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Joshua Inwood of the University of Tennessee-Knoxville will speak Friday, Feb. 18, about his research related to the Greensboro Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the first commission of its kind in the United States.

The colloquium “Righting Unrightable Wrongs: Race, Violence, Truth and Reconciliation in Greensboro” will begin at 3:30 p.m. in Graham Building, Room 109, and is sponsored by the Department of Geography.

Modeled on similar commissions elsewhere, including South Africa, the Greensboro Truth and Reconciliation Commission examined the shootings in Greensboro on Nov. 3, 1979, that resulted in the deaths of five anti-Klan demonstrators. The seven-member commission was empaneled June 12, 2004, and released its final report May 25, 2006.

Funded by the National Science Foundation, Inwood’s research has explored the results of the Greensboro commission, focusing on the ways grassroots activists address the legacy and memory of violence, and how violence continues to undergird racial exploitation and frame an understanding of difference in North America.

Inwood holds a joint appointment in the Department of Geography and the Africana Studies Program at UT-Knoxville, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses focused on geographic thought, urban geography, cultural geography and the experiences of African Americans in North America. His research interests include urban (re)development, processes of racialization, landscape studies, contested notions of identity and justice studies.

For more information, contact Dr. Corey Johnson at corey_johnson@uncg.edu.

By Dan Nonte, University Relations

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