University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota

The Guantánamo Public Memory Project Exhibition

February 11 – March 16, 2014
Minnesota History Center, 345 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul, MN

closing guantanamo teaching heritage cropSince 2012, students at 11 universities around the country, including the University of Minnesota, asked: what can Guantánamo’s (GTMO) history tell us about what’s happening now – there, and here at home? They dug through historical and visual archives; talked to people who worked there, lived there, or were detained there; and explored how GTMO relates to issues, people, and places in their own communities. Each student team created a piece of the Project’s first traveling exhibit, sharing their discoveries and the difficult questions they struggled with.

The exhibit explores GTMO’s history from U.S. occupation in 1898 to today’s debates and visions for its future, from a wide variety of perspectives. It includes video testimonies and a “Shape the Debate” text-message voting activity.

For more about the exhibit, visit the Guantánamo Public Memory Project website.

Public Programs

All are free and open to the public.

February 11, 2014, 7:00-9:00pm

Guantánamo Public Memory Project Community Open House

February 28, 2014, 12:15-1:15pm

The Origins and Development of Guantánamo’s Legal Black Hole

February 28, 2014, 3:00-4:30pm

Refugee Rights and Rightlessness: Haitian Refugees at Guantánamo in the 1990s

March 1, 2014, 2:00pm

Inside Guantánamo, Past and Present

Added: March 1, 2014, 5:00pm

Surveillance and Detention in the Twin Cities

GTMO in MSP events have been made possible by the IAS Teaching Heritage Collaborative and through the generous support of The Minnesota Historical Society, University of Minnesota Institute for Advanced Study, University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts, The Heritage and Public History Collaborative of the University of Minnesota, The Immigration History Research Center of the University of Minnesota, and the Departments of History and American Studies at the University of Minnesota.