"The camera is the eye of history." Matthew Brady

U.S. Civil War

"The commemorative murals could be said to be looking back in order to look forward. These murals argued that 25 years was enough." Bill Rolston

The Troubles

"There were people in Cuba who truly had substantial things to gain from revolution. There were people who had things to lose in the revolution. I think they're all allowed to have their memories of what happened." Rachel Kushner

Cuban Revolution

"Hay que mostrar la realidad y el dolor, y contar lo que pasó. Pero además, hago terapia con esto. Nosotros tenemos que hablar, por los nuestros, por los que ya no tienen voz." Horacio Pietragalla Corti

Dirty War in Argentina

"Our reality will transform once we allow uncomfortable truths to lodge deep down inside of our bones." Brittany Caine-Conley

2017 Charlottesville Protests

"Fantasy, abandoned by reason, produces impossible monsters; united with it, she is the mother of the arts and the origin of marvels." Francisco de Goya

Spanish Civil War

"That against the worst odds, Chile has a spirit of joy and ability to overcome the worst circumstances. And I think this is part of the return of some sort of joy to Chile. And we deserve it. Our people deserve it." Ariel Dorfman

1988 Chilean National Plebiscite

Annual Symposium


The 2020 Historical Memory Symposium is tentatively scheduled for June 1-2, 2020 in Providence, Rhode Island.

The first annual symposium was held in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania from June 2-5, 2019. Symposium Program

Historical Memory Fellows from spring 2019, fall 2019, or spring 2020 may express their interest in attending and/or presenting at the 2020 Historical Memory symposium, here.