The Sam Fox School presents the annual Fumihiko Maki Lecture, which will center on the Memorial to Enslaved Laborers (MEL) at the University of Virginia. The lecture will feature several collaborators on the project:
- Eric Höweler and J. Meejin Yoon, co-principals of Höweler + Yoon Architecture
- Mabel O. Wilson, cultural historian and designer, Studio &; professor of architecture, planning and preservation and of African American and African diasporic studies, and director of the Institute for Research in African American Studies, Columbia University
- Frank Dukes, mediator and facilitator, Institute for Engagement & Negotiation at the University of Virginia
- Gregg Bleam, landscape architect and principal, Gregg Bleam Landscape Architect
- Eto Otitigbe, artist
A discussion will immediately follow, with the following members of the Washington University community serving as respondents:
- James Kolker, associate vice chancellor and university architect
- Geoff Ward, professor of African and African American studies in Arts & Sciences
The design team of Howeler + Yoon was selected as the design consultant for the UVA Memorial to Enslaved Laborers, which was dedicated in 2020. The memorial honors the lives, labor, and perseverance of the approximately 4,000 enslaved men, women, and children who built and sustained the daily life of faculty and students at the university between 1817-1865.
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