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Comparative Memorializations of Soviet Russia and the U.S. Confederacy - Christy Coleman and Maria Lipman


When: Tuesday, April 21, 2020
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM Central

Where: Harris Hall, #108, 1881 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Cost: Free and public welcome!

Contact: Jill Mannor   (847) 467-3970

Group: Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities

Co-Sponsor: History Department

Category: Lectures & Meetings


3/16/20 - We are so sorry, but this event has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We wish everyone good health and community strength.

Spring keynote of the Kaplan Humanities Institute's Memorializing Dialogue:

Comparative Memorializations of Soviet Russia and the U.S. Confederacy

How do modern states commemorate past regimes differently? How do public intellectuals use different approaches to analyze practices of commemoration? This event invites audience members to contrast Russia’s modes of remembering the Soviet Union with U.S monumentalization of the confederacy and slavery. Journalist Maria Lipman will explore ways that post-Soviet Russia reflects in contradictory ways on its past, engaging in a nation-building project that remains unfinished today. Christy Coleman, former CEO of the American Civil War Museum, will analyze the city of Richmond, Virginia’s involvement with spreading the Lost Cause narrative and its current examination of Confederate statuary and symbols on the landscape.

Co-presented by History, Chabraja Center for Historical Studies, Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Communications, and Kaplan Humanities Institute.


The 2019-2020 Humanities Dialogue: MEMORIALIZING

A year-long public conversation about commemorating, contesting, and claiming from humanistic perspectives.

What stories do monuments tell?
When is remembrance also a repression?
How does memorializing shape the present?
How do we negotiate collective and disputed memories?

Presented in partnership with multiple Northwestern departments and programs, the Memorializing Dialogue will include talks by distinguished scholars and artists from different disciplinary perspectives.

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