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Schedule of Conference Events

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Presentations by Human Rights Documenters:

The 1994 Rwandan Genocide: The Challenges of Bringing Mass Killing to the Front Pages
Corinne Dufka, photojournalist/reporter, Human Rights Watch (United States)

Threads of Hope: The Story of the Chilean Arpillera
Marjorie Agosin, poet/activist, Wellesley College (Chile)

The So-Called Child Witch: The Creation of a Local Human Rights Story in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Angela Nicoara, filmmaker, Internews-Rwanda (Romania)

Mapiripán: A Shortcut to Hell
Maria Cristina Caballero, journalist, Harvard University (Colombia)

Gallery Exhibition (Evening):
In Memory's Grove: Commemorative Art by Kevin Sipp and Keith Morris Washington

Friday, September 16, 2005

Discussion Panels:

Panel 1: Bringing to Light
What are the most important challenges faced in initially investigating and exposing human rights violations? How are primary narrative accounts produced by victims, journalists, and investigators? What power do these early accounts and early narrators wield in shaping subsequent public and institutional perceptions of the events under investigation?

Panel 2: Struggles over Voice
What forms should human rights documentation take? Whose voices ought to be primary in the assemblage and production of various texts and aesthetic representations of human rights violations? How are human rights stories told, passed on, and transformed in their movement from private experience to public forums?

Panel 3: Audience, Efficacy, Ethics
What are the central ethical responsibilities of those who document human rights violations? Is "getting the story out" always the pre-eminent moral responsibility under conditions of crisis? Under what circumstances should victims and eyewitnesses be actively pressured to share their recollections? When should forms of social memory, or of social forgetting, be actively promoted in the interest of reconciliation, peace or social healing? To which local and international audiences do human rights documenters owe their primary responsibilities?