About the Conference

We are excited to announce that Suzan-Lori Parks has joined our roster of Keynote Speakers.
More information is on our Keynotes page.

THE ART OF PUBLIC MEMORY is an international, interdisciplinary conference exploring intersections of the arts, memory, and history. The conference brings together scholars, activists, educators, and artists in an exchange of academic papers, panels, workshops, and performances.


The conference is inspired by the performance of Bill T. Jones's Serenade/ The Proposition, at UNCG on Friday, April 8.  A contemporary dance about the legacy of Abraham Lincoln and a rumination on the nature of history, Jones’s dance suggests examination of other works involving Lincoln such as the current off Broadway play Abraham Lincoln's Big Gay Dance Party Review and Suzan-Lori Park's 1994 The America Play, and portraits of Lincoln by composers such as Charles Ives and Roy Harris. Jones's work also calls for a broader

examination of the arts, memory, and history that might be drawn from many areas of the arts, humanities, and sciences.  The conference celebrates the new School of Music, Theatre and Dance at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro and foregrounds interdisciplinary scholarship at UNCG. 
Serenade/TheProposition by the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company