Guantánamo Public Memory Project

A Reflection on “Guantánamo Bay: The Hunger Strikes”

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Since enrolling in my current public history course at the University of Minnesota, I have been working with peers to connect Guantánamo Naval Base to a local site here in Minnesota. The Guantánamo Public Memory Project’s traveling exhibit came to St. Paul, MN, in February 2014, and we were looking forward to sharing our work.…

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This Week in Guantánamo: 2014 and 2007

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April 3, 2014: The U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee voted to declassify the 480-page executive summary of a much larger report on the detention and interrogation program started by the C.I.A. after 9/11. The report has been called both comprehensive and controversial for the level of insight it claims to offer into C.I.A. activities at Guantánamo…

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Bringing our exhibit to Istanbul

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Our traveling exhibit opens in Istanbul on April 4. This will be the first full residency for the exhibit outside of the U.S. Our collaborators wrote this introduction to their vision for the project. The exhibit is situated within a larger project titled “Compressed: Guantánamos” that puts the Guantánamo Public Memory Project into conversation with…

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Advocacy Groups and their Compatibility

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In the early 1990s, AIDS was still formidable, frightening, and under-researched. The United States government and the Center for Disease Control maintained that being Haitian was a risk factor for HIV/AIDS. This policy was based upon racism and fear, not scientific evidence, but it influenced public perceptions of both the Haitian community and HIV/AIDS. And…

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Reluctance to Remember the Past: Children in Guantánamo

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While uncovering the experience of Haitian unaccompanied minors held at Guantánamo Bay during the refugee crisis in the early 1990s, I found it difficult to face the unresolved legacy that the detention left these children. Many of refugee children suffered a range of psychological issues as a result of the traumas of their ordeal. Consequently,…

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The Impact of HIV on the The Haitian Refugee Crisis

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People fear what they do not understand. Few things were less understood or more feared in the late ’80′s than HIV. Though everyone knew that HIV killed, how it spread was still unclear to many Americans. How long it stayed dormant before turning into AIDS was still unknown to most doctors. So little was known…

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“At Times It’s Best Not to Open a Jar” – Conflict in Extracting Memories?

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Throughout my experience contributing to the Guantánamo Public Memory Project, I often found myself considering the contradictions of attempting to capture memories regarding a time and a place that many people who experienced it firsthand do not wish to remember. In discussing the guiding principles of the Guantánamo Public Memory Project, the project website asks…

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University of Minnesota Digital Projects

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Why and how is the U.S. Naval Station at Guantánamo, both historically and at present, relevant to Minnesota audiences?  In fall 2013, in anticipation of the opening of the GPMP exhibition at the Minnesota History Center, an interdisciplinary group of graduate students at the University of Minnesota created interactive digital public history projects that explore…

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This Week in Guantánamo: 2014 and 1992

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March 1, 2014: Former GTMO detainee Moazzam Begg was remanded in custody in the U.K., after being arrested on suspicion of providing terrorism training and funding in Syria. Begg spent three years at GTMO, and was released in 2005. Feb 28, 1992: The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill to prevent the forced return…

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Obtaining Refugee Voices: In Whose Interest Does the GPMP Act?

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While researching for and carrying out this project, one of the major ethical concerns I encountered was the issue of speaking for another person or group. Although one of the Guantánamo Public Memory Project’s main goals is to allow people to relate their own memories of Guantánamo, I found that such personal memories are incredibly difficult…

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About GPMP

A look at the past, present, and future of the Guantánamo Public Memory Project.

Guantanamology

Excavating GTMO’s hidden histories in the Guantánamo Public Memory Project Archive

National Dialogue and Traveling Exhibit

Students and communities explore GTMO's history and debate its implications in a traveling exhibit.

Reflection + Action

What does GTMO's history suggest about what to do now? Add your take.

This Week in Guantánamo: Present and Past

Today's breaking news in historical perspective.

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