University of Wisconsin-Madison to visit GVSU for lecture on the act of public memorial
October 16, 2017
Students in ART 395: Space Studio invite you and your students to attend a lecture by Laurie Beth Clark. Clark is Professor of 4D Media at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. Her recent scholarship addresses the phenomena of trauma tourism.
Since 2001, Clark has been working on a global comparative study of trauma memorials. The monograph in progress Always Already Again: Trauma Tourism and the Politics of Memory Culture includes research on apartheid memorials in South African, atomic bomb sites in Japan, clandestine torture centers in Argentina and Chile, commemoration of the American War in Vietnam, concentration camps in Germany and Poland, genocide memorials in Rwanda and Cambodia, and slave forts in Ghana.
In light of ongoing and recent public discourse and interventions in memorials, monuments, and the politics and rhetoric they engage, this timely lecture should offer both global context on the act of public memorial, as well as deep discourse around the formation of a public via what and who we memorialize.
Professor Clark's lecture will occur on Wednesday, October 18th, 6:00 - 7:00pm, in room 1718 of the Calder Arts Center. All are welcome.
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