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Monuments and Memory--Beyond Charlottesville

Friday, December 01, 2017,

  • Location: Vanderbilt Central Library

Vanderbilt Libraries continue the Open Mind Series on Friday December 1 with Memory and Monuments: Beyond Charlottesville.  Join students, faculty and staff in the Community Room for a lively discussion about how we frame history and memory in public spaces. 

What can we learn from recent events in New Orleans, Baltimore, Cairo and other cities? Controversial monuments to the Holocaust, to Columbus, and to Queen Victoria in Europe, South America, and Australia have incited discussions about destruction and preservation of public sculpture. What should happen to public monuments and the processes they symbolize? Who decides?

Our speakers are Mark Scala, Chief Curator at the Frist Center for Visual Arts and Helmut Smith, Martha Rivers Ingram Professor of History and Director of the Vanderbilt Digital Humanities Center. Light refreshments will be served.