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Why Remember Guantánamo? GTMO Before 9-11, What Now, and What’s Next

Exhibit Opening Reception: December 13, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
NYU King Juan Carlos Center, 53 Washington Square South

National Dialogue:

December 13th, 9:30am - 4:00pm
Barnard College/Columbia University
Held Lecture Hall, Room 304

December 14th , 9:30am - 5:30pm
NYU King Juan Carlos Center
53 Washington Square South

Why remember Guantánamo? Join a national dialogue on GTMO's long history and how it matters today. Hear from people who worked, lived, served, or were held at GTMO from the Cold War through the War on Terror; from the historians, activists, artists, and archivists saving their stories; and from over 100 students around the country who created the Guantánamo Public Memory Project’s first traveling exhibit. Why do we keep forgetting Guantánamo? What happens when we do? Click here for the entire program.

Opening at the Kimmel Windows on Washington Square, the exhibit features images and stories from different periods and perspectives, made public for the first time, to grapple with the deeply contested questions around this place and its impact on people and policies around the world. The event concludes the first international conference of Columbia University’s Alliance for Historical Dialogue and Accountability December 11-14.

Guantánamo has become an international symbol of torture, detention, national security, and conflict. But the US Naval Station in Cuba, or GTMO, opened more than a century before 9-11. It has represented both freedom and confinement: the price of Cuba's independence from Spain, a "cactus curtain" containing communism, a treasured community for military families, a search for liberty behind barbed wire for refugees. New facilities at GTMO are under construction as legal battles continue over the 166 “enemy combatants” still held there. How did we get here? What should happen next?



Event Sponsors:

New York University: Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS), Graduate School of Arts and Science, Humanities Institute, Master's College, Provost's Global Research Initiatives, Caribbean Initiative, and King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center; Columbia University: Heyman Center for the Humanities, Institute for Latin American Studies, Institute for the Study of Human Rights, and University Seminars; and the New York Council on the Humanities.

This event is free and open to the public, photo ID required to enter NYU building.

Photo provided by Sean Galbraith.