The Memory Project studies how memory is produced and reproduced and seeks to participate in and catalyze that process through support for educational initiatives and production of media and the arts, as well as through public history and commemorative events.
Our work is forward-facing and applied in nature, bringing together theoretical investigation of the politics of memory with direct engagement with its real-world effects.
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At the center the work of the Memory Project is the question of how to address historical trauma
The Memory Project is rooted in projects centered on Charlottesville, which in the past years has become a pivotal space in defining and shaping broader debates about memory in the United States.
The Memory Project is part of the University of Virginia’s Democracy Initiative in the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences and is partially funded by the Mellon Foundation. It promotes research, curriculum development, and public engagement to address issues of public memory, memory conflict, and memory politics in the wake of the white supremacist violence in Charlottesville in 2017.
Join the Memory Project for its virtual launch event featuring Susan Neiman, author of Learning from the Germans: Race and the Memory of Evil, moderated by Washington Post columnist Michele Norris. Register here
NBC29 featured the "Marching Toward Emancipation" event with Memory Project director Schmidt in its coverage of Freedom and Liberation Day.
The Memory Project hosted "Landmarks of Black Sacred Song" virtual screening of films by artist-in-residence, Micah Ariel Watson (UVA '18) and a discussion with Prof. Ashon Crawley.
The Memory Project's Jalane Schmidt will be presenting the paper, "'Faithful Negroes' and Rebel Slaves in State Memorialization: Southern U.S. and Revolutionary Cuban Case Studies," at the Memory Studies Association's Inaugural Event Roundtable: “Monuments & Memory Politics”
Join the Memory Project's Jalane Schmidt as she addresses the question of what to do with Confederate monuments. Register free here to listen to the event, Contested "Memories": A Conversation on Monuments, Memorials, and the Lost Cause in Public Space, supported by the UVA President's Commission on the University in the Age of Segregation.
The Memory Project's Prof. Jalane Schmidt will be discussing topics and issues to consider in the aftermath of the removal of Confederate symbols for UVA A&S's "Between the Columns" on October 7, at 7:00pm. Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/between-the-columns-with-kevin-gaines-carol...