Monument, Myth and Meaning

When:
October 23, 2017 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
2017-10-23T18:30:00-04:00
2017-10-23T20:00:00-04:00
Where:
Foundation Building @Cooper Union
Foundation Building
7 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003
USA
Cost:
Free

In light of recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia and other cities across the nation, a panel discussion on Civil War Monuments has been planned in Cooper Union’s renowned Great Hall, on the subject of their meaning, the complex histories that surround their realization, and the current socio-political conditions that are causing their very existence to be reconsidered. Should these monuments be saved? Should they be torn down? Is it possible—or even appropriate—to make thoughtful, informed interventions into these works of public art that can preserve their history, diffuse the myth and polarization that surround them and serve as teaching moments for future generations? These and other questions will be posed during the program.

Lucy Davis is the Digital Media Coordinator for the Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities. She studies public history at Rutgers University, Camden.

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