Closing Doors, Opening Doors

Fifty Years After the School-Closing in Prince Edward County
February 24-26, 2009

Closing Doors, Opening DoorsTHE STRUGGLE TO OPEN DOORS
Historical Context up to 1959 (when Prince Edward County closed its schools)
Welcome: Dr. Robert T. Herdegen III, Dean of the Faculty, Hampden-Sydney College
Speakers: Dr. Peter R. Wallenstein, Professor of History, Virginia Tech, Dr. Robert A. Pratt, Professor of History, University of Georgia
Moderator: Dr. Caroline S. Emmons, Associate Professor of History, Hampden-Sydney College

Historical context after 1959
Introduction: Mr. Clem Venable IV '09, President, Minority Student Union, Hampden-Sydney College
Keynote Address: Ambassador William vanden Heuvel, Chairman, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute, former Special Assistant to U.S. Attorney General
Robert F. Kennedy (1962-1968), organizer of the Prince Edward Free Schools Association in 1963
Moderator: Mr. L. Francis "Skip" Griffin, Jr., Senior Associate at Dialogos, LLC

INTERPRETING DIFFICULT HISTORIES
Representing Difficult Stories

Dr. Lawrence J. Pijeaux, Jr., Director, Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Birmingham, Alabama
Mr. John Franklin, Director of Partnerships and International Programs, Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, District of Columbia
Moderator: Mr. Lacy Ward, Jr., Director, Robert Russa Moton Museum, Farmville, Virginia

Personal Response to the School Closing in Prince Edward County
The Rev. Dr. Eric Griffin, Pastor, Saint Stephen United Church of Christ, Greensboro, North Carolina, and QEP Scholar and Visiting Professor of Religion, Hampden-Sydney College
Mr. L. Francis "Skip" Griffin, Jr., Senior Associate at Dialogos, LLC
Moderator: Dr. Patricia Watkins, Superintendent of the Prince Edward County Public Schools, Farmville, Virginia

OPEN DOORS, OPEN HEARTS
Public Policy Issues and Education Issues

Welcome: Dr. Walter Bortz, President of Hampden-Sydney College
Speakers: Dr. Eugene W. Hickok '72, Senior Policy Director for Dutko Worldwide, former U.S. Undersecretary of Education (2001-2004)
Dr. Deneese "Dee" Jones, Dean, College of Education and Human Services, Longwood University
Moderator: Dr. Elizabeth J. Deis, Professor of Rhetoric and Humanities, Associate Dean of the Faculty, Hampden-Sydney College

Religious Resources for Reconciliation

Welcome: Dr. Walter Bortz, President of Hampden-Sydney College
Speakers: The Rev. Dr. Michael Cheuk, Pastor, Farmville Baptist Church
The Rev. J. P. Ashton, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Farmville
The Rev. Dr. Eric Griffin, Pastor, Saint Stephen United Church of Christ, Greensboro, North Carolina, and QEP Scholar and Visiting Professor of Religion, Hampden-Sydney College
Moderator: Dr. J. Michael Utzinger, Elliott Associate Professor of Religion, Hampden-Sydney College
Music by the Hampden-Sydney College Men's Chorus, directed by Mr. C. Frank Archer, Jr. '73, Associate Professor of Fine Arts, Hampden-Sydney College

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