Guest blogger: Dr. Charlotte Nunes
Last Friday, the Texas After Violence Project hosted a panel discussion about how the TAVP oral history archive, made digitally available through UT-Austin's Human Rights Documentation Initiative, features in undergraduate teaching and learning at UT. The event took place as part of Amplify Austin, an exciting annual fundraising event supporting non-profits across the city. Participants convened at the Benson Latin America Collection, which is the physical home of the HRDI.
Rebecca Lorins, Acting Director of TAVP and organizer of the Amplify Archives event, kicked off the discussion by welcoming the audience and providing some background on the purpose and operations of TAVP, which aims to collect and archive oral histories that reflect how the death penalty affects communities throughout Texas. Kathryn Darnall, Graduate Research Assistant, followed up Rebecca's remarks with an explanation of the HRDI's mission to digitally preserve the archives of social justice movements.
Human Rights Documentation Initiative, addresses
the Amplify Archives audience
Next, Naomi Paik, Professor of American Studies and Asian American Studies at UT, reflected on her experiences teaching "American Studies 370: Race, Memory, Violence" during Spring 2012.
"This interdisciplinary course examines how processes of racial formation and histories of racial violence shape knowledge production about the past in both historical narratives and in collective and individual memory. We will consider how narratives of the past are produced--from the selection of facts, their assemblage into archives, and creation of historical stories from the archives, as well as in the living and recorded memories of witnesses to the past."
Note: some more documentation of TAVP's Amplify Archives event is now posted at the Community Conversations tab at our website.