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Public Lecture: Dr Nicholas Rowe (14 June)

History, Memory, and Dignity: A Discussion on the Charlottesville Riots of 2017

The riots of Charlottesville, Virginia in the USA have been associated mostly with a white far-right response to removals of statues commemorating the leaders of the American Confederacy of the US Civil War. In this interdisciplinary discussion, the riots are analysed and situated within the historical context of history, memory, and racial identity formation within the United States. Rowe argues that an essential part of a conflict resolution and reconciliation process will be transforming how the communities create memory as a critical part of forming a collective identity.


Event details
Thursday, 14 June 2018, 7pm

St Augustine Auditorium
53 Ley Road, Victory Park, JHB

*** Free of charge, although a cash donation
to St Augustine would be appreciated ***




Dr Nicholas Rowe is Dean of Student Engagement and Associate Professor of History and Peace Studies at Gordon College in Massachusetts, USA. Before this, he spent the previous ten years on the faculty of St Augustine College of South Africa in Johannesburg, culminating in the role of Academic Dean (and sometime Interim President).


He teaches the history of the modern Atlantic, African American history, African history and World history. In his research, he considers how communities use the past to form their identities and how this fuels intergroup conflict. He has more than twenty years consulting with communities about cross-racial and cross-ethnic reconciliation in the US and South Africa. His international experiences in higher education have convinced Dr Rowe that this is a strategic point in world history and that communities the world over are in need of leaders who are lively in imagination, protective of the dignity of persons, relentless in pursuit of the common good and attentive in spirit.