Wednesday, May 18, 2022

LevinsonFest on Public Memory and Public Monuments

Guest Blogger

Ashley Moran

I am thrilled to share a set of short papers from our second LevinsonFest 2022 roundtable, discussing challenges, models, and new ideas for addressing historical legacies in shared public spaces.

The roundtable includes thoughtful and affecting essays from Jonathan Gienapp (Stanford) on the tensions between history and memory in America’s civic religion, Kermit Roosevelt (Penn) on the construction and deconstruction of American identities, Aleksandra Kuczynska-Zonik (KUL) on construction and deconstruction of Soviet collective identity in Central and Eastern Europe, Deborah Gerhardt (UNC) on the imperative of finding new shared meaning, Anna Saunders (Liverpool) on reconciling national pasts within an increasingly international context, and Sandy Levinson (University of Texas at Austin) highlighting the deep complexity of these issues. We hope you enjoy them!

Ashley Moran is a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Comparative Constitutions Project and Distinguished Scholar with UT’s Robert Strauss Center for International Security and Law. You can contact her at


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