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  • Spain's Memory Movement: Exhumations, Memory, and the Return of Civil War Ghosts in Spain

    Francisco Ferrandiz, Spanish National Research Council (CSIC)

    Reframing Mass Violence: Human Rights and Social Memory in Latin America and Southern Europe.

    Thursday, May 8
    3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    1-109 Herbert M Hanson, Jr Hall

    Since 2000, the exhumation of mass graves from the Spanish Civil War and the Post-War years, mostly involving the largely abandoned graves of civilians killed in the Francoist rearguard by paramilitary groups, has become a central element in contemporary social and political debates in the country about the nature of the armed conflict and the dictatorial regime following it. Although exhumations have become a crucial tool for symbolic reparation and have triggered claims for justice for the crimes committed and now unearthed, the social process unleashed by their opening is way larger, and relates to the emergence of a fragmented and heterogeneous political culture focused on the memory of the defeated in the war.

    In this talk, the complexity and dynamism of this process is analyzed, including from political and legal initiatives of great social and media impact to local actions on the ground, at times failed, ephemeral or almost imperceptible, but no less crucial. Regional differences, associated to uneven public memory policies, will also be considered.

    Organized by the IAS Reframing Mass Violence Research Collaborative. Cosponsored by the Human Rights Program, and the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

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  • Under Construction: Battles of Memory, Human Rights and Cultural Practices

    Ana Forcinito, Professor of Spanish and Portuguese, U of M.
    Reframing Mass Violence: Human Rights and Social Memory in Latin America and Southern Europe.
    Thursday, April 24
    3:00 p.m.
    1-109 Hanson Hall

    Cultural practices have played a crucial role in the construction of collective memory in Argentina, by addressing the invisibility and the silence about human rights violations, by exploring different layers of memory, and by reframing the interpretations that surround human rights struggles. This talk will offer an overview of the battles of memory after the last military dictatorship in Argentina (1976-1983), focusing on artistic and cultural practices in dialogue with crucial moments of the post dictatorship period.

    Organized by the IAS Reframing Mass Violence Research Collaborative. Cosponsored by the Human Rights Program, and the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

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  • The Evolving Memory of Argentina's "Disappeared"

    Thursday, April 10
    Northrop, Best Buy Theater


    Speaker: Emilio Crenzel, Sociology, University of Buenos Aires
    Response: Leigh Payne, Global Studies, University of Oxford and University of Minnesota

    The panel sheds light on the most substantial transformations and the continuities in Argentina's social memory of its recent past and discusses the processes that led Argentina's Truth Commission Report Nunca Más (1984) to become the canonical way the disappearances and the country's political violence is publicly remembered, and how its meaning has been modified by new interpretations in the last two decades.

    Other University of Minnesota faculty participants on the panel are Ana Forcinito (Spanish and Portuguese Studies) and Alejandro Baer (Director, CHGS).

    Both panels are cosponsored by the Human Rights Program and the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

    The Reframing Mass Violence Collaborative explores the particular developments and transnational entanglements of social memories in societies, revisiting their legacies of dictatorship, state terror, and grave human rights violations in Latin America and Southern Europe.

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  • Yom HaShoah Commemoration

    Sunday, April 27, 2014
    7:00 PM

    Temple of Aaron
    616 S. Mississippi River Blvd.
    St. Paul, MN 55116

    Featuring voices of Twin Cities Holocaust Survivors, the annual Yom HaShoah Commemoration honors the memory of the six million Jews and other victims murdered in the Holocaust. As is tradition at Yom HaShoah, Holocaust survivors are invited to light candles in memory of the victims of the Holocaust.

    The event is free of charge and open to the public. For more information, please e-mail

    Sponsors: the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas, Children of Holocaust Survivors Association in Minnesota (CHAIM), Temple of Aaron, the Minneapolis Jewish Federation, and the Jewish Federation of Greater St. Paul

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  • Exclusive Engagement: The Missing Picture

    Walker Cinema
    Friday, April 25, 7:30 pm
    Saturday, April 26, 4 and 7:30 pm
    Sunday, April 27, 2 pm

    $9 ($7 Walker members and seniors; $5 students)


    Mixing animated clay figures, archival footage, and his own narration, Phnom Penh-born director Rithy Panh forms a deeply haunting and personal account of his experience with the Khmer Rouge, uncovering untold stories of the many who suffered and those who survived under Pol Pot's faltering cultural revolution.

    This "powerful testament to incredible human resilience" (Time Out) won the Un Certain Regard Award at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for an Academy Award.

    The Walker Cinema is proud to present this exclusive engagement--this will be your only chance to see the film projected in a movie theater in the Twin Cities.

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  • 2014 Armenian Genocide Commemoration

    April 24th, 7:20PM

    St. Sahag Armenian Church
    203 N. Howell St. in St Paul, MN
    (In the Summit Ave. neighborhood midway between Macalester College and St Thomas University)

    Through prayer, poetry, speeches and music, we will reflect on the renewal of the Armenian spirit and the indomitable strength of the Armenian people.

    Sponsors: Armenian Cultural Organization of Minnesota

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