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History in the News Panel
Start Date: 9/21/2017Start Time: 5:30 PM
End Date: 9/21/2017End Time: 7:00 PM

Event Description
Whose Monuments? Whose Memory? As national controversy rages over whether and how to remove statues memorializing the Confederacy, communities across the country are beginning to consider the meaning and significance of public memorials, buildings, streets, schools, and teams in their own places. Oregon State University, for example, is in the process of conducting community meetings to reevaluate buildings named after a pro-slavery newspaperman, a Confederate army soldier, and a coach who resisted desegregation of the basketball team.

This History in the News panel discussion considers these debates over historical monuments and memory, and the broader questions they raise about the complex history of colonialism, racism and white supremacist imagery in American culture.
  • When and what was the process to establish these memorials in the first place?
  • Does removing statues or renaming buildings erase history?
  • What do historians, preservationists and educators have to say about this?
  • Is there disagreement in their fields?
  • Does removing statues and renaming buildings and teams begin a “slippery slope,” as some critics have argued?

Reiko Hillyer
, Assistant Professor of History
Lewis and Clark College, Portland, Oregon
Reiko's teaching and research interests include African American history, public memory, the built environment, and the rise of mass incarceration. Her book, Designing Dixie: Tourism, Memory, and Urban Space in the New South, explores the built environment of the tourist landscape in the American South to after the Civil War; also on the topic of public memory, she is also the author of “Cold War Conquistadors: The St. Augustine Quadricentennial, Pan Americanism, and the Civil Rights Movement in the Ancient City,” and "Relics of Reconciliation: The Confederate Museum and Civil War Memory in the New South.” Reiko is also an instructor with the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program at Columbia River Correctional Institution.
José-Antonio Orosco, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Chair of Peace Studies
Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon
Author of Cesar Chavez and the Common Sense of Non-Violence.

Leslie Dunlap, Continuing Professor of History
Willamette University
Contact Information:
Name: Tamara Neeley
Phone: 503-370-6061
Admission / Ticket Info:
Free and open to the public. At the Willamette Heritage Center.
Event Sponsor(s):
Willamette Heritage Center and the Department of History

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