Forum to encourage discussion about Charlottesville

Ullsvik Hall
September 28, 2017

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. – In response to events this summer in Charlottesville, Virginia, including Neo-Nazi and Ku Klux Klan protests followed by the murder of a counter-protester, faculty and staff members from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s College of Liberal Arts and Education will present a teach-in event, “Charlottesville: White Supremacy in America” on Tuesday, Oct. 3 in Velzy Commons North from 7-9 p.m. The free event is open to students, faculty, staff and community members.

The goal of the event is to foster discussion and engagement among students, faculty, staff and community members. The event is designed to be an interactive and open discussion, with UW-Platteville faculty leading discussion on selected topics.

Becky Fernette, senior lecturer of psychology, will provide an overview of the events in Charlottesville this summer. Dr. Frank King, assistant professor of ethnic studies, will discuss white males’ attitudes toward perceived changes in the racial hierarchy. Dr. David Krugler, professor of history, will provide a history of the Ku Klux Klan. Dr. Pip Gordon, assistant professor of English, will discuss the literary and film origins of contemporary white supremacist rhetoric. Dr. Rosalyn Broussard, professor of political science, will discuss Jim Crow history and experience in the South.

Several additional faculty members from multiple disciplines in the College of LAE will be available to engage as the discussion opens up over the course of the forum.

“This event is intended to foster a community of respect and mutual understanding in the tri-state region,” said Gordon. “While what occurred this summer in Virginia may seem like it was miles away from Platteville and Southwest Wisconsin, in the world we live in today, every event affects every person everywhere in the United States. This teach-in will encourage students to think with a broader perspective about free speech and civil rights.”

Gordon said the event also will give students and community members an opportunity to think about their personal experiences and understand the larger social history of white supremacy that many people are experiencing with increasing frequency in contemporary American public life.

For more information about the forum, contact Gordon at

Written by: Laurie A. Hamer, University Relations Specialist, College of Liberal Arts and Education, 608-342-6191,


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