RE imagining the Campus after Calhoun- free and open to the public

ImageReimagining the Campus after Calhoun: History, Visuality, and Racialized Trauma
A Panel Discussion – Thursday, 23 February – 12:00pm – Medical Historical Library (333 Cedar St.) - FREE and open to the public, with ample time allotted for Q&A.

Please join us THIS Thursday, Feb 23rd at noon in the Medical Historical Library at the Yale School of Medicine (333 Cedar Street) for a panel discussion entitled "Reimagining the Campus after Calhoun: History, Visuality, and Racialized Trauma." 

The panel includes: Craig Wilder (Barton L. Weller Professor of History, MIT); Keyjo Lee (Ph.D. Candidate in Art History and African American Studies, Yale); and Miraj Desai (Clinical Researcher Scientist in Psychiatry, Yale).

History, visual culture, and racialized trauma all intersect in current debates surrounding the renaming and re-imagining of institutional spaces, especially at universities and college campuses like Yale. Official institutional histories are being challenged, and many different communities are calling for the renaming of campus spaces and the re-positioning of monuments and imagery that memorialize past complicity with and profit from slavery, colonization, and racism.

How, if at all, should we preserve or remember such histories? How do visual artifacts (whether Halloween costumes, stained glass windows, portraits on the walls, or inscriptions on buildings) and visual conditioning affect each of us? What consequences does the renaming of Calhoun have for other spaces at Yale and beyond? Finally, the issue of mental health has been raised both by protesters demanding change on campus and by those who oppose their demands. How can we gain clarity on the role of mental health and racialized trauma in this ongoing debate? 

We very much look forward to your participation at this event, which is being held in conjunction with the "Critical Histories and Activist Futures: Science, Medicine, and Racial Violence" Conference, and which is co-sponsored by: the Program for the Humanities in Medicine at the Yale School of Medicine; the "History, Health and Humanities" (HHH) group; the Dean's Committee for Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice (CDISJ); the US Health Justice (USHJ) Collaborative.