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Photographs Of Texas Landscapes

Photographs from artists throughout the state will be exhibited in the Wright Gallery through June 18.

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New Student Conferences

Texas A&M welcomes new Aggies to campus this summer for their New Student Conferences.

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Citizenship and Public Art: The Political Aesthetics of New York’s 9/11/01 Memorial

Fred Evans, Duquesne University

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Thursday, November 14, 2013
3:45 pm – 5:30 pm
Featuring Fred Evans, Duquesne University Department of Philosophy

In the United States, we frequently assume that government supported public art is an act of citizenship, that is, one supportive of values associated with democracy. Even the inaugural years of this country were marked by a contentious debate over whether George Washington would be more appropriately remembered by a stone monument or by “a plain tablet, on which every man could write what his heart dictated.” The terms of this debate have been repeated throughout the history of the U.S and most recently in the context of New York’s National September 11 Memorial, “Reflecting Absence,” and the “Memorial Museum” accompanying it. I will address the political aesthetics of the 9/11/01 memorial in order to derive a criterion for judging it and other public art as acts of citizenship or “democratic civility.” This address will be aided by also considering the dissident alternative 9/11 memorial proposed by Krzysztof Wodiczko, “City of Refuge.” At the core of this project is the issue of the meaning of democracy and the degree to which the 9/11memorial reflects or deepens our understanding of that meaning in the context of death and mourning as well as that of international relations.

Fred Evans is Professor of Philosophy and Coordinator for the Center of Interpretive and Qualitative Research at Duquesne University. He is the author of The Multivoiced Body: Society and Communication in the Age of Diversity (New York: Columbia University Press, 2009; 2011), Psychology and Nihilism: A Genealogical Critique of the Computational Model of Mind (Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 1993), and co-editor (with Leonard Lawlor) of Chiasms: Merleau-Ponty's Notion of Flesh (Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 2000). Evans has published numerous articles and book chapters on continental thinkers in relation to issues concerning psychology, politics, and technology. He is currently working on a new book, provisionally entitled Citizenship and Public Art: An Essay in Political Esthetics, focusing on Chicago’s Millennium Park and New York’s 9/11/01 memorial, and another book, this one on cosmopolitanism. He also worked for five years at the Lao National Orthopedic Center and other positions in Laos, under the auspices of International Voluntary Services, and taught philosophy for a year at La Universidad del Rosario in Bogotá, Colombia.

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