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ESRA AKCAN: Racism and the Future of Memorials

Former UIC Art History professor Esra Akcan and panelists on monuments and antiracism Heading link

Recently toppled and removed monuments during the protests in Boston, Virginia, Alabama, Bristol, Antwerp, and other locations motivate us to discuss the future of memorials. What are monuments for? What is next in the ethics of commemoration? We will hear from leading scholars on the history of Confederate monuments and flags from the perspective of today’s moment, research on transitional justice memorials around the world, and the physical remnants of black heritage in Harlem, New York.


  • Esra Akcan, Michael A. McCarthy Associate Professor of Architectural Theory, Director of European Studies at Einaudi Center for International Studies, Cornell University
  • Mwanzaa Brown (M.Arch. ’18), architectural designer, Barkow Leibinger
  • Manisha Sinha, Draper Chair in American History at the University of Connecticut and the Mellon-Schlesinger Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study, Harvard University
  • Q&A moderated by Cornell-NOMAS