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Gappling With History

Grappling With History Conversation Series

How it all Began

A group of Spelman faculty gathered at the end of Spring 2020 semester and during the early months of the summer to ponder and discuss this moment of disruption, disarray, and change.

We thought about what books, podcasts, films, studies, novels, plays, visual art -- however ideas are created, shared, discussed and debated -- would be critical for asking questions about this time in history.

We knew better than to fix Spring 2020 as a beginning...or an end.  We knew we were working with a moving target, so we vowed to add to the list as times unfold.

We also asked ourselves how would events outside of the classrooms shape how we teach? The conversations we have with students? The conversations we have with each other? To repeat a phrase some of us grew up hearing, we "sat" in the times and began to plan a reading list, IBQC seminars, and a community conversations series called "Conversations on the Porch."

Grappling With History Reading List



Grappling With History: Law and the History of the Moment

Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020 | 7 p.m. - 8 p.m.

  • Virtual Event via Zoom

Mark Your Calendar

Grappling With History Law and HistoryThe second Conversation, "Law and the History of the Moment, will be held Tuesday, Oct. 20, at 7 p.m.

Register in Advance

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Professors Carol Anderson, Ph.D. (Department of African American Studies, Emory University) and Marilyn Davis, Ph.D. (Department of Political Science, Spelman College) will discuss the long reach of history of voting rights, lynching and policing in 2020.

Spelman College Provost Sharon Davies will moderate. 

This event is co-sponsored by Spelman Speaks, Social Justice Program (President CampbellProfessor Angela Farris Watkins, Ph.D. and Professor Cynthia Neal Spence, Ph.D., Director, Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation Project