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Erika Doss – Tuesday, February 25 – “Troubling Monuments”

Troubling Monuments: Cultural Vandalism and Creative Practices of Dissent and Destruction

Erika Doss, Chair of American Studies, University of Notre Dame

Tuesday, February 25 ⋅ 3:30-5 PM ⋅ McKenzie Hall Rm 375

Dr. Doss is professor and chair of American Studies at Notre Dame. Her work on American monuments, memorials, and public democracy focuses on the ways that communities respond to art in the public sphere, often through mechanisms of violent resistance. Her research has been published in 6 books ranging from the Oxford History of Art’s volume on 20th century American Art to recent articles on American humor in the Great Depression, and has won awards from the Smithsonian, Fulbright Foundation, and Stanford Humanities Center.

Her talk at UO, which will take place at 3:30 PM on February 25, draws from her recent article on cultural vandalism and memorial mania. It is entitled “Troubling Monuments: Cultural Vandalism and Creative Practices of Dissent and Destruction.” The talk will explore vandalism as a method of intervening in cultural messaging and memories constructed through public art in the US.