American Social History Project • Center for Media and Learning

Difficult Histories/Public Spaces — a series of public programs

Difficult Histories/Public Spaces: The Challenge of Monuments in New York City and the Nation is a series of public programs in which historians, art historians, community activists, and artists will discuss the ongoing reevaluation of public monuments and memorials across the country and in New York City.



Martin Segal Theatre
CUNY Graduate Center
365 Fifth Ave. (34th St)

Looking for solutions to the dilemma of how to confront and constructively address difficult places of memory or their absence? This panel and discussion will offer physical and virtual alternatives that use a variety of media to promote public dialogue about how and what we remember.

  • Kubi Ackerman - Director of the "Future City Lab" at the Museum of the City of New York
  • Marisa Williamson - Artist and creator of “Sweet Chariot: The Long Journey to Freedom Through Time"
  • Ken Lum - Co-curator of "Monument Lab: A Public Art and History Project" in Philadelphia
  • Jill Strauss (Moderator) - Assistant Professor, Borough of Manhattan Community College

The series is sponsored by:
American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning
The Gotham Center for New York City History
CUNY Public History Collective

Series is supported with funds from Humanities New York and the National Endowment for the Humanities. 

In order to promote a lively conversation and ensure the inclusion of as many voices as possible, we ask you to please share your thoughts on following questions on the future of monuments:

Survey: Monuments of the Future

Your responses will be pooled and presented to the panelists and the audience at the event on February 6th.

ASHP Public Programs