Fall 2021

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October 07, 2021




In this illustrated lecture, James E. Young will trace what he calls an “arc of memorial vernacular” from Maya Lin’s design for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial to Germany’s “counter-monuments,” with reflections on the memorial processes and his role as juror for the Denkmal in Berlin and the 9/11 Memorial in New York City, concluding with a discussion of the powerful Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama.

James E. Young is Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of English and Judaic & Near Eastern Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and Founding Director of the Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies at UMass Amherst. He has written widely on public art, memorials, and national memory. His books include The Texture of Memory (Yale University Press, 1993), At Memory’s Edge (Yale University Press, 2000), and The Stages of Memory (University of Massachusetts Press, 2016), among others.


Please note that this event is taking place on Zoom. Registration is required. The event link will only be released to registrants.