Fall Symposium Looks at How We Memorialize Tragedy in Public Spaces

By Maggie Haslam / Oct 29, 2021 / Updated Nov 15, 2021

Pulitizer Prize-winning Author Anne Applebaum, UMD faculty and acclaimed practitioners discuss the politics of remembrance in day-long event, Marking Loss, Making Memorials

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Marking Loss Symposium collage
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(Left to Right): The Holodomor Memorial, photo: Anice Hoachlander; Ntarama Genocide Memorial, Rwanda, photo: Erin Mosely; Skywatcher by Marion Perkins.

Links to the live stream event are found on this web page. Pictures from the symposium are found in this Flickr album.



In the autumn of 1932, Soviet Leader Joseph Stalin issued an order for any scrap of food—from grain and vegetables to livestock—to be quietly removed from the people of Ukraine, then closed its borders to prevent anyone from leaving. The result was starvation on an epic scale and a mass genocide referred to as Holodomor, an atrocity kept under wraps for over half a century.  

How we remember and memorialize loss—from the terror of Holodomor to the hundreds of thousands taken by the COVID-19 pandemic—is the subject of the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation’s fall symposium, Marking Loss, Making Memorials. Featuring a keynote discussion with Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, journalist and author of Red Famine, Anne Applebaum, the day-long event looks at how we commemorate tragedy in public space, pulling the perspectives of authors, historians and practitioners to discuss issues around marking loss, memorial design, memorializing events of historical violence and shedding light on untold stories.

The event coincides with the reopening of Making the Holodomor Memorial: Context and Questions, a behind-the-scenes exhibition on Larysa Kurylas (B.ARCH ’80)’s journey to conceive and create the national memorial to the Holodomor famine in Washington, D.C.

Marking Loss, Making Memorials will be a hybrid event, available in-person to the UMD community and livestreamed through Zoom, Facebook and YouTube. For a full list of the day’s topics and speakers, plus links to register, click here.   

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