2019 National Planning Conference

Confederate Monuments: What's to Be Done?

Monday, April 23, 2018 from 1 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. CDT

CM | 1.25

Activity Type: Educational Sessions

Activity ID: NPC188052

Location: 216

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  • How to evaluate the historic value and context of monuments
  • Appropriate responses to offensive monuments
  • How to reasonably discuss this difficult issue with the public


What to do with Confederate (and other) monuments is a timely, and timeless, question. How do we deal with those parts of our urban landscape that have a historic, historic art, and equity component? Is there a “balance”? Should equity be determinative? Can we reuse symbols of oppression and put them in dialogue with current (and, hopefully, improved) attitudes towards equality and social inclusion? hear from individuals who have been involved in this discussion, both in New Orleans and elsewhere. This discussion is not limited to the Civil War, but is applicable to all places where oppression has been celebrated in our public spaces. This session will help already thoughtful people consider how to approach reminders in our environment of painful and hateful parts of American history.

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Session Speakers

Leon Waters
Hidden History Tours
New Orleans, LA

Renia Ehrenfeucht
University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM

Sue Mobley
New Orleans, LA

Marla Nelson, AICP
University of New Orleans
New Orleans, LA