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Parr Center Forum: What’s in a Name? Moral and Historical Considerations of Naming University Facilities

January 25, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Please join us for a wide-ranging discussion about the ethical implications of the naming of university facilities. Our expert panelists include:

  • Al Brophy (Judge John J. Parker Distinguished Professor of Law)
  • Fitz Brundage (William B. Umstead Professor of History and Chair, Department of History)
  • Cecilia Moore (Task Force on UNC-Chapel Hill History)
  • Ted Shaw (Julius L. Chambers Distinguished Professor of Law and Director of UNC’s Center for Civil Rights)

The discussion will be moderated by Amy Locklear Hertel (Director, UNC American Indian Center)

The event takes place in the University Room at Hyde Hall and attendance is free.

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About our panelists:


Al Brophy is the Judge John J. Parker Distinguished Professor here at UNC Law.  His books

include Reconstructing the Dreamland: The Tulsa Race Riot of 1921 (Oxford University Press, 2002) and Reparations Pro and Con (Oxford University Press, 2006).  His expansive study of proslavery thought in the southern academy and judiciary will be published next year by Oxford.



ShawTheodore M. Shaw is the Julius L. Chambers Distinguished Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Civil Rights at the University of North Carolina School of Law at Chapel Hill. Professor Shaw teaches Civil Procedure and Advanced Constitutional Law/Fourteenth Amendment. Before joining the faculty of UNC Law School, from 2008-2014 Professor Shaw taught at Columbia University Law School, where he was Professor of Professional Practice. During that time he was also “Of Counsel” to the law firm of Norton Rose Fulbright (formerly Fulbright & Jaworski, LLP). His practice involved civil litigation and representation of institutional clients on matters concerning diversity and civil rights.

Professor Shaw was the fifth Director-Counsel and President of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., for which he worked in various capacities over the span of twenty-six years. He has litigated education, employment, voting rights, housing, police misconduct, capital punishment and other civil rights cases in trial and appellate courts, and in the United States Supreme Court.From 1982 until 1987, he litigated education, housing, and capital punishment cases and directed LDF’s education litigation docket. In 1987, under the direction of LDF’s third Director-Counsel, Julius Chambers, Mr. Shaw relocated to Los Angeles to establish LDF’s Western Regional Office. In 1990, Mr. Shaw left LDF to join the faculty of the University of Michigan Law School, where he taught Constitutional Law, Civil Procedure and Civil Rights. While at Michigan, he played a key role in initiating a review of the law school’s admissions practices and policies, and served on the faculty committee that promulgated the admissions program that was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2003 in Grutter v. Bollinger.

In 1993, Mr. Shaw returned to LDF as Associate Director-Counsel, and in 2004, he became LDF’s fifth Director-Counsel. Mr. Shaw’s legal career began as a Trial Attorney in the Honors Program of the United States Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division in Washington, D.C., where he worked from 1979 until 1982.

Mr. Shaw has testified on numerous occasions before Congress and before state and local legislatures. His human rights work has taken him to Africa, Asia, Europe, and South America. In addition to teaching at Columbia and at Michigan Law School, Professor Shaw held the 1997-1998 Haywood Burns Chair at CUNY School of Law at Queens College and the 2003 Phyllis Beck Chair at Temple Law School. He was a visiting scholar at the Constitution Center in Philadelphia in 2008-2009. He is a member of the faculty of the Practicing Law Institute (PLI).

Mr. Shaw served on the Obama Transition Team after the 2008 presidential election, as team leader for the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department.


Hertel newAmy Locklear Hertel is Director of the American Indian Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Originally from Fayetteville, N.C., she is an enrolled member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina and a descendant of the Coharie Indian Tribe. Amy also has an appointment as a Clinical Assistant Professor at the UNC School of Social Work.

Amy earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at UNC Chapel Hill in 1997. While at UNC, she served as president of the Carolina Indian Circle and was inducted into the Order of the Golden Fleece. She was also one of the founders of Alpha Pi Omega Sorority Inc., the country’s oldest American Indian Greek letter organization.  Previously, she served as a project manager at the Center for Social Development at Washington University in St. Louis, where she completed her doctoral studies. She also earned her master of social work and law degrees from Washington University in St. Louis as well. She served as a corporate attorney for five years in St. Louis focused on mergers and acquisitions as well as securities filings.

Now, her area of study is asset building in tribal communities as a means toward tribal self-determination. Amy has experience working in Indian Country with asset building, grassroots giving, capacity building, and community based participatory research. As a professional, daughter, wife and mother, Amy is dedicated to serving her communities.

Amy serves on various boards and committees in North Carolina, as well as nationally. Her service includes the G.A. Jr. & Kathryn M. Buder Charitable Foundation and the North Carolina American Indian Health Board. She lives in Chapel Hill, NC with her husband, Johann, who is faculty at the UNC School of Medicine and works as a pathologist at UNC Hospitals, their 7 year old daughter Ava, and their 4 year old son Ahren.


Cecelia Moore at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.Cecelia Moore is a UNC historian and Project Manager for the Task Force on UNC-Chapel Hill’s History. The Task Force is developing a comprehensive approach to curating and teaching a full, accurate and accessible history of the University.

A long-time resident of North Carolina, Moore holds an MA in Public History from North Carolina State University and a PhD in History from UNC-Chapel Hill. Her book, The South as a Folk Play: Cultural Expression and University Extension in the New South, will be published by Lexington Books in 2017.

Fitz Brundage’s research interests are American history since the Civil War, with a particular focus on the American South. He has written on lynching, utopian socialism in the New South, white and black historical memory in the South since the Civil War, and African American popular culture.  His current research project is a book on debates about torture in the United States from the time of European contact to the twenty-first century.


January 25, 2016
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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