FEB. 25: Distinguished Historian to Speak on Confederate Monument Challenges

When it comes to Confederate monuments, there is NO COMMON GROUND 

Dr. Karen L. Cox, noted historian and author of her upcoming book on the polarizing topic of Confederate monuments will speak at a Feb. 25 afternoon webinar.


Decades-old conflicts on Confederate monuments that gained polarized intensity in recent months will be the focus of a 90-minute webinar with author and historian Karen L. Cox.

Author of her upcoming book, No Common Ground: Confederate Monuments and the Ongoing Fight for Racial Justice, Cox will be featured Thursday, Feb. 25, at 4 p.m.

Her program, Confederate Monument Challenges and Community Response, will focus on what these statues meant to those who erected them and how a movement arose to force a reckoning. 

Karen Cox’s upcoming book addresses the polarizing impact of Confederate monuments.

The free event is sponsored by Library Services, Department of History, Diversity and Inclusion, the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and the College of Arts and Humanities at Minnesota State Mankato. 

Access to the event is open to the public and limited to 500 attendees. There is no need to preregister. To attend the online webinar, go to https://minnstate.zoom.us/j/96115914669 .

The ongoing debate on Confederate monuments gained national attention following the death of George Floyd. Polarizing debates over their meaning reached all the way to the White House with legislative maneuvering to preserve the statues, legal battles to remove them, and rowdy crowds taking matters into their own hands.

Cox, a renowned historian and scholar from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, is among national authorities on the topic of Confederate monuments.  She has written op-eds for the New York Times, the Washington Post, CNN and TIME. Along with her upcoming book, Cox is also the author of three other books including, Dreaming of Dixie: How the South Was Created in American Popular Culture, and Goat Castle: A True Story of Murder, Race, and the Gothic South.

For more information about this event contact Monika Antonelli, Outreach Librarian at monika.antonelli@mnsu.edu.


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