Guantanamo Public Memory Project' Exhibit Opens Feb. 11 at Minnesota History Center

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Release dated: 
February 5, 2014
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Quick facts: 

Event: Guantánamo Public Memory Project Exhibit
Date: Feb. 11 - March 16, 2014
Time: Tuesday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (free admission 5 to 8 p.m.); Wednesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday noon to 5 p.m.
Place: Minnesota History Center, 345 Kellogg Blvd W., St. Paul MN 55102-1903
Cost: $11 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MNHS members.
Phone: 651-259-3000, 800-657-3773

Guantanamo Public Memory Project' Exhibit Opens Feb. 11 at Minnesota History Center

GuantanamoStudents at 11 universities around the country, including the University of Minnesota, have come together to create a traveling exhibit that explores the question: "What can Guantánamo's history tell us about what’s happening there now and here at home?"

Part of the larger Guantánamo Public Memory Project, the student researchers dug through historical and visual archives; talked to people who worked, lived or were detained at Guantánamo; and explored how Guantánamo relates to issues, people and places in their own communities.

Comprised of panels with multimedia elements, the exhibit explores Guantánamo’s history from U.S. occupation in 1898 to today’s debates and visions for its future, from a wide variety of perspectives. It includes video testimonies and a "Shape the Debate" text-message voting activity. For each stop on the exhibit tour, the students curated an additional panel that shares their discoveries and the difficult questions they struggled with.

The exhibit opens with a community open house on Tuesday Feb. 11 from 7 to 9 p.m. It will be on display Feb. 11 - March 16, 2014.

Related programs:

  • Guantánamo Public Memory Project Community Open House
    Feb. 11, 7 to 9 p.m. Free
    Attend a community open house for the Guantánamo Public Memory Project exhibit. Meet the University of Minnesota undergraduate and graduate students who, along with students from eleven other American universities, created the exhibit as a way to examine the long history of the American naval station and military prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. Join them in exploring the historical and current connections between Guantánamo and Minnesota.
  • Guantánamo Public Memory ProjectInside Guantánamo, Past and Present
    March 1, 2014, 2 p.m. Free
    Today, Guantánamo Bay makes headlines as the U.S. detention facility for alleged enemy combatants. What many Americans don’t realize is that the base at Guantánamo was built over a century ago as the United States' first foreign military installation, and that it served many purposes before 2002 when it became a military prison for the "War on Terror." Join the conversation and the debate about Guantánamo with international experts Liz Sevchenko, Founding Director of the Guantánamo Bay Public Memory Project, and Michael Strauss, professor of international relations at Paris’ École des Hautes Études Internationales, as they explore Guantánamo Bay’s little-known past and the historical, legal and human rights implications of its present use for the U.S. and the world.

The exhibit and related programs are made possible with support from the Arts, Culture and Heritage Fund, voted into law by the people of Minnesota in 2008.

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