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NYU Shanghai IMA Students Work on Display – Infinite Dimensions

Four selected Interactive Media Arts (IMA) student projects—from an interactive digital fountain to a color-changing constellation—were displayed at the Shanghai MixC Mall in Minhang district as special part of the “INFINITE: Dimensions In Digital Age And Beyond” exhibition on Saturday. This was the first public unveiling of their projects. 

Titled INFINITE·New Born, the exhibition is a collaboration between NYU Shanghai IMA, Shanghai Film, Radio&TV Production and MixC Mall, aiming to facilitate wider public access to works by emerging new media artists. The four IMA students also served as curation and design committee members of the exhibition.

As one of the most influential new media arts exhibitions in Shanghai, “INFINITE: Dimensions In Digital Age And Beyond” hosts a variety of digital and immersive artworks that explore the idea of expansiveness and infinite possibilities, including a visual-sound installation by IMA Resident Research Fellow Cici Liu that depicts the cycle of humans, information, coding, and machine.

“IMA students are challenged to create, as well as to think critically about technology in order to bring meaning and delight to people’s lives,” said Assistant Arts Professor Antonius Wiriadjaja at the opening ceremony. “As an arts professor, there is no greater honor than seeing students put forth their vision into the world.”

The exhibition will conclude on March 22. Here is a glimpse into the students’ featured works and what inspired them:

“Fading Illusion” By Wang Zihe ‘18

Wang Zihe’s artwork is an exploration of generative art and computer music. The visual pattern is based on the analysis of real-time music and aims to show a familiar environment having many possibilities through visual snapshots that are fleeting and one-time. 

“I developed an interest in music at a very young age but never really pursued it. Now, I want to take advantage of my knowledge in computer programming and apply it to music,” Wang said.

“Terrain” By He Fangqing ‘20

He Fangqing’s Terrain aims to explore the possibilities of romantic daydreams brought into the context of daily life, with four scenes: mountains, moon, sunset, and a crystal ball.

“When I was younger, I had a snow globe with a Christmas tree inside, which inspired my current artwork to be both realistic and fictional: realistic in that each scene I recreated was from my childhood memories and yet fictionalized with creativity and imagination,” said He.

“Constellation” By Zhao Nan ‘18

Zhao Nan managed to create an interactive and vivid constellation through the reading of a Bagua graph (the fundamental principles of reality represented through eight Taoist symbols), combined with creative coding.

“I have always been fascinated by the movements of the stars and the Law of Attraction. I thought the 12 zodiacs were not enough and lacked individuality. That’s why my artwork  has an infinite number of constellations, allowing each individual to define themselves.

“The Sound Of Poseidon” By Zhang Chuyi ‘20

The Sound of Poseidon brings sound and water movement together. It is a set of 3D musical fountains that visualize sound and music by changing the color, movement, and oscillation of several particle systems (as water drops). There are six different types of fountains in total, of which different combinations have various visual effects.

“I was inspired by the Dubai Fountain which was visually stunning. However, I also felt it lacked music and interaction, so I programmed a digital fountain that ‘mingled’ with any sound input,” Zhang said.


This post comes to us from NYU Shanghai and was written by Huang Shuo ’21. You can find the original here.

New Media….Old Tricks: New 7-part talk series at NYU Prague

NYU Prague Professor Dinah Spritzer with YouTuber Kovy.

Rosie Johnston is a high-energy PhD student who is spending this year in Prague researching 1950s Czechoslovak radio propaganda.   A few months ago, she and Czech TV journalist Tereza Willoughby were talking about how the world has changed in the age of new media.  But their conversation made both of them start to wonder just how much politics and the manipulation of media really have really changed since the early days of radio.  “People were worried about radio as a new technology in 30s and 40s.  I’m not sure if we are in a historically unique era,” explains Rosie.

Normally a conversation like this would be over once the bill was paid in the cafe.    But Rosie, who has organized several conferences at NYU Prague, shared it with Associate Director Thea Favaloro, and together they decided to keep it going with a 7-part talk series aimed at Czech and American students.

“We wanted to create a forum where academics would talk with people from outside the Ivory Tower – journalists, novelists, film makers, Youtubers,” explained Rosie.  “This is a project about dialogue, speaking across generations, across nationalities.”   Because all of the lectures are about one theme, the hope is that people will attend on a regular basis – sharing ideas, making contacts.  The series is designed to attract NYU Prague faculty – several of whom are on the panels – and their students, as well as young people from the Prague community.

NYU Prague Director and Professor Jiri Pehe speaking about the responsibility of the media in a democracy.

The first session featured seasoned academic and NYU Prague Director Jiri Pehe who met with Karel Kovar (“Kovy”), the most popular Czech vlogger who has become a political commentator for the youngest generation.  Dinah Spritzer, a journalist teaching international reporting at NYU Prague, moderated the event.

Academics from universities outside the Czech Republic are also participating.  Carolyn Birdsall from the University of Amsterdam will talk about soundscapes of Nazi Germany; she’ll be joined by David Vaughan, a journalist and author of a book about the failure of Czech Radio to counter Hitler’s propaganda in 1938.  Dean Vuletic – professor at the University of Vienna who spent a semester at NYU Prague as a graduate student in 2003 – will talk about pop music’s effect on the politics of postwar Europe.  Keynote speaker Kathryn Cramer Brownell from Purdue University will have the final lecture about the rise of the celebrity politician, outlined in her book Showbiz Politics: Hollywood in American Politics.

The series is also partnering with One World, Prague’s most popular film documentary festival.  Kim Longinotto, award-winning British film director well known for her advocacy of  women’s rights, will present her latest film, Dreamcatcher, about the trafficking of women in Chicago.  The film will be followed by a Q&A, in which Longinotto will speak about how documentary film can do activist work.

So far, the series has attracted wide interest from an audience of varied backgrounds.  “At the first discussion with Jiri Pehe and Kovy, the best question came from someone about 12 years old who asked whether Zeman or Babis is more of a threat to democracy…   Despite all discussions of generational divide, we are all worried about the same things”.  


New Media….Old Tricks Series

January 30, 17:00  Political Commentary Today –  Jiří Pehe & Kovy

February 6, 17:00 – The Migrant Crisis in the European Press – Salim Murad

February 27, 17:00 – Radio and Nazism – Carolyn Birdsall & David Vaughan

March 6, 19:45 – Documentary as Activism – Film Screening + Discussion (in partnership with One World Festival): Kim Longinotto

April 10, 17:00 – Media & Constitutional Democracy – Discussion: Jiří Přibáň

April 17, 17:00 – The Politics of Eurovision – Dean Vuletic

May 9, 17:00 – Showbiz Politics – Kathryn Cramer Brownell


Promoting Entrepreneurship at NYU Abu Dhabi – startAD and Etihad Airways Partner to Develop Entrepreneurship Ecosystem

A new strategic partnership will focus on growing entrepreneurship initiatives across the UAE. Etihad Airways and NYU Abu Dhabi-based innovation and entrepreneurship platform startAD have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to develop the entrepreneurship ecosystem in the UAE through the exchange of knowledge, expertise and training.

The agreement was signed by Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways Chief Executive Officer, and Ramesh Jagannathan, Managing Director of startAD and Vice Provost for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at NYU Abu Dhabi, in a ceremony held at the Etihad Headquarters.

Through the Venture Launchpad, startAD will provide Etihad Airways early access to high calibre startups in the key focus areas of the airline. The startAD Venture Launchpad program is able to identify early stage technology startups and help them to develop a scalable, repeatable and capital efficient business model that culminates in an investor day where finalists pitch their ventures to investors. Startups can apply to the program by visiting

Mr Jagannathan said: “As Abu Dhabi and the UAE embark on the momentous journey of transforming the region into a global entrepreneurial economic powerhouse, startAD is committed to help in building the national innovation capacity.  Through this partnership, Etihad and startAD will further strengthen the UAE innovation ecosystem and accelerate global innovation in aviation.”

As a result of this partnership, Etihad Airways will offer domain knowledge and expertise on matters of aviation, big data, logistics, and cargo transportation to startups enrolled with startAD, disrupting the legacy approach in aviation and related domains.  Experts from Etihad will mentor startup teams at the Venture Launchpad program, Beyond the Pitch program and startAD ADvance.

Mr Baumgartner said: “Etihad is committed to driving innovation. It is part of our DNA, our brand and our customer promise. We are also ultimately committed to foster innovation in partnership – creating an innovation ecosystem with Abu Dhabi and UAE entities.

“startAD is an ideal platform for us to plug into to get access to inspiration and capability, a platform that allows us to make sure projects are carried through to something that creates innovation and intellectual property as competitive advantage for the airline, for Abu Dhabi and for all stakeholders. It’s about acting as a catalyst for how Abu Dhabi Inc. should come together with its stakeholders and institutions to jointly create innovation that strongly supports the destination’s masterplan.”

The MoU is set to further develop the local entrepreneurship ecosystem by encouraging mutual access to training initiatives between the two organisations. startAD will provide access to entrepreneurship skills development to mentors and advisors from Etihad Airways.

Startups that align with the airline’s areas of focus will also be provided with the opportunity to connect with Etihad Airways’ comprehensive network of professionals, firms and partner institutions, while innovation and entrepreneurship initiatives by Etihad Airways will receive consultation on design and organisation from startup professionals at startAD, including the provision of hackathons, festivals, panel discussions, and conferences for entrepreneurship.


This post comes to us from NYU Abu Dhabi, the original can be found here.

NYU Sydney Screens Film Featuring Research of Biology Instructor Sean Blamires

On Wednesday 7 March NYU Sydney will be screening ‘Sixteen Legs’ an award-winning behind-the-scenes glimpse of the effort required to tell a natural history story with 7 years of filming, 27 years of scientific research and over 250 million years of evolutionary detail. The film features research conducted by NYU Sydney biology instructor Sean Blamires.

This is a nature documentary like no other. Featuring Neil Gaiman alongside appearances by Stephen Fry, Tara Moss, Adam Hills, and Mark Gatiss, and with a score co-written and performed by Kate Miller-Heidke, it will premiere in Sydney on 18 March.

In a special presentation of the short film, followed by a Q&A, the film’s co-director and writer will showcase how everything hinged on capturing one key sequence: the kinky mating of giant prehistoric spiders the size of a dinner-plate. Journey into a shadowy world of strange rock formations to meet animals that outlasted the dinosaurs, survived the splitting of the continents and that have endured the entirety of human civilisation in Australia’s deepest caves.

NYU Accra Hosts Symposium on Chronic Kidney Disease

On February 8, NYU Accra hosted a Symposium on Chronic Kidney Disease. Working with NYU College of Public Health, the symposium brought together scholars and researchers from the NYU community, the NYU School of Public Health, University of Ghana, Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, Ghana’s Ministry of Health, Ghana Health Services, Midwives and Nurses Council of Ghana, the Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons as well as public health practitioners to deliberate on the prevalence of chronic kidney disease.

The vision for the symposium was to focus on the social, cultural, and public health aspects of the growing burden of chronic kidney disease in Ghana and West Africa. It has been suggested that the increase in the incidence of this disease is due to untreated hypertension and some lifestyle choices. All this sounds frightening considering the local context of limited availability and enormous expense of dialysis – the current mode of treatment for kidney failure which currently plagues about 10-15% of people with high blood pressure in Ghana. NYU Accra has a tradition of local and engagement and the question NYU Accra posed was: How can NYU, a global university with a presence in Ghana, assist in reducing the rate of incidence and in finding alternative treatment options if there are any? Particularly, how can we put heads together to understand the social determinants of this growing burden, its impact on families, the relevance of health-seeking behaviors as well as the role of culture in understanding the growing burden of this disease?

The awareness of local needs and a desire for constructive engagement was the foundation for this symposium, but it also allowed diverse NYU faculty to build relationships with each other as well as with local peers. NYU faculty in the College of Global Public Health and the School of Medicine have been involved in research and training of local medical staff and faculty in West Africa, particularly in Ghana, for several years. This event leveraged their existing networks and strengthened those relationships. It also allowed the second cohort of Cross Continental MPH students from the College of Global Public Health currently at NYU Accra and the local NYU Accra public health faculty to deepen their connections and strengthen their networks.

The symposium involved a full day of discussion and the dynamic exchange of ideas. The participants found it to be a great success. 



Thursday 8th February 2018

8:30am – 3:30pm

J.H.K. Nketia Hall,
Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana, Legon

8:30 – 9:00am

Arrival and Registration


Opening Prayer

9:05 – 9:30am

Welcome, Introductions


Purpose of Meeting, Goals and Objectives

PROF. OLUGBENGA OGEDEGBE (Global health/Population Health, NYU)

Overview of non-communicable disease burden, including but not limited to chronic kidney disease, in Ghana and in Sub-Saharan Africa. Understand the human experience, the critical issues for population health, and the professional and societal needs to define and advance new approaches here.


(Emergency Medicine, NYU/KBTH)





Topics for Larger Group Discussion:

§ What is the health system and societal burden of CKD?

§ What are the consequences for individuals, families, communities and institutions?

§ What are the challenges in developing diagnostic and treatment plans?

10:45 -11:00am


9:30 -10:45am


Purpose: Describe the impact of the CKD crisis on health and healthcare in Ghana from patient and hospital healthcare workers’ perspectives.

11:00 -12:30am


Purpose: Analyze current challenges and strategies from broader existential, organizational, and public health perspectives.

2:00pm – 3:15pm

LOOKING FORWARD: What can we, as a multidisciplinary group of stakeholders, do to strengthen health and healthcare systems for CKD management?

Purpose: Foster discussion on short and longer term outcomes, objectives, and strategies


(Population Health, UG)

PROF. OLUGBENGA OGEDEGBE (Global health/Population Health, NYU)


DR. KAJIRU KILONZO (Nephrology, KCMC, Tanzania)


(Nephrology, Queen’s University, Canada)

Topics for Larger Group Discussion:

§ What are the strategies to improve prevention, detection, and management of CKD?

§ What ethical and operational concerns need be considered?

§ How have the financial and policy implications and debates been developed?

12:30pm – 2pm



(Emergency Medicine, NYU)


Topics for Larger Group Discussion:

§ What is most needed now to advance CKD management and health in Ghana?

§ What can be done to enhance early detection and risk mitigation in the population?

§ What can be done to enhance quality of life for patients, and their families, who have progressive and/or late stage disease?

3:15pm – 3:30pm

Concluding Remarks

Closing Prayer


NYU Washington, DC Hosts event on Policing, Profiling, and Human Rights in the Age of Big Data

On March 1, NYU Washington, DC is hosting a dynamic panel relating to big data and rights implications. Big data has produced big change. As anyone with a phone knows, technology has exploded – and created startling amounts of data about our lives. How is this information tracked and stored, and how does that affect our rights? Algorithms trained on big data have transformed law enforcement and social services. Cash-strapped governments have proven especially eager to use automated tools. Some claim to predict crime “hot spots” and even individuals at risk. Others recommend whether to detain or release defendants before trial. And some assign children to schools and families to shelters. All these automated computing tools today play a larger role than ever before.

Fans praise these as better than fallible human judgment. But do they live up to their promise? How to judge claims by the companies who stand to make money off them? Can we really achieve transparency and efficiency? Do big data tools, as some charge, simply reinforce class and race prejudice under the guise of objectivity? Can these systems be harnessed for good? And how can affected communities gain control over how data is used and packaged?

Join the NYU Brademas Center and the Brennan Center for a discussion on the use of big data in social welfare, policing, and criminal justice, and its impact on marginalized communities. 


Tamika Lewis, Organizer, Our Data Bodies – Tamika Lewis is a community researcher for the Our Data Bodies Project, an international research project that is examining the impacts of data-based technologies on marginalized communities and their ability to meet their basic human needs. Tamika has spent the last five years in North Carolina conducing needs based assessments to help support and strengthen statewide organizing infrastructure, focusing primary on developing collaborative civic engagement efforts that prioritize youth, women, and LGB, queer and trans people of color. Overall, they have passion for using data analytics and mapping to support local initiatives, develop local youth leadership, and secure resources to advance and unify local efforts. Tamika holds degree in Social Work and an MS in the Studies of Creativity, with a concentration in Program Development from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Rachel Levinson-Walman, Senior Counsel, Brennan Center’s Liberty and National Security Program – Rachel Levinson-Waldman serves as Senior Counsel to the Brennan Center’s Liberty and National Security Program, which seeks to advance effective national security policies that respect constitutional values and the rule of law. Ms. Levinson-Waldman is active on issues related to policing and technology, including providing commentary on law enforcement access to social media, predictive policing, body cameras, license plate readers, and other types of surveillance technologies deployed in public. Most recently, Ms. Levinson-Waldman published an article in the Emory Law Review on the intersection of the Fourth Amendment and a range of surveillance technologies, titled Hiding in Plain Sight: A Fourth Amendment Framework for Analyzing Government Surveillance in Public. Ms. Levinson-Waldman has also authored a Brennan Center report, What the Government Does with Americans’ Data, on the federal government’s use, sharing, and retention of non-criminal information about Americans for law enforcement and national security purposes. 

Ms. Levinson-Waldman regularly comments for television, radio, and print on issues relating to national security, privacy, and surveillance. Her writing has been featured in publications including Bloomberg ViewThe New RepublicWiredThe AtlanticThe Daily BeastU.S. News & World Report, and, and she has been interviewed for Al Jazeera, Nerding Out, and Let Your Voice Be Heard, among others.    

Prior to joining the Brennan Center, Ms. Levinson-Waldman served as counsel to the American Association of University Professors (AAUP), focusing particularly on matters related to academic freedom and the First Amendment. Previously, she served as a Trial Attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, litigating matters under the Fair Housing Act.

Ms. Levinson-Waldman is a graduate of Williams College and the University of Chicago Law School, and clerked for the Honorable M. Margaret McKeown of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Cornell William Brooks, Senior Fellow, Brennan Center for Justice – Cornell William Brooks is a fourth-generation ordained minister, widely-experienced civil rights attorney, and national activist committed to prophetic social justice. Mr. Brooks serves as Senior Fellow at the Brennan Center, addressing both criminal justice and voting rights. He was recently named Visiting Professor of Social Ethics, Law and Justice Movements at Boston University, hosted by both the School of Theology and the School of Law.  Mr. Brooks also serves as Visiting Fellow with the Institute of Politics at Harvard University, directing the program on campaigns and advocacy (Fall 2017) and Senior Research Scholar at Yale Law School (Spring 2018).  He previously served as the 18th President and CEO of the NAACP.  Rev. Brooks led the organization in securing 11 legal victories against voter suppression in 12 months; a dramatic increase in the level, visibility and breadth of grassroots activism; high profile opposition to civil rights violations through testimony before the U.S. Senate, engaging/confronting the White House, and using mass civil disobedience; rapid expansion in the number, diversity, and youth of new membership; developing new programs, including a pioneering social impact investing initiative; as well as raising $80 million in new support. He is a regular Contributor for CNN, providing analysis of public affairs, as well as social justice and ethics.

Andrew Guthrie Ferguson, Professor of Law, University of the District of Columbia’s David A. Clarke School of Law; author, The Rise of Big Data Policing: Surveillance, Race, and the Future of Law Enforcement – Professor Ferguson joined the law faculty in 2010. He was granted tenure and promoted to the rank of Full Professor in 2015. His articles have appeared in the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, the California Law Review, the Northwestern Law Review, the University of Southern California Law Review, the Notre Dame Law Review, and the Emory Law Journal.

Professor Ferguson’s book Why Jury Duty Matters: A Citizen’s Guide to Constitutional Action (NYU Press) is the first book written for jurors on jury duty. (Book Review). He stars in the “Welcome To Jury Duty Video” in D.C. Superior Court seen by more than 30,000 citizens annually.

His legal commentary has been featured in numerous media outlets, including CNN, NPR, The Economist, the Washington Post, USA Today, the ABA Journal, The Atlantic (digital), The Huffington Post, and other national and international newspapers, magazines, and media sites.

Professor Ferguson twice received the “Outstanding Faculty Award” for teaching.

Prior to joining the law faculty, Professor Ferguson worked as a supervising attorney at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia. As a public defender for seven years, he represented adults and juveniles in serious felony cases ranging from homicide to misdemeanor offenses. In addition to participating as lead counsel in numerous jury and bench trials, he argued cases before the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. Before joining the Public Defender Service, Professor Ferguson was awarded the E. Barrett Prettyman Fellowship at the Georgetown Law Center’s Criminal Justice Clinic. For two years as a Prettyman Fellow, he taught and supervised third-year clinical students involved in the criminal justice clinic. Immediately after graduating from law school, he clerked for the Honorable Chief Judge Carolyn Dineen King of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Professor Ferguson is involved in developing constitutional education projects in the Washington D.C. area. He is co-author of Youth Justice in America (CQ Press 2005, 2014), a textbook for high school students on their rights under the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, and Eighth Amendments to the United States Constitution. He is on the Board of Directors of the Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop, a non-profit organization that teaches creative writing and poetry to juvenile defendants charged as adults in the District of Columbia.

NYU Prague Hosts Talk on the Russian Revolution in American Feminism, 1905-1945

On 26 February, NYU Prague will host a talk by Julia Mickenberg on the Russian Revolution in American Feminism, 1905 – 1945.

Many of us have heard about the vogue of Paris and France after the First World War, but few know about the exodus to Moscow and the Soviet Union in the 1920s and 1930s, or the particular appeal of revolutionary Russia to American women in revolt. In fact, by the early 1930s, so many “American girls” had come “barging into the Red capital” in search of jobs, adventures, or husbands, that news articles were being published on the subject. This talk will provide an overview of American women’s love affair with Russia from 1905 to 1945: from their admiration and empathy for the female revolutionaries who challenged the Czar; to their attempts to re-envision domestic life, romantic relationships, and work using Soviet models; to their efforts to embody and perform revolutionary selves in a context supposedly free of racism and anti-Semitism. A century after the Russian Revolution, what does the forgotten story of “American Girls in Red Russia” tell us about where we’ve been and who we are now?

NYU Sydney Writing Lecturer Tim Ferguson Stages First Art Exhibition

NYU Sydney Lecturer Tim Ferguson, who teaches Comedy Writing to Tisch students in the Spring semester is staging his first art exhibition on Sunday 18 February at the Campbell Project Space.

The is the first 2018 Sunday arvo art event, a a regular program in the space. It features the premiere of a suite of artwork by Tim Ferguson. Tim is a well known Australian comedian and member of the comedy trio Doug Anthony All-Stars. A screenwriter, filmmaker and teacher of comedy screenwriting at NYU Sydney, Tim’s first exhibition of artwork is entitled ‘Gatherings’.

Tim explains, “I’ve nicknamed this genre ‘Disruptive Art’. As Uber is to taxis, disruptive art serves some of art’s functions without adhering to its more common forms. Disruptive art doesn’t wait at the ranks. It’s had no instruction. It borrowed it’s license from it’s sister.

“I deliberately place the joyous alongside the dark, the melancholic by the tortured, the lofty beside the dumb-ass. Each character is a world unto themselves, with no obvious casual link. Such is life.

“I hope the pictures are fun to look at, with fresh discoveries in every viewing. Or at least, an endlessly repeating fresh discovery.”

NYU Florence Expores Museums, Memory and Politics: Educating about “Difficult Knowledge”

How do museums serve as sites of memory? What is at stake in the politics of representation and education? Our guests will discuss these issues looking specifically at the 9/11 Memorial Museum in New York; the Civil and Human Rights Center in Atlanta, Georgia; the Memorial to the 1968 My Lai Massacre in Vietnam; and the Museum of Deportation near Florence, Italy.

The NYU Florence La Pietra Dialogues. will explore these themes and more on 19 February. Program details below.

6:00 pm Introduction. ´Politics and Memory: Staging a Public History of the Civil Rights Movement: The Center for Civil and Human Rights, Atlanta, Georgia´. Joyce Apsel, Professor, Liberal Studies, New York University.

6.05 Museums, Memory and Politics: Educating about “Difficult Knowledge”

´Dialoguing with the Site of Oppression, From Practices of Mourning to the Politics of Reconciliation: The Twinning of Prato and Ebensee and the Museum of Deportation´Davide Lombardo, NYU Florence

´Memory Politics in the National September 11 Memorial Museum´. Amy Sodaro, Associate Professor of Sociology, Borough of Manhattan Community College, City University of New York

´Memorial to the 1968 My Lai Massacre in Vietnam: A Paradigm for Bearing Witness to the Inhuman´. Roy Tamashiro, Professor, Multidisciplinary Studies Department, Webster University (USA)

7:00 Q&A

Politics and Memory: Staging a Public History of the Civil Rights Movement: The Center for Civil and Human Rights, Atlanta, Georgia

Joyce Apsel introduces the concept of politics of memory in the context of the last decades’ museum memory boom and its link to the politics of education. Her presentation focuses on how the U.S. civil rights movement is remembered in the Civil and Human Rights Centre in Atlanta, Georgia. Through interactive displays and staging, the Centre attempts to balance depiction of the sacrifice, struggle and martyrdom against segregation, lynching and other forms of racism with a message to inspire activism and hope today.

Dialoguing with the Site of Oppression, From Practices of Mourning to the Politics of Reconciliation: The Twinning of Prato and Ebensee and the Museum of Deportation

Davide Lombardo looks at the unexpected story of the twinning of the Italian city of Prato and the city of Ebensee in Austria and the result: the Museum of Deportation in Figline di Prato near the site of an execution of partisans. Italy is a country where there is a long history of the practice of top-down politics of memory, from the celebration of Risorgimento for Nation building purposes, to the Fascist appropriation of the First World War, The museum in Figline di Prato is Recon an example of recent politics of memory founded on grass root activism on the part of ex deportees at Mauthausen, Their early vision of the need of a politics of reconciliation resulted in 1987 in the twinning of the city of Prato with the town of Ebensee in Austria.

Memory Politics in the National September 11 Memorial Museum

Amy Sodaro, author of the recently published Exhibiting Atrocity: Memorial Museums and the Politics of Past Violence, provides a comparative global analysis of how politics influence the depiction of past violence. Her presentation discusses the National September 11 Memorial Museum in New York City situating the site within the broader “memorial landscape.”

Memorial to the 1968 My Lai Massacre in Vietnam: A Paradigm for Bearing Witness to the Inhuman

Dr. Roy Tamashiro explores how the Sơn Mỹ Memorial and Museum in Vietnam memorializes the 1968 Mỹ Lai Massacre. He describes how the museum provides space for reflection and bearing witness to the profound suffering in the Massacre. Facing the inhuman at the museum then provides the opportunity for transformative learning, for personal and societal healing, and for reclamation of human dignity.

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