Institute for Environmental Negotiation

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Race and Public Space Symposium

Robert E. Lee Statue CharlottesvilleRace and Public Space: Commemorative Practices in the American South

March 24-25, 2017, UVA School of Architecture

"Race and Public Space: Commemorative Practices in the American South" kicks off IEN's initiative to develop guidance for communities and institutions seeking to tell a more complete racial history and change their narrative through the representation of their past, identity, and values. The workshop will investigate the intersections between scholarship and practice around race, memory, and commemoration. 

Keynote speaker Dell Upton will open the program on Friday, and Saturday's workshop will feature Mabel O. Wilson, John Mason, Sara Zewde, and other speakers on contested sites of commemoration in the southeastern U.S. 

The event is sponsored by the UVA School of Architecture Sara Shallenberger Brown Cultural Landscapes & Sites Initiative. All events are free and open to the public, but registration is required. You can register here. A full schedule of events is available here. For questions about the event, please contact

photo: Peter Krebs