14th Annual Ray Warren Symposium, Legacy: Race and Remembrance
Date: November 8, 2017 - November 10, 2017
Legacy: Race and Remembrance
14th Annual Ray Warren Symposium on Race and Ethnicity
November 8-10, 2017
Debates over the content of textbooks and the commemoration of past events reveal that powerful structures and actors still determine how we remember and imagine. At the same time, marginalized communities fight to reclaim their histories and ensure visibility in the face of erasure and forgetfulness, by calling upon institutions to grapple with white supremacist pasts, defending sacred spaces, and preserving cultural tradition and practice.
This year’s symposium will explore questions of how we remember, create, and tell our individual and collective histories. In what ways do race and ethnicity shape how personal and national narratives are constructed? Who must reckon with memory, and who has the power to forget and manipulate it? What creative avenues are used to craft the stories we tell? How does the work of remembering serve as a form of resistance and enable us to imagine a more just future?