Thursday, Feb. 25 | 6:30 p.m.
"History is Now: Photos from Contested Spaces Across the Southern U.S."
Palmer is a Richmond, Va.-based journalist, a visiting assistant professor in the Journalism Department at the University of Richmond and an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.
His focus has been illuminating what his collaborator (and wife), Erin Hollaway, has termed “the afterlife of Jim Crow.” We see this legacy of systemic racism (and privilege) in the continued funding of Confederate monuments and sites across the South, even as the Black Lives Matter movement complicates and enriches our collective American narrative — and in the persistent neglect and underfunding of African American sites of memory.
His award-winning work has appeared in The New York Times, The Nation, Smithsonian magazine and on the Root, Buzzfeed, PBS and Reveal. At the end of 2020, the Virginia Quarterly Review awarded him the 2020 VQR Prize for Photography for his portfolio “The Lives of East End,” and he received the Peabody Award, National Association of Black Journalists Salute to Excellence Award and Online Journalism Award for “Monumental Lies,” a 2018 Reveal radio story about public funding for Confederate sites.