An Unlikely Collaboration

This essay is taken from the publication for Molly Crabapple & Marwan Hisham: Syria in Ink opening March 22 at Haverford College's Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery. Molly Crabapple & Marwan Hisham: Syria in Ink brings together literature in the form of memoir and visual art in the form of ink drawings. It invites viewers to experience the words and images of a young Syrian coming of age during the turbulent last decade.

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The Silent Sam Syllabus: A Module for Teaching Confederate Monumentality

The “Silent Sam Syllabus,” designed by Graduate Student Researcher Evander Price (American History at Harvard), is intended to teach Confederate monumentality by examining the events at UNC Chapel Hill. This syllabus will continue to evolve as events and history unfold. We encourage readers to submit their own suggestions, ideas, etc. with the intent of improving the syllabus.

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Announcing the 2019 Monument Lab National Fellows

Monument Lab is proud to announce our inaugural cohort of fellows. Chosen through a national open call, these civic practitioners and youth fellows confront the inequity and injustice in our nation’s monuments and provide bold, creative approaches to public art, history, and memory. Some of the fellows have been working toward these ends for decades. Others began only recently, but have already made impressive, vital contributions. Together, they represent a new guard who are radically redefining what it means to engage public spaces, sites of history, and monuments today.

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Eternal Glory to the People’s Heroes! On Beijing’s Monument to the People’s Heroes

Next year, 2019, will mark an ignominious anniversary in China. Thirty years will have passed since the violent crackdown of student protesters on Tiananmen Square in Beijing. Co-Curator Ken Lum examines the most important aesthetic edifice relating to the events of Tiananmen Square: the Monument to the People’s Heroes, often overlooked by non-Chinese viewers despite its centrality to the events of 1989.

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The Question of Monuments

In our national conversation on the power that Confederate monuments hold in public memory, there is one dynamic discussion that has fallen off the radar. How are we facing the void of black monuments? Monument Lab Graduate Researcher Hilary Malson explores Black geographies and the question of Monuments.

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Survivors’ Monument

San Francisco’s Sister City relationship with Osaka was terminated over a statue dedicated to “comfort women” forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese army during World War II. Patricia Eunji Kim writes on San Francisco’s "Column of Strength," dedicated by the Comfort Women Justice Coalition, as a site of transnational #MeToo.

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NewsPatricia Eunji Kim
Introducing Our Graduate Student Researchers

Welcoming our 2018-2019 Monument Lab Graduate Student Researchers. Hilary Malson is a student of geography and urban planning in the Urban Planning PhD program at UCLA. Evander Price is a PhD candidate in American Studies at Harvard University. His dissertation research proposes a new category of monumentality, the “future monument.”

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Confronting Columbus

“The significance of monuments is larger than their present physical narratives in our daily lives. It’s about who controls the narrative,” writes guest contributor Glenn Cantave, founder of Movers & Shakers NYC.

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OpinionGlenn Cantave
Persistent Coloniality: Toronto’s Equestrian Statue of Edward VII

The story of Edward VII’s statue is also a story of the divides within the British Empire itself. While the statue may seem to represent a benign part of a picture-perfect scene in Toronto’s most important historical park, it is vital to look in the shadows of this statue and think about all that lies beneath. Edward VII’s equestrian statue tramples the ground on which it stands in the center of Queen’s Park.

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ResearchKen Lumnews
Report to the City

What is an appropriate monument for the current city of Philadelphia? Last year, over 250,000 Philadelphians and visitors engaged this question in a citywide exhibition. The lab teams collected over 4,500 proposals from public participants and passersby. The proposals offer a stunning, unprecedented glimpse into the historical imagination of Philadelphians. The Report to the City offers a reading and reflection on the immense creativity and critical energies by public participants.

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Civic Portal

Encouraging public input on new forms of historical monuments through a digital tool that allows users to identify locations, topics and create designs for potential public art and monuments in our cities.

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