March 13, 2019 –
Confronting Our Past: The Role of Memorials and Memorialization
Wednesday, March 13
297 Main Street
Northampton, MA 01060
Cosponsors: Critical Connections, The Karuna Center for Peacebuilding
Speaker: Dr. James Young
Public monuments and memorials reflect the values and attitudes of communities that build them, and shape the way societies choose to remember particular moments in their history. How should a country memorialize aspects of its past that are shameful and regrettable? What should be done with public symbols of slavery? What lessons can we draw from other countries that have addressed injustices of the past through memorializations that heal? Please join us Wednesday, March 13, for an in-depth discussion on the role of memorials in confronting America's legacy of slavery and its potential for inter-communal healing with Professor James Young (UMass, Amherst) and others. Free and open to the public.
James E. Young is Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of English and Judaic & Near Eastern Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he has taught since 1988, and Founding Director of the Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies at UMass Amherst.
Professor Young is the author of Writing and Rewriting the Holocaust (Indiana University Press, 1988), The Texture of Memory (Yale University Press, 1993), which won the National Jewish Book Award in 1994, At Memory's Edge: After-images of the Holocaust in Contemporary Art and Architecture (Yale University Press, 2000), and The Stages of Memory: Reflections on Memorial Art, Loss, and the Spaces Between (University of Massachusetts Press, 2016).
Most recently, he was appointed by the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation to the jury for the “National 9/11 Memorial” design competition, won by Michael Arad and Peter Walker in 2004 and opened on September 11th, 2011.
Professor Young has written widely on public art, memorials, and national memory. His articles, reviews, and Op-Ed essays have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Book Review, and Op-Ed pages, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Forward, and Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, among other newspapers.