Memory Symposium

April 2, 2024

Memory Symposium
Memory Symposium

Start time: 10:00 a.m.

End time: 2:00 p.m

Location: Richmond Salons III-IV, University Student Commons (907 Floyd Ave, Richmond, VA)

Register here


Join the Memory Lab at the Humanities Research Center for the Memory Symposium in the Richmond Salons III-IV on April 2, 2024. The keynote speaker is former President of the University of Richmond, Edward Ayers, who will give a lecture titled, American Visions: Voices from the Margins, which focuses on the formative period pre-Civil war when voices of dissent and innovation defied power and created visions of America still resonant today.

In the afternoon, guests can attend round-tables in which they will share memory-related teaching and research projects that they are working on and get feedback from a group of scholars representing different disciplines. Please submit your project proposals when you register at the link above.



10:00-10:15 am | Welcome remarks

10:15-11:00 am | Keynote Lecture

American Visions: Voices from the Margins, Edward Ayers

11:00-11:30 am | Edward Ayers Q&A

11:30-12:00 pm | Memory Lab panel

Elizabeth Fagan, Hilary Levinson, KT Shively, and Ryan Smith

12:00-12:45 pm | Lunch

12:45-2:00 pm | Roundtables


About the Keynote Speaker

Edward Ayers

Edward L. Ayers, PhD is the Tucker-Boatwright Professor of the Humanities and President Emeritus at the University of Richmond. His talk will focus on a series of memory projects he has initiated over the last several decades, dedicated to making the past relevant to contemporary society and politics.  His new book, American Visions (Norton) traces voices from the margins as they attracted others and moved into the center of national historical consciousness, showing the power and malleability of memory.