Focus On Monuments
You Must Remember This: Monuments and Public Memory
Recent debates in the United States about the presence of monuments honoring the Confederacy connects to a broader discussion of the role of public symbols and monuments in civic life generally. Humanities scholars at Penn State reflect both on the particular questions surrounding Confederate statuary as well as bigger issues of public memory, the role of symbols in processes of recovery and reconciliation, and the way some monuments are made sacred and hence closed to discussion. We hope these reflections help to spur debate and conversation about these questions and in doing so, exhibit the social value of research in humanities fields.