Art & Art History Lecture: Renee D. Ater

Death, Remembrance, and the Slave Past

This lecture is about a place of reckoning with the slave past, of erasure and discovery, of acknowledgement and reclamation through the recovery of the Contraband and Freedmen Cemetery Memorial in the twenty-first century.

Dr. Renée Ater is Associate Professor Emerita at the University of Maryland. She holds a B.A. from Oberlin College, and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Maryland. A public scholar who works at the intersection of art and history, Ater’s research focuses on monuments, race, national identity, and public space. Ater has written on a wide range of public monuments including the Unsung Founders Memorial at the University of North Carolina; the African American Civil War Memorial in Washington, DC; the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Rocky Mount, North Carolina; the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site in Alabama; and the Crispus Attucks Memorial in Boston. Currently, she is engaged in an open-source digital project entitled Contemporary Monuments to the Slave Past: Race, Memorialization, Public Space, and Civic Engagement, funded through the National Endowment for the Humanities-Mellon Foundation, The Getty Research Institute, and the Smithsonian Office of Fellowships.

Co-sponsored by the Museum Studies Program

*Photo by Stephanie Cordle, University of Maryland, August 2018. Contrabands and Freedmen Slavery Memorial, Alexandria, Virginia.

Wednesday, October 2 at 4:30pm

Little Hall, 105, Golden Auditorium


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