Tuesday, March 10, FDC 118. 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Commemoration of Women in the U.S.: Context, Diversity, and Challenges
Dr. Teresa Bergman will discuss some of the necessary challenges of including diversity in aspects of the contemporary commemorative landscape that concern patriotism, nationalism, and citizenship. She will discuss how the meaning of three different sites of public memory evolved over the years and how issues concerning diversity fueled these changes. The sites that she will be discussing are the Portrait Monument of Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Susan B. Anthony located in the National Capital Rotunda; the Eleanor Roosevelt statue located in the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial in Washington, D.C.; and the Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historical Park located in Richmond, California. In all three sites, there was conflict over almost every element, from location, building materials, architectural design, landscaping, funding, and interpretive materials, to the dedication ceremonies themselves. These fights are historically significant because they give us insight into the civic and national values at the time of their construction, and, correspondingly, into the civic and national values that we cherish today.
Sponsor: Stanislaus State Chapter, Phi Alpha Theta - the national History Honor Society