The Unfinished Work

This week our Post-Baccalaureate fellow, Victoria Charles, takes to the studio to reflect on the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King. More specifically, she dives into how Dr. King is remembered here at the University of Richmond. To do so, Victoria spoke with Lisa Miles, associate director of Common Ground and member of UR’s MLK Day planning committee, about how the University commemorates King today.

Remembering the Forgotten

Another group of students from Dr. Maurantonio’s “Digital Memory and the Archive” course chose to use the podcast form to engage with the University’s history of race and racism. Bal Artis, Tenaya Bien, and Megan Wirtz explored challenges in archival research when inquiring into the lives of black staff members at the University of Richmond between 1946 and 1971 in their podcast Remembering the Forgotten.

Freeman Digitally Remastered

As part of inquiries into the University of Richmond’s history of race and racism, students from Dr. Maurantonio’s “Digital Memory and the Archive” class have grappled with varying ways of narrating history. Natalia Chaney, Maddy Dunbar, and Canyon Teague explored contemporary understandings of Douglas Southall Freeman and considered the relationship between building names and University values in their podcast Freeman Digitally Remastered.

On Racial Awareness

People say that talking about race is hard, but is it really? This week on Expanding the Ivory Tower Victoria explores a “Racial Awareness Session” that took place on campus in 1971 involving students from the University of Richmond and Virginia Union University, a nearby historically black university. During the session the students were prompted to ask questions of themselves and each other through the lens of race and racism.