Webinar on community engagement in memorial sites: June 20, 2024

June 17, 2024
US-Mexico border wall

The US-Mexico border, as a site of increasing violence and despair, has become a frequent site for memorialization.

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Webinar on Community Engagement of Memorial Sites

Memory sites are critical as they: provide a place to remember and reflect, provide catharsis, further transitional justice efforts, serve as an archive, entrench cultural heritage of those whose rights have been violated, and help prevent further abuses.  Most studies of memory sites have focused on large museums or monuments that are most often located in large cities and capitals. However, there is a growing movement to build more localized, smaller-scale memory sites.  These decentralized sites are often closer to affected populations, less expensive, and can be better tailored for local contexts.  Further, decentralization allows for more involvement by marginalized peoples, in some cases even having both perpetrators and survivors working together. 

The Human Rights Practice Program at the University of Arizona is hosting with the Miner Anderson Family Foundation a webinar on community engagement of memorial sites.  Speakers doing cutting-edge work in Canada, Thailand, and the US. will discuss programming that integrates community members and schools, along with work by the Canadian Human Rights Museum and UA's Center for Middle Eastern Studies.  

Please join us on June 20th at 8:00 a.m. PST 
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