Monumental Resistance: Public History and Social Justice
November 9, 2019 | 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
From Confederate statues of fallen “heroes” to holidays honoring colonial explorers, historic memorials are increasingly under public scrutiny in the United States. This panel will explore the intersections of art, placemaking, identity, and social justice in the reconsideration of historic narratives and construction of new monuments. Benjamin Johnson, Associate Professor in History at Loyola University Chicago, will present his research and work with the Refusing to Forget Project, an educational initiative to increase public awareness of thousands of lynchings of Mexicans along the Texas and Mexico border from 1910–20. Joey Mogul, co-founder of the Chicago Torture Justice Memorial and Director of the Civil Rights Clinic at DePaul University College of Law, will address the forthcoming construction of a monument to victims of police torture. Ross Jordan will discuss political and activist legacies in exhibitions and his work as Curatorial Manager at the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum.
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