Syracuse Symposium regrets canceling this visit by alumna Lauret Savoy (Ph.D. ’91). Trace: Memory, History, Race, and the American Landscape is her award-winning volume exploring identity, place, and the unvoiced presence of the past, Savoy focuses on 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.
This event was first published on August 7, 2019 and last updated on March 13, 2020.