Understanding Our Complicated Past and Reconnecting with Our Layered Histories: An International Ideas Competition
Virginia Tech will recognize its 150th anniversary in 2022. The Council on Virginia Tech History’s Public Art Committee is working on creative approaches to highlight the ways in which historically marginalized communities have shaped and continue to shape the university.
The Council on Virginia Tech History’s work does not shy away from the difficult and painful histories that are embedded into the fabric of our university; rather, it examines the histories of Native people whose land and knowledge were dispossessed, and enslaved people whose labor and contributions to other people’s wealth proved foundational to the university, people whose contributions are not acknowledged in the dominant discourse of Virginia Tech’s history. Centering these stories as foundational to the institution provides an understanding of the ways in which disenfranchisement has shaped the
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