Confronting Our Past: The Role of Memorials and Memorialization

Acknowledging Our Past: How to Apologize for Slavery


Public monuments and memorials reflect the values and attitudes of communities that design them. They shape the way we understand particular moments in history -- and how we deal with legacies of violence and injustice. How should a country memorialize aspects of its past that are shameful and regrettable? What should be
done with public symbols of the confederacy? How could memorials help the U.S. turn to face its legacy of slavery? What role can public memorials play in social healing? We were fortunate to be joined by Professor James E. Young of UMass-Amherst, who has devoted decades of thought and study to such questions -- including as a member of the jury for the “National 9/11 Memorial” design competition, as well as the five-member Findungskommission for Germany's national "Memorial to Europe's Murdered Jews."

Production Date: 
Friday, March 15, 2019

Critical Conversations

Critical Conversations is a look at current topics and trends on both the local and national levels in an effort to begin a dialogue and consciousness for change