PhD candidate Amy J. Bowman-McElhone co-authored a book chapter with rhetorician Dr. Jeanne Persuit, Associate Professor of Communication Studies at University of North Carolina Wilmington in the edited volume, Contested Commemoration in U.S. History: Diverging Public Interpretations in the Routledge series Global Perspectives on Public History.
The chapter, “Memory-Place and the Unintentional Monument: Pittsburgh’s Civic Arena (1961-2012) and Its Legacy” originated in Dr. Karen Bearor‘s Monuments and Memorials course in the spring of 2013. It centers on the now demolished Civic Arena in the historically black neighborhood of the Hill District in Pittsburgh, PA as an unintentional monument, memory-place, and contested heritage site through which the narratives of late twentieth century race relations in Pittsburgh can be re-read.
Amy is an assistant professor of art history in the Carlow University Department of Art and director of the Carlow University Art Gallery in Pittsburgh. Her teaching and research areas are contemporary art, critical theory, museal practice and theory, and art in public spaces.