Feb 20th at 6:45 pm at Greenville office (12 Davis Keats Dr.)
Inspired by Abraham, a former slave of James C. Furman (the university's first president), the Abraham Slavery Project is investigating Furman University's historical connections with slavery. Dr. Inabinet has been spearheading and co-chairing the effort thus far, and will discuss with us the process by which historical reconciliation has happened at Furman and is taking place across the U.S.
The conversation will include some historical discussion of the general history of race and slavery in the US and its specific connection to Furman, the work of listening to various audiences and integrating their voices into institutional initiatives, and then envisioning processes for further understanding and community advancement.
Lastly, Dr Inabinet will lead us in a discussion about how individuals relate to institutions, and the need for both to move from ignorance or indifference, to put truth, understanding, and repair as preeminent values.
About the Speaker:
Brandon Inabinet is an Associate Professor of Communication Studies at Furman University (with his Ph.D. in Communication Studies from Northwestern). He teaches students to produce public writing, speaking, argumentation, criticism, and advocacy. Inabinet has taken his research concerning rhetoric, from its ancient roots into contemporary practice, into the public sphere. He has theorized ideas about intergenerational audiences regarding sustainability and worked with the David E. Shi Center for Sustainability; ideas about speech and freedom that have empowered his time as President of the AAUP-SC; and ideas about nineteenth century views of economics, civility, and race that inform his work as the co-chair of the Task Force on Slavery & Justice at Furman. His work has appeared in his field’s journals, law reviews, as well as edited volumes and encyclopedias on communication.