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American Folklife Center Begins Summer Lecture Series

Saturday, June 20, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Hannah Davis

The American Folklife Center will begin a lecture series entitled Many Paths to Freedom: Looking Back, Looking Ahead at the Long Civil Rights Movement on Thursday, June 25. Details for the first lecture are as follows.

Date and Time: June 25, 2015; 12 p.m.


Location: Pickford Theater, Madison Building (3rd floor), Library of

Congress, Independence Ave., SE, Washington, DC

Program: “Memorialization and Justice as an Ancestral Imperative: Two

American Cases”

Speaker: Ken Bilby, Research Associate, Department of Anthropology,

Smithsonian Institution

The role of orally transmitted ancestral memory in ongoing struggles to overcome past injustices is proving critical in the struggle for human rights, civil rights and justice. In this context, the presentation reflects on two path-breaking cases of recent public memorialization: the Moiwana Massacre, which took place in the Republic of Suriname, South America, in 1986, and the Sand Creek Massacre, which occurred in the U.S. territory of Colorado in 1864.

Read more about this event and upcoming lectures in the series here.

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