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Discussion

Approaching Reconciliation, or the Discomfort of Remembrance

Join the Goethe Pop Up Kansas City for a conversation about “Approaching Reconciliation, or the Discomfort of Remembrance” between Shaping the Past Fellow Patrick Weems, Executive Director of the Emmett Till Interpretive Center, Berlin-based American philosopher Susan Neiman, author of Learning from the Germans: Race and the Memory of Evil, artist Glenn North, Co-Liaison of the Community Remembrance Project Missouri in Kansas City, and Dave Tell, Co-Director of the Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities at the University of Kansas.

The conversation will touch on two places of remembrance for victims of lynching—Levi Harrington in Kansas City, MO and Emmett Till in the Mississippi Delta—whose horrific deaths are commemorated through site-specific markers, performative actions, educational programs, and more. Our speakers will discuss the various approaches to memorialization in both cases, the regular attacks on these memorials, and how these acts of racial terror in the past and their memorialization in the present continue to shape these communities and our society as a whole.

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