The Appalachian State University Department of Geography and Planning Speaker Series
Finding Our Way Back: Examining the Geography of the Black Past
Mike Williams, Education Projects Manager for the National Humanities Center in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina
Thursday, October 22, 2020
Via Zoom: https://appstate.zoom.us/j/99440176140
This talk is free and open to the public.
This talk will evaluate the role of geography in understanding the legacies of the transatlantic slave trade, the resilience of the enslaved, and its effect on continuing efforts to reclaim African cultural heritage.
Michael “Mike” Williams is the Education Projects Manager for the National Humanities Center (NHC) in Research Triangle Park, N.C. Williams earned a B.A. in English and African-American Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a Masters of Education degree at North Carolina State University focusing on New Literacies and Global Learning, and a law degree from North Carolina Central University.
Prior to his position at the NHC, Williams served as chair of the history department at Warren New Tech High School in Warrenton, N.C. In that time, he was twice recognized as the Warren County Teacher of the Year (2014, 2017-18) and was named the 2017 Tachau National Teacher of the Year by the Organization of American Historians. Prior to this, he was a practicing attorney with the law offices of Williams & Clifton in Louisburg, N.C. Williams currently serves on the boards of the National Council for History Education and North Carolina Council for the Social Studies.
This event is brought to you by the Appalachian State University Department of Geography and Planning. To learn more about the Department of Geography and Planning, visit https://geo.appstate.edu.
About the Department of Geography and Planning
The Department of Geography and Planning promotes the understanding of the spatial dimensions of human behavior within the physical and cultural systems of the earth, and the role of planning in achieving improvement in those systems. The department offers degrees in geography and in community and regional planning. Learn more at https://geo.appstate.edu.