Contested Space: Communist and Confederate Monuments

Wednesday, July 22, 2020, 12 p.m. PST

Top: Falling of Lenin in Khmelnytskyi park, February 21, 2014. Bottom: Statue of Albert Pike, a Confederate General, being removed by the Park Service on June 20, 2020, after having been knocked down the night before by protestors. 

The thirteenth Cold War Spaces lunchtime talk with Benjamin Forest, Associate Professor of Geography at McGill University, Montreal; Juliet Johnson, Professor of Political Science at McGill University, Montreal; and Joes Segal, Chief Curator and Director of Programming at the Wende Museum.

Forest, Johnson, and Segal will discuss the fate of monuments rendered obsolete in the former communist countries after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the dissolution of the Soviet Union, and compare them with the current wave of toppling and defacing of monuments dedicated to historical figures associated with colonialism, slavery, racism, and genocide in the United States and beyond.

Please note that this Cold War Spaces interview will be 40 minutes in duration, followed by a 20 minute Q&A session. 

Free. RSVP Here.