An Unfinished Conversation on a Contested Space
February 17, 2022
Imagining the Future through the Solitude-Fraction Site on the Campus of Virginia Tech: An Unfinished Conversation on a Contested Space
Panelists Kerri Mosely-Hobbs, EdD (Founder and Executive Director of the More Than a Fraction Foundation), Victoria Ferguson (Member of the Monacan Indian Nation, Director/Docent for the Solitude-Fraction Site, OID), and Emily Satterwhite, PhD (Associate Professor of Appalachian Studies, VT Department of Religion and Culture) will examine the long and painful history of the two oldest standing structures on Virginia Tech’s Blacksburg campus from previously unrepresented perspectives and reveal exciting new plans to reimagine the structures’ future. Then looking forward to the Virginia Tech sesquicentennial program “1872 Forward: Celebrating Virginia Tech”, the group will discuss the impact that generational trauma has on current patient health and societal health outcomes.
About the Panelists
Kerri Moseley-Hobbs, PhD
Founder and Executive Director of the More Than a Fraction foundation
As Founder and Executive Director of the More Than A Fraction Foundation Dr. Kerri Moseley-Hobbs continues an almost 20-year career in education. Her career includes serving in roles on both sides of education: administration and research/program development. This includes work in postsecondary (higher education) policy, regulation, and administration, as well as experiential learning, educational presentation and exposure, and historical research. Along with her extensive work with prestigious projects, she is a research author of a creative non-fiction book “More Than a Fraction: Based on a True Story” and is one of the voices in the history of Africans in America/African Americans of Virginia, the Southeast region, and beyond. Including in projects regarding the voices of pre-20th century Africans in America and African Americans, current major projects under the More Than A Fraction Foundation includes work with Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, the Virginia Governor’s Executive Mansion descendants committee, and the case study on the feasibility of reconciliation for the unfinished business of American slavery.
Prior to her career in higher education administration and leadership, Dr. Moseley-Hobbs worked as a promotion’s assistant and junior writer at The Baltimore Times Newspaper in Baltimore, Maryland. She was first published by the newspaper when she was 12 years old and continued to be published until she was 18 years old at which time she began her career in higher education.
Dr. Moseley-Hobbs holds a doctorate degree in Education and three degrees from the University of Maryland: a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, a master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Management, and a master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA).
She is a 5th generation descendant of John Fraction, the subject of her first Creative Nonfiction book “More Than A Fraction: Based on A True Story”.
Director/Docent for the Solitude-Fraction Site, OID
Victoria Persinger Ferguson is an enrolled member of the Monacan Indian Nation of Virginia and is a graduate of Marshall University with a degree in Dietetics. She has 30 years background in researching science methodologies and historical documentation to help explain and support theories on the daily living habits of the Eastern Siouan populations up through the early European colonization period. Victoria has been involved with public history as a historical interpreter for over 20 years and participated in a number of educational documentaries.
Emily Satterwhite, PhD
Associate Professor of Humanities. Department of Religion and Culture
Emily Satterwhite is an Associate Professor in the Department of Religion and Culture and the Director of the Appalachian Studies program at Virginia Tech. Her expertise centers on Appalachian society, history, and cultural representations, with an emphasis on social and environmental justice. Satterwhite co-designed and co-teaches with Dr. Rebecca Hester an undergraduate course titled “Societal Health” that examines major frameworks for understanding health (including biomedicine, public health, structural violence, syndemics, and syndemic vulnerability as a human rights issue) and teaches students to employ a biosocial lens that considers the dynamic relationships between biological conditions and their environmental, social, geographic, and historical contexts.
This event it brought to you by the Office of Community and Culture and the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine.
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