Symposium: Marking Loss, Making Memorials

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The University of Maryland, College Park will host a virtual symposium, "Marking Loss, Making Memorials,"  on November 10 from 2-6 pm.  The symposium is presented by the Kibel Gallery at the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and co-sponsored by the History Department and the Miller Center for Historical Studies.

The inspiration for the symposium is an exhibit at the Architecture School that explores the making of a memorial to the victims of the Ukrainian famine of the 1930s in downtown DC. This exhibit, “Making the Holodomor: Context and Questions,” is currently on display at the Architecture School, and it features commentary from Larysa Kurylas (B. Arch ’80), the design architect and sculptor of the memorial.

The symposium on November 10 uses this exhibit as an occasion to launch a broader, interdisciplinary conversation about the politics, stakes and design challenges behind the making of public memorials to commemorate mass atrocity.

Anne Applebaum, the Pulitzer-prize winning historian, journalist and author of The Twilight of Democracy and Red Famine, one of the most important works on the Ukrainian famine to date, will kick off the event with a keynote address.

Her address will then be followed by two panels. The first, “The Politics of Memory and Place,” examines issues of mass violence and historical memory and features three historians. The cases examined include the Kazakh famine of the 1930s, the Katyn massacre and the Rwandan genocide. The second, “Presence: Past and Futures,” examines the specific design challenges behind the making of public memorials to mass atrocity. It features an architect, an art historian and a community designer and educator.

Further details on this online event are available here:  (Please note that you need to preregister; the link for that is available on the website.)