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.
Photo credit: Sanjay Suchak
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.
Professor Jalane Schmidt published an op-ed in the Richmond Times-Dispatch on the ethics and issues raised after confederate monuments are removed. (Photo credit: Sanjay Suchak/UVA)
Memory Project director Schmidt is quoted in The New York Times' article about the connections between the 2017 "Summer of Hate" in Charlottesville and the January 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol. Read the story here.