We are wrapping up the Fall semester at Chesapeake Forum, but there is still time for a few more classes. There are still spots left for William Messner’s lecture on the Rise and Fall of the Talbot Boys Memorial on November 14th and for Integrity and Effective Leadership at the USNA on November 15th.
Join Messner on Tuesday, November 14th as he lays out the factors that prompted the Talbot Boy’s statue’s removal last year. As he explains, the pre-WW I period marked the zenith of racism in the nation. Especially in the South, this period saw the institutionalization of segregation and the utilization of extra-legal means, such as lynching, to insure the maintenance of the racial order. Not coincidentally, throughout the South memorials to the Confederate lost cause appeared, often in the form of statues of Rebel soldiers. Talbot County was not immune to this pattern of activity as a memorial to those county residents who fought for the Confederacy – the Talbot Boys – was constructed on the Courthouse lawn in Easton. A century later the statue, one of the last in the South still standing on public grounds, was dismantled, the result of a decade of agitation on the part of African American residents and their white allies who demanded the erasure of all vestiges of the old racial order.
Rise and Fall of the Talbot Boys Memorial is one session, Tuesday, November 14th from 1-2:20. HYBRID (in person at Easton Family YMCA) or via ZOOM. $20. To register, visit https://chesapeakeforum.org
On Wednesday, November 15th, travel to the US Naval Academy for a lecture on how ethics and moral reasoning guide behavior, while integrity defines “how” individuals conduct their daily lives. Taking from both classical and contemporary thought in moral philosophy, Jeff Macris, Ph.D., Deputy Director of the Stockdale Institute, will show us how the USNA seeks to provide its future Naval officers with the ability to understand the moral complexities of leadership.
Integrity and Effective Leadership is a field trip to the USNA by carpool or private vehicle on Wednesday, November 15th from 10 am – 4 pm. $20. To register, visit https://chesapeakeforum.org.
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