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Thursday, August 16 • 10:30am - 11:45am
109 - Memory Work and the Virtues of Opacity

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Panelists explore diverse conceptions and understandings of transparency in different cultural traditions and the implications these hold for archival work. By looking at clothing, dance, and physical movement as archives, the panelists discuss the ways in which memory, history, and identity may be best served by listening to, understanding, and respecting the needs, values, and beliefs of non-dominant communities and historically marginalized people.

David Staniunas: Memory Work and the Virtues of Opacity
Rosemary Carroll: Framing Somatic Experience: How Do Artists and Audience Perceive the Transmission of Cultural Memory?
Christiana Dobrzynski: Our Life Is Our Record: Memory Work as Resistance within the Remains of Contemporary Mixed Nomadic Communities
Aaisha Haykal: Documenting the Code
Darra Hofman: Me, Thee, We: Competing Models of Transparency and Privacy and the Dominance of Notice-Choice
Cheylon Woods: Whispers from Cherie Quarters: The Oral Tradition and Rememory Dr. Ernest J. Gaines and the Mount. Zion Road Cemetery Clean-UP

Moderator: David Staniunas

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David Staniunas

Records Archivist, Presbyterian Historical Society
David Staniunas has been Records Archivist at the Presbyterian Historical Society since 2011. He is a 2010 MLIS from Kent State University, and a 2003 MFA from Indiana University.


Christiana Dobrzynski

College Archivist, Bryn Mawr College
Christiana Dobrzynski is the College Archivist at Bryn Mawr, as well as a consultant for artists, activists, and community archives, with a focus on cultural objects as records and storytelling as medicine for healing bloodline trauma.
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Aaisha Haykal

Manager of Archival Services, College of Charleston
Aaisha Haykal (B.A., B.A. Syracuse University '09, MSLIS, UIUC '11) is the Manager of Archival Services at the College of Charleston's Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture. She works with donors, assists with outreach activities, and fostering collaborat... Read More →
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Darra Hofman

Ph.D. Candidate, University of British Columbia
Darra Hofman, J.D., M.S.L.S., is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of British Columbia School of Library, Archival, and Information Studies. Her research focuses on the intersection between records, technology, and human rights, with particular emphasis on blockchain.
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Cheylon Woods

Head and Archivist/ Assistant Professor of Library and Information Sciences., Ernest J. Gaines Center/Edith Garland Dupré Library, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Cheylon Woods, MA, Northwestern State University (2011), MLIS, Louisiana State University (2015), has actively worked with communities and prominent figures in Alabama to fill in information gaps related to African American history.

Thursday August 16, 2018 10:30am - 11:45am EDT
Delaware A, [Lobby Level]