“Voices from Guantánamo”
“Voices from Guantánamo” is a three-part cultural event series, produced by UNCG Public History graduate students, that will take place at the International Civil Rights Center and Museum. This series accompanies the traveling exhibition, The Guantánamo Public Memory Project, which will be showcased at the museum from December 12, 2013-February 1, 2014.
“Behind the Cactus Curtain: Life at GTMO During the Cold War,”
Thursday, December 12, 2013, 7:00 p.m., International Civil Rights Center and Museum
Speakers include Catherine Chapman, a Navy dependent who lived at the base during the Cuban Missile Crisis; T. G. Daniel a Seabee, United States Navy Construction Battalion who served at GTMO 1956-1958; and Janice Spencer, a Navy dependent who lived at the base from 1966-1968.
How did Cold War tensions impact those who lived and worked at an American naval station that shared a border with communist Cuba? This panel will features three people who lived through this tumultuous time at the U.S. Naval Station at Guantánamo Bay.
“Severed Roots: The Cuban and Haitian Refugee Crises at GTMO,”
Thursday, January 9, 2014, 7:00 p.m., International Civil Rights Center and Museum
Speakers include Brigadier General George Walls; Dr. Holly Ackerman of the Library of Latin American, Iberian, and Latino Studies at Duke; Deborah Weissman of the UNC School of Law; and Jorge Del Rio, who fled Cuba in 1994 as a Balsero (rafter).
In the 1990s, thousands of Cuban and Haitian citizens fled political and economic hardships in their own countries by boarding makeshift rafts that they hoped would carry them to the shores of the U.S. Facing harsh weather conditions in unseaworthy boats, thousands were picked up by the U.S. Coast Guard and brought to the U.S. Naval Station at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. This program will explore the motivations refugees had for leaving their home countries, how the base handled the influx of refugees who were detained there as they awaited decisions on their asylum requests, the differences in treatment between Cuban and Haitian refugees, and the legal policies affecting these two groups.
"GTMO after 9/11: Detainees, Defense, and Legal Exception,"
Friday, January 31, 2014, 7:00 p.m., International Civil Rights Center and Museum
Speakers include Enrique Armijo of Elon School of Law; Gabriela McQuade of Duke School of Law's Guantánamo Defense Clinic; former Marine Tim Nichols; and Christina Cowger of NC Stop Torture Now.
Since 2002, the United States has detained suspected combatants in the “War on Terror” at the Guantánamo Bay Naval Station. Many observers allege that acts of torture and inadequate access to due process have made Guantánamo a “legal black hole.” Although President Obama vowed to close the base during his first term, 164 detainees remain at GTMO. How do we balance national security and human rights? Why has it proven so difficult to close GTMO? Legal experts, a former Marine intelligence officer, and an anti-torture activist will give their perspectives on U.S. detention policies in the wake of 9/11 and will explore what the future may hold for GTMO.
(HENDERSONVILLE, NC, October 15, 2013) – The world has changed dramatically over the past several years, directly impacting our local economy from the value of our homes to the value of our crops. These whirlwind changes on the economic and environmental front have profoundly affected many of our lifestyles. A special program is planned that looks at how our community and the larger world community have become more vulnerable and how we reclaim the self-reliance of the past.
Transition Hendersonville presents PREPARING FOR THE FUTURE BY RECLAIMING OUR SELF-RELIANCE, a forum featuring the world renowned expert on finance and energy Nicole Foss, New Zealand sustainability expert Laurence Boomert as well as a panel of local elders who have lived through many hard times and thrived. Local historian Jennie Jones Giles, a descendant of the original pioneers that settled Henderson County, will describe some of the early settlers’ skills and practices that might help us return to the self-reliant community we once were.
According to Foss, “Humanity stands on the edge of a precipice, which offers both incredible danger as well as unprecedented possibilities. Finance, energy, environment, resources and climate will all impact us, yet Hendersonville’s long, vibrant history of food and energy independence can offer us guidance as we prepare for the future.” The more we can tap into the past while finding newer pathways forward, the more secure our community’s future will be. Join us for what is sure to be a most informative and provocative conversation.
The forum will be held Thursday, November 7th at 7:00 PM at the Blue Ridge Conference Hall on the campus of Blue Ridge Community College. For more information about this forum, contact Transition Hendersonville at (828) 692-8062 or firstname.lastname@example.org. This program is co-sponsored by ECO, the Environmental and Conservation Organization, the Center for Cultural Preservation, Transition Asheville, Blue Ridge Community College and the North Carolina Humanities Council.
Appalachian State University with the support of the
North Carolina Humanities Council is proud to present
A series of free, public events coinciding with
The Department of Theatre and Dance's
production of an original play, Promises.
What is the Purpose of the Symposium?
To bring attention and recognition to the stories of the people who once populated the area now known as the North Shore.
What and Where is the North Shore?
The North Shore is an area of 44,000 acres of land, primarily from Swain County, that was incorporated into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park after the construction of Fontana Dam. The resulting reservoir inundated the highway that serviced several small towns and communities that once dotted the north shore of the Little Tennessee River. The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) constructed the dam in response to the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the United States' entry into World War II. The purpose was to provide electricity for the wartime production of aluminum at the Aloca plant located some 40 miles away in eastern Tennessee. At the time of construction, the dam was the 4th largest in the world. Today it remains the highest U.S. dam east of the Rocky Mountains.
What is a North Shore Decoration Day?
Contained within the North Shore area, now in Great Smoky Mountains, are over two-dozen cemeteries that families chose not to have relocated. The TVA and Swain County had an agreement that stated when the war ended and funds were made available that a north shore road would be rebuilt. The road was never completed and access to the cemeteries remained an insurmountable challenge for most families until 1978. At that time, the North Shore Cemetery Association (NSCA) was formed and with persistent lobbying succeeded in securing transportation assistance from the National Park Service (NPS). For the past 35 years, the NPS and the NSCA have cooperated to maintain the cemeteries and to provide an annual schedule of Sunday Decoration Days from late April to early October. Many of these trips involve families being ferried across Fontana Lake to the tributary creeks that were once their homes. The generation that left the North Shore in 1943-4 are now in their 80's but their families continue to honor the tradition of cemetery decorations.
None of the Above is a 3-year interdisciplinary, multimedia collaboration examining the intersection of race, poverty, education, and incarceration known as the “school-to-prison pipeline.” This community-based project investigates the school-to-prison pipeline from the multiple viewpoints of those caught in its pathway: students, teachers, administrators, school police officers, attorneys, juvenile justice officials, inmates and others.
How do current policies influence who succeeds in school? How do students, parents, and teachers measure or define success? What do these partners see as the purpose of public education? What effect does increased police presence have on learning? On attitudes toward our justice system? What role do public schools play in addressing and redressing social inequities? How do we support not only master teachers but master learners?
From poverty to racial bias to zero tolerance policies to high-stakes testing, the factors contributing to this pipeline are interconnected. For instance, statewide, there are 216 suspensions for every 1,000 students enrolled. In some North Carolina counties, the suspension rate is as high as 600 per 1,000 students. During 2005, more than 3,300 pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students were suspended. Why is the suspension rate in North Carolina 56% higher than the national average? In exploring the effects of suspensions on children, their families, and our community, one effect is certain: it increases our prison population. A high school dropout is almost 9 times more likely than a high school graduate to end up in jail or prison. North Carolina is also the only state that requires all children 16 and older be charged as adults, no matter the infraction and including school-related offenses.
Current public discourse contains little collective conversation from those affected by this pipeline. How can we create space for this conversation to take center stage so our policy actions align with our stated purpose? What changes can we make to avoid creating the worst-possible scenario for the very children who are not supposed to be “left behind”? None of the Above creates a safe forum where these diverse communities can examine complex issues and share the personal experiences that give rise to these difficult statistics. The project also offers a platform from which to communicate broadly the perspectives of those most affected by current policies and to use those perspectives to inform innovative solutions.
Final components include a stage performance; a touring, interactive exhibit; and enhanced-reality digital media that allow viewers to access these stories both physically and virtually.
Iranian Film Discussions and Lectures: The Iranian Cinema from 1960-2013 is a cinema studies project that will encompass the film produced during the 1970's in Iran, leading up to the Iranian Revolution of 1979 and their influence on Iran's independent cinema production today.
The War at Home is an exhibit recognizing the sesquicentennial of the United States Civil War. In an effort to remove the Civil War story from its traditional emphasis on battlefields, politics, and military tactics, The War at Home will convey the narrative from the perspective of communities so affected by the conflict. The towns of Winston and Salem were not unlike many Southern communities, and by focusing attention locally, we intend to engage our audience more thoroughly with the themes of place and voice, and encourage a better understanding of the city in which we live.
As part of Mount Vernon Baptist Church's 127th anniversary, Mount Vernon Community Development Corporation will present , "The Historical Role of the Black church in the South Durham Community of Hayti, " a discussion of the past and present role of the Black church in Durham and nationwide. Dr Beverly Jones will discuss the legacy of the Black church. Reverend Gary V. Simpson will present a contemporary perspective of the Black church. In additon, scholars Dr. Percy Muray and Min. Luke E. Powery will also offer thoughts and particpate in this examination of the Black church.
BOOKMARKS Festival of Books is the largest annual free-to-the-public literary festival in North Carolina. The 2013 Festival will be held on September 6-7 in the Downtown Arts District of Winston-Salem. Over 30 local, regional and nationally renowned authors, illustrators, storytellers, and chefs, including storyteller Bill Harley and author Isabel Allende, will participate in presentations, panel discussions, book signings, and workshops geared to all ages.
The North Carolina Folklife Institute and the North Carolina Folklore Society, in collaboration with UNC-Chapel Hill’s Department of American Studies, will host the 2013 Statewide Traditional Arts Summit and Folklife Celebration, September 26-28 in Carrboro, NC. Traditional artists, cultural organizations, academic programs, working folklorists, arts councils, and local documentarians from across the state will come together to train, equip, teach, exhibit, and perform traditional folkways from all across the state.
In honor of the 25th anniversary of James Baldwin’s death, the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, and the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, the Maysles Institute has launched the James Baldwin Transmedia Project. The project seeks to restore, enhance, and digitize the award-winning documentary James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket, along with hosting public programing throughout North Carolina with scholars Maya Angelou and Randell Kenan, and the rebroadcast of the new documentary on WUNC-TV.
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