White Supremacy, Confederate Monuments, and Free Speech in Charlottesville (Flashpoint)

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Location: Festival Highlands room

No registration necessary.

This Flashpoint considers the context and aftermath of the events that occurred in Charlottesville in August 2017. In particular, panelists from different disciplines will present their research and perspectives on the issues surrounding the white supremacy rallies against the removal of Confederate monuments in Charlottesville. Who are these white nationalist groups and what do they want? What is the (his)story of the Confederate monuments scattered around the South? How do these monuments relate to the history of racial violence in this country? Where do we draw the line between free speech and hate speech? These are some of the complex and timely questions that the panel and audience of students, faculty, and community members will consider together.


  • Tammy Castle, Ph.D., Justice Studies,
  • Gianluca De Fazio Ph.D., Justice Studies,
  • Steven Reich, Ph.D., History,
  • Roger Soenksen, Ph.D., School of Media Arts & Design.

Facilitator/Moderator: Sarah Brooks, Ph.D., Art History

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