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Visiting scholar discusses research on public art in ‘Monuments and Memorials’

January 19, 2018
Labode Modupe

Madoupe Labode, associate professor of history and museum studies at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, will give a talk on “Monuments and Memorials: Art and History in Public Spaces” Thursday, Feb. 1, at 5:15 p.m. at Coastal Carolina University. The event is free and open to the public.

The lecture will be in the Thomas W. and Robin W. Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts Building, Room 248.

Labode will discuss interpretations of art and historical monuments in modern public spaces. Who determines what monuments dominate public spaces? What should happen to Confederate monuments? How do public art displays affect the interpretation of history in the public? Labode’s work includes explorations in public history, art history, and monuments and memorials. She is writing a manuscript about Fred Wilson’s public art project along the Indianapolis Cultural Trail, “E Pluribus Unum,” which was terminated due to public protest.

“As part of the Cultural Heritage Speaker Series, Labode will speak about her research on monuments and memorials,” said Katie Clary, visiting assistant professor of history. “The CCU Department of History and the Department of Anthropology and Geography look forward to hosting her for this public forum on a very timely topic.”

The Edwards College is located at 133 Chanticleer Drive W. on the main Conway campus. Parking is available in lots directly adjacent near the back of the building or in J lot near the Singleton building.

For more information on the event, contact Clary at or 843-349-2564. Visit