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Reckoning With Racist Monuments
February 11 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
I thought that you should know about the presentation that the Salem Athenaeum is putting on. The speakers are all very bright scholars, particularly knowledgeable about this subject matter. Statues and monuments turn out not to be made of granite or bronze, after all, but of the emotions and politics of those who erect them, and those who take them down. Statues are therefore alive and dynamic, and their meanings change over time. I hope you can join us. (I will not be moderating this panel.) Please feel free to forward.
Good health to everyone,
Reckoning with Racist Monuments
The Athenaeum will host multiple programs in 2021 to create opportunities for community education and conversations about reckoning with systemic racism in our communities.
The first of these will be a panel discussion to talk about the purpose of monuments and how their meaning may change over time.
Dr. Kabria Baumgartner — Associate professor of English and American Studies at the University of New Hampshire, historian of nineteenth-century African American life and culture in the United States, and author of the award-winning book, In Pursuit of Knowledge: Black Women and Educational Activism in Antebellum America.
Dr. Sarah Beetham — Chair of Liberal Arts and Assistant Professor of Art History at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, specializing in American art and particularly the monuments erected to citizen soldiers after the Civil War.
Dr. Emily Murphy — Curator of Salem Maritime and Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site.
PLEASE NOTE: This event will be held online via Zoom.
Registration closes 45 minutes before program start.
Event link is sent to all registered participants 20 minutes before start.