C.L. Bohannon, Ph.D., ASLA, is an Assistant Professor in the Landscape Architecture Program at Virginia Tech. He received his Ph.D. and MLA from Virginia Tech and BLA from the Fay Jones College of Architecture and Design. His research focuses on community engagement and design pedagogy, community narrative and history, design activism, and social justice.
Tanya Denckla Cobb is Director of the Institute for Environmental Negotiation and a seasoned mediator and facilitator in environmental public policy, author, and teacher. Through her career she has worked on a broad range of environmental, social and community issues, and is passionate about bringing people together to resolve complex issues and find common ground.
Frank Dukes, Ph.D. is a mediator and facilitator who directed the Institute for Environmental Negotiation (IEN) at the University of Virginia from 2000 to 2015, where he convened and facilitated numerous collaborative change processes. He is founded of the University & Community Action for Racial Equity (UCARE), a member of Charlottesville's, Commission on Race, Memorials, and Public Spaces, and currently serves on the design team for UVA's Memorial to Enslaved Laborers.
Ana Edwards, Ph.D. is a graduate student in history at VCU and chair of the Defenders' Sacred Ground Historical Reclamation Project. Since 2004, the Sacred Ground Project has worked to promote and reclaim the African and African American history of Shockoe Bottom and to change the public history landscape of Richmond by creating a nine-acre Shockoe Bottom Memorial Park of parcels that represent what is left of the country's 19th century epicenter of the domestic slave trade.
Kendra Hamilton, Ph.D. an assistant professor of English and Southern Studies and the director of the Textile Mill Memory Project at Presbyterian College in Clinton, S.C. Her research focuses on issues of race and cultural appropriation/exchange, and her service to college and community focuses on issues of racial reconciliation and repair.
Brian Katen is an Associate Professor in the Landscape Architecture Program, School of Architecture + Design at Virginia Tech. His research centers on the archival and liminal dimensions of landscape and the persistence and materiality of memory in everyday, vernacular, and ephemeral landscapes. His current work is focused on Virginia’s memorial and African American landscapes during the segregation and Jim Crow eras.
Genevieve Keller, Founding Principal of Land and Community Associates, Distinguished Fellow of the Center for Cultural Landscapes, and adjunct faculty in Historic Preservation at the School of Architecture, University of Virginia, engages in multi-disciplinary private, public, and academic practice as a Trustee of Preservation Virginia, City of Charlottesville Planning Commissioner, and an architectural historian/preservation planner with a focus on cultural landscapes, community planning, and distinct cultural communities.
James Loewen is a Harvard-trained sociologist who has focused on how Americans remember and misremember their past. His book on how we teach U.S. history, LIES MY TEACHER TOLD ME, is the best-selling book by a living sociologist; LIES ACROSS AMERICA treats historical monuments, museums, and markers.
John Edwin Mason teaches African history and the history of photography at the University of Virginia. He has published extensively on South African history and is now writing a book about the American photographer, writer, and filmmaker Gordon Parks. In 2016 he served as vice chairman of Charlottesville's Blue Ribbon Commission on Race, Memorials and Public Spaces.
Dell Upton is Professor of Architectural History in the Department of Art History at UCLA. His most recent book is What Can and Can’t Be Said: Race, Uplift, and Monument Building in the Contemporary South (Yale 2015).
Mabel O. Wilson is a Professor of Architecture at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation where she co-directs the Global Africa Lab and appointed as a Research Fellow at the Institute for Research in African American Studies. She has authored Begin with the Past: Building the National Museum of African American History and Culture (2016) and Negro Building: African Americans in the World of Fairs and Museums (2012).
Sara Zewde is a landscape designer and urbanist, holding an MLA from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, an MCP from MIT, and a BA in Sociology and Statistics from Boston University. She is a designer at Gustafson Guthrie Nichol, while concurrently working on independent projects in Brazil and the United States. Her independent design work includes projects around the commemoration of sites of slavery and cultural memory.