Panel Discussion: The Monument: Past, Present, and Future

This Thursday, November 16th, Drs. Nika Elder and Sarah Gordon will host a round table discussion organized by the Art History program at American University, titled “The Monument: Past, Present, and Future.” The event will feature the following panelists:

  • Renée Ater, Associate Professor Emerita, Department of Art History and Archaeology, The University of Maryland
  • Sarah Beetham, Lecturer in American Art and Material Culture, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
  • Tristan Dominique Cabello, Director, American Studies, Critical Race, Gender and Culture Studies Collaborative, American University
  • Andrew Demshuk, Assistant Professor, Department of History, American University
  • Alma H. Gates, Chair of the Public Art Committee, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities

The conversation will be moderated by Dr. Elder, with an introduction by Dr. Gordon. After the events and conversations this summer about Confederate monuments in the United States, the panel aims to explore the past, present and future of the monument as a cultural phenomenon. The evening will offer the American University and Washington, D.C., communities an opportunity to think through the possibilities and limitations of the monument across time and space in the modern world.

Sections_and_Reflection_Ceiling_Plan_-_Washington_Monument,_High_ground_West_of_Fifteenth_Street,_Northwest,_between_Independence_and_Constitution_Avenues,_Washington,_HABS_DC,WASH,2-_(s(Image courtesy of Library of Congress)

The event starts at 6:30pm and will be held in the Katzen Recital Hall. There will be a reception after the panel concludes at 8pm. We hope to see you there!


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