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Contested History, Art, and the Politics of Trauma

October 27, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:15pm

The Taube Center for Jewish Studies and the program for Native American Studies present 

Contested History, Art, and the Politics of Trauma: San Francisco’s Washington High School Mural Controversy


  • David Treuer, Professor of English at USC, noted writer and Native American studies scholar, author of The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present
  • Deborah Kaufman and Alan Snitow, respected filmmakers who are producing a documentary about the mural and the controversy surrounding it. The event will feature a preview of their film in progress!
  • Steven J. Zipperstein, the Daniel E. Koshland Professor in Jewish Culture and History at Stanford, author most recently of Pogrom; Kishinev and the Tilt of History 
  • Karen Biestman, Associate Dean and Director, Native American Cultural Center at Stanford

Tune in for a roundtable discussion that will dig into the history of the mural, the implications behind the varied reactions to the imagery, and the ethics of public art.

Event Sponsor: 
Taube Center for Jewish Studies and Native American Studies