Alumnus Eric Medlin ’17, Pens Op-Ed Piece for News & Observer

Exterior of CHASS' Withers Hall.

We are proud to announce that History MA alum, Eric Medlin ’17, recently published an op-ed piece on the Josephus Daniels statue for the Raleigh News & Observer. He was inspired to write the piece after reading numerous reports surrounding the debate over Confederate monuments, many of which he thought lacked a proper historical framework.  Several of the classes he took at State discussed monuments, public history, and public memory and his own master’s thesis research focused on how historians should use their insight to work in the public sphere and add their input on contentious issues. His hope is that this article will stimulate thought and discussion on such a controversial and politically charged topic.
Eric Medlin is currently writing, applying to Ph.D. programs, and working in the affordable housing industry.
The op-ed piece can be read HERE.

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