2018 National Planning Conference

Monuments, Equality, History: What's Our Responsibility?

Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 1 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. CDT

CM | 1.25

Cost: Included in Registration

Activity Type: Educational Sessions

Activity ID: #9140582

Location: 222

Now Available from APA Learn

This course is now offered on the APA Learn educational platform.

Open in APA Learn Browse APA Learn catalog


  • How to evaluate the historic value and context of monuments .
  • How to propose appropriate responses to offensive monuments .
  • How to 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, art historic, 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? This session will provide participants with a quick overview of the issue of potentially offensive monuments given by speakers who have thought deeply about it. However, the bulk of the session will be devoted to participants discussing among themselves these very questions. Using hypothetical situations with shifting factors, the small-group discussions will very quickly result in a nuanced understanding of this difficult topic.

Looking for sessions relating to inclusiveness and social justice? You've found one!
This session has been identified and peer-reviewed as significantly pertaining to inclusiveness and social justice.
View all inclusiveness and social justice-related activities

Looking for sessions relating to Louisiana/Mississippi gulf coast region? You've found one!
This session has been identified as a great opportunity to learn about the local Louisiana/Mississippi gulf coast region.
View all local-related activities

Session Speakers

Elizabeth Morton
Virginia Polytechnic Inst & State Univ.
Blacksburg, VA

Mary Niall Mitchell
University of New Orleans
New Orleans, LA

Want to attend this session?

Log in and add it your schedule.

Ways to View the Program

View My Schedule

View the full program