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$55 – $65

Commemoration Reconsidered: Ethics, Justice, and America’s 250th Anniversary

April 27, 2023
12:00 PM - 4:30 PM



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Commemoration Reconsidered:
Ethics, Justice, and America’s 250th Anniversary

Virtual Summit
April 27 – 28, 2023

Sponsored by William G. Pomeroy Foundation

$55 Members / $65 Nonmembers

What should we commemorate, how, and why? As debates over public memory increasingly animate civic discourse, the upcoming 250th anniversary of the United States presents an opportunity to consider lessons from the past and present as we envision a more inclusive approach to commemoration.

The two-day event will kick off with a keynote roundtable discussion focused on the summit’s foundational question: Why does commemoration—and the 250th—matter? The roundtable will be moderated by Paul Farber, Director of Monument Lab, who will be joined by:

  • Erica Armstrong Dunbar, Charles and Mary Beard Distinguished Professor of History, Rutgers University
  • Stacey Halfmoon (Caddo), Executive Director of Culture and Historic Preservation, Shawnee Tribe
  • Karin Wulf, Beatrice and Julio Mario Santo Domingo Director and Librarian, John Carter Brown Library, and Professor of History, Brown University

Following the keynote roundtable, a series of panels will consider the past, present, and future of commemoration, as well as offer insight into the landscape of current planning for the 250th. See the program.

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