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CAS 506 - Contemporary Rhetorical Theory: Race and Memory in Public Consciousness

Wednesday from 2:30 - 5:30
Willard Bldg. 171
Instructor: Kirt H. Wilson

The relationship between race and memory has fascinated scholars, activists, and citizens since the eighteenth century. From the concept of "racial memories" to contemporary memorials for "Peace and Justice," these two ideas have followed distinct yet parallel paths. Indeed, much of the theory that animates memory studies is rooted in our attempts to reconcile national and international acts of racism, trauma, and violence.

This graduate seminar examines the connections between race and memory from the late-nineteenth century to our current period. It considers how race and memory inform one another and how specific instances of memorialization structure contemporary knowledge about society and human relations. This class will attend to memory practices within the Americas and across Europe, South Africa, and Asia. Students who take the class will apply theories of public, collective, and social memory to instances where ethnicity, race, and identity are "remembered" as the catalyst for social and political events.

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