Dr. Karen Cox discusses her book ‘No Common Ground’ in virtual presentation sponsored by the Gaston College Multicultural Affairs Committee

The Gaston College Multicultural Affairs Committee will sponsor a virtual presentation featuring Dr. Karen L. Cox, Professor of History at University of North Carolina at Charlotte, at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 19, 2021. Dr. Cox will discuss her upcoming book, “No Common Ground: Confederate Monuments and the Ongoing Fight for Racial Justice.” UNC Press will release the book in April 2021.

Cox is an award-winning historian and a Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians. Her first book, “Dixie’s Daughters: The United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Preservation of Confederate Culture,” won the 2004 Julia Cherry Spruill Prize from the Southern Association for Women Historians for the Best Book in Southern Women’s History. A successful public intellectual, she has written op-eds for The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, TIME, Publishers Weekly, and the Huffington Post. Her expertise on Southern history and culture has led to numerous newspapers, radio, and television interviews with media outlets from around the world.

Image of book, No Common Ground by K. Cox

“No Common Ground” traverses the long history of Confederate monuments from the end of the Civil War to the Black Lives Matter protests against them in the summer of 2020. The UNC Press website describes the book as an “eye-opening narrative of the efforts to raise, preserve, protest, and remove Confederate monuments,” and says that, “Karen L. Cox depicts what these statues meant to those who erected them and how a movement arose to force a reckoning.”

Hilary Green, author of “Educational Reconstruction: African American Schools in the Urban South,” considers the book as a “must-read for communities reckoning with their own Confederate landscapes” and reviews it as “[a] timely and necessary work that reframes the story of Confederate memorialization by highlighting the African American voices of dissent who ultimately changed the terms of the debate.”

“The Multicultural Affairs Committee is very excited to host Dr. Cox’s presentation on January 19,” said Judith Porter, Chair of MAC. “She is a renowned scholar of Southern history and culture, and her discussion about her new book is sure to be fascinating.”

For additional information about the presentation, contact Tokura-Gallo at tokura-gallo.hisayo@gaston.edu.


The presentation will be via Zoom
Time: Tuesday, January 19, 2021, 12:30 p.m. Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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Meeting ID: 957 4245 4979
Passcode: 588733


About the Multicultural Affairs Committee

The mission of the Gaston College Multicultural Affairs Committee (MAC) is to develop and deliver an array of activities to expose the Gaston College community to diverse cultures. MAC presents a variety of programming on the Gaston College campus throughout the school year. Programs include town hall meetings, movie events, seminars, and musical performances.

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