Dr. John Giggie to Participate in David Mathews Center’s Civic Institute, August 21

Icon of the Mathews Center's logo and mission statement.The Mathews Center will host its annual Civic Institute on August 21st, 2020. The event will be held entirely online. The theme of this year’s event is Common Bonds: Collective Purpose and Civic Resilience in Uncertain Times.

Dr. David Mathews, President and C.E.O. of the Kettering Foundation, will deliver a (pre-recorded) keynote address drawing on his experiences at the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare—where he served as Secretary during the Swine Flu outbreak of 1976. Mathews is an alum of The University of Alabama History Department, where he earned his AB in history in 1958. He was twice president of The University of Alabama: 1969-75 and 1977-80.

Dr. John Giggie of the University of Alabama’s Summersell Center and students from Tuscaloosa’s Central High School will discuss The History of Us, a year-long course created to help students explore the African American history of their own community. Dr. Giggie co-taught the course with his graduate teaching assistant, Ms. Margaret Lawson, who will join the panel alongside students from the course.

The Civic Institute will be hosted completely online and begins at 9 am, Friday, August 21, 2020. Registration is free and available at this link.