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Please join us for David Tell's talk, "Emmett Till, Three Murder Sites, and the Spatial Politics of Remembrance," sponsored by ASU's Department of English, the Institute for Humanities Research, and the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy.
The precise location of Emmett Till’s murder has never been a simple matter. Before the trial, the defense lawyers predicted a legal victory based simply on the prosecution’s inability to determine the murder site. In the last twelve years (2005-present), anxieties over the location of Till’s death have multiplied tenfold. Following forty-nine years and eleven months without a single dollar invested in Till commemoration in the state of Mississippi, the last twelve years have seen upwards of $5 million invested in Till commemoration—invested, more precisely, in partisan attempts claim a particular patch of land as the site where Till was killed. This talk considers three such attempts. Each proposed site has received extensive grant funding and each has much to teach us about how race, place, and commemoration work together.
Dr. Tell is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Kansas, an NEH Fellow (2016-2017), and a collaborator on the Emmett Till Memory Project (ETMP). His work focuses on the intersections of rhetorical theory and cultural politics and has been published in a number of national journals, including the Quarterly Journal of Speech, Rhetoric Society Quarterly, Rhetoric and Public Affairs, Philosophy and Rhetoric, Communication Studies, and Rhetorica.
This event is a part of the IHR's Seed Grant program. To learn more about Seed Grants, click here.