Guantánamo Public Memory Project

Upcoming Events

Guantánamo Public Memory- Columbia, South Carolina

University of South Carolina | September 17 – December 17 2015

Program: Mayberry or Mayhem?: Public Memories of Guantanamo

Date:  September 25, 2015;  Time: 3:00 pm

Location: 2nd floor, McKissick Museum

Moderator: E. Gabrielle Kuenzli, USC Assistant Professor of History, area of concentration in modern Latin America and the Andes

Proposed Panelists: Dr. Allison Marsh, USC Assistant Professor of History, area of concentration in Public History, History of Technology, and Tourism ; Dr. E. Claire Jerry, Chief Curator of Collections and Research, McKissick Museum; USC Public History Students Alyssa Constad and Cane West.

University Partners: USC Department of History, and the Walker Institute for International and Area Studies

Goal of the panel: To encourage audience members to think about what public memory is and how it relates to GTMO, the good and the bad. Compare the mythic idea of Mayberry with the lived reality of GTMO.
Program: Dear Veteran: Operation Gratitude Letter Drive

Date: November 11, 2015, Veterans Day

Location: McKissick Museum, Russell House Student Union

Goal of the program: To give participants a chance to learn about the exhibition (at Russell House station) or view the exhibition (at McKissick Museum station); talk with volunteers about military service, deployments, and opinions about GTMO; share their thoughts in written format in comment books; and write letters to active duty military and veterans. We hope visitors will take the opportunity to think about what military service means and has meant in the past, and to create opportunities for visitors to engage with retired and active duty service members.

Programming Summary: Two letter writing stations set up on campus, with a possible third on Main Street in Columbia during the Veteran’s Day Parade. We will have boxes set up for letters to active duty soldiers, new recruits, wounded warriors, and veterans.

Past Events

Guantánamo Public Memory Project in New Orleans

Ashe Cultural Arts Center | November 5 – November 26, 2014

November 7: Performance excerpts of Taken

November 8: Evening performance with ArtSpot Productions & The Graduates

November 14: Life Inside Angola film screening

November 15: Central City Fest

Tulane University | Jones Hall, 2nd Floor | September 2 – October 30, 2014

September 18, 6:00pm: “Human Rights and Constitutional Law in Modern America,” panel discussion featuring Jess Bravin (author of The Terror Courts), Chaplain James Yee, & Denny LaBoeuf (ACLU)

October 16, 6:00pm: “Angola and Guantánamo: Art and Incarceration,” panel discussion featuring artists Edmund Clark, Deborah Luster & Katrina Andry

October 30, 6:00pm: “Guantánamo: Cuban and Haitian Refugee Stories,” panel discussion

Bringing Guantánamo Home – Providence, RI

September 11, 3pm: Digital Exhibition and Artist Lecture with Ian Alan Paul

September 11, 6pm: Opening Reception for the Guantánamo Public Memory Project

September 11, 6:45pm: Screening and Q&A with Filmmaker of “Guantánamo Circus”

September 12, 8:30am: Conference: New Perspectives on Guantánamo: Art, Activism and Advocacy

September 15, 6pm: Opening Reception: “The Way of Strategy”

September 17, 5:30pm: Artist Lecture with Christopher Sims

September 18, 5pm: Gallery Night Providence Reception

September 22, 7pm: Guantánamo Teach-In

September 25, 7pm: Panel Discussion: Who is a Refugee? What Makes a Refuge?

Guantánamo Public Memory Project in Miami

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, 6-9pm:Guantánamo: Kept at Bay” art exhibition opening reception, Frost Art Museum

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

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.

Confronting Guantánamo – Boston, MA

Northeastern University | March 19 – April 25, 2015

March 18, 12:30pm: “GUANTANAMO AND THE LEGACY OF TORTURE,” The 2015 Valerie Gordon Lecture

March 19, 4pm: “IN OUR NAME: A PLAY OF THE TORTURE YEARS” Written by Michael Meltsner, Directed by Victoria Marsh

March 19, 6:30pm: Guantanamo Public Memory Project Exhibit Opening Reception:



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