Description: The Covid-19 pandemic forced new and creative ways of remembering. At the same time, during the months of lockdowns and shutdowns, many remarkable moments of reckoning bubbled up. Still, the memory terrain remains uneven.
This event brings together contributors to our latest issue of the NACLA Report, "Against Forgetting: Mobilizing Memory for Reckoning and Repair," to discuss how memory can be leveraged as a tool of political action and education while its antithesis, forgetting, can serve as a weapon to impose silence and erasure. In conversation with historian Greg Grandin, participants will share insights and reflections on processes of historical reckonings in Mexico, Guatemala, Chile, and the Caribbean.
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Greg Grandin is a professor of history at Yale University. He is the author of seven books, including The End of the Myth: From the Frontier to the Border Wall in the Mind of America, which won a Pulitzer Prize, and Empire's Workshop: Latin America, the United States, and the Making of an Imperial Republic, rereleased in a new and updated paperback edition in 2021.
Carlos Juárez is a lawyer at the Grupo de Apoyo Mutuo and co-coordinator of the GAM Historical Archive. Follow Carlos on Twitter: @carpjuarez1
Gelien Matthews teaches history at the UWI. She is a recipient of the UWI/Guardian Life Premium Teaching Award and has published Caribbean Slave Revolts, Church of the Nazarene Trinidad and Tobago, Church of the Nazarene in Four of the Windward Islands, and Historical Dictionary of Trinidad and Tobago.
John Gibler is the author of I Couldn’t Even Imagine That They Would Kill Us: An Oral History of the Attacks Against the Students of Ayotzinapa (City Lights, 2017) and Torn from the World: A Guerrilla’s Escape from a Secret Prison in Mexico (City Lights, 2018).
Manuela Badilla Rajevic has a PhD (2019) and MA (2013) in sociology from the New School for Social Research. Currently she works as postdoctoral researcher in the Sociology Department at the University of Valparaíso, Chile, and as researcher at the Millennium Nucleus of Art, Performativity and Activism, Chile.