The College Arts and Humanities Institute and the Department of History present "Monuments, Memory and Meaning after Charlottesville: A Roundtable Discussion." Removal of Confederate monuments from public spaces across the United States has become a controversial topic in the aftermath of the recent white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Four Indiana University historians discuss how war memorials have helped shape public memory. The case studies discussed range from the United States to post-colonial Africa and Europe. The roundtable will offer the opportunity for an open discussion about lessons to be learned from these examples.
John Bodnar is Distinguished and Chancellor's Professor of History at IUB. Professor Bodnar has written extensively about issues of memory and commemoration in the United States, including the complex contest between private and public memories of WWII.
Maria Bucur is John W. Hill Chair of East European History and Professor of History at IUB. Bucur focuses on modern Eastern European history, including a monograph on war and memorialization in Romania.
Edward Linenthal, Professor of History at IUB, has served on advisory commissions for both the memorial for those killed on Flight 93 in Shanksville PA on 9/11, and for the memorialization of those murdered on the island of Utøya, Norway, on July 22, 2011.
Michelle R. Moyd is Associate Professor of History and Interim Director of the Center for Research on Race and Ethnicity in Society at IUB. She has written on African soldiers in World War I, and in the context of colonialism.
This event is free and open to the public. The Monroe County Public Library is located at 303 E. Kirkwood Avenue, Bloomington. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 812-856-1169