1919 and its Legacies: Race, Nation, and Conflict

March 1–2, 2019

From "Red Summer" and the Red Scare in the United States to anticolonial revolts and nationalist uprisings around the world, the year 1919 was a critical moment in the history of racial violence, radicalism, state suppression, and nationhood. This conference will explore the larger historical significance of these anniversaries, as well as the long-term legacies for the City of Richmond and for racial justice on a local, national, and global stage. The conference will culminate in a keynote speech delivered by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, Professor of History and International Relations and Director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University.


Friday, March 1


9:45–11:30 a.m.
Panel Session #1: Suppression & Surveillance
Weinstein Hall, Brown-Alley Room

Claudrena Harold, University of Virginia
Julian Hayter, University of Richmond
William J. Maxwell, Washington University in St. Louis

Moderator: Eric Yellin, University of Richmond

1:15–3 p.m.
Panel Session #2: Revolutions, Global & Local
Weinstein Hall, Brown-Alley Room

Keisha Blain, University of Pittsburgh
Tze Loo, University of Richmond
Yucel Yanikdag, University of Richmond

Moderator: Adam Ewing, Virginia Commonwealth University

3:30 p.m.
Ryland Lecture: Race, Nation, and Conflict: 1619, 1919, and Today
Ibram X. Kendi, American University
Jepson Alumni Center, Robins Pavilion

5 p.m.
Jepson Alumni Center, Ukrop Gallery

7:30 p.m.
In/Motion concert by University Dancers
Modlin Center for the Arts

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Featuring choreography by dance professor Alicia Diaz that highlights themes represented in Contested Spaces: Race, Nation, and Conflict.

Saturday, March 2
1919 and its Legacies: Teacher Institute
9 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Tyler Haynes Commons

We invite Richmond-area high school social studies teachers to join us! The 1919 and its Legacies Teacher Institute aims to provide teachers with both content and pedagogy focused on how to use the events of 1919 as a way of deepening and internationalizing their teaching of World War I and the Civil Rights Movement—and making connections between events in Richmond and the wider world. UR history department faculty and Curriculum specialists from Richmond-area schools will use primary source materials and the Question Formulation Technique as the pedagogical tool for the Institute.

Participants will have access to a website of primary sources that you can use to teach this material when you return to your classroom. History topics covered in sessions will correlate to SOL topics in Virginia and US History and certificates will be offered for recertification points. Teachers coming from 25+ miles from the University of Richmond will receive mileage reimbursements for their travel.

Interested teachers should register here. Space is limited and will be on a first-come, first-served basis.