Benson Center for the Study of Western Civilization: “The 1619 Project as Missed Opportunity”
The Benson Center for the Study of Western Civilization at the University of Colorado – Boulder will be hosting Lucas Morel for a lecture on the 1619 Project.
This lecture will explain why the 1619 Project, which reinterprets American history in light of the Black American contribution to its development, ultimately falls short in presenting an accurate account of the triumphs and travails of the United States. By emphasizing the contributions of Black people at the expense of white people, the 1619 Project teaches Americans to view their history as a zero-sum game instead of the integrated struggle for freedom it actually was. In doing so, 1619 Project founder Nikole Hannah-Jones makes the nation’s progress in securing rights for Black Americans harder to understand and therefore more difficult to discern any lessons that could help address modern problems of social and political strife involving race. In addition, she undermines the trust that Americans of all races need to resolve political differences peacefully and thereby perpetuate their self-governing way of life.
Tuesday, October 27, 2020 • 6:00 PM MDT
A virtual webinar through YouTube
Free and open to the public
Lucas Morel is the John K. Boardman, Jr. Professor of Politics and Head of the Politics Department at Washington and Lee University. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Claremont Graduate University. His research interests include Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, and Ralph Ellison. Professor Morel is former president of the Abraham Lincoln Institute, a consultant on Library of Congress exhibits on Lincoln and the Civil War, and currently serves on the U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission, which will plan activities to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the founding of the United States of America. He is the author/editor of several books, most recently authoring Lincoln and the American Founding (2020). Additionally, Professor Morel teaches in the Master’s Program in American History and Government at Ashland University in Ohio, summer programs for the Claremont Institute for the Study of Statesmanship and Political Philosophy, and high school teacher workshops sponsored by the Gilder-Lehrman Institute, the John M. Ashbrook Center, the Jack Miller Center, and the Liberty Fund.
The Benson Center for the Study of Western Civilization promotes critical reflection on the distinctive traditions and political perspectives that characterize Western Civilization. The Center encourages residents of Colorado and the United States to more fully understand and appreciate their past, their future and a free and creative American society within an International environment. Integral to this mission is the Center’s commitment to fostering research, debate and dialogue about the fundamental ideals of our time. Its efforts are grounded in academic research and study that foster an understanding of the historical context of Western Civilization. The Center focuses on and explores the values that grow out of historical Western traditions and trace their influence on the world, and, in particular, to study their role in the foundations and ongoing institutions of the United States.
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