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Postponed – Confronting Contested Histories
April 27, 2020 at 7:00 PM – 8:15 PM
This event was temporarily postponed. We will be sure to post the new date and time when it is confirmed.
Join Harvard Professor and former Dean of the Radcliffe Institute Lisabeth Cohen in a conversation on how contested topics in American history are conveyed to the public through museum exhibits, public memorials, and reenactments. How do museums related to our nation’s founding handle the stories of indigenous people and slavery? Should memorials to Civil War heroes remain standing? How do we best discuss more contemporary topics such as the Civil Rights Movement and the Vietnam War can in the public square? The forum will end with a brief discussion of Professor Cohen’s newest book, Saving America’s Cities: Ed Logue and the Struggle to Renew Urban America in the Suburban Age.
Lizabeth Cohen is the Howard Mumford Jones Professor of American Studies and a Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of History at Harvard. From 2011-18 she was the dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Cohen has published a popular textbook and multiple books, including Making a New Deal: Industrial Workers in Chicago, 1919-1939, winner of the Bancroft Prize and a finalist for the Pulitzer. Among many awards and honors, Cohen has been a fellow of the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Cohen received her Ph.D. from the University of California Berkeley and her A.B. from Princeton University.
Cohen’s book Saving America’s Cities: Ed Logue and the Struggle to Renew Urban America in the Suburban Age will be available for signing in partnership with the Concord Bookshop.
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