150th Anniversary

Tracing Memory, History, Race and the American Landscape

March 26, 2020 at 4:00pm5:30pm

Bird Library, 114

Syracuse Symposium celebrates Syracuse University’s Sesquicentennial week with a return by alumna Lauret Savoy (Ph.D. ’91). Drawing from her prizewinning images, current work on Washington, DC, and Trace: Memory, History, Race, and the American Landscape, her award-winning volume exploring identity, place, and the unvoiced presence of the past, Savoy discusses how this country’s still unfolding history marks a person, a people, and the land itself. A woman of African American, Euro-American, and Indigenous ancestry, she weaves together narratives of migration, displacement, and erasure to counter longstanding and damaging public silences to reveal often-unrecognized ties, such as the siting of the nation’s capital and the economic motives of slavery. None of these links is coincidental. Few appear in public history.

 

 

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This event was first published on August 7, 2019 and last updated on November 13, 2019.


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