Contested Landscapes: Discussing Race, Space, and Memory

  • 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
  • Online

This past summer was defined by moments shared between our global community: a once in a lifetime pandemic, protests for racial and social justice, and the takedown of monuments to enslavers and genocide. As we reflect on this transformational time one question continues to present itself: How will we remember this moment? In each instance, it would be impossible to tell one singular narrative or recount one memory. Like history, memory can be difficult to navigate. During this one-hour panel, you will have the opportunity to hear answers from alumni experts and Duquesne faculty in the field to questions like:

  • How do we remember?
  • Who determines what gets remembered?
  • How can memory be abused and manipulated?
  • What do we do when we have our memories challenged?
  • How have contested memories helped to define our history?

During the session, you will hear an opening presentation from Kelvin Parnell, Jr., A'16. Our alumni and faculty panel of professionals, moderated by Sarah Sperry, Assistant Vice President for Alumni Engagement, will then join him to answer these questions and more. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions of the panel in advance and during the program as time permits.



  • Kelvin Parnell, Jr., A’16, Doctoral Candidate, University of Virginia
  • Amanda Seim, GA’19, Program Coordinator, Compass Inn Museum and Ligonier Valley Historical Society
  • Dr. Jennifer Taylor, Assistant Professor of Public History, Duquesne University
  • Megan Toomer, A’19, Law Student, Emory University’s School of Law