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‘Caudill Conversations’ seek to stimulate discussion of social issues

Morehead State’s Caudill College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences offers the public an opportunity to learn about critical social issues through its Caudill Conversations program.   

Caudill Conversations are video conversations that focus on topics of perennial or contemporary interest and feature the expertise of the faculty from the Caudill College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. This year, the focus of the program is on diversity and inclusion. The conversations are available to view on MSU’s Camden-Carroll Library’s ScholarWorks.   

Dr. Scott Davison, professor of philosophy and interim dean of the Caudill College, said the focus is in response to recent events that have gained media attention.   

“In light of recent events that have gained national attention, this year, our focus is on issues related to justice and equality. The programs in our college are uniquely qualified to address these questions, so we are trying to provide insightful and well-informed discussions,” Davison said.   

Two Caudill Conversations are currently available to view. The first features Dr. Benjamin Fitzpatrick, visiting assistant professor of history, and Dr. Julia Finch, associate professor of art history, and focuses on Civil War memorials and their function in public spaces. The second conversation features Dr. Layne Neeper, professor emeritus of English, and Sara Peyton, instructor of social studies at Rowan County Senior High School. It concerns the struggle over the telling of the story of American history. Eight more conversations are planned for this year, and Davison said the college is planning a Justice Festival in the fall that will incorporate programs from across the Caudill College.   

Davison said viewers of the conversations will walk away with a broader, more informed perspective on the issues discussed.   

“If people are interested in different perspectives on current events, provided by experts in relevant fields in a short and accessible format, they should browse the collection of Caudill Conversations,” he said. “Not only do the conversations provide informed perspectives, but they also prompt new questions for further discussion here at the University and in the local community.”   

To view the conversations, visit  

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