'The Stages of Memory: Memorial Art, Loss, and the Spaces Between'

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Adanti Student Center - Theater

Philosophy, Art, English Departments & Judaic Studies Program Colloquium:
James E. Young
Distinguished University Professor of English & Judaic Studies, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

A slide lecture presentation by James E. Young showing the arc of memorial vernacular between the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, German Holocaust counter-monuments, Berlin's Denkmal, and the National 9/11 Memorial in New York City.
Professor Young's latest book will be available for purchase.

Supported by the Faculty Development Fund
Young has previously taught at New York University and Bryn Mawr College as well as a visiting professor at the University of Washington, Harvard University, and Princeton University.  He received his Ph.D. from the University of California in 1983.
Professor Young is the author of Writing and Rewriting the Holocaust (1988); The Texture of Memory (1993), which won the National Jewish Book Award in 1994; At Memory's Edge: After-images of the Holocaust in Contemporary Art and Architecture (2000); and The Stages of Memory: Reflections on Memorial Art, Loss, and the Spaces Between (2016), winner of the National Council for Public History Book Award. He was the guest curator of an exhibition at the Jewish Museum in New York City, entitled "The Art of Memory:  Holocaust Memorials in History" (1994), with venues in Berlin and Munich (1994-1995), and was the editor of The Art of Memory (Prestel Verlag, 1994), the exhibition catalogue.
In 1997, Professor Young was appointed by the Berlin Senate to the five-member Findungskommission for Germany's national "Memorial to Europe's Murdered Jews," which selected Peter Eisenman's design, finished and dedicated in May 2005.  He has also consulted with Argentina's government on its memorial to the desaparacidos, as well as with numerous city agencies on their memorials and museums.  He was appointed by the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation to the jury for the "National 9/11 Memorial" design competition, won by Michael Arad and Peter Walker in 2004 and opened on September 11th, 2011.
Professor Young has written widely on public art, memorials, and national memory.  His articles, reviews, and op-ed essays have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Book Review, and Op-Ed pages, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Forward, and Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, among other newspapers, as well as in scholarly journals. His books and articles have been published in German, French, Hebrew, Japanese, and Swedish editions.  Professor Young is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships.

In 2000, he was appointed as Editor-in-Chief of The Posen Library of Jewish Culture and Civilization, a ten-volume anthology of primary sources, documents, texts, and images, forthcoming with Yale University Press.  At present, he is completing an insider's story of the World Trade Center Memorial, entitled Memory at Ground Zero: A Juror's Report on the World Trade Center Site Memorial and Museum.

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