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Mascots, Myths, Monuments and Memory” Symposium This Saturday

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                              Eileen Maxwell     (202) 436-6805; maxwelle@si.edu
Media only:          Jermaine House    (202) 322-7354; housej@si.edu
Fleur Paysour       (202) 294-0666; paysourf@si.edu

Media website:    http://newsdesk.si.edu

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“Mascots, Myths, Monuments and Memory” Symposium

WHAT:          Symposium on racist mascots, fate of Confederate statues and the politics of memory. Smithsonian partnership between the National Museum of African American History and Culture and the National Museum of the American Indian

WHEN:          Saturday, March 3

10–11:45 a.m.:      Panel 1: Contested Symbols in Sports and American Culture

                        1–1:45 p.m.:          Keynote address by Ibram X. Kendi

                        2–3:30 p.m.:          Panel 3: The Politics of Memory

3:45–5:15 p.m.:     Panel 4: Monuments and Power: Memory vs. History

 WHERE:       National Museum of African American History and Culture

                        Oprah Winfrey Theater

                        1400 Constitution Ave. N.W.

WHO:             Contested Symbols in Sports and American Culture Panelists

Kevin Gover (Pawnee), director, National Museum of the American Indian

Ray Halbritter (Oneida), CEO and nation representative for the Oneida Nation Enterprises

Jennifer Guiliano, Indiana University—Purdue University Indianapolis

Mike Wise, sportswriter, ESPN’s The Undefeated

Damion Thomas, curator of sports, National Museum of African American History and Culture (moderator)

Keynote Address Speaker

                  Ibram X. Kendi, author of Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America

The Politics of Memory Panelists

Bree Newsome, American filmmaker, musician, speaker and activist

Julian Brave Noisecat (Canim Lake Band Tsq’escen), writer and policy analyst, 350.org

Andrew Demshuk, assistant professor of history, American University

Lonnae O’Neal, senior writer, ESPN’s The Undefeated (moderator)

Monuments and Power: Memory vs. History Panelists

Lonnie Bunch, director, National Museum of African American History and Culture

Tom Finkelpearl, commissioner of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs

Aaron Bryant, curator and chair of the Special Commission to Review Baltimore’s Confederate Monuments

Gus Casely-Hayford, director, Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art

Paul Gardullo, curator, National Museum of African American History and Culture (moderator)

Why were racist mascots selected to represent American sports teams? What is the fate of Confederate statues? These questions and more will be explored at Mascots, Myths, Monuments and Memory, a symposium held Saturday, March 3, 10 a.m.–5:15 p.m., examining the history and contested memory of racialized mascots, Civil War monuments and other public memorials in the Oprah Winfrey Theater of the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

The Smithsonian has assembled more than a dozen scholars, activists, elected officials, artists and athletes to grapple with conflicting interpretations of American history in light of events like the demonstrations at Charlottesville, the controversy over the name of the Washington, D.C., football team and the debate over the fate of Confederate statues.

Interested media must RSVP at housej@si.edu to gain museum entry.

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