Against Amnesia: Archives, Evidence, & Social Justice, the 2017-18 Obermann Humanities Symposium and Provost's Global Forum

Thursday, March 1, 2018 (All day) to Saturday, March 3, 2018 (All day)

It is essential to seize the power of archives and use it to hold institutional and government leaders accountable. All aspects of society should be documented, not simply those where power has traditionally resided.  —Randall Jimerson, "Archives for All: Professional Responsibility and Social Justice"

We often picture archives as rare documents and artifacts—precious and too often unseen collections that preserve our history. But increasingly, concerned citizens, as well as professionals, find themselves desperately grasping the present—tweets, websites, sounds, smells, blood, and bodies—before it vanishes or is furtively swept away. Archives expose past actions that buttress our current crises and hand us tools to dismantle barriers to justice. In our symposium and linked events, practicing archivists, engaged scholars, and interdisciplinary artists will share projects from guerrilla archiving of climate data to mining corporate records for evidence of organized violence. Join us for three days of lectures, panels, film screenings, and exhibits.

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