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Architectural Historian To Lead U.Va. Seminar On Commemorating The Civil Rights Movement Through Monuments

March 7, 2000 -- "Commemorating the Civil Rights Movement" will be the theme of a University of Virginia seminar on Thursday, March 9, at 3:30 p.m., in Newcomb Hall Conference Room 168. The Carter G. Woodson Institute of African and African-American Affairs is sponsor of the seminar, which is free and open to the public.

Dell Upton, professor of architectural history at the University of California-Berkeley, will discuss historical monuments from the civil rights movement.

The large number of civil rights monuments erected in the last decade mark a new stage in a struggle to define the movement's legacy. These monuments, often set in landscapes devastated by urban renewal, depict a South purged of its troubled racial past and ready to compete in a new global economy, Upton says.

Other U.Va. participants include history professor emeritus Paul Gaston and professor of architecture Craig Barton.

For more information, call Scot French at (804) 924-8889.

Contact: Katherine Jackson, (804) 924-3629

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: please contact the Office of University Relations at (804) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (804) 924-7550.
SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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