If you’ve been eagerly following the literal ups and downs of statues and monuments and the attending political and moral debates over the last few years, this episode will be right up your alley. Erin Thompson, Associate Professor of Fraud, Forensics, Art Law & Crime at John Jay College, talks with Todd Fine, a PhD candidate in history at the CUNY Graduate Center, about her forthcoming book, Smashing Statues: The Rise and Fall of America’s Public Monuments. Erin and Todd have been active on social media with regard to these controversies, and they met one another via “public art” or “monument” Twitter. They convened in person for the first time while recording this podcast, and the result is a lively and fascinating conversation.
Learn more about Todd and his work as president of the Washington Street Advocacy Group, which works for historic preservation in the “Little Syria” neighborhood of Lower Manhattan. Follow him on Twitter.