This program is over. Hope you didn't miss it! Browse other programs we offer Smashing Statues: The Rise and Fall of America's Public Monuments Evening Lecture/Seminar Wednesday, May 25, 2022 - 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET Add to calendar iCalendar Gmail Yahoo Mail Outlook Outlook.com Code: 1CV001 Select your Tickets Resize text Erin L. Thompson (Photo: Stas Ginzburg) A timely and fractious national debate over public monuments has erupted in America. Some people risk imprisonment to tear down long-ignored hunks of marble; others form armed patrols to defend them. Why do we care so much about statues? And who gets to decide which ones should stay up and which should come down? Join author Erin L. Thompson as she traces the turbulent history of American monuments and its ironies—starting with the enslaved Black man who helped make the statue of Freedom that still sits atop the U.S. Capitol—and explores the surprising motivations behind such contemporary flashpoints as the toppling of a statue of Columbus at the Minnesota State Capitol in 2020. Thompson, a professor of art crime at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, is a leading expert in the aesthetic, legal, political, and social issues involved in such battles. Her new book Smashing Statues: The Rise and Fall of America's Public Monuments (W. W. Norton & Company) is available for purchase. Book Sale Information Purchase your copy of Smashing Statues: The Rise and Fall of America's Public Monuments by Erin L. Thompson here. SPECIAL NOTE: Politics and Prose is offering a 10% discount to Smithsonian Associates ticket-holders. To claim your discount, enter the code SPECIAL10 (no space between letters and numbers) in the “Coupon discount” section on Politics and Prose's check-out page. Patron Information If you register multiple individuals, you will be asked to supply individual names and email addresses so they can receive a Zoom link email. Please note that if there is a change in program schedule or a cancellation, we will notify you via email, and it will be your responsibility to notify other registrants in your group. Unless otherwise noted, registration for streaming programs typically closes two hours prior to the start time on the date of the program. Once registered, patrons should receive an automatic email confirmation from CustomerService@SmithsonianAssociates.org. Separate Zoom link information will be emailed closer to the date of the program. If you do not receive your Zoom link information 24 hours prior to the start of the program, please email Customer Service for assistance. View Common FAQs about our Streaming Programs on Zoom. This online program is presented on Zoom.