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Contesting Historical Amnesia

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Organizer: Grace Miller

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The US has built an empire on the idea of its exceptionalism and disregarding violent acts against minorities in its history.  These historical moments in history are forcefully erased or pushed into historical amnesia through US propaganda and narrative augmentation. This seminar will look at works of literature or historical studies that rival the pre-existing historical narrative created by governments/majorities. When it comes to societal memory the effects of historical amnesia skew understandings of modern socio-economic and political situations. As late witnesses to these atrocities through preserved records or immortalization through literature, we must remember, project, and look to educate on how and why these events were committed but more importantly why they were forgotten. Examples include Native American genocide, Operation Baby Lift, the US in Normandy, etc. 

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