Future of Confederate monuments topic of free symposium Feb. 28

Confederate Monument

“Memorializing vs. Historicizing: Confederate Monuments and the Contested Past” is the title of a free symposium 12:30 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28, at the Youngstown Historical Center of Industry and Labor on the campus of Youngstown State University.

The symposium, which is open to the public, is sponsored by the YSU College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.

Panel participants include Traci Manning, curator of Education for the Mahoning Valley Historical Society; Tiffany Anderson, assistant professor, English, and director of Africana Studies at YSU; and Jacob Labendz, assistant professor, History, and director of the Center for Judaic and Holocaust Studies at YSU.

The panelists will talk about the history of Confederate memorials, race and Confederate memorials, and Confederate monuments in comparative and international perspective with a focus on post-communist Europe.

The symposium is moderated by Donna M. DeBlasio, YSU professor of History.

Co-sponsors include the YSU Centers for Applied History, Judaic and Holocaust Studies, and Africana Studies, and the Mahoning Valley Historical Society.

For more information, call 330-941-3409.