Richmond Stories | Episode 3

Controversy/History – Beyond Politics: Voicing Our Ideas

In January of 2024, the Valentine will open a new exhibition, “Sculpting History,” which explores the myth of the Lost Cause through the lens of power. In this season of Controversy/History, we’ll explore the future of the big themes introduced in this new exhibition- education, violence, politics, religion and media – and consider the ideas and institutions of the past that still shape our community today. Join us as we imagine a fresh future grounded in a commitment to seeking truth, building community and serving the greater good.  How can we create a future for Richmond that creates greater opportunity for all?

The series is co-hosted by Valentine Director Bill Martin, Kelli Lemon (of the Richmond Times-Dispatch and Virginia Video Network), and “Sculpting History” co-curator Josh Epperson. Each event will feature a diverse panel of thought leaders carefully selected to address the specific subject matter. Attendees can look forward to interactive discussions, lively debates, and the chance to have their voices heard in the conversations that matter most to our community’s past, present, and future.

Panelists for December 12, 2023:

Henry Chambers, Austin E. Owen Research Scholar & Professor of Law at the University of Richmond
Dr. Rich Meagher, Professor of Political Science & Director of Social Entrepreneurship, Randolph-Macon College
Liz White, Executive Director, UpVote Virginia
Dr. Thad Williamson, Associate Professor of Leadership Studies and Philosophy, Politics, Economics, and Law, University of Richmond

Controversy/History is sponsored by Altria, Bank of America, and Wells Fargo and supported through a media partnership with the Richmond Times Dispatch and Virginia Video Network.