Southern Symbols: Remembering Our Past and Envisioning Our Future

Friday October 13

10:00 AM  –  3:00 PM

Southern Symbols: Remembering Our Past and Envisioning Our Future

A Public Conversation at the Speed Art Museum

Friday, October 13, 2017, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

 

Cities throughout the United States are removing public statues, flags, and monuments associated with the Confederacy. As a nation, we are revisiting how we remember the legacy of slavery, the Civil War, and our history of racial discrimination. In association with the exhibition Southern Accent: Seeking the American South in Contemporary Art, the Speed Art Museum will host a public conversation led by prominent artists and historians exploring the South’s complex history and its symbols. How should we mark historical sites? Who do we commemorate? What do we want to say? Moderated discussions will follow presentations historical experts and creative responses by artists.    

 

Morning Session (10:00 am - 11:45 am):

11:00 - 11:45 am: Discussion   

Historical Context: What is the history behind confederate monuments and symbols? If statues and markers are removed – what should happen to them? How do we remember the past?

Moderator: Dr. Catherine Clinton, Denman Professor of American History at the University of Texas at San Antonio

          Speakers:

1. Dr. W. Fitzhugh Brundage, William B. Umstead Distinguished Professor; Department Chair of History at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

2. Dr. Deirdre Cooper Owens, Assistant Professor of History at Queens College, City University of New York

3. Sonya Clark, artist and Distinguished Research Fellow in the School of the Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University

 

Lunch and viewing of Southern Accent:  11:45 am - 1:15 pm

 

Afternoon Session (1:15 - 3:00 pm):

2:10 - 3:00 pm: Discussion

Contemporary decisions: What are new ways are we marking sites of pain and loss? What kind of new memorials should be created? How can we learn from example outside of the United States?

Moderator: Miranda Lash, Curator of Contemporary Art, Speed Art Museum

         Speakers:

1. Dr. Jason Johnson, Assistant Professor at Trinity University, San Antonio, expert on Holocaust memorials in Germany.

2. Nari Ward, artist working on a proposal for a monument to African American jockey James Winkfield

 

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