“Curating Guantánamo exhibition, opens Feb. 18th at Douglass Library;
Public events on March 28th and 29th
“Guantánamo” has become an international symbol of the United States’ War on Terror and a lightning rod for debates about
torture, detention, national security, and human rights. But the US naval station at Guantánamo Bay – also known by its military
acronym “GTMO” or its nickname, “Gitmo” – was part of American politics and policy for a century before 9-11. And it has been
“closed” several times, only to be put to new use. How was GTMO used before? How does that shape what could -- and should -- happen
From 2011-12, students at 11 universities around the country asked: what can GTMO’s history tell us about what’s happening now –
there, and here at home? They dug through historical archives; talked to people who worked there, lived there, were detained there,
or advocated for those who were; and explored how GTMO relates to issues, people, and places in their own community.
Their work is now part of a national, traveling exhibition, which the students collectively curated - including students in Rutgers'
Professor Andy Urban's Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies program course on Guantánamo in spring 2012. The exhibit opens in
the Douglass Library Atrium on February 18 and will close on March 29.
The Libraries are pleased to cosponsor two public events connected to the exhibition:
Poetic Justice: The Shades of Guantánamo
Thursday, March 28, 2013, 7PM - 9PM
Mabel Smith Douglass Reading Room, Douglass Library
A performance incorporating images, voices, and words from Guantánamo.
Friday, March 29, 2013, 9AM - 5PM
Alexander Library Teleconference/Lecture Hall, 4th Floor
Confirmed speakers for the conference include:
- Baher Azmy, Center for Constitutional Rights
- Elizabeth Campisi, SUNY Albany
- David Carlson, University of Texas, Pan American
- Jonathan Hansen, Harvard University
- Naomi Paik, University of Texas, Austin
- Jerry Philogene, Dickinson College
- Elena Razlogova, Concordia University, Montréal
- Liz Sevcenko, Guantánamo Public Memory Project
Sponsors of the exhibition and public events are: Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs, Critical Caribbean
Studies Initiative, Department of American Studies, Department of Art History - Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies Program, Department of
History, Office for Academic and Public Partnerships in the Arts and Humanities, Office of the Dean of Humanities, Office of the
Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Office of Undergraduate Academic Affairs, Rutgers University Libraries, and
Transnational New Jersey.
Educational tours of the exhibit and guided dialogues about its content are available to Rutgers' courses (as well as to other area
high school and college classes) interested in the topics that the exhibit will cover: Caribbean history; US military and economic
involvement in the Caribbean; the War of 1898; US immigration and refugee policies; post-9/11 politics of "security"; detention; the
legal history of sovereign power; and others.
If you are teaching a course and are interested in visiting the exhibit, please email Andy Urban at
email@example.com to schedule a guided tour.
For more information on the two public events, visit the Department of American Studies website
amerstudies.rutgers.edu and click
on the link "Curating Guantánamo.'
For more information on the exhibition, contact Kayo Denda at the Douglass Library at