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CANCELED: Tracing Memory, History, Race, and the American Landscape

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Time: March 26, 2020, 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Location: Peter Graham Scholarly Commons, 114 Bird Library

Part of the Syracuse Symposium

Part of the Syracuse Symposium series.

UPDATE: This event has been canceled in response to emerging COVID-19 precautions and advisories

Lauret E. Savoy (Mount Holyoke College)

Syracuse Symposium celebrates Syracuse University's Sesquicentennial week with a return by alumna Lauret Savoy (Ph.D. '91). 

Drawing from her prizewinning images, current work on Washington, DC, and Trace: Memory, History, Race, and the American Landscape, her award-winning volume exploring identity, place, and the unvoiced presence of the past, Savoy discusses how this country’s still unfolding history marks a person, a people, and the land itself. A woman of African American, Euro-American, and Indigenous ancestry, she weaves together narratives of migration, displacement, and erasure to counter longstanding and damaging public silences to reveal often-unrecognized ties, such as the siting of the nation’s capital and the economic motives of slavery. None of these links is coincidental. Few appear in public history.

Savoy's lecture is a distinguished feature of the Humanities Center's Syracuse Symposium on "Silence."

(Photo credit: Kris Bergbom)

Additional supporters:

  • Earth Sciences K. Douglas Nelson Lecture Series
  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility Offices of the Provost and Chancellor
  • Religion
  • The Graduate School
  • The SOURCE

Bio: Lauret Edith Savoy is the David B. Truman Professor of Environmental Studies & Geology at Mount Holyoke College as well as a writer, photographer, and pilot. Winner of Mount Holyoke’s Distinguished Teaching Award and an Andrew Carnegie Fellowship, she explores the marks of this nation’s history on a people and the land.

Cathryn Newton, The SOURCE Undergraduate Research Center