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Salzman Lecture

Hidden in Full View:
Confronting the Legacy of Racism in the Age of Fracture

Dr. Charles Chavis, Jr.

Dr. Chavis is the Founding Director of the John Mitchell, Jr. Program for History, Justice, and Race at George Mason University’s Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution.  He is also an Assistant Professor of Conflict Analysis and Resolution and History, and serves as Director of GMU’s African and African American Studies program. 

He is a historian and museum educator whose work focuses on the history of racial violence and civil rights activism and Black and Jewish relations in the American South, and the ways in which the historical understandings of racial violence and civil rights activism can inform current and future approaches to peacebuilding and conflict resolution throughout the world.

He is the author of The Silent Shore: The Lynching of Matthew Williams and the Politics of Racism in the Free State, forthcoming from Johns Hopkins University Press in January 2022, and the editor of For the Sake of Peace: Africana Perspectives on Racism, Justice, and Peace in America (Rowman & Littlefield, 2020).

For more information on his work (and preorder information for The Silent Shore), CLICK HERE.   

About the Salzman Lecture Series

Howard Salzman

This lecture series was established in 1998 to honor the memory of Lewinsville elder and outstanding Presbyterian layman, Howard Salzman. The annual lecture is an opportunity for reflection on three areas central to Howard’s own ministry: public affairs, global missions, and Christian education. Howard was an active contributor to evolving Presbyterian issues and programs during his 25 years at Lewinsville. In addition to his service as commissioner to the National Capital Presbytery, he was also vice chair of the Global Mission Ministry Unit of the General Assembly.

Professionally, Howard’s career included serving as an economist for the Pan American Union, and later, as a program executive for the Organization of American States. When he retired, he was Director of the Office of International Cooperation.

Previous lecturers have included: Jim Wallis, E.J. Dionne, Glenn Tinder, LeRoy Walters, Katherine Marshall, Philip Wogaman and the late Rep. John Lewis.