Why do individuals and groups seek to remember and memorialize events from the past, including those that are traumatic and troubling? What events are worthy of remembrance in U.S. culture? Why? Who decides? Why are the answers to these questions often contentious? In this class, we will explore how diverse groups of Americans have, in different moments, sought to remember key moments from the past and moments when remembrance has become controversial. As we do so, we will discuss how memorialization intersects with broader cultural and political debates. Topics may include wars, slavery and other incidents of racial violence, natural disasters, individuals with complicated histories, and acts of terrorism.