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Common Reading Events



Tuesday, Nov. 9 @ 7:00 pm – Catherine Clinton, author talk – Frank Center Theater – “Harriet Tubman: The Road to Freedom”


October 12, 2021 @ 7:00 pm –  “Race, Religion, and Security in the 18th Century Southeastern Borderlands” – Byrd CHE Auditorium – Dr. Timothy Fritz will discuss the ways religion factored into the laws and practice of slaveholding on the edges of empire by examining the operation and cultural implications of Anglican missions in South Carolina. Timothy Fritz, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of History and chair of the history department at Mount St. Mary’s University.  Dr. Fritz is a historian of race and early America and has published articles on race, religion, and the early South. Co-sponsored by The Shepherd University Common Reading Program & The George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the Civil War with support from the Shepherd University Foundation. Free & Open to the Public.

The following two events are sponsored and hosted by the Robert C. Byrd Center but have connection to this year’s common reading through the lens of civil rights:

October 14, 2021 @ 7:00 pm – “Justice Rising: Robert Kennedy’s America in Black and White” with Patricia Sullivan

October 27, 2021 @ 7:00 pm – “The Essential Kerner Commission Report” with Jelani Cobb