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Memory, Memorials and Community
March 29 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pmFree
As part of its year-long focus on the theme of memory, the Oklahoma Center for the Humanities in partnership with Gilcrease Museum and the University of Tulsa History Department will explore the energizing, solemn and often contentious roles that memorials play in the civic and social life of our city. This FREE event will take place over two days (3/29-3/30). On Friday night, join us in the Helmerich Center for American Research as we hear from Professor Karen L. Cox from the University of North Carolina (“The Confederate Monument Controversy and Why History Matters”).
The two-day event continues Saturday in the Vista Room at Gilcrease and will feature lectures, panels and discussions from national experts who will challenge us to think about the role of Confederate statues, the often marginal place of African American memorials in our communities and the strange absence of memorials to Tulsa’s rich indigenous histories and cultures. Speakers will include representatives from the The National Memorial for Peace and Justice and indigenous artists actively involved in re-imagining the past and future of Native American identity.
Participants will be urged to join us in conversation, to learn more about the art and history of public memorials and even to participate in an arts-based project designed to recognize Tulsa’s complex identity as a city and community.
Co-sponsored by the Mary F. Barnard Endowment of the Chapman Trust and the Department of History at the University of Tulsa.