Lecture: Marks of History, Memory, and Race in the Anthropocene
Dr. Lauret Savoy, author of Trace: Memory, History, Race, and the American Landscape and David B. Truman Professor of Environmental studies at Mount Holyoke, will give a lecture on the ways in which memory, history, and race mark the landscape in the Anthropocene. Her lecture will be followed by a panel discussion with Jedediah Purdy and Norman Wirzba.
A woman of African American, Euro-American, and Native American heritage, Dr. Savoy writes about the stories we tell of the American land's origins and the stories we tell of ourselves in this land. In her book Trace: Memory, History, Race and the American Landscape, Dr. Savoy explores how the country's still unfolding history and ideas of "race" have marked her and the land. from twisted terrain within the San Andreas Fault zone to a South Carolina plantation, from national parks to burial grounds, from "Indian Territory" and the U.S.-Mexico Border to the U.S. capital, Trace grapples with a searing national history to reveal the often unvoiced presence of the past.
The lecture will be followed by a reception.