Mabel O. Wilson: Bulletproofing America’s Public Space: Race, Remembrance, and Emmett Till

Mabel O. Wilson presents the 2020 Eleanore Pettersen Remote Lecture.

May 20, 2020

Recorded on April 29, 2020.

Presented by The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union and The Architectural League of New York.

In this video, Mabel O. Wilson, the Nancy and George E. Rupp Professor in Architecture and professor in African American and African Diasporic Studies at Columbia University, discusses the challenges behind commemorating America’s fraught legacy of racial violence. Building from the narrative and remembrance of the 1955 lynching of fourteen-year-old Emmett Till, Wilson traces the history of public space and the politics of memorializing amidst the ongoing presence of racial terror.

The lecture was introduced and moderated by Nader Tehrani, Dean of the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at the Cooper Union.

The Eleanore Pettersen Lecture, established through a generous gift to The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture, is dedicated to the voices of women in architecture as a lasting tribute to Ms. Pettersen’s significant impact in the world of architecture and her love of The Cooper Union.


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