Ty Seidule, the Chamberlain Project Retiring Officer Teaching Fellowship Professor of History, presented “America’s Reckoning With the Myths of History” at the 2021 Blackburn Symposium at the University of Alabama (UA). He was joined by former U.S. Senator Doug Jones, a Blackburn Advisory Board member, in a panel discussion that highlighted issues of monuments and public memory, including the naming of military bases after Confederate officers.
The theme of the symposium was “The Next Normal: Dynamic Leadership in Changing Times.” It featured speakers and panelists who discussed the challenges of the past and how to bring about positive change in the state of Alabama and around the world.
According to its webpage, the Blackburn Institute was founded in 1995 and is part of the UA Division of Student Life. The organization’s mission is to “develop a network of diverse leaders who understand the challenges facing the state of Alabama and the nation and who are committed to serving as agents of positive change.”