MDes Critical Conservation Lecture: Stephanie E. Yuhl, “Cityscapes of Denial and Confrontation: Slavery in the New ‘Old’ American South”

Power & Place: Critical Conservation Colloquia at GSD Spring 2016

A lecture/workshop course—04479: Power & Place: Culture and Conflict in the Built Environment—is being offered in Spring 2016 as part of the MDes Critical Conservation program at the Graduate School of Design to study and analyze the processes and expressions of power in the built North American environment. The goal is to foster an understanding of urban ethics and an awareness of the political uses of history and identity in North America, issues that are applicable to different parts of the built world. A series of conversations with noted scholars will support the inquiry of group research projects examining three cities where the history of cultural conflict and the spatial patterns of exclusion aimed expressed in racial, ethnic, economic and religious frames have left an indelible imprint on the character of the city.

Stephanie E. Yuhl, Ph.D. is Professor of History and Director of Montserrat, a dense exposure to the liberal arts for first year students at the College of the Holy Cross. Her research and teaching fields are the social and cultural history of the twentieth-century United States, with emphases in Southern history, public history, memory, gender/sexuality, and social justice movements. Yuhl’s book-length treatment of Charleston, South Carolina’s cultural and touristic renaissance of the 1920s and 1930s, A Golden Haze of Memory: The Making of Historic Charleston has won two national awards. Her article, “Hidden in Plain Sight: Centering the Domestic Slave Trade in American Public History,” won the 2014 GreenRamsdell award from the Southern Historical Association.

MDes Critical Conservation

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