M4F Partnerships


Memory for the Future (M4F) is collaborating with scholars, artists, community organizers, and arts and cultural institutions to plan and develop reparative public humanities projects in St. Louis. We spotlight these partnerships below. As our partnerships are continuously developing over the project year, we will update these spotlights as collaborations unfold.

Pictured: Commemorative exercise with artist Aida Šehović.

Juan Cárdenas

Columbian writer Juan Cárdenas joined us to discuss his novel Elástico de Sombra, the Afro-Colombian martial art of machete fencing, and the vital role of translation in multi-directional and reparative memory. An English translation of the novel by M4F fellow Santiago Rozo-Sanchez facilitated this engagement.


Vanessa Adams-Harris

Director of Outreach and Alliances at the John Hope Franklin Center for Racial Reconciliation in Tulsa, OK, Vanessa Adams-Harris engaged with M4F to discuss multi-directional and reparative memory work in this similarly wounded place, and introduced us to local community partners, in preparation for our Tulsa study trip.


Walter Johnson

Author of The Broken Heart of America, co-founder of the Commonwealth Project, and Winthrop Professor of History and African and African American Studies, visiting scholar Walter Johnson advised our analytic and strategic approach to multi-directional and reparative memory work in St. Louis.


Michael Rothberg

Author of Multidirectional Memory: Remembering the Holocaust in the Age of Decolonization, Professor of English and Comparative Literature, and the 1939 Society Samuel Goetz Chair in Holocaust Studies at UCLA, visiting scholar Michael Rothberg helped initiate our development of multi-directional and reparative memory work.