Guantánamo Public Memory Project

University of West Florida Students Collect Stories of Past GTMO Residents

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A team of students at the University of West Florida ask: “Should memories of the past residents be part of the current dialogue surrounding GTMO?”

An article recently published in Connection, a magazine of the University of West Florida, interviewed UWF students and former residents of Guantánamo about their involvement in the Guantánamo Public Memory Project.

Professor Patrick Moore led the team of students as they collected stories from former GTMO residents to contribute to the Project. As Sarah McCartan, the author of the article, explains:

“These thousands of men and women have not been presented an outlet in which to publicly share their stories, that is, until now. Thanks to a network of university students from around the country, their memories are being developed into stories that are being shared as a part of the continuing dialogue surrounding the current state and undetermined future of Guantánamo.”

The students also developed a panel on the importance of remembering the century-long history of Guantánamo for the traveling exhibit, which is currently on display at Rutgers University – New Brunswick. At the outset of their presentation the students ask: “Should memories of the past residents be part of the current dialogue surrounding GTMO?”

Feel free to respond to their question in the comments section below.

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One Comment to: University of West Florida Students Collect Stories of Past GTMO Residents

June 16, 2014 10:51 pmBarbara O'Neill wrote:

Yes personal stories should be published! We were the Gitmo Life. What makes it special is the lifestyle and lifelong friendships we cherish to this day! It is NOT ALL about the prisoners as I have seen in your documentation.

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