The lineup for our 2016 Spring Lecture series has now been established! This lecture series is a collaboration between the 2nd Air Division Memorial Library and UEA’s department of American Studies, and is an informative, illuminating evening that often inspires lively discussions among attendees. This year we will be hosting three lectures related to debates in today’s America. All events are free and will be taking place in the Memorial library, here in the Forum, from 6.30-7.30 (see the specific dates and descriptions for each lecture below). Space is limited, so be sure to RSVP via phone or email in order to reserve your spot. Hope to see you there!
Monday 29 February
Dr Nicholas Grant – “Charleston: Violence and the Confederate Flag”
On the 17th of June 2015 21-year old South Carolinian Dylann Roof walked into the Emanuel AME Church in downtown Charleston, sat for an hour during a prayer meeting, before drawing a gun and killing 9 members of the church’s predominantly African American congregation. This talk will explore the history of racial of violence in the American South as well as the ongoing debates about the legacy and meaning of the Confederate Flag that reemerged following this attack.
Wednesday 9 March
Dr Wendy McMahon – Torture: What is it Good For?
This talk will focus on the contemporary debate about whether or not torture can ever be justified in the name of national security and global peace. It will address the question of whether there is any place for torture in a liberal democracy as well as the relationship between torture, the law, and American culture.
Monday 14 March
Emma Long – “One Nation Under God”: Religion and Politics in the United States
Religion is a far more prevalent part of politics in the US than in the UK, despite the separation of church and state embedded in the US Constitution. This talk will explore the historical development of the meaning of “separation of church and state” and will consider its consequences for contemporary US politics.