Shaping the Past





Dec 1, 2020


An event in the framework of Shaping the Past

December 1, 2020, 12:00 pm CST

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.

Joining from both sides of the Atlantic, our speakers will talk about approaches to memorialization and reconciliation and why this can often be a long-term, painful process, both in Germany and the US. They will also explore what Germans and Americans can learn from each other through this process of facing and (re)shaping the past. This event takes place on December 1, at 12:00 pm CST on Zoom. Registration is required.

Header Photo - Left: Vandalized Emmett Till Marker © Ashleigh Coleman | Right: Vandalized Levi Harrington Marker © Jutta Behnen


Monument Lab

Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung

Hall Center for the Humanities

Community Remembrance Project of Missouri

Goethe Pop Up Kansas City



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