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Derek Alderman, head of the UT Department of Geography, spoke to the National Journal about the Confederate memorial carving on Stone Mountain and other symbols like it, and a proposed movement to add to–rather than remove–controversial monuments. In the article, he describes it as “symbolic accretion,” where one layers memories or messages on top of each other. “We can get a lot of value politically and educationally by thinking about juxtaposing memories against each other,” he said. Read the story here.

The National Journal is is a non-partisan publication that reports on the current political environment and emerging political and policy trends.