How Should Societies Remember Their Sins? A Zócalo/Mellon Foundation Inquiry How Should Societies Remember Their Sins? A Zócalo/Mellon Foundation Inquiry
Umar Rashid, "I only have eyes for you, my enemy. Consider the jaguar a blessing. Or, Guerilla warfare in the Yucatan peninsula. Anansi travels.", 2021. Acrylic and mica flake on canvas, 72 in. x 72 in.
Image courtesy of the artist. Photograph by Claudio Rocha.

Looking Deportation in the Face

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What Can We Learn From the Failings of William Mulholland? | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

What Can We Learn From the Failings of William Mulholland?

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For much of my life I have been in conversation with a man who died 86 years ago. He was born in Dublin in 1855 and grew up poor, with a face bruised by the fists of his father. He ran away from home at 14, joined the British Merchant Navy, and came to America …

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Zócalo Receives Major Grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Zócalo Receives Major Grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Two-Year Event and Editorial Series Will Launch in October 2021

Zócalo will publish original, multidisciplinary works including essays, photography, illustrations, and poetry. Participants will include scholars, artists, and others whose personal histories intersect with the question; the project also will highlight creators from a range of underrepresented groups. By providing a kaleidoscopic view of how America has remembered its sins, the project aims to reimagine the subject’s future …

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