Memorializing in Movement, Generations of Struggle and Dissent 

Wednesday, March 4, 2020, 6:00-8:00 pm

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We are pleased to invite you to a lecture and conversation with Katherine Hite, who will ask us to reflect on how we commemorate anti-fascist, anti-imperialist, and anti-racist struggles of the past as sites for mobilizing in the here and now. Drawing on the events surrounding the Franco dictatorship’s Valley of the Fallen memorial, as well as memorial movements across the Americas and Hite’s own family story of struggle and dissent, this talk will explore the ways in which memorializing can become a defiant political act, a form of reckoning with violent haunting, and a space to imagine otherwise. The event will feature Kate Doyle (ALBA/National Security Archive) as moderator and Marcial Godoy-Anativia (Hemispheric Institute) as discussant. A reception will follow.

This event is co-organized and co-sponsored by NYU’s Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, and the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives (ALBA).

Photo creditNurses of 15th Brigade. December 1937. Harry Randall: Fifteenth International Brigade Films and Photographs. ALBA.PHOTO.011. Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive. 

About Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives (ALBA)
The Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives (ALBA) is an educational non-profit dedicated to promoting social activism and the defense of human rights. ALBA’s work is inspired by the American volunteers of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade who fought fascism in the Spanish Civil War (1936-39). Drawing on the ALBA collections in New York University’s Tamiment Library, and working to expand such collections, ALBA works to preserve the legacy of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade as an inspiration for present and future generations.

About the Hemispheric Institute
The Hemispheric Institute connects artists, scholars, and activists from across the Americas and creates new avenues for collaboration and action. Focusing on social justice, we research politically engaged performance and amplify it through gatherings, courses, publications, and archives. Our dynamic, multilingual network traverses disciplines and borders and is grounded in the fundamental belief that artistic practice and critical reflection can spark lasting cultural change.

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Katherine Hite is a professor of Political Science on the Frederick Ferris Thompson Chair at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York. She is the author of Politics and the Art of Commemoration: Memorials to Struggle in Latin America and Spain (Routledge 2012), and When the Romance Ended: Leaders of the Chilean Left, 1968-1998 (Columbia 2000), as well as several publications on the politics of memory, memorials, and memorial museums. Her current research focuses on commemoration in the United States, particularly in her home state of Texas.

Kate Doyle is a Senior Analyst of U.S. policy in Latin America at the National Security Archive specializing in human rights and transitional justice. She was a recipient of the 2012 ALBA/Puffin Human Rights Activism Award, and in 2016 joined ALBA’s Board of Governors.

Marcial Godoy-Anativia is a sociocultural anthropologist and Managing Director of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics at New York University (NYU)