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Prisons and Public Memory: the Ethics of Oral Histories, Human Rights, and the Archive

Please join the Duke Human Rights Center for a virtual conversation with Peter Jan Honigsberg & Cahal McLaughlin and guided by Leela Prasad on February 10, 2022 at 12pm. Register at https://duke.is/ye98c

This discussion will explore the practice of documenting and archiving human rights abuses through oral history and documentary film, the creation of memory and collective memory, and the ethical issues implicated in providing access to personal stories of trauma, loss, and torture.

Duke University’s Leela Prasad will guide this conversation with special guests Peter Jan Honigsberg(University of San Francisco School of Law, founder of “Witness to Guantanamo”) and Cahal McLaughlin (Queen’s University Belfast, director of The Prisons Memory Archive), drawing on the panelists’ experiences conducting oral history and documentary projects with survivors of human rights abuses.

Sponsorship for this talk is generously provided by the Human Rights Archive at the Rubenstein Library, Forum for Scholars and Publics and the Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation Endowment, with additional support from the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute, Vice Provost for the Arts, and the MFA|EDA Program at Duke University. This event is related to the exhibition, Witness to Guantanamo, on view through February 27, 2022, at the Power Plant Gallery. The exhibit draws on the Witness to Guantanamo Video Collection in the Human Rights Archive at the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library and foregrounds the voices of the individuals whose lives were forever changed by their experience. For more information on the exhibit and visit: powerplantgallery.duke.edu.


February 10
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm