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ITPS Patriots’ Day Symposium
April 15, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
As part of the Iona Month of Excellence in Scholarly and Creative Activities, “From Concord to Common Sense: Commemoration and Conflict in the Legacy of the American Revolution” will explore the complex relationship between celebration and critique of the American war for independence.
Inspired by the creation of Patriots’ Day in the late nineteenth century, this symposium will discuss how we remember the Revolutionary Era. A holiday celebrated in three states – and recognized locally in many others – Patriots’ Day commemorates the battles of Lexington and Concord on the third Monday of April every year, recognizing them start of the American Revolution. Three roundtable discussions and an ITPS archival exhibit will address questions of what commemoration means, the social role and responsibility of commemorative practices, and how evolving methodologies in the digital humanities and in public history influence our historical memory of events and figures—from Thomas Paine to the 21st century.
This event is free and open to the public. No RSVP required!