Whitney Stewart, Falling and Rising: Public Monuments & Cultural Heritage in a Time of Protest
The Struggle for Homeplace on Southern Plantations
Dr. Whitney Stewart, Assistant Professor of Historical Studies at UT Dallas, in conversation with Dr. Benjamin Lima, Editor of Athenaeum Review, on the practices of home building and home making by enslaved people at historical plantation sites, the phenomenon of plantation tourism, and efforts to reimagine the historical past.
Whitney Stewart is assistant professor of historical studies at UT Dallas, and an affiliate of the Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History. She is co-editor of Race and Nation in the Age of Emancipations (University of Georgia Press), and her book This Is Our Home: The Struggle for Homeplace on Southern Plantations, is under contract with the University of North Carolina Press. Among her honors and awards are fellowships from the National Endowment from the Humanities and the American Antiquarian Society, the McNeil Center for Early American Studies, and the National Museum of African-American History & Culture.
Tiya Miles, “What should we do with plantations?” Boston Globe, Aug. 8, 2020.
Patricia J. Williams, “Stop getting married on plantations,” The Nation, Sept. 26, 2019.
Aileen Leblanc, “No longer a selling point, some residents want ‘plantation’ removed.” Morning Edition, NPR, July 17, 2020.
This lecture is a part of Falling and Rising: Public Monuments & Cultural Heritage in a Time of Protest, a series of interviews produced by the Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History and "The Athenaeum Review" at the University of Texas at Dallas with art historians, historians, artists, and archaeologists that examine the current cultural moment of renewed attention to the role of public art.