Race and Public Space: Commemorative Practices in the American South

Robert E. Lee Statue, Charlottesville, Virginia

Race and Public Space: Commemorative Practices in the American South

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Inaugural Sara Shallenberger Brown Cultural Landscapes Symposium

March 24-25, 2017

Center for Cultural Landscapes, UVA School of Architecture 

What Can and Can't Be Said: Public Monuments in the American South Dell Upton, Keynote Speaker

Notes on the Virginia Statehouse: Race, Slavery and Jefferson's America Mabel O. Wilson, Plenary Lecture 

Symposium Panel and Lecture Audio 

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, with additional support from BNSF Railway. 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 contact ccg9a@virginia.edu

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Friday, March 24

Keynote Lecture: 5:00-7:00pm, Campbell Hall 153

5:00pm reception

6:00pm lecture: Dell Upton, Professor of Architectural History, University of California Los Angeles

What Can and Can’t Be Said: Public Monuments in the Contemporary South

Partner event with the Virginia Book Festival

Saturday, March 25

8:30am coffee in Campbell Hall

Panel One: Changing Narratives Through Public History

9:00-10:30am, Campbell Hall 158

·      Ana Edwards, Chair, Defenders' Sacred Ground Historical Reclamation Project; Graduate Student, VCU Department of History (2019) 

·      Kendra Hamilton, Assistant Professor and Director, Southern Studies Program, Presbyterian College; former Charlottesville City Councilor

·      James Loewen, Independent Historian and Educator; Author of Lies My Teacher Told Me

·      John Mason, Associate Professor, UVA Corcoran Department of History; Vice-chair, Charlottesville Commission on Race, Memorials and Public Spaces

·      Moderator: Frank Dukes, Lecturer and Distinguished Fellow, UVA Institute for Environmental Negotiation

Break: 10:30-10:45am

Plenary session: 10:45-12:00pm, Campbell Hall 153

Mabel O. Wilson, Associate Professor of Architecture, Columbia University; Senior Fellow, Institute for Research in African American Studies; Co-Director, Global Africa Lab

12:00-1:00pm: Lunch break

Panel Two: Spatializing Commemoration: Urban Design Considerations

1:00-2:30pm, Campbell Hall 158

·      CL Bohannon, Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture, Virginia Tech

·      Brian Katen, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture, Virginia Tech

·      Genevieve Keller, Distinguished Fellow, Center for Cultural Landscapes; Charlottesville Planning Commissioner; Founding Principal of Land and Community Associates

·      Sara Zewde, Landscape Designer, GGNDesign Consultant, Independent 

·      Moderator: Tanya Denckla Cobb, Director, Institute for Environmental Negotiation; Lecturer, Department of Urban and Environmental Planning

Optional afternoon tours of local heritage sites: 3:00-4:30pm