Does the Removal of Monuments Facilitate Forgetting?

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Does the Removal of Monuments Facilitate Forgetting?

2017-09-11 10:00

The nation is currently undergoing some soul-searching over whether to take down monuments to the Confederacy and other historical figures across our national landscape. Some historians believe a statue in a public place can serve an important educational purpose, and taking monuments down or hiding them away may facilitate forgetting.

This begs the question, what is a monument in the 21st century? How do we as educators help our students contextualize monuments and how their interpretation has changed over time? HSP in partnership with the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts will explore these important issues in a teacher workshop on September 23, 2017, from 9:30 am - 2:00 pm. The workshop will allow teachers to uncover Philadelphia monuments of the past and present by discussing how we memorialize conflict. The workshop begins at HSP to see primary sources about monuments of past centuries. After a walking tour of some monuments in Center City, the workshop reconvenes at PAFA, situated as the central hub for the Mural Arts Monuments Lab project. We invite you to join us in the discussion by registering for the workshop! The workshop cost $10 and lunch is provided!

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