This digital lecture for the "gymnasiale Stufe" only will focus on the controversial past and present of Confederate monuments in the U.S., specifically Richmond, Virginia.

Free Admission

Registration via email at bibliothek@amerikahaus.de

Confederate Statues: How #BlackLivesMatter Protests in the U.S. Led to their (partial) Removal (digital)

Master Class for Students / Free for students and teachers / Registration via bibliothek@amerikahaus.de


This master class will take place online via zoom.


How do the stories we tell about our past influence our present? Is there anything in your country’s history that it feels like people still don’t agree on today?

During the U.S. Civil War, Richmond, Virginia, served as Capitol of the Confederacy, the special term for the slavery-supporting South. Today, the state of Virginia has more monuments to the Confederacy than anywhere else in the U.S., and in Richmond an entire monument is dedicated to memorializing and putting confederate leaders on pedestals – quite literally! These monuments have continued to stand despite their controversial status. The Black Lives Matter movement took to the streets this past summer of 2020 and demanded their removal.

In this master class for students, you will hear from an American reporter who has covered the debate and controversy for years. Journalist and Fulbright journalist scholar Mallory Noe-Payne was amidst Black Lives Matter protestors this past summer as they were tear gassed by police, and she saw firsthand the results of the protest – the first monuments coming down. The lecture will make use of radio and video clips from these protests, giving participants firsthand reports and insights into the polarizing arguments surrounding Confederate statue removal in the U.S.

Speaker: Mallory Noe-Payne, journalist and Fulbright Young Journalist Grantee

Mallory Noe-Payne studied at Virginia Tech. She graduated with degrees in Journalism and Political Science. She’s a reporter for Virginia Public Radio and a contributor to National Public Radio. She's a 2021 recipient of the Fulbright Young Journalist Grant and spending the year in Munich at LMU. She’s studying German Vergangenheitsbewältigung and looking for lessons Americans can use in confronting their racist history.

Organizer: Bavarian Center for Transatlantic Relations

Contact: bibliothek@amerikahaus.deSarah Martin



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