“Guantánamo” has become an international symbol of the United States’ War on Terror and a lightning rod for debates about torture, detention, national security, and human rights. But the US naval station at Guantánamo Bay – also known by its military acronym “GTMO” or its nickname, “Gitmo” – was part of American politics and policy for a century before 9-11. And it has been “closed” several times, only to be put to new use. How was GTMO used before? How does that shape what could — and should — happen next?
From 2011-12, students at 11 universities around the country asked: what can GTMO’s history tell us about what’s happening now – there, and here at home? They dug through historical archives; talked to people who worked there, lived there, were detained there, or advocated for those who were; and explored how GTMO relates to issues, people, and places in their own community.
The result is a nationally-traveling public exhibit on Guantánamo that is coming to Rutgers University, New Brunswick on February 19, 2013. Please see our schedule of events to see the exhibit and join the national dialogue!
See the Exhibit
February 18 – March 29, 2013, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, Douglass Library Atrium
If you are teaching a course and are interested in visiting the exhibit, please email Andy Urban at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a guided tour.
Join the National Dialogue
Poetic Justice: The Shades of Guantánamo
Mabel Smith Douglass Reading Room, Douglass Library
Organized and performed by Rutgers undergraduate students, “Poetic Justice” uses art, poetry, oral histories, and legal testimony from GTMO to highlight the voices of detainees at the base.
Alexander Library Teleconference/Lecture Hall, 4th Floor
Confirmed speakers for the conference include:
Baher Azmy, Center for Constitutional Rights
Elizabeth Campisi, SUNY Albany
David Carlson, University of Texas, Pan American
Jonathan Hansen, Harvard University
Jana Lipman, Tulane University
Naomi Paik, University of Texas, Austin
Jerry Philogene, Dickinson College
Elena Razlogova, Concordia University, Montréal
Liz Sevcenko, Guantánamo Public Memory Project
Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs
Critical Caribbean Studies Initiative
Department of American Studies
Department of Art History, Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies Program
Department of History
Office for Academic and Public Partnerships in the Arts and Humanities
Office of the Dean of Humanities
Office of the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
Office of Undergraduate Academic Affairs
Rutgers University Libraries
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