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Distinguished Seminar in Geography and Environmental Systems

Monumental Denial with Dr. Laura Pulido


Library and Gallery, Albin O. Kuhn : Gallery

Date & Time

September 28, 2022, 12:00 pm1:00 pm


This event is organized by the Department of Geography and Environmental Systems.

Monumental Denial: Cultural Memory, the Denial of White Supremacy, & U.S. Territory

Laura Pulido, Collins Chair and Professor, Department of Indigenous, Race, and Ethnic Studies, and Geography, University of Oregon

In this talk Dr. Laura Pulido explores how U.S. cultural memory represents processes of white supremacy and settler colonization. Based on an analysis of National Historical Landmarks, she found that the vast majority of Landmarks erase histories of white supremacy and settler colonization, with significant implications for how we think of the development of U.S. territory.

Bio: Dr. Laura Pulido is the Collins Chair and Professor in the Department of Indigenous, Race, and Ethnic Studies, and Geography at the University of Oregon. She studies race, landscape, environmental justice, and cultural memory and is the author of numerous books, including Environmentalism and Economic Justice: Two Chicano Struggles in the Southwest; Black, Brown, Yellow and Left: Radical Activism in Los Angeles; and co-author of A People’s Guide to Los Angeles (with Laura Barraclough and Wendy Cheng). She has received numerous honors, including the Presidential Achievement Award and Distinguished Scholarship Honors from the Association of American Geographers; the Cullum Medal from the American Geographic Society; and Ford and Guggenheim Fellowships.

Co-sponsored by the Eminent Mentor program, the Latinx and Hispanic Faculty Association, the Center for Social Science Scholarship, the Dresher Center for the Humanities, the Global Studies program, the Latin America and Caribbean Feminism Working Group, and the Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery.

For more information, please contact Yolanda Valencia, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography and Environmental Systems - yolanda@umbc.edu.

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