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Keynote Speech: Andy Shallal

Opening his keynote speech, Andy Shallal recounted his initial impressions upon his family’s arrival in the United States from Iraq in 1966. At this time, Shallal noted, it was still illegal for a black person and white person to cohabitate in the state of Virginia. Arriving in the heyday of the civil rights movement, the […]

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Posted by on March 14th, 2013 No Comments

Memories from the Margins: Art and Political Violence in Peru

BY KAREN BERNEDO Remembering is a process in constant motion, transformation, and negotiation. In that sense, memory is a way to mediate with the world, a filter through which we understand ourselves as being part of a community and a historical process. Although “memory” evokes a past that we cannot change, societies constantly re-define this […]

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Posted by on March 13th, 2013 No Comments

“Radical Forgiveness”

BY SONYA RENEE   Introduction to “Radical Forgiveness” In 2008, I had the pleasure of living with filmmaker and producer Diana Romero in Los Angeles. Diana’s debut film Niña Quebrada was a compelling tale of a young woman’s experience with sex trafficking, which won numerous awards. Living with Diana meant that I was often able […]

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Posted by on March 13th, 2013 No Comments

The Museum is in the Streets: The Itinerant Museum of Art for Memory

TTBY MAURICIO DELGADO After 20 years of internal armed conflict, dozens of massacres, torture, and hit squads; after the terror of the Shining Path, the “iron fist” of two “democratic” governments, and the Fujimori dictatorship; after hundreds of reports, opinion pieces and newspaper articles, a Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), and an estimated 69,280 victims […]

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Posted by on March 13th, 2013 No Comments

Introduction: Arts After Atrocity

BY JO-MARIE BURT In the aftermath of atrocity, societies develop diverse mechanisms to cope with the legacy of violence. The experienced trauma involves not only the physical violence visited upon individual bodies, but also the destruction of families, communities, and broader societal networks. Truth commissions seek to develop new narratives to understand past violence, while […]

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Posted by on March 13th, 2013 No Comments

Parallax Views on Human Rights: Lourdes Portillo’s Experiment Al Más Allá

BY RICARDO F. VIVANCOS PÉREZ According to the press kit, Lourdes Portillo’s Al Más Allá (2008) is an “… experimental documentary that uses narrative elements to explore the realities of shifting global wealth and drug trafficking along the Mayan coastline of Mexico.”1 The experiment consists of a metastory about the process of making a documentary […]

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Posted by on March 13th, 2013 No Comments

Global Influence Versus Local Inspiration in Classical Music: An Instance from the Turn of the Twentieth Century

BY TOM C. OWENS As the United States stood poised to take a more prominent political and cultural role as a world power at the turn of the twentieth century, debate raged over the formation and character of distinctively American artistic forms and traditions. Within the art or classical music tradition, this conversation was particularly […]

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Posted by on July 6th, 2009 No Comments

Hip-Hop and Urban Islam in Europe

BY PETER MANDAVILLE This is real life, engraved on my pages: families dying from starvation whilst the government’s worried about immigration. — Blind Alphabetz, ‘Concrete Landz’ Like everyone today, Young British Muslims are carrying around iPods full of the latest tunes. Despite the recent phenomenal popularity of a pop-oriented variant of nasheed devotional music—a key […]

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Posted by on July 6th, 2009 No Comments

The Globalization of Augie March

BY ALAN CHEUSE Here’s an obscure moment, that when it first happened, seemed to me to be an example of I didn’t know what, but now shines through the fog  as a precursor of some news to come: about ten years ago I served on a jury that decided one of the largest international literary […]

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Posted by on July 6th, 2009 No Comments

Found in Translation

BY RICK DAVIS In some sort of ideal world, language would not be a barrier to cultural understanding.  Literature, scholarship, sacred texts, jokes, journalism, nuance and even subtext would flow across actual and virtual borders.  Difference would be celebrated without being flattened out.  Access to rhythms of words (and life), patterns of thought, hopes, dreams, […]

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Posted by on July 6th, 2009 1 Comment