Past Events

Restoration Roundtables: Caitlin DeSilvey

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - 12:00pm

Location: OpenGrounds

Caitlin DeSilvey is a cultural geographer whose research explores the cultural significance of material and environmental change, with a particular focus on heritage contexts. She is currently co-investigator on the Heritage Futuresproject, funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council to explore the potential for innovation and creative exchange across a broad range of heritage and related fields. She was a 2016-17 fellow at the Centre for Advanced Study, Olso, as part of the After Discourse research group. Her recent publications include Anticipatory History (2011, with Simon Naylor and Colin Sackett), Visible Mending (2013, with Steven Bond and James R. Ryan) and Curated Decay: Heritage Beyond Saving (2017).

Hanbury Endowed Lecture in Historic Preservation: Caitlin DeSilvey

Monday, April 9, 2018 - 5:00pm

The 2018 Hanbury Endowed Lecture in Historic Preservation will be delivered by Caitlin DeSilvey, Associate Professor of Cultural Geography at the University of Exeter. The lecture title is Curated Decay: Inevitable Loss and Other Opportunities

Is it possible to imagine a post-preservationist orientation to the things that we classify as ‘heritage’? What new relationships with the past (and the future) might emerge from a heritage practice that works with—rather than against—transience and decay? Can we make space for the creative co-existence of ecological process and cultural remembrance? In her 2017 book, Curated Decay: Heritage Beyond Saving, Caitlin DeSilvey raises these questions, and others. In this lecture she will revisit the book’s key themes discuss some of the questions that have arisen from its reception in both academic and practitioner contexts. The lecture will use excerpted readings as prompts to critical reflection on the viability of the book’s argument in relation to issues of politics, policy and poetics.

Caitlin DeSilvey is Associate Professor of Cultural Geography at the University of Exeter, where she has been employed since 2007. Her research explores the cultural significance of material and environmental change, with a particular focus on heritage contexts. She is currently co-investigator on the ‘Heritage Futures’ project, funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council to explore the potential for innovation and creative exchange across a broad range of heritage and related fields. She was a 2016-17 fellow at the Centre for Advanced Study, Olso, as part of the ‘After Discourse’ research group. Recent publications include Anticipatory History (2011, with Simon Naylor and Colin Sackett), Visible Mending (2013, with Steven Bond and James R. Ryan) and Curated Decay: Heritage Beyond Saving (2017).

The Genius of Place and Space: Anne Spencer's Autobiographical Creation in Lynchburg UVA

Monday, March 26, 2018 - 5:00pm

Travis McDonald is the Director of Architectural Restoration at Poplar Forest, Thomas Jefferson’s retreat located outside of Lynchburg, VA. He received his Master’s in Architectural History from UVA in 1980. Travis has been with Poplar Forest for thirty years, overseeing the restoration of Poplar Forest. During this time, also, he leads an architectural history field school at the beginning of the summer. Because of Travis’s work, he is often consulted on historic properties outside of Poplar Forest. One of his most recent projects has been for the Anne Spencer house, in Lynchburg, VA. In his talk, "The Genius of Place and Space: Anne Spencer's Autobiographical Creation in Lynchburg, VA", he discusses the relationship between her writings and the construction of her house.

Restoration Roundtables: Dana Nelson

Friday, November 17, 2017 - 11:30am

Location: OpenGrounds

Making the Commons Real

Commons are popping up everywhere—internet sites, professional platforms, neighborhood networks, federal lands, seed banks, time banks, land trusts—everyone wants to be part of one. We're embracing and being embraced by all the solidarity, co-creation, intimacy with the natural world and with each other that we have been starved of by the hegemony of capital. The more we remember this enduring appeal of the commons, the better things will get, the freer we will be, the more abundant life will be. Except, I'm not so sure this characterization captures commons realities, and worse, I worry this romantic conception so prevalent these days neglects what helps commons endure over time. In this paper, I urge that there are reasons to reject romantic framings of the commons as the key to redeeming all that ails us under the regime of modern capital, but very real reasons to pursue them more critically and self-critically because they have much to teach us.

 

Dana D. Nelson is Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of English and American Studies at Vanderbilt University, where she is Chair of the English Department. She just finished a five year term as founding co-editor of J19: The Journal of Nineteenth-Century Americanists. She is author of four books (most recently Commons Democracy:  Reading the Politics of Participation in the Early United States), as well as dozens of articles and reviews, and she has coedited essay collections and journal special issues. Nelson’s intellectual interests are wide-ranging, moving from the history and literature of the British colonies all the way through our contemporary moment. She has written widely on literature, history, politics and culture, and has appeared as a guest or expert on Against the Grain, a Radio Pacifica show; American Experience, WGBH Public Television’s history series on Reconstruction; What’s the Word? MLA Radio Series Program; and American Passages: A Literary Survey, sponsored by Oregon Public Broadcasting and the Annenberg Foundation. Previous books include Bad for Democracy: How the Presidency Undermines the Power of the People and National Manhood: Capitalist Citizenship and the Imagined Fraternity of White Men. 

Her roundtable will take place from 11:30am-1pm at OpenGrounds. You can learn more about the Restoration Roundtables here

Restoration Roundtables: Keith Bowers on Restoring the Future

Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 1:00pm

Location: OpenGrounds

For nearly three decades, Keith Bowers has been at the forefront of applied ecology, land conservation and sustainable design. As the founder and president of Biohabitats, Keith has built a multidisciplinary organization focused on regenerative design—the blurring of boundaries between conservation planning, ecological restoration and sustainable design.

His work has spanned the scale from site-specific ecosystem restoration projects involving wetland, river, woodland and coastal habitat restoration to regional watershed management and conservation planning, to the development of comprehensive sustainability programs for communities and campuses throughout the country.

You can learn more about Keith Bowers and Biohabitats http://www.biohabitats.com

You can learn more about the Restoration Roundtables here

 

Restoration Roundtables: Kat Imhoff and Elizabeth Chew, Montpelier

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: OpenGrounds

The Restoration Roundtables annual series begins with a presentation from Kat Imhoff, President and CEO of The Montpelier Foundation.

Join us at OpenGrounds to hear Imhoff speak about her 30-year career in conservation and preservation, and her current leadership at james Madison's Montpelier. She and Elizabeth Chew, VP for Museum Programs, will discuss the preservation theory and reconstruction practices behind the last decade of work at Montpelier. They will also view one of the videos on the legacy of slavery that is part of Montpelier's new "The Mere Distinction of Colour" exhibition.

You can learn more about the Restoration Roundtables here

Beyond Representation: Creative and Critical Practice in the Environmental Humanities

Saturday, April 8, 2017 - 9:00am to Sunday, April 9, 2017 - 2:00pm

Many conversations in environmental humanities involve selecting and interpreting scientific data, then adding contributions from humanities fields to that quantitative base. Our symposium asks what happens when the equation is flipped—when we assume that many environmental issues start with the humanities. What questions are we best positioned to pose, and to explore? How can scientists help us, instead of the other way around? How are the humanities particularly suited to explore issues of environmental justice at the intersection of creative and critical practice? Sponsored by the Institute of the Humanities and Global Cultures, with support from the Center for Cultural Landscapes, this Environmental Humanities Symposium will explore these questions through interdisciplinary panels, workshops, and a reading by poet Cecily Parks. All symposium events are free and open to the public. 

For more information and the full symposium program, visit the website.

To register please click here.

Race and Public Space: Commemorative Practices in the American South

Friday, March 24, 2017 - 5:00pm to Saturday, March 25, 2017 - 5:00pm

Location: Campbell Hall

Inaugural Sara Shallenberger Brown Cultural Landscapes Symposium

March 24-25, 2017

Center for Cultural Landscapes, UVA School of Architecture 

The Inaugural Symposium of the Center for Cultural Landscapes, “Race and Public Space: Commemorative Practices in the American South,” investigates the intersections between scholarship and practice around race, memory, and commemoration. The event features Dell Upton as a keynote speaker and a half-day workshop program on Saturday with Mabel O. Wilson, John Mason, Sara Zewde, and other speakers on contested sites of commemoration in the southeastern United States. The workshop program kicks off the Institute for Environmental Negotiation’s initiative to develop guidance for communities and institutions seeking to tell a more complete racial history and change their narrative through the representation of their past history, identity and values. 

This two-day event is sponsored by the UVA School of Architecture Sara Shallenberger Brown Cultural Landscapes & Sites Initiative. The symposium will take place at the UVA School of Architecture in Charlottesville, Virginia. All events are free and open to the public, but registration is required.

For more information and the symposium schedule, click here 

To register click here.

Monuments and Memory: How We Share History

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

For this event of the 2017 Virginia Festival of the Book, photographer Jeanine Michna-Bales (Through Darkness to Light) and author Colin Rafferty (Hallow This Ground) discuss their work and the role of monuments and memory in creating a sense of shared history. Michna-Bales’ original work will also be on display in a photography exhibition at Jefferson School African American Heritage Center through June 30. 

The panel will be moderated by Carly Griffith, Program Director at the Center for Cultural Landscapes. 

Why should you attend?

“[Michna-Bales] creates an archive of historical sites both famous and obscure, discovered through academic inquiry at historical societies and oral histories passed down through generations. Beneath her lens, the land and its remaining structures are forever haunted by the ghosts of the past, reminding us of both our potential for good and evil.”―Feature Shoot

“In this riveting debut collection of lyric essays… the author delves deep into the heart of past atrocities while probing the motivations of the living to memorialize, and he comes to some provocative conclusions… Though fixed on what remains of some of history’s darkest moments, Rafferty’s essays, both gripping and wonderfully reflective, illuminate.”―Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Mapping the Green Book and the spaces in between

Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm

Location: OpenGrounds

As part of the research roundtable series, join us to hear Jennifer Reut, graduate of the UVA Art & Architectural History PhD and Senior Editor at Landscape Architecture Magazine, speak on her project Mapping the Green Book

Mapping the Green Book began as a research project with a deceptively straightforward objective: To map the sites that were listed in the Green Book, a national guide for black travelers published annually between 1936 and 1964. Nearly every year during that time, the Green Book published a listing of hotels, restaurants, gas stations, hair salons, nightclubs, and drugstores in every state that were known to welcome black patrons. It is a map, in text form, of the changing landscape of racialized space across nearly three decades. 

At the time the project was begun in 2012, editions of the Green Book lived in archives scattered around the country, there was little published research on black travel guides and only a small body of secondary research on black tourism and travel. In the five years since, the context for the project has changed radically. Nearly the entire run of the Green Book has been digitized and made publicly accessible, there is a comprehensive scholarly work coming out in the next few months, a Ric Burns-directed documentary in production, and perhaps most significantly, Black Lives Matter has brought attention to the specter of violence against black people on the road that has echoes throughout the Green Book and other travel guidesThis context has informed the project’s evolution, from a digital mapping proposal to one that incorporates oral history and documentary photography, from one that documents landscapes of black travel to one that includes feminist, economic, urban, and social history.

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