Recent events in Charlottesville, Va., and controversy over Confederate statues have called on us to re-examine our histories and assumptions. Come learn about the multi-disciplinary field called Southern Studies, and how/why it matters everywhere, not just in the American South. Panel includes author Gina Caison, an assistant professor of English at Georgia State University where she teaches courses in American literature, southern literature, Native American literatures, and documentary practices; Elizabeth Herbin-Triant, assistant professor of History at UMass Lowell with particular interests in the South and African-American history; and author Anthony Szczesiul, professor of English at UMass Lowell, where he teaches American literatures of the 19th and 20th centuries, Southern literature, and American poetry. Free and open to public. Light refreshments.