Counter‑Monumentalism: In the Search for American Identity
Art & Sculpture Lecture by Carmen Mise, MA
Thursday, June 2, 5‑7 p.m.
Main Library – Auditorium
If sites of collective memory such as monuments serve as a type of public civic lesson, then understanding how they change over time offers unique insights into changing conceptions of nationality, culture, society, and global collective consciousness. Carmen Mise will speak about counter‑monumentalism and the arguments that monuments can paradoxically disengage us and inevitably act like a buffer for history. More importantly, they can numb us rather than help us identify ourselves with the past.
Carmen Mise is an adjunct instructor of English Composition at Miami Dade College.