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The Significance of Public Memory: Monuments and Memorials

Date Tuesday, November 21, 2017
11:15 a.m. - 12:05 p.m.
FeaturingProfessors Chris Gehrz (History), Ken Steinbach and Michelle Westmark Wingard (Art and Design), moderated by Kent Gerber (University Library)
Location BU Library Fireside Lounge
Instructions for GuestsView maps and directions to University Library Fireside Lounge.
SponsorsFaculty Development and Friends of the BU Library

Event Description

What is the purpose and meaning of monuments, and why do they stir such passionate responses, like the ones in local and national news in the past year? Is a monument or memorial there to honor? Glorify? Teach? Remember? Why should we care, and how can we engage these objects of the past in our present times?

Kent Gerber (Library) will moderate a discussion with Professors Chris Gehrz (History), Ken Steinbach (Art & Design), and Michelle Westmark Wingard (Art & Design) about the ways their teaching and research have explored monuments and memorials and the complicated questions that arise from engaging these objects of public art and history.

An interactive work titled "A Portable Monument" by Sculpture 1 students will also be in the library during the talk, offering an opportunity to consider the physical aspects of monuments and their placement.

Questions?

Contact Ann Gannon at agannon@bethel.edu or 651.635.8717.