Community Voices Lecture Series
Community Voices is a new PD series featuring community members from a variety of backgrounds. The goal of this series is to encourage dialogue about the rich diversity of the Asheville area community. As such the series is open to the public as well as faculty, staff and students.
The Community Voices lectures series will continue with a Black History Month presentation by Oralene Simmons at 3 p.m. Wednesday, February 7. Simmons will discuss the work of the Martin Luther King Jr. Association.
The next lecture will feature Nicole Townsend, who will discuss colorism and its implications for the African American community at 3 p.m. on February 28.
Future lectures include topics for Women’s History Month in March and other issues impacting our community throughout the academic year. All Community Voices events are free and open to the public.
Dr. Darin J. Waters, Assistant Professor of History and Special Assistant to the Chancellor at UNC Asheville explored the meaning and significance of the controversial and yet transformative period of American History of the Reconstruction, a 12-year period that ended in 1877. During the post-Civil War period, Americans experienced political, social, and economic change. Dr. Waters placed this in a local context, as well as a broader national focus as well through his talk titled, “The Burden of History: Slavery, Emancipation & Our Collective Historical Memory.”