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The Power of Symbols: Monuments and Flags
On a Friday night in 2017, a group of about 250 people carrying torches, mostly young white men, marched in a column toward a statue of Thomas Jefferson at the University of Virginia. Violence erupted as they met a multiracial group of about 30 counterprotesters who had locked arms around the base of the statue. This first night of violence would set off days of mayhem in Charlottesville.

In this fourth webinar in the Power to the People series from the Center for Civic Education, Brandon Hasbrouck, Assistant Professor of Law at the Washington and Lee University School of Law, explains why symbols, such as monuments and flags, have such power and emotional impact for Americans.

The Power of Symbols: Monuments and Flags webinar is designed especially for teachers of civics, government, and U.S. history who want to better understand current controversies surrounding monuments and flags, but everyone is welcome to attend.

The Power to the People webinar series is sponsored by the Center for Civic Education, Kansas State University, and the Indiana Bar Foundation

Oct 8, 2020 07:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Brandon Hasbrouck
Assistant Professor of Law @Washington and Lee University
Professor Brandon Hasbrouck is an Assistant Professor of Law at Washington and Lee University. He researches and teaches in the areas of criminal law, race relations law, and critical theory. His scholarship has been published or forthcoming in leading scholarly journals, including The Georgetown Law Journal and the UCLA Law Review. Professor Hasbrouck's scholarship has been the subject of much attention in the academic and popular media. His groundbreaking work on police abolition has been profiled on NBC News, Vox, and Slate, among other places. Professor Hasbrouck is frequently consulted on issues of race; recently, he published an op-ed article in the Washington Post on the problem with naming institutions after those who perpetrated racial terror. That piece sparked--and continues to drive--national debates on major news and radio networks, including Fox News, CNN, and Mornings on the Mall.