The Pryor Center will host Airic Hughes tonight and Jean Dennison on Friday night



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Left to right, Airic Hughes and Jean Dennison

The Pryor Center Presents spring lecture series presented by the David and Barbara Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History at the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences concludes at 6 p.m. today with “The Language of State Will: Research Conclusions from ‘ Through the Heart of the City: Interstates and Black Geographies in Urban America'” featuring Airic Hughes, PhD candidate in history at U of A.

The following evening, Jean Dennison, member of the Osage Nation, associate professor of Native American studies at the University of Washington and co-director of the Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies, will present “Reclaiming Our Land: The Osage Nation Pursuit of Self-Determination” at 6 p.m. Friday.

Hughes will discuss how federal urban renewal and interstate highway projects have re-segregated American cities. US Interstate 630 was built in Little Rock using racialized language and urban renewal tactics, promoting white supremacy as progressive social policy. Hughes’ research illuminates how and why federal highways are dynamic instruments of state will to shape and inform black geographies in urban spaces.

Dennison’s speech will address issues of national revitalization and build on his work on Osage politics. This is the first event in the year-long celebration of the Buffalo National River which is sponsored by the U of A Chancellor’s Fund and is managed by the U of A Humanities Center and University Libraries Special Collections. Sean Teuton, U of A Professor, Director of Indigenous Studies, and George Sabo, Professor Emeritus, conceptualized and organized this event. A reception will follow in the main hall.

Both events will take place in person and via Zoom. If you would like to attend virtually, please register in advance with an email address associated with a Zoom account. Registration is not required for in-person participation.

Register to attend Airic Hughes’ talk via Zoom on Thursday, April 14
Register to attend Jean Dennison’s talk via Zoom on Friday, April 15

The Pryor Center is located at 1 E. Center St., Suite 120. Events are free and open to the public, and parking is available in Fayetteville Square.

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About the David and Barbara Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History: The David and Barbara Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History is an oral history program whose mission is to document the history of Arkansas through the collection of spoken memories and visual records, to preserve the collection at life and to connect Arkansans and the world to fundraising through the Internet, television shows, educational programs and other means. The Pryor Center records audio and video interviews about Arkansas history and culture, collects recordings from other organizations, organizes those recordings into archives, and provides public access to archives, primarily through the pryorcenter website. uark.edu. The Pryor Center is the state’s only oral and visual history program with a seventy-five county statewide mission to collect, preserve and share audio and moving image recordings of the Arkansas history.

About Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences: The Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences is the largest and most academically diverse unit on campus with three schools, 16 departments, and 43 academic programs and research centers. The college provides the majority of the core curriculum for all University of Arkansas students.

About the University of Arkansas: As Arkansas’ flagship institution, the U of A offers an internationally competitive education in more than 200 academic programs. Founded in 1871, the U of A contributes more than $2.2 billion to the Arkansas economy through teaching new knowledge and skills, entrepreneurship and employment development, discovery through research and creative activity while providing training in professional disciplines. The Carnegie Foundation ranks the U of A among the top 3% of colleges and universities in the United States with the highest level of research activity. US News and World Report ranks the U of A among the top public universities in the nation. Learn how the U of A is working to build a better world at Arkansas Research News.