MONUMENTS AND COLLECTIVE MEMORY

Monuments shape the fabric of our landscapes and serve as permanent reminders of what and who our society values. They are installed to commemorate moments and people from the past that we want to carry forward, to demonstrate our achievements and mourn our losses. In the past five years, tensions have escalated around the United States as people have worked to eliminate painful reminders of racism, colonialism, and other forms of oppression, and rethink their roles in American mythology. Host Adriane Jefferson, Director of Cultural Affairs for the City of New Haven, will lead this panel discussion with artists and experts who will speak on issues ranging from the riots in Charlottesville to the removal of our own Christopher Columbus statue in New Haven.