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.
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 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
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