Gallery Night: Bringing Guantánamo Home

Where can Guantánamo  be found in United States culture and politics? How do migration, security, refuge, and human rights affect our communities in Rhode Island?

As part of September’s Gallery Night Providence, drop by the University of Rhode Island’s Feinstein gallery in downtown Providence to see the exhibit “Bringing  Guantánamo Home”, meet photographer Mary Beth Meehan and students from the International Chater School and learn more about their work shown in the exhibit.


Guantánamo Teach-In

Monday, September 22, 2014
7:00pm - 8:30pm

Nightingale Brown House, Lecture Room

Why does the US military have a base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, and why is it so hard to close? Why has Guantánamo become a locus of conversation around issues of migration, security, refuge, and human rights? After brief presentations by professors and students, we will have small group discussions to explore these questions and others.  


Screening: Guantánamo Circus

Thursday, September 11, 2014
6:45pm - 7:45pm

URI Feinstein Providence Campus 1st Fl Auditorium

A hardy troupe of circus performers is cleared by the FBI, CIA, Homeland Security and the Pentagon in order to take their act to the home of one of the most notorious prisons in the world, Guantanamo Bay Cuba. These singers, dancers, jugglers, magicians, aerialists and musicians have no idea what awaits them when they arrive at a place everyone has heard of but very few no much about. They soon discover things are not quite what they assumed.


Conference: New Perspectives on Guantánamo: Art, Activism and Advocacy


Digital Exhibit + Artist's Lecture: Ian Alan Paul

Thursday, September 11, 2014
3:00pm - 5:00pm

Rockefeller Library - Patrick Ma Digital Scholarship Lab

Artist Ian Alan Paul will speak about  the Guantánamo Bay Museum of Art and History, a collaborative project operating as a critical fiction and experimental documentary form, asserting that the Guantánamo Bay detention facilities have been closed and replaced by a museum which critically reflects on the social and political significance of the prison itself.


Opening reception: Bringing Guantánamo Home

Thursday, September 11, 2014
5:00pm - 9:00pm

URI Feinstein Campus Gallery, 80 Washington St.

Opening Reception for Bringing Guantánamo Home followed by screening of Guantánamo Circus.

Where can Guantánamo be found in United States culture and politics? How do migration, security, refuge, and human rights affect our communities?


Photographing GTMO and the Pretend Villages of Iraq and Afghanistan

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
5:30pm - 7:30pm

Nightingale-Brown House

Artist's Lecture: Since 2005, Christopher Sims has been making photographs within fictions Iraqi and Afghan villages on the training grounds of U.S. military bases as well as photographing daily life at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Station. A former photo archivist at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, he is the Undergraduate Education Director at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University.

Jihad Lamp, Fort Polk, Louisiana. 2006. Photograph by Christopher Sims

The Practicum, In Practice

The public humanities program emphasizes the relationship of theory and practice. Rather than writing a thesis, students undertake two practicums where we connect knowledge learned in the classroom to practice in a professional setting, and reflect critically on these experiences with our academic peers. Practicums allow us to enhance our skills as well as to connect to the field.

(Distributed July 10, 2014)

When Endings are Also Beginnings: Fare thee well Annie Valk!

At the end of the July, Deputy Director, Anne Valk will be leaving Brown and the Center for Public Humanities for Williams College, where she will be leading public humanities initiatives through a multi-disciplinary appointment.  Annie has shaped the Brown Center in the most profound ways. Outgoing director, Steve Lubar hired Annie seven years ago and he vividly remembers a quality Annie mentioned during her interview: “I am a collaborator. I believe in collaboration.”

(Distributed June 25, 2014)
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