This conference will examine gendered issues in relation to human rights abuses while exploring the works of memory and survival through women’s testimony. Guest presenters will share their unique perspective on those issues and analyze a variety of narratives through the lens of contemporary literature, art, film, and new media. Scholars, artists and social activists will initiate conversation about Afghanistan, Armenia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, China, Egypt, England, France, Rwanda, Uganda and the United States. Sponsored by Colby College, the University of Maine at Augusta, and the Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine.
See below for highlights of this international symposium, all open to the general public. For full details, see the complete program.
Wednesday, Oct. 8 – Michael Klahr Center, University of Maine at Augusta
7:00–8:30 pm – Public presentation & screening of Were the House Still Standing
Thursday, Oct. 9 – Michael Klahr Center, University of Maine at Augusta
9:00–10:15 am – Women’s Voices in Were the House Still Standing
10:30–11:45 am – Holocaust Testimonies: Screening the Pain & Digital Circulation
1:00–2:15 pm – Seeing and Staging the Shoah
2:30–4:10 pm – Art and Representation of Women’s Trauma
7:15–8:30 pm – A special reading of the award-winning play Deported/A Dream Story
Friday, Oct. 10 – Schair-Swenson-Watson Alumni Center, Colby College
9:00–10:40 am – Facing War and Revolution
10:50 am – 12:30 pm – Voices from Rwanda and Uganda
1:30-2:40 pm, keynote address – Shattering Myths: Her Voice Unfiltered (Jacqueline Zimowski, Slavery Today NGO)
2:50–4:00 pm – The United-States: New Perspectives on Women’s Lost Voices and Stories