A Conversation with Erin L. Thompson, Author, ‘Smashing Statues: The Rise and Fall of America’s Public Monuments’


A Conversation with Erin L. Thompson, Author, Smashing Statues: The Rise and Fall of America’s Public Monuments


Join me and Erin Thompson, Professor of Art Crime at City University of New York as we discuss her new book, Smashing Statues, The Rise and Fall of America’s Public Monuments which lays bare the turbulent and often ironic history of American Public Monuments from Liberty, which stand atop of the Capitol in Washington, DC to Stone Mountain and other Confederate statues that are ever present across the South.


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Erin L. Thompson, who holds a PhD and a JD, is a professor of art crime at the City University of New York. She is the author of Smashing Statues: The Rise and Fall of America’s Public Monuments and Possession: The Curious History of Private Collectors from Antiquity to the Present, and her writing has appeared in the Washington Post, the New York TimesSmithsonian magazine, and Art in America. She lives in New York.



Michael Zeldin

Michael Zeldin is a well-known and highly-regarded TV and radio analyst/commentator.

He has covered many high-profile matters, including the Clinton impeachment proceedings, the Gore v. Bush court challenges, Special Counsel Robert Muller’s investigation of interference in the 2016 presidential election, and the Trump impeachment proceedings.

In 2019, Michael was a Resident Fellow at the Institute of Politics at the Harvard Kennedy School, where he taught a study group on Independent Investigations of Presidents.

Previously, Michael was a federal prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice. He also served as Deputy Independent/ Independent Counsel, investigating allegations of tampering with presidential candidate Bill Clinton’s passport files, and as Deputy Chief Counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives, Foreign Affairs Committee, October Surprise Task Force, investigating the handling of the American hostage situation in Iran.

Michael is a prolific writer and has published Op-ed pieces for CNN.com, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Hill, The Washington Times, and The Washington Post.

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