On Monday, January 19, the Department of History and the Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies will present "The Color Line and the Long Twentieth Century: New Perspectives on Race, Violence, and Segregation." The event is part of the University of Michigan's 29th Annual MLK Symposium and will take place 12-2:00 pm in 1014 Tisch Hall; lunch provided; free and open to the public.

The event features three historians who earned their PhDs at U-M and recently completed or published books pertaining to race, segregation, and urban history. They will speak briefly on their own work and then address current issues in the urban United States. Panelists include:

  • Andrew Highsmith (UM PhD 2009)
    Assistant Professor, Public Administration, University of Texas at San Antonio
    Author, Demolition Means Progress: Flint, Michigan, and the Fate of the American Metropolis (University of Chicago Press, 2015)
  • LaKisha Simmons (UM PhD 2009)
    Assistant Professor, Transnational Studies, University at Buffalo
    Author, Within the Double Bind: Black Girlhood and Subjectivity in Jim Crow New Orleans, 1930-1954 (University of North Carolina Press, forthcoming)
  • Kidada Williams (UM PhD 2005)
    Associate Professor, History, Wayne State University
    Author, They Left Great Marks on Me: African American Testimonies of Racial Violence from Emancipation to World War I (New York University Press, 2012)

Penny von Eschen will serve as panel chair; Matthew Countryman as commentator.