Cultural and historical geographer Derek Alderman examines race, memory and heritage of the American South and how they shape current cultural landscapes.
Mapping Civil Rights Memory in the American South
Wednesday, March 20
LaRose Digital Theatre, Koury Business Center, 5:30 p.m.
Derek Alderman is cultural and historical geographer at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. He research examines race, memory and heritage in the American South. Much of his work focuses on the rights of African Americans to claim the power to commemorate the past and shape cultural landscapes as part of a broader goal of social and spatial justice. His most recent research examines the use of counter-mapping in the anti-racist, political mobilization activities of civil rights organizing in the 1960s. As the US continues to grapple with issues of how to remember racial violence and commemorate civil rights struggle toward the aim of creating a more equitable future, Alderman’s talk is sure to illuminate how these debates literally take place and how they shape our surrounding cultural landscapes.
Sponsored by the Department of History and Geography