While we have a scheduled field trip to the White House of the Confederacy (1201 E. Clay Street) on Saturday, February 22, which will count toward one of your field investigation assignments, the list below is intended to provide additional options for the second field investigation (or, if you are unable to make the Saturday field trip, both field investigation assignments). Please note: the field investigation assignments are due February 28 and March 27, respectively.
If you have additional events to add to this list, please contact me.
White House of the Confederacy Tours & Special Exhibit on the Lost Cause
Location: White House of the Confederacy, 1201 E. Clay Street
Date: Saturday, February 22, 11 AM (Organized by Dr. Maurantonio)
Description: The house was home to Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederate States of America, and his family from August, 1861, until the evacuation of Richmond on April 2, 1865. It served as the political and social epicenter of wartime Richmond.
With the end of the war, the house was headquarters for the U.S. army of occupation and became headquarters for Military District No. 1 during Reconstruction. In 1870, the U.S. Government gave the house back to the City of Richmond, which used the building for its Central School until 1894. The Confederate Memorial Literary Society took possession of the property and established the Confederate Museum in the building, which opened its doors to the public in February, 1896.
In 1976 a new museum building was opened and restoration was begun to bring the appearance of the house back to the period of the Civil War. The restored house was opened to the public in June, 1988. On September 30, 2018, the museum building closed, to give collections staff time to pack up the collection for its move to the Museum’s new facility at Historic Tredegar. The White House remains open daily for tours.
The White House currently holds a large number of furnishings and artifacts that were in the house with the Davis family. All of the remaining items are original to the period, except for the textiles which are reproductions based on original fabrics or period patterns.
Roundtable Event: Afro-Diasporicities: Memory, Resistance, and Healing in the 21st Century
Location: Carole Weinstein International Center Commons
Date: Wednesday, January 29
Time: 5:30-7:30 PM
Description: How does the body remember? In what ways is embodied knowledge stored and passed down from one generation to another? How can the arts be used as a vehicle for steering society towards greater justice? Songs, music, and dances have fortified communities of color with ancestral knowledge, embodied resistance, and healing practices. In this hybrid roundtable, partially discussion and partially music and dance interventions, we turn to the term “afro-diasporicities” to bring into sharper focus how the lived experience of black diasporic beings and their movement, music, culture, and spiritual practices, which are rooted in a place yet historically uprooted and/or rerouted, exist, intersect, and evolve.
Invited guest speakers and practitioners:
Kevin LaMarr Jones, Claves Unidos
Alex LaSalle, with Julia Gutiérrez and Mateo González, Redobles de Cultura
MK Abadoo, Department of Dance and Choreography, Virginia Commonwealth University
Free Egunfemi Bangura, Untold RVA
Lauranette Lee, Jepson School of Leadership Studies, University of Richmond
Alicia Díaz and Patricia Herrera, Department of Theatre and Dance, University of Richmond
Event is free and open to the public.
One Book, One Richmond Keynote: Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha
Location: Camp Concert Hall
Date: Wednesday, February 5
Time: 7-8:30 PM
Description: The One Book, One Richmond 2019-20 keynote will feature a special conversation between Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, author of What the Eyes Don’t See, and Dr. Karen Remley, former CEO of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Tickets are free but required and available through the Modlin Center for the Arts Box Office.
Released in June 2018, What the Eyes Don’t See is a powerful first-hand account of the Flint, Michigan water crisis and a riveting narrative of personal advocacy by Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, the founder and director of the Michigan State University and Hurley Children’s Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative. Dr. Karen Remley is the Inaugural Senior Fellow at the de Beaumont Foundation, dedicated to pragmatic solutions to improve public health. She previously served as CEO of the American Academy of Pediatrics, commissioner of health for the Commonwealth of Virginia under two governors, chief medical director of Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield Virginia, and CEO of Physicians for Peace.
Let’s Talk: Lost Cause
Location: White House of the Confederacy
Date: Thursday, February 6
Time: 6-7:30 PM
Description: The Lost Cause shaped how generations of people have both remembered history and understood their present lives, but its vision of the past isn’t accurate. Join a small group conversation that explores the new exhibit, House of the Lost Cause, and uncovers how the Lost Cause has impacted you and the lives of others. Featuring Caroline Janney, Ph.D. (University of Virginia). Space is limited, registration strongly encouraged.
Contested Ground: Memory, Monuments & Power
Location: Brown-Alley Room
Date: Wednesday, February 12
Time: 12-1:15 PM
Description: This moderated discussion will include a roundtable on research by Jannette Amaral-Rodriguez (LALIS), Elizabeth Baughan (Classical Studies), Erin Holloway Palmer (Independent Editor), and Will Wasta Werner (Classical Studies and History).
Moderated by: Rob Nelson (Digital Scholarship Lab)
Pizza and drinks provided.
Borders, Boundaries, and Global Frontiers, featuring Dr. Leisy Abrego, Professor of Chicano/Chicana Studies at UCLA
Location: Cabell Library Lecture Hall, VCU
Date: Wednesday, February 12
Time: 4 PM
Description: Thousands of Central Americans are leaving their homes in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras to seek refuge in the United States. What is propelling their mass exodus and why should US society care? This talk provides political and social context of US-Central American relations from the 1980s to the present to better understand how US foreign policies in the region and immigration policies at home play an important role in the current situation.
A Conversation about Nonviolent Activism
Location: Library of Virginia (800 E. Broad Street)
Date: Wednesday, February 12
Time: 6-8 PM
Description: Free and open to the public, this small-group discussion series encourages informed conversations around complex topics affecting Virginia. On the second Wednesday of each month, the Library will screen a segment from a documentary film, followed by a round-table conversation with input from a moderator and historical expert from the Library. Attendees are encouraged to share their perspectives with the group.
February 12’s event features a screening from “Freedom Riders” and conversations around nonviolent activism during the struggle for racial justice. For more information, contact Emma Ito at email@example.com or 804.692.3726.
Registration is free but strongly encouraged. You can sign up here.
Fencing in Democracy: Border Walls, Necrocitizenship, and the Security State
Location: THC 305
Date: Monday, February 17
Time: 12 noon – 1 pm
Dr. Margaret E. Dorsey and Dr. Miguel Díaz-Barriga (Sociology/Anthropology) will discuss their new book, Fencing in Democracy: Border Walls, Necrocitizenship, and the Security State. The book focuses on studies in U.S. southern border communities and argues that border wall construction manifests transformations in citizenship practices that are aimed not only at keeping migrants out, but also at enmeshing citizens into a wider politics of exclusion.
REGISTRATION REQUIRED by Feb. 10 (lunches provided) at the following link:
Symposium: Wyatt Tee Walker and the Politics of Black Religion
Location: Camp Concert Hall
Date: Friday, February 21
Times: See below for full program
Note: You do not need to attend the entire symposium to have it count as your Field Investigation Assignment. You can write your paper on one (1) session of the symposium.
9:00am – 10:15am
Aesthetics of Black Religion
Mark Burford, Associate Professor, Department of Music, Reed College
Claudrena N. Harold, Professor and Chair, Corcoran Department of History, University of Virginia
Rhon S. Manigault-Bryant, Associate Professor, Department of Africana Studies, Williams College
Julian Maxwell Hayter, Associate Professor, Jepson School of Leadership Studies, University of Richmond
10:30am – 11:45am
Democratic Faith of Black Religion
Ravi Perry, Professor and Chair, Department of Political Science, Howard University
James Manigault-Bryant, Professor, Department of Africana Studies, Williams College
Richard Wills, Senior Pastor, Friendship Baptist Church, Atlanta, GA
Ernest B. McGowen III, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Richmond
1:00pm – 2:15pm
Politics of Black Religion;
Adam Bond, Associate Professor, Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology, Virginia Union University
Melanie C. Jones, Assistant Professor and Director, Katie Geneva Canon Center for Womanist Leadership, Union Presbyterian Seminary
Melva Sampson, Assistant Professor, School of Divinity, Wake Forest University
Laura Browder, Tyler and Alice Hanes Professor of American Studies Program, Coordinator, American Studies Program
University of Richmond
2:30pm – 3:45pm
Rethinking Black Religion, Rethinking Public Life
Greg Carr, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Africana Studies, Howard University
Sylvester Johnson, Professor and Director, Center for the Humanities, Virginia Tech
Tamura Lomax, Independent Scholar and Founder, The Feminist Wire
Atiya Husain, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Richmond
4:00pm – 5:00pm
Thad Williamson, Associate Professor, Jepson School of Leadership and Program in Philosophy, Politics, Economics, and Law, University of Richmond
Jonathan L. Walton, Dean, School of Divinity, Presidential Chair of Religion and Society and Dean of Wait Chapel, Wake Forest University
Corey D. B. Walker, Visiting Professor, Jepson School of Leadership Studies and School of Arts & Sciences, University of Richmond