Taking Down Monuments: Iconoclasm & What is at Stake?
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About the Event
What is the history of attacks on monuments, statues and icons in America? What role did settler colonialism play in erasures of Indigenous and African American histories? Why did the Revolutionary generation get so interested in monuments and statuary? Who gets a monument and who decides what and where? What might alternative monumentalism look like?
Keynote Speaker: Professor Margaret Newell The Ohio State University
Her research & teaching interests include colonial and Revolutionary America, Native American History, economic history, material culture, and comparative colonial American/Latin American History. Her most recent book, Brethren by Nature: New England Indians, Colonists, and the Origins of American Slaverywon the 2016 James A. Rawley prize for the best book on the history of race relations in the U.S., awarded by the Organization of American Historians and also received the Peter J. Gomes Memorial Prize for 2016 from the Massachusetts Historical Society.