Approaching Controversial Memorials

Approaching Controversial Memorials

Memorials are a very public expression of remembrance for historic people, places, and events, but some memorials are controversial. In this 4 week project-based class, we’ll explore what makes a memorial controversial, memorial design, how memorials affect our understanding of history, the impact memorials can have on communities, and how memorials can contribute to continued oppression in our society. By looking at past and current action against controversial memorials, students will create their own criteria for how history should be represented through memorialization and re-design a memorial of their choice or create a campaign to have a memorial removed. This is a powerful, relevant class that combines history, current events, and art in a multidisciplinary, hands-on experience.

Each week will have a live discussion based on the previous week’s reading and writing assignments. In the final week, learners will be presenting their projects. This class also has an optional add-on for feedback on writing assignments.

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Class Duration: September 14-October 5

Class Size: 5-12 learners

Age Range: 14-18

Total Price: $120

With optional feedback add-on: $160

Memorials are a very public expression of remembrance for historic people, places, and events, but some memorials are controversial. In this 4 week project-based class, we’ll explore what makes a memorial controversial, memorial design, how memorials affect our understanding of history, the impact memorials can have on communities, and how memorials can contribute to continued oppression in our society. By looking at past and current action against controversial memorials, students will create their own criteria for how history should be represented through memorialization and re-design a memorial of their choice or create a campaign to have a memorial removed. This is a powerful, relevant class that combines history, current events, and art in a multidisciplinary, hands-on experience.

Each week will have a live discussion based on the previous week’s reading and writing assignments. In the final week, learners will be presenting their projects. This class also has an optional add-on for feedback on writing assignments.

Mondays at 10am (Mountain)

Computer with camera and microphone, Internet Access, materials for memorial redesign (details will be given in first class)

3-5 hours, including the live meeting, depending on skill level.

Reading, some proficiency with research and essay writing will be helpful, the maturity and desire to participate in an online class.

Historical analysis, research, examining bias, aesthetic and functional design, social awareness, justice, and advocacy, and connecting history with current events.

Handouts and resources will be provided to reinforce the information taught in the live classes. Students will be able to access the instructor outside of class hours for questions, help with writing assignments, and to tailor their memorial redesign project to their individual needs. Rubrics and feedback will be personal, and based on each learner’s goals.

Discussions may include racism, sexism, violence, and other social issues in relationship to memorials.

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