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