Public Lecture: “Race, Memorials, and Archeo-History of Confederate Memorials”

Posted on 3/7/2018 12:30:21 PM

Lewis Jones will speak about “Race, Memorials, and Archeo-History of Confederate Memorials” on Thursday, March 8, at 6:00 p.m. in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, room B10. This lecture is part of the Anthropology in Action Speaker Series.

There are over 700 Confederate statues in the United States, primarily in the South. During the past year, there has been much discussion over the place of these memorials and monuments in the stories of US history and United States involvement in slavery. These discussions centered on the ways in which many Americans view monuments to the Confederacy erected after the Civil War throughout the United States and how they shaped, reflected, and created a historical narrative of the past.

The ongoing discussions and the fallout from the decision to remove many of these monuments to the Confederacy has created a need to look at these monuments in a more reflexive and contextual manner. Only then can we truly have a more enlightened discussion of the past, focusing on the purpose these monuments serve and the reason for their placement in the decades after the Civil War.

Lewis JonesProfessor Lewis Jones received his BA in history with a minor in anthropology and his BS in secondary education from Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis in 2006, and his MA in anthropology from Indiana University, Bloomington in 2013. He is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology at Indiana University in Bloomington–Indiana.

Prof. Jones teaches as a adjunct professor of anthropology at Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and also teaches anthropology classes for Harrisburg Area Community College. He currently serves as the chair of the Society for Historical Archaeology’s Gender and Minority Affairs Committee.

His research interests include the history, archaeology, and anthropology of the African diaspora; the archaeology and anthropology of slavery; gender formation within the African diaspora; consumption within the African-American diaspora; discourses on poverty at the color line; and memorialization, race, and reconfiguring of the past.

This lecture is cosponsored by the Anthropology Department, the Frederick Douglass Institute, the History Department, Pan-African Studies, and the Office of Social Equity.