Presented by Paul Farber, director and cofounder, Monument Lab

Join Paul Farber to learn more about the work that Monument Lab is doing across the country developing participatory approaches to public engagement and collective memory and to reconsider the role that monuments can play in communities today. 

Generous support for this program provided by

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This program is presented in partnership with the Curb Center for Art, Enterprise, and Public Policy, Vanderbilt University. 

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About Paul Farber 

Paul Farber, who holds a PhD in American culture from the University of Michigan, is the senior research scholar at the Center for Public Art & Space at the University of Pennsylvania and is a national thought leader on monuments, memory, and public space. He has authored and coedited publications including A Wall of Our Own: An American History of the Berlin Wall (2020), Monument Lab: Creative Speculations on Philadelphia (2020), and the National Monument Audit (2021). His forthcoming book, After Permanence: The Future of Monuments, will be published with the University of North Carolina Press.

Farber’s curatorial and collaborative work includes Beyond Granite: Pulling Together (2023) with Salamishah Tillet, the first curated multi-artist public art exhibition on the National Mall in Washington, DC, and Declaration House (2024) in Philadelphia’s Independence National Historical Park with Anna Arabindan-Kesson and Yolanda Wisher.

Farber is also the host and creator of The Statue, a podcast series from WHYY/NPR. He currently serves on the board of trustees of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the board of directors of A Long Walk Home.

About Monument Lab

Monument Lab is a nonprofit public art and history studio based in Philadelphia that works with artists, students, educators, activists, municipal agencies, and cultural institutions on participatory approaches to public engagement and collective memory. Founded by Paul Farber and Ken Lum in 2012, Monument Lab cultivates and facilitates critical conversations around the past, present, and future of monuments. 

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