Guantánamo Public Memory Project

Upcoming Events

Guantánamo Public Memory Project in Miami

Miami has a critical role to play in the national dialogue on Guantánamo. Tens of thousands of refugees from Haiti and Cuba were held at GTMO before seeking refuge in Miami. Many who served or grew up at GTMO have settled in South Florida. Across and within these communities, GTMO holds many different meanings. Institutions across the city are joining forces to open dialogue on GTMO’s history, memories, and legacies.

August 14 6-9pm: Opening reception, Little Haiti Cultural Complex

August 23: Community Collecting Day, HistoryMiami and Smithsonian National Museum of American History

September 4 2pm:Revisiting the Balsero Crisis and Its Aftermath, Twenty Years After”, Cuban Research Institute, Florida International University

September 10 6-9pmGuantánamo: Kept at Bay” art exhibition opening reception, Frost Art Museum

September 22: Opening event, CAS Gallery, University of Miami

Guantánamo Public Memory Project in New Orleans

Jones Hall, 2nd Floor, Tulane University

September 18: Panel discussion – Jess Bravin (author of The Terror Courts), Chaplain James Yee, & Denny LaBoeuf (ACLU)

October 16: Panel discussion – artists Edmund Clark, Deborah Luster & Katrina Andry

October 30: Panel discussion – “Guantánamo, Cuba and Refugees”




Past Events

Art and Action

University of Brighton, UK

June 2, 12-5pm: Conversations: Art and Action

June 2, 5-7pm: Artist Workshop: ‘What is the the role of art when access is denied?’

Compressed: Guantánamos

Studio-X Istanbul

April 4, 7-9pm: Opening, with guests Elazar Barkan and Liz Ševčenko

April 5, 2-4pm: Hidden Histories of Cities Series: Diyarbakir Prison

GTMO in Minneapolis-Saint Paul

Minnesota History Center, February 11 – March 16, 2014

February 11, 7-9pm: Guantánamo Public Memory Project Community Open House

February 28, 12:15-1:15pm: The Origins and Development of Guantánamo’s Legal Black Hole, A Talk by Michael Strauss

February 28, 3-4:30pm: Refugee Rights and Rightlessness: Haitian Refugees at Guantánamo in the 1990s

March 1, 2pm: Inside Guantánamo, Past and Present


International Civil Rights Center and Museum, December 12, 2013 – February 1, 2014

Programs developed by the University of North Carolina at Greensboro

December 12, 2013, 6pm: Exhibit opening

December 12, 2013, 7pm: GTMO and the Cold War

December 14, 2013, 10am: Children’s Story Hour

January 9, 2014, 7pm: Severed Roots: The Cuban and Haitian Refugee Crises at 

January 31, 2014, 7pm: GTMO After 9/11: Detainees, Defense and ‘Legal 

Guantánamo Public Memory Project @ Phoenix Public Library

Burton Barr Central Library, October 19 – November 24, 2013

Programs developed by Arizona State University.

October 23, 6:30-8pm: GTMO: First Foreign Outpost to Cold War Hotspot

October 30, 6:30-8pm: Detention: Japanese Internment to Enemy Combatants

November 6, 6:30-8pm: Exploring American Internment Through Performance

November 9, 12-4pm: Human Library Experience

November 13, 6:30-8pm: The War on Terror

November 20, 6:30-8pm: “Closing” Guantánamo

Arizona State University Film Series

Phoenix Art Museum

November 10, 1pm: Rabbit in the Moon

November 17, 1pm: Standard Operating Procedure

November 24, 1pm: Dirty Wars

December 8, 1pm: Zero Dark Thirty

UMass Amherst Public Forums

Herter Gallery, University of Massachusetts Amherst, September 11 – October 9, 2013

September 11, 4pmJameel Jaffer, Director, Center for Democracy, American Civil Liberties Union; Akhil Reed Amar, Yale University Law School.

September 18, 4pmJonathan Hansen, Lecturer in Social Studies, Harvard University.

September 25, 4pmJana Lipman, Associate Professor of History, Tulane University;  Jeff Johnston, former Public Works Officer at the United States Naval Station, Guantánamo Bay (2004-2009); Alberto Jones, Cuban employee at the base.

October 2, 4pmJames Yee, former United States Army Chaplain, United States Naval Station, Guantánamo Bay; Buz Eisenberg, Attorney representing detainees at GTMO; Fredalene Bernhardy Dowd, former resident of the naval base.

“Witness to Guantánamo”

California Museum of Photography, UCR ARTSblock, July 11, 2013

“Geographies of Detention: From Guantánamo to the Golden Gulag”

California Museum of Photography, UCR ARTSblock, June 1, 2013 

“Speaking of Guantánamo”

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Cultural Arts Gallery, April 10, 2013

“Curating Guantánamo”

Rutgers University, New Brunswick, March 28-29, 2013

“Poetic Justice: The Shades of Guantánamo”

Rutgers University, New Brunswick, March 28, 2013

“Why Remember Guantánamo?”

Exhibit Opening and Conference. December 13-14, 2012 Columbia University and New York University.

“Remembering Guantánamo”

With Justice Albie Sachs and Aryeh Neier. Columbia University, April 28-29, 2011.

“Remembering Guantánamo”

Project Launch Event, National Civil Rights Museum, Memphis, TN, June 2009.

Creative: Picture Projects & Tronvig Group