Memorials, Monuments and Memory Lecture Series

The Memorials, Monuments & Memory Lecture Series brings to campus a number of artists, architects, and scholars whose work addresses the role of monuments and memorials in society. Presented in tandem with the spring INQ 300 capstone course by the same name, the Memorials, Monuments & Memory Lecture Series invites students and the public to examine the intersection of art, public memory, and history. The speaking series precedes planning for the school's commission of a new memorial commemorating the enslaved persons who built the College and contributed to the wider region.

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Dr. Henry Louis Gates

April 19, 2022  |  6:30 p.m.

Dr. Henry Louis "Skip" Gates Jr. is an American literary critic, professor, historian, filmmaker, and public intellectual who serves as the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University. 

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Nicholas Galanin

April 12, 2022 | 7 p.m.

Galanin engages past, present and future to expose intentionally obscured collective memory and barriers to the acquisition of knowledge. His works critique commodification of culture, while contributing to the continuum of Tlingit art.

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Artwork at left: Nicholas Galanin, The violence of blood quantum, half human (animal), half human (animal) after James Luna, 2019

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Dr. Whitney Battle-Baptiste

April 6, 2022  |  7 p.m.

Dr. Whitney Battle-Baptiste, Director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Center and Professor of Anthropology at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst will deliver the Emancipation Week Keynote lecture. Dr. Battle-Baptiste is the author of Black Feminist Archaeology (2011), and co-editor of W. E. B. Du Bois’s Data Portraits: Visualizing Black America (2019).

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Mabel O. Wilson

March 31, 2022 | 6:30 p.m.

Cultural historian, architectural designer, and curator, Mabel O. Wilson teaches Architecture and Black studies at Columbia University, where she also serves as the director of the Institute for Research in African American Studies. With her practice Studio&, she was a member of the design team that recently completed the Memorial to Enslaved Laborers at the University of Virginia.

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Charles Gaines

March 17, 2022 | 7 p.m.

By creating space between a specific symbol and the systems applied to its representation through measurable values of color, Gaines’s distinctive approach forges a critical link between first generation American conceptualists and subsequent generations of artists who are pushing the limits of conceptualism today.

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Photo credit: Charles Gaines © Charles Gaines Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth Photo: Fredrik Nilsen

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