Last Stands? Art, Memory, and Public Space

Panel Discussion | January 17 | 1-2:30 p.m. |  Downtown Oakland Senior Center

 200 Grand Avenue, Oakland, CA 94610

 Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)

For decades, a painting of Custer’s defeat at Little Big Horn has been on display at the Veterans’ Memorial Building in downtown Oakland. Does the painting glorify genocidal 19-century domestic policies, depict the comeuppance of an arrogant US general at the hands of Lakota warriors... or both? Can we broaden the public sphere to include a contextual read from many vantage points of the painting? How can we continue to learn from local examples about how our different cultures are represented and perceived?

Panel discussion with:

Roberto Bedoya, Manager, City of Oakland Cultural Affairs
Tony Gonzales, American Indian Movement (AIM-West) and KPFA Bay Native Circle
Corrina Gould, Chochenyo Ohlone spokesperson for the confederated villages of Lisjan
Jennifer King, Director, Downtown Oakland Senior Center
Toby McLeod, Sacred Land Film Project
Tony Platt, Distinguished Affiliated Scholar with Center for the Study of Law and Society, UC Berkeley, 510-642-9934