Season 2, Episode 4
National Myths and Monuments
In this episode, three of our faculty share their thoughts on the movement to reexamine monuments and the history and myths they symbolize, and how we should think about the artworks in our public squares.
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During the worldwide protests that followed the death of George Floyd, demonstrators mobilized to challenge the representations of history presented by some of the monuments and memorials that occupy our public squares. In this episode we hear from an anthropologist, a sociologist, and an art historian, who reflect on why there has been such a focus on these symbols in this moment, how they shape our historical narrative and myths, and how we should move forward.
Margaret Bruchac, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Coordinator of Native American and Indigenous Studies
Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw, Class of 1940 Bicentennial Term Associate Professor of History of Art
Tukufu Zuberi, Lasry Professor of Race Relations in the Departments of Sociology and Africana Studies
Alex Schein, Brooke Sietisons, and Loraine Terrell
Susan Ahlborn, Loraine Terrell, and Alex Schein
Theme music by Nicholas Escobar, C’18
Additional music by Blue Dot Sessions
What comes next? In this episode, we talk to an undergrad and grad student about their research, how institutions have perpetuated racial hierarchies, and the work that remains.
A professor of English, a College senior, and a sociologist share their perspectives on what it means to live under a system of environmental racism, and how to move forward toward environmental justice.