The University as a Public History Landscape: Public Memory and the University of North CarolinaMonday, November 17, 2014 - 3:00pm
Anne Whisnant, Deputy Secretary of the Faculty/Adjunct Associate Professor of History & American Studies; University of North Carolina
Tim McMillan, Senior Lecturer; African, African American, and Diaspora Studies, University of North Carolina
Cecelia Moore, Special Assistant to the Chancellor and University Historian; University of North Carolina
The event will take place in GAMB 431
Join us for an informal panel discussion with colleagues from the University of North Carolina, who will discuss how the history of the university and the landscape of their campus have inspired several public history projects to tell the stories of difficult and controversial pasts “close to home.” The panelists will describe initiatives in Chapel Hill that attempt to explore, understand, interpret, and memorialize the relationship of the university with slavery and segregation on a campus landscape that both reflects and mutes elements of those histories. They will discuss the pedagogical usefulness of engaging students in the critical study of their own institution and reflect upon the complex relationships of these efforts to ongoing issues facing the university. The successes, as well as the on-going challenges, of these projects will resonate here in Columbia with those who have been trying to be similarly candid about USC’s history and how it is presented -- especially on the Horseshoe, a commemorative landscape that says much about what is, and is not, remembered today about the history of USC.
For a look at USCs own investigation into the campus as a public history landscape, see http://publichistorycommons.org/revealing-slaverys-legacy-part-1/