6 p.m., Martin Segal Theatre
The Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue

Historians, art historians, community activists, and artists discuss the ongoing reevaluation of public monuments in New York City and across the country. This interactive presentation will focus on the J. Marion Sims monument to explore how we can understand Sim’s medical research and experimentation on enslaved women, the artistic and activist responses to his memorialization, and future possibilities for remembering this difficult history.

Harriet Senie, Professor of Art History, Graduate Center, CUNY
Deirdre Cooper Owens, Assistant Professor of History, Queens College, CUNY
Marina Ortiz, Founder and President, East Harlem Preservation
Doreen Garner, Artist, “White Man on a Pedestal”
Moderator: Arinn Amer, Co-chair, CUNY Public History Collective

Presented by The Graduate Center’s American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning, The Gotham Center for New York City History, The CUNY Public History Collective, and Center for the Humanities. This event is the first in a series supported with funds from Humanities New York and the National Endowment for the Humanities.