Institute of Education


VIRTUAL EVENT: Monumental changes: The civic harm argument for the removal of Confederate monuments

20 January 2021, 5:30 pm–7:00 pm

Protests at Robert E Lee statue. Image: Mobilus In Mobili via Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

In this webinar, Winston C. Thompson and Timothy J. Barczak from Ohio State University will provide a definition of monuments and describe their potential for sparking removalist and preservationist controversy.

This event is free.

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Alison Brady

For more information and to register for the event, please contact Alison Brady. 

In the talk, Thompson and Barczak will focus on the example of Confederate monuments in the US as, on the basis of racist impacts, these monuments are candidates for widespread removal. 

They will review influential existing philosophical arguments aimed at clarifying this controversy. They will draw attention to an especially promising formulation of a moral harm argument, and will improve upon this by offering an educationally sensitive civic harm argument.

In this, they advance a view of limited compatibility between removalist and preservationist aims. 


Image: RVA Counter-Protests Against New-CSA by Mobilus In Mobili via Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0

About the Speakers

Winston C. Thompson

Associate Professor at the Department of Educational Studies and the Department of Philosophy, Ohio State University.

Thompson's scholarship explores ethical, moral, and political dimensions of educational policy and practice. 

Timothy J. Barczak

Doctoral student in philosophy and history of education at Ohio State University

Barczak is exploring questions surrounding communication and the civic, political, and economic aims of education relative to their impacts on democracy.