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December 11, 2012 – Guantánamo Public Memory Project Open House

December 11, 2012: 7:00 – 8:30 PM
1210 Heller Hall

Students will present the work they have done on the Guantánamo Public Memory Project exhibition, which opens in New York City on December 12, as well as on innovative digital projects on the history of Guantánamo.  The project blog features work from students from the University of Minnesota, as well as students from Arizona State University, Brown University, Indiana University/Purdue University Indianapolis, The New School for Public Engagement, New York University, Rutgers University New Brunswick, University of Massachusetts Amherst, University of Miami, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, University of California at Riverside, and University of West Florida.

“Guantánamo” has become an international symbol of torture, detention, national security, and conflict over America’s “War on Terror.” But this “state of exception” in Cuba has been opened – and closed—for more than a century before 9-11. Facilities for new uses are now being constructed. The 1903 lease with Cuba grants the US total jurisdiction over the bay until both countries agree to end the arrangement. For better or for worse, then, GTMO is open and available for any future administration to use – in the War on Terror or otherwise. How did we get here?

First launched in 2009 by the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, which currently serves on the Steering Committee, the Project is now being developed by a growing collaboration of universities, organizations, and individuals according to common principles while engaged in intense and ongoing debate during workshops and symposia on the possibilities and pitfalls of “remembering” Guantánamo.

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