Past Programs & Events

Feb 12, 2015

Compostion and Compassion: Ethiopia and Rwanda Memory Transposed

Narration in Imagery, Poetry, and Prose

Amy Fagin is a U.S. based visual artist specializing in the traditional art form of manuscript illumination.  Her body of work has forged a meta-modernist contribution to the materials, techniques and theoretical principals used in manuscript illumination as a re-mediated visual art form for contemporary consideration.  She is author of Beyond Genocide; an emerging series of contemporary illuminations narrating a visual arts perspective on global historical legacies of genocide and mass annihilation.  Beyond Genocide is designed as a universally accessible visual arts experience.  Ms. Fagin is also an independent scholar in genocide studies and conducts research / seminars and advisory work on global initiatives of memory and memorialization through individual and collective arts expression and the museum experience.

Nov 20, 2014

The Department of Languages, Literature, and Cultures Invites You to Attend Its Inaugural Medical Humanities Lecture:

The Fantastic Laboratory of Dr. Weigl: How Two Brave Scientists Battled Typhus and Sabotaged the Nazis

Arthur Allen, currently editor at Politico's Pro eHealth, has decades of experience in journalism as a correspondent for The Associated Press. He covered the war in El Salvador for three years and was based in Germany in the 1990s. He is the author of Vaccine (Norton, 2007), a social and scientific history of vaccination, and Ripe (Counterpoint, 2011), a study of tomato breeding, genetics, and production

Presented with generous support from the Amesbury Endowment for Polish Language, Literature and Culture; the College of Natural Sciences; the Department of Biology; the Department of History; the Department of Judaic and Near Eastern Studies; the Department of Microbiology; and the Program in German and Scandinavian Studies.

Nov 12, 2014

Weaving the Memories of Others

A Reading and Conversation

Dr. Marjorie Agosín will read from I Lived in Butterfly Hill, the story of a valiant young girl transformed by the power of history as she faces dictator- ship and immigration with resilience. Explor- ing personal and public memory, it examines how we can weave the memories of others so they can became part of who we are.

Nov 5, 2014

Keren Katz's Talk on Comics and Graphic Novels in Israel

Keren Katz, Israeli cartoonist, poet, and comic historian, has spoken on the history of Israeli comics in the U.S. and Europe. A graduate of the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem (she studied with Israeli graphic novelis, Rutu Modan) and the MFA Illustration as Visual Essay program, School of Visual Arts NY, her illustrations have been published by New York Times, Brooklyn Rail, Scrawl Magazine and Seven Stories Press and she assisted Richard McGuire on the graphic novel Here, now on exhibit at the Morgan Library. This event is sponsored by the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, the Institute, and the Department of Judaic and Near Eastern Studies, and is free, accessible, and open to the public.

Nov 4, 2014

July 22nd and the Negotiation of Norwegian Memory of Terror

In this slide lecture, Tor Einar Fagerland, leader of a national research project on the 7/22 terror attacks in Oslo and Utoya, examines how Norway and the Youth Labor Party have worked to remember and rebuild after the unprecedented case of mass murder.

Tor Einar Fagerland is PhD (2006), Associate Professor (2009) and Chair
(2013) at the Department of History at the Norwegian University of Science
and Technology. He has written extensively on the Norwegian culture of
memory, and the handling of painful and ambiguous memories more
specifically. Since 2012 he has been the leader of the research project
"July 22 and the negotiation of Memory" which include renowned international
experts like James E. Young, Edward T. Linenthal and Alice Greenwald. In the
project he address the transition from different forms of semi- and
non-official and temporary commemorations of the terror attacks, and into an
ongoing nation-wide wave of new memorial sites and monuments. Fagerland has
been an advisor for the Art Selection Committee responsible for choosing the
national memorials commemorating the victims and the heroes of July 22, and
he was wrote part of the "Art Plan" for the international memorial
competition. At present he is the leader of an international Advisory Board
guiding the Labor Youth League in their attempt to return to Utøya and in
their search of finding ways of combining memory and new life at their now
scarred island.

On July 22 2011 a thirty-two year-old Norwegian fascist drove into the city
center of Oslo where he placed a car bomb at the government quarter. The
bomb went off at 3:25 pm killing eight people and wounding thirty others
severely. The office of Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg from the Labor Party
was badly damaged, and parts of the governmental quarter are to this day
still inaccessible. Thereafter the terrorist, Anders Behring Breivik, drove
to the tiny of Island Utøya, 38 kilometers outside Oslo. Here the annual
youth camp of the Labor Youth League was taking place, as it had done each
year since 1950. Dressed up as a police officer he was allowed to enter the
camp where he shortly after killed an unarmed police officer, the one person
being in charge of the security on the Island. The next hour the youth camp
was transformed into a nightmare where teenagers in hiding, or on the run,
were systematically tracked down and executed. Most of them were shot in the
head or in the face at close range. From 17.22 to 6:35 pm sixty-nine people,
mostly teenagers were murdered at Utøya. The two youngest victims were
fourteen years old.