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.

National Myths and Monuments • Season 2, Episode 4

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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


Susan Ahlborn


Alex Schein, Brooke Sietisons, and Loraine Terrell


Susan Ahlborn, Loraine Terrell, and Alex Schein


Adriana Bellet


Theme music by Nicholas Escobar, C’18

Additional music by Blue Dot Sessions

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