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Scholars Day: April 7, 2010

Shadows of the Lynching Tree

“Let sleeping dogs lie,” is an expression that means: beware of disturbing an unresolved issue, it could make some people uncomfortable and has the potential of reigniting raw and passionate feelings that can lead to anger, or even conflict. Should the term, “Let sleeping dogs lie,” apply to America’s shrouded history of lynching? The answer may come from viewing Shadows of the Lynching Tree. Is lynching a subject, to date largely ignored, a subject to be avoided as we Americans endeavor to move from a society divided by race to one which some call “post-racial?” Is the era of lynching more difficult to show on screen, write or talk about than say, the Nazi holocaust or South Africa’s apartheid? In the age of Obama, has America reconciled its misshapen history or does the legacy live on?

Presenter: Carvin Eison (Faculty)
Location: 107 Holmes
Time: 3:45 pm (Session V)