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Dr. Barbara Rothermel will examine the lives and works of prominent artists of the 20th century, including Queena Stovall, Pierre Daura, Brookie Abbot, and Georgia Morgan, who found inspiration in the land and people of the Lynchburg region.
Dr. Barbara Rothermel is director of the Daura Museum of Art and an associate professor of museum studies at the University of Lynchburg. Rothermel holds a BA in art and cultural history with honors from Hood College, a master’s in liberal studies/museum studies with a concentration in art history from the University of Oklahoma, and a PhD in museum studies from the University of Leicester, where her dissertation concerns the university art museum as a catalyst for interdisciplinary faculty collaboration.
Rothermel is a past vice president of the University Museums and Collections of the International Council of Museums (ICOM-UMAC), and for 14 years was a member of the Board of the Association of College and University Museums and Galleries (AAMG).
She has been director of the Daura Museum of Art, formerly the Daura Gallery, since 1997. During her tenure, the Daura Museum has expanded its mission, collections, and programming. The museum has become a significant presence on campus and in the community through compelling exhibitions and educational opportunities.
As associate professor and coordinator of museum studies, Rothermel also was responsible for the establishment of an undergraduate minor in museum studies, which now attracts students from diverse academic disciplines who go on to both graduate programs and professional careers.
10 a.m. – noon
What has the 30-year process of researching, investigating, and restoring Thomas Jefferson’s most intimate home revealed about his lifelong role as an architect and builder?
Travis McDonald is a native of Galveston, Texas, an island on the third coast. He received an undergraduate degree in American history from the University of Texas in Austin and a master’s in architectural history from the University of Virginia’s School of Architecture. The school just honored him with its Distinguished Alumni Award for 2021. McDonald was hired in 1989 to start the restoration of Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, where he still serves as the director of architectural restoration. He formerly worked for the chief historical architect of the National Park Service, receiving a Special Achievement Award.
McDonald began directing museum quality restorations at Colonial Williamsburg. Awards for his work at Poplar Forest include The Architecture Medal for Virginia Service by the Virginia Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and a Virginia Senate Commendation for Preserving the Heritage of Virginia. He serves on several advisory boards, including the Historic Preservation Committee that oversees Thomas Jefferson’s buildings at the University of Virginia. McDonald recently wrote an architectural history of Poplar Forest that will be published by the University of Virginia Press in 2022. He is working on a second book that will document the 30-year restoration of Poplar Forest.
He is married to Denise McDonald, the executive director of the Old City Cemetery, and the proud father of two married daughters, one of whom is expecting the first grandchild around Christmas time.
The decision to desegregate the schools was made at Diamond Hill Baptist Church when Dr. Virgil Wood was pastor. Initially, 28 to 32 students signed on as potential participants. Hylan Hubbard was in that group. Over the course of time, political and economic pressures were applied to the families. Attrition pared that number to the four ultimate litigants, Cecilia Jackson, Brenda Hughes, Lynda Woodruff, and Owen Cardwell. In this presentation, Hubbard and Cardwell compare their experiences: while Hubbard stayed at Dunbar, Cardwell attended E.C. Glass. After high school, Cardwell would go on to attend a historically black college (HBCU), and Hubbard would attend a predominately white institution (PWI).
Dr. Owen Cardwell is the Rosel Schewel Distinguished Professor of Education and Human Development and the co-director of the Center for Education and Leadership at the University of Lynchburg.
A native of Lynchburg, Cardwell was one of the first African American students to integrate E.C. Glass High School. He is the founder and executive director of the Heroes and Dreams Academy in Richmond, a service-learning based mentoring program for at-risk youth. He was also the co-founder of the Family Restoration Network in Ashland, Virginia, an organization designed to restore fractured families and reconnect incarcerated fathers with their children.
Hank Hubbard is a Lynchburg native who attended public school, graduating from the former Dunbar High School. From there he graduated from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine.
After college, Hubbard joined Aetna Insurance Company, retiring after 30 years as a senior vice president. He then co-founded an insurance company in Florida focused on underserved communities and agents.
In 2007, after a second retirement, Hubbard and his first wife, Chris, returned home to the Lynchburg area in Forest, Virginia. She passed away after a long illness in 2015.
Hubbard has been a community volunteer serving on several boards and advisory committees. His primary interest is early childcare and education.
He has a son and a daughter, and four grandsons. He is an avid and mediocre golfer.
Hubbard is married to Ryan Russell, who is also a Lynchburg native. They reside on their family farm in Forest, Virginia.
Presented by Dr. Chris Webb, this presentation features an overview of Lynchburg’s medical history, as well as a seven-minute monologue by Bill Bodine ’78, ’89 MAd as Dr. Mosby Perrow, chief medical officer for the city during the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic. Bodine’s monologue describes how Perrow’s actions saved thousands of lives.
Dr. Chris Webb is a retired physician with a strong interest and body of knowledge in local history in general and the history of local medicine. He earned his medical degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1976 and specialized in internal medicine and geriatrics for 46 years. Bill Bodine is a graduate of the University of Lynchburg with a degree in business management and a master’s in business. Most of his career was spent in health care management. He recently retired as president of the Greater Lynchburg Community Foundation and has been active in local theater for the past 45 years.
Artists see the world in many ways. This talk will briefly describe the complex factors that influence climate and then focus on how landscape painters chose to describe the world around them during a recent climate event called the “Little Ice Age.”
Julius Sigler ’62, ’15 DSc is a professor emeritus of physics at the University of Lynchburg, where he taught for nearly 50 years. A native of Florida, he graduated from Lynchburg College and earned his graduate degrees at the University of Virginia. He pursued further study at the University of North Carolina, Duke University, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and Argonne National Laboratory. He and his wife, Jan, have lived in Lynchburg since 1967. They have three adult sons and two wonderful grandchildren.
There has been much written about the civil rights movement and its leaders. However, the focus of such research has been on the male leaders of the “movement.” Very scant attention has been paid to the many women involved in the organizations that played crucial roles in Black social movements and organizations that supported such movements. The civil rights movement and its related organizations, such as the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and the Black Panther Party and their activities were often organized and coordinated by women. This presentation will discuss the various roles women played in the movement to gain equal rights. Their activism served as a primer for other movements and lessons in grassroots organizing.
Carolyn E. Gross is an associate professor emerita of sociology in the Department of Sociology and Human Services at the University of Lynchburg. Her areas of specialization, publications, and teaching include “Marriage and the Family,” “Race and Ethnic Relations,” “Domestic Violence,” “Cultural Anthropology,” “Principles of Sociology,” and “Human Sexuality.”
Dr. Sharon Foreman is the director of University of Lynchburg’s DELL General Education Curriculum, the chairperson of the Department of Sociology and Human Services, the director of the Center for Community Development & Social Justice, and the founder of the University’s program in human services. She holds a PhD from Virginia Commonwealth University, School of Social Work, an MSW from Washington University, George Warren Brown School of Social Work, and a BA in criminal justice and sociology from University of Richmond. She is a Human Services Board Certified Practitioner (HS-BCP) and a Certified Crisis Counselor.
The presidential election of 1920 was the first time in the history of our nation that women were able to vote for their president. In Lynchburg, it was the first time women ever voted on a public matter. This illustrated presentation uncovers the story of the campaign for women’s suffrage in Lynchburg and Virginia, culminating with the passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920. Meet local leaders like the fearless matriarch Elizabeth Langhorne Lewis and social welfare activist Virginia Cabell Randolph. Learn about the first 22 women who registered to vote in Lynchburg, the often shocking barriers to voting that existed in the 20th century, and the complicated legacy of women voting in the Hill City.
Ted Delaney is the director of the Lynchburg Museum System and chief public history officer for the city of Lynchburg. The museum system is responsible for operating the Lynchburg Museum at the Old Court House and the Point of Honor historic site in Daniel’s Hill.
Delaney is a graduate of the University of Virginia and the former executive director of Lynchburg’s Old City Cemetery. He has written, consulted, and lectured extensively about local history and genealogy for 20 years. He currently serves on the boards of Historic Sandusky, the Martin Luther King Jr. Lynchburg Community Council, Lynch’s Ferry magazine, and the Dante Society.
Dr. Nina Salmon, Dr. Ghislaine Lewis, and their students will present information about Pierce Street and its significance in the Harlem Renaissance and Lynchburg’s history. Selected student presentations will feature individual Pierce Street heroes. Participants will discover Pierce Street Gateway’s role as the connector between past and present and learn about Pierce Street’s ongoing legacy of leadership in the neighborhood and city.
Dr. Ghislaine Lewis is an associate professor of communication studies and co-chair of the Africana studies department at the University of Lynchburg. Originally from the Caribbean, she graduated from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College (now Randolph College) with a BA in religion and communication in 2005. She completed her MS in journalism at Florida A&M University in 2008, her PhD in media and communication at University of Canterbury in New Zealand in 2014, and her Graduate Certificate in Higher Education (GCHE) in 2018 at Monash University in Australia. Lewis is also director of the Pierce Street Gateway and a founding member of the Pierce Street Community Garden.
Dr. Nina Salmon is an associate professor of English and the director of the Senior Symposium at the University of Lynchburg, where she has taught since 1997. Her research and publication interests focus on race, ethnicity, religion, and identity. She has written and presented extensively on the Harlem Renaissance poet Anne Spencer. Salmon is also an Episcopal priest and active in the Episcopal Church and the Diocese of Southwestern Virginia. She earned her BA at Randolph-Macon Woman’s College (now Randolph College), an MEd at the University of Lynchburg, and a PhD in social, political, ethical, and cultural thought at Virginia Tech. She serves on the Pierce Street Gateway Board of Directors.
| Nov. 16, 2022
This discussion about the Central Virginia Training Center will encompass the myriad factors that led to the rise of the American eugenics movement. It will elucidate the crucial role several Central Virginia figures played in the movement by codifying legal sterilization and performing the procedure at the site.
It also will suggest the wide-ranging impact the institution had on thousands of individuals, local, regional, and state administrations and governance, and ultimately on the law of the land in a decision passed by the Supreme Court.
Ellen Gebhardt Nygaard grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where she attended the University of Wisconsin and Columbia Hospital School of Nursing. She received a BSN from the University of Maryland. She worked as an intensive care nurse at Johns Hopkins Hospital and taught nursing school at Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore, where she met and married her husband, Thomas Nygaard. They continued their medical careers at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville. In 1986 they moved to Lynchburg. Ellen and Tom have three children and three grandchildren.
Throughout her 36 years in Lynchburg, Ellen has been involved in the community in many professional, civic, and volunteer capacities. She served on the Lynchburg City School board for nine years and was a trustee at the University of Lynchburg for 12 years. She also has been involved in a leadership capacity for nonprofit organizations. Her last role before retirement was at Centra Health as a chaplain intern, a role that augmented her work at her church as a parish nurse.
Several years ago a good friend suggested she join her in a pastel class and since then she has faithfully pursued her art. Ellen believes in the creative process as a fresh way to see the world and as an expressive integration of all that life presents.