Fall events focus on history and foreign policy

Highlighter & Laureate,
Fall 2003



On September 29, the History and Communication Studies departments, the African American Studies program and the Black Abolitionist Archives hosted a viewing of “Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property,” a recent documentary film by African American filmmaker Charles Burnett. The film is about the 1831 slave rebellion, a watershed event in the history of slavery and racial conflict in America, and explores the multiple ways that event has been remembered and interpreted by historians, novelists, dramatists and artists.

Following the film, UDM faculty members Erick Barnes (Sociology/Criminal Justice), Gerald Curtsinger (Communication Studies), Chris Gilliard (English/African American Studies), Stephanie Mitchem (Religious Studies/Women’s Studies), Devissi Muhammad (History) and Nicholas Rombes (English) held a panel discussion for students and faculty.

As part of the Annual Hispanic Heritage Month Event, the James Guadalupe Carney Latin American Solidarity Archive hosted two guest lecturers on October 8. David Gandolfo, a scholar-in-residence at Furman University, presented “The Philosophy of Ignacio Ellacuria” and "Ignacio Ellacuria’s Idea of a University.” Joe Mulligan, S.J., presented “The Life Work, and Message of Father James ‘Guadalupe’ Carney—and Our Investigation of His Disappearance.”

On November 12, Bill Lawson, professor of Philosophy at Michigan State University, presented “Reparations: The History of an Idea.” Lawson has published extensively on the philosophy of race, slavery, and the underclass. Lawson also participated in an informal “conversation” with students and faculty earlier in the day.

On November 20, the James Guadalupe Carney Latin American Solidarity Archive hosted Russell Crandall, who spoke about “From Drugs to Thugs: United States Policy in Colombia.”