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The Jepson Leadership Forum 2016–17 Events

The 2016–17 Jepson Leadership Forum, Reconstruction and the Arc of Racial [In]Justice traces America’s long struggle for racial justice through slavery and civil war, Reconstruction and Jim Crow, the Civil Rights Movement and present day. Journey with us as we return to the setbacks and advances, successes and failures that shaped modern America.

Upcoming Speakers

Thomas F. JacksonMarch 21 • 7 p.m. • Jepson Alumni Center
[De]Constructed: Embattled Leader, Contested Icon
Thomas F. Jackson 
Historian at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and American Civil Rights Movement scholar 
Watch Full Presentation • Jepson Take 5 Interview


Past Speakers

Annette Gordon-Reed

September 15 • 7 p.m. • Camp Concert Hall, Booker Hall of Music
[In]Famous: Thomas Jefferson’s Intellectual and Ethical Understanding of Slavery
Annette Gordon-Reed
Harvard University historian and law professor whose research, among other things, explores the life of America’s third president
Watch Full Presentation • Jepson Take 5 Interview


Ira BerlinOctober 19 • 7 p.m. • Jepson Alumni Center
[Re]Defined: Slavery in North America across Time and Place
Ira Berlin
Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland with an expertise in southern and African American history
Watch Full Presentation • Jepson Take 5 Interview



Eric FonerNovember 15 • 7 p.m. • Jepson Alumni Center
[Re]Examined: Reconstruction
Eric Foner
Columbia University professor regarded as the leading authority on the Reconstruction Era in the United States
Watch Full PresentationJepson Take 5 interview



 Isabel WilkersonJanuary 24 • 7 p.m. • Cannon Memorial Chapel
[Un]Told: The Story of the Great Migration
Isabel Wilkerson
Journalist and bestselling author of The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration

 Jepson Take 5 interview


Jamelle BouieFebruary 15 • 7 p.m. • Jepson Alumni Center
[Un]Finished: Twentieth Century Racial Discrimination and Its Long-Term Implications
Jamelle Bouie
Chief political correspondent for Slate and CBS News political analyst
Jepson Take 5 interview


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2016-17 Series Sponsors

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All events are cosponsored by the University of Richmond School of Law and the Department of History

Contact Information

Shannon Best, community programs manager
(804) 287-6522