Clarke Historical Library Speaker Series presents: Derek H. Alderman

Derek H. AldermanWhat’s in a name? A great deal if you live, work, or study on a university campus in America. In response to intense protests, university officials are often called upon to remove the names of racist historical figures from campus spaces. These calls, like broader place renaming struggles across the nation and the globe, have evoked wide-ranging institutional responses—from resistance and performative gestures to more meaningful changes. 

The Clarke Historical Library Speaker Series, and Events for Spring 2023 presents Derek H. Alderman on Monday, February 13. Join us for an online event that begins at 7:00 p.m. Registration is required, and you can register for this event at  

In his talk, “Teaching for Place Name Change on University Campuses: On Being Reflexive, Reparative, and Regenerative,” University of Tennessee Professor of Geography Derek H. Alderman will consider college classrooms as important workspaces for critiquing traditional place naming practices and developing the civic imagination necessary to plan an inclusive and just campus geography. He will offer three frameworks for students to interrogate named spaces within their own universities (landscape backstories, affective entanglements, and procedural justice)—all with the hope of institutions of higher learning becoming more reflexive, reparative, and regenerative in how they name and make places.  

Learn more about all the Clarke’s Spring 2023 speakers and events at 

This event is free and open to the public. Individuals needing accommodations should contact the Clarke at or by phone at 989-774-3864. 

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