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Umrath Hall, Lounge

Faculty Book Talk: The Material World of Modern Segregation

Join us for a panel discussion by essay contributors to “The Material World of Modern Segregation: St. Louis in the Long Era of Ferguson.” The collection (forthcoming in the Common Reader: A Journal of the Essay, 2022) stems from a conference by that name in spring 2017, involving leading scholars on race, segregation and urban space and experience from in and outside Washington University. The collection of essays is co-edited by Iver Bernstein (History, AFAS, and American Culture Studies) and Heidi Kolk (Sam Fox School).

Provost Beverly R. Wendland will offer opening remarks, followed by framing comments from Iver Bernstein. The conversation will conclude with a thirty-minute Q&A.

The centerpiece of this event will be short presentations by three of the volume contributors:

  • David Cunningham, professor and chair of the Department of Sociology, Washington University in St. Louis (“Memorials on the Move: Union and Confederate relocations in St. Louis”); 
  • Joshua Aiken (BA ’14), Rhodes Scholar, and current JD/PhD candidate at Yale University (“The Climate of Cook Avenue: Subjugation, not segregation, is the rule of law”);
  • Sylvia Sukop, former Director of Washington University in St. Louis Summer Writers’ Institute, and current Germanic Languages and Literatures PhD student (“Amplifying History: Sonic violence from East St. Louis to Ferguson, and making silences speak”).

This event is taking place in Umrath Hall, and will also be livestreamed on Zoom and recorded for virtual viewing. Doors will open at 4pm. Virtual attendees are encouraged to register as well to receive a reminder and link to the Zoom webinar to your inbox.

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All in-person attendees must adhere to all of Washington University’s public health requirements, including the latest events and meetings protocol. Masks are encouraged but not required. Guests must complete an attestation that they are fully vaccinated and/or that they will follow all university guidance while on campus.