Since the tragic murder of George Floyd in a live stream for the whole world to witness on TV in real-time, America has been consumed by a conversation that polarizes the polity in two separate camps: protestors or criminals? Cultural artifacts are a core component of this debate. Statues go down, walls of Court Houses get tagged with graffiti and the role of objects in our collective memory is now, more than ever, scrutinized and contested. This phenomenon transcends this current moment of American experience and instead is a common component of the process of configuring and reconfiguring a collective identity. What objects deserve protection? What does the protection of cultural objects mean for a national identity and when does a criminal object or a criminal act still deserve the same treatment we afford to our more precious mementos of our shared cultural formation? These are some of the questions we will discuss during this session.