Confederate Monuments, Public Memory, and Public History

Dell Upton, guest editor

Dell Upton is the guest editor for the Bully Pulpit included in this issue, in which he has followed up on the theme of his current book “What Can and Can’t Be Said: Race, Uplift, and Monument Building in the Contemporary South” (Yale University Press) by asking a team of individuals critically engaged with public art, memory, and the nation about the recent debates around Confederate monuments and efforts to recognize histories of lynching.

Dell Upton, Distinguished Professor of Architectural History, University of California, Los Angeles (“The #HimToo Movement”)

Renée Ater, Associate Professor Emerita, American Art, PhD, The University of Maryland

Sarah Beetham, Assistant Professor of Art History, Department of Liberal Arts, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (“Confederate Monuments and the Inevitable Forces for Change”)

Kirsten Pai Buick, Professor of Art History, University of New Mexico


Above: “The First Day of Silent Sam’s Last Semester” protest against the Confederate monument at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, August 22, 2017 (detail). Photo: John Bowles; License: CC BY-NC 4.0