Panel: Fostering Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Anti-Racism in Contemporary Landscape Architecture
The conventional approach to cultural landscape preservation is a self-fulfilling prophecy. The methods employed in the process of historic landmark nomination and designation facilitate a specific result, privileging a hegemonic and exclusionary sense of heritage.
Recently, however, individuals both inside and outside established disciplinary frameworks have been leveraging an expanded range of strategies and tools in order to recognize and protect culturally significant landscapes that challenge systemically narrow ideas about what represents meaningful heritage. Those initiatives are helping to foster diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism in an area of work long associated with uniformity, privilege, exclusion, and racism.
Participants on this panel will describe and share insights about cultural landscape preservation projects in which they have been involved and the methods used to advance more inclusive paradigms. Discussion with students and faculty members will then help connect panelist experiences to current concerns and opportunities within the practice of landscape architecture more broadly.
• Angelo Baca, Filmmaker and Cultural Resources Coordinator for the Utah Diné Bikéyah
• Jeffrey A “Free” Harris, Historic Preservation Consultant and former Director of Diversity for the National Trust for Historic Preservation
• Rachel Leibowitz, Assistant Professor and Co-Director of the Center for Cultural Landscape Preservation at SUNY-ESF and former Division Chief of the Illinois State Historic Preservation Office
• Josephine Talamantez, Historian and Co-Founder of Chicano Park, San Diego, California; former Chief of Programs for the California Arts Council; and emeritus Board Member of the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture
This event will be livestreamed on Zoom. To access the Zoom platform, please register.
For more information about this and other events in our fall 2020 series, please contact Events Committee Chair Prof. Conor O’Shea.