Falling and Rising: Public Monuments & Cultural Heritage in a Time of Protest

Digital dialogues from experts exploring the roles of monuments, public art, and cultural heritage

The Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History and The Athenaeum Review at the University of Texas at Dallas are pleased to present a digital series of interviews with art historians, historians, artists, and archaeologists that examine the current cultural moment of renewed attention to the role of public art.

Cultural heritage serves as an important locus for crowd activity and public response. Participants in this interview series discuss narratives that monuments communicate, responses they engender, and issues of cultural heritage their protection or destruction raise.

This series of interviews was filmed in Fall of 2020.




Episode 1

Erika Doss, Ph.D., Professor of American Studies, Notre Dame University

Dr. Erika Doss, Professor of American Studies, Notre Dame University in conversation with Heather Bowling, Research Coordinator, Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History on the roles memorials play in past and present with new struggles forward.

Filmed by the O'Donnell Institute, September 2020



Episode 2

Whitney Stewart, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Historical Studies, UT Dallas

Dr. Whitney Stewart, Assistant Professor of Historical Studies at UT Dallas, in conversation with Dr. Benjamin Lima, Editor of Athenaeum Review, on the practices of home building and home making by enslaved people at historical plantation sites, the phenomenon of plantation tourism, and efforts to reimagine the historical past. Read More

Filmed by the O'Donnell Institute, September 2020



Episode 3

Renée Ater, Ph.D., Public Scholar

Dr. Renée Ater, public scholar, interviewed by Dr. Benjamin Lima, Editor of the Athenaeum Review, on the shifting views towards artists building monuments, tension in messages that monuments deliver, and the impact of community and civic engagement with monuments in local and other sharable spaces. Read More

Filmed by the O'Donnell Institute, October 2020



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