Harvard professor Khalil Gibran Muhammad will deliver the John M. Turner Lecture, titled “Why History Matters in the Age of Mass Incarceration.” Muhammad is a scholar whom the media frequently calls upon for a perspective on race and public policy. He wrote the award-winning book The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America. He is a Harvard Kennedy School professor of history, race and public policy, as well as the Suzanne Young Murray Professor in the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.
Dr. Victoria Bynum will present a talk about The Free State of Jones, her book about Newt Knight’s resistance to the Confederacy in Mississippi, which became a major motion picture starring Matthew McConaughey. Dr. Bynum has been a pioneer in social and gender history of the Civil War Era. Her talk is the second in a series of talks at Lynchburg College about the Civil War and Reconstruction.
Dr. David Freier, a Lynchburg College professor of biology and biomedical science, will present a Senior Symposium lecture titled “What is evidence: Understanding the difference between science and pseudoscience .” The 2016-2017 Senior Symposium explores the topic of knowledge through themes such as justice, leadership, and creativity.