CPCRS Dialogues aim to raise visibility, deepen discussion, and spread the word about civil rights heritage and the equity, memory, design, legal and other issues brought to light by its preservation.

These virtual events scrutinize our nation’s collective understanding of what constitutes a civil rights heritage site and advance the means and methods by which “sites” are preserved. The CPCRS Dialogues enable CPCRS to engage with a diverse range of stakeholders in the study of Black heritage and civil rights and facilitate conversations exploring new concepts and ideologies in the fields of heritage studies and preservation. The events will bring the interdisciplinary research, advocacy and partnerships of CPCRS to Penn and public audiences in an accessible, affordable, and digestible digital format.

The theme of each discussion explores a different perspective on the preservation of civil rights heritage. Conversations will engage with popular and scholarly understandings of civil rights heritage, and purposefully appeal to a range of disciplines, professions and perspectives.