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The Conversation Project

The following topics in our Conversations Bureau are currently available. Please click on the title for additional information or to request a Conversation. More topics will be added soon.

This conversation focuses on questions of equality and separation between Reconstruction following the Civil War, and the Civil Rights Movement of the mid-20th century. Its primary bookends are the Supreme Court decisions in Plessy v. Ferguson and Brown v. Board of Education, the cases that solidified and tore down the Jim Crow doctrine of “separate, but equal” respectively.

This conversation is launched by a brief Q & A by the facilitator with a local Muslim woman, and asks audience participants to consider their communities through her stories and perpectives, and to share their own.

This conversation will focus on how people have remembered the Civil War, and whether their identity has shaped those memories, and, thus, the meaning of the Civil War to different individuals. The two major pieces under discussion are Robert Penn Warren’s The Legacy of the Civil War and Ta-Nehisi Coates’ “Why Do So Few Blacks Study the Civil War?”

This Conversation uses migration stories to explore the wide variety of circumstances that bring people to Tennessee, the experiences of newcomers, and the changes migration brings to communities across the state.

This conversation will focus on the Emancipation Proclamation and equality. The two major pieces under discussion are Abraham Lincoln's 1863 proclamation and a "letter" written by James Baldwin nearly one hundred years later. Other documents within provide context for both Lincoln's decree and Baldwin's analysis.

This conversation explores the impact of race and class on the approaches of communities to juvenile justice, starting with in-school discipline.

The Conversation addresses the challenges veterans face upon leaving the military and returning to the civilian workforce. It is based on accounts from veterans of World War I, the Korean War, and the War in Afghanistan.