC faculty partner.
The Race and the American Story Project, created by Stephanie Shonekan and JMC fellow Adam Seagrave, is a national educational movement dedicated to cultivating conversation, fostering understanding, broadening knowledge, and building community among people of different backgrounds and walks of life in the U.S.
Focusing on the case study of African American history as an important and illuminating thread of the American story, this project aims to learn from and engage deeply in the historic and ongoing struggle for racial justice in the United States. In this way it hopes to influence the construction of a shared American historical narrative–an American Story–that is capable of grounding and sustaining the American experiment in the quest for true and equal citizenship for all.
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