University of Richmond: Arthur Ashe

Arthur Ashe

Jepson School of Leadership Studies: “Arthur Ashe: Courage and Civility”


On October 10, 2019, the Jepson School of Leadership Studies at the University of Richmond, a JMC partner program, will be hosting Raymond Arsenault for a lecture on American tennis player and civil rights activist Arthur Ashe.

Thursday, October 10, 2019 • 4:30 PM
Jepson Alumni Center • University of Richmond

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Raymond Arsenault is the John Hope Franklin Professor of Southern History at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg. A specialist in the political, social, environmental, and civil rights history of the American South, he has also taught at the University of Minnesota, Brandeis University, and the University of Chicago. Professor Arsenault is the author or editor of several books including Crucible of Liberty: 200 Years of the Bill of Rights (1991), Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice (2006), and The Sound of Freedom: Marian Anderson, the Lincoln Memorial, and the Concert That Awakened America (2009). His most recent book is Arthur Ashe: A Life (2019).

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The Jepson School of Leadership Studies at the University of Richmond draws upon the liberal arts to advance the understanding of leadership and the challenges of ethical and effective engagement in society. The study of leadership explores fundamental questions about who we are, how we live together, and how we influence the course of history. It exemplifies the spirit of the liberal arts: to educate people to take an active role in the world. The Jepson School helps students realize their distinctive capacities and apply their learning for the good of society.

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The John Marshall International Center for the Study of Statesmanship in the University of Richmond’s Jepson School of Leadership Studies hosts conferences and speakers to discuss leadership and provide diverse intellectual perspectives. The center is named in honor of Richmond’s famous citizen, John Marshall. Marshall is best known for his long tenure as Chief Justice of the United States from 1801-1835. He also served as United States Secretary of State from 1800-1801 and briefly as a member of the United States House of Representatives from 1799-1800. “It is entirely fitting that this program honor the memory of Richmond’s famous citizen, John Marshall,” says Gary L. McDowell, one of the original co-directors of the Marshall Center, “In every role, one sees his firm commitment to responsible decision-making by political leaders that lay at the foundation of his understanding of the rule of law and modern constitutionalism.”

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