In an increasingly diverse nation, one riven by class, race, and political division, including renewed battles over our nation’s history, historic places where our most difficult, tragic, violent, and controversial events have taken place matter more than ever. This talk will explore why preservation and interpretation of difficult places has the potential to be a tool for reconciliation and also advancement of a more progressive vision for the country.
Max Page is a Professor of Architecture and History at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and currently President of the Massachusetts Teachers Association, the union of 117,000 public schools and college educators in Massachusetts. He is the author or editor of ten books on cities, architecture, and historic preservation, including the Creative Destruction of Manhattan, and Why Preservation Matters. He has been a Guggenheim Fellow and a Rome Prize recipient.