August 16, 2012
Student Exhibit For Second Annual I-Witness Field SchoolIMAGE: I-witness student Tristan Swainson's photo contributes to debate on behaviour at memorials.
Students of the University of Victoria’s 2012 I-Witness Holocaust Field School will share stories and images about their travel experiences in Central Europe, at a downtown evening exhibit at UVic’s Legacy Art Gallery. The Aug. 29 event, co-organized by student participants Ray Illsley (Division of Continuing Studies) and Stephanie Taralson (School of Music), will showcase the photos and written material of several students, and will allow all participants to share their reflections. Illsley and Taralson hope the event will also open the door for public dialogue about remembrance and tolerance.
The field school was launched last year by UVic's Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies as the only course of its kind offered to undergraduate students at a Canadian university. Participants visited Berlin, Warsaw, Cracow and Prague from May 14 to June 3 and witnessed first-hand how the Holocaust is memorialized and explored deeper understandings of anti-semitism, racism, religious intolerance, homophobia and stigmatization of those with mental and physical disabilities.
(Re)Living the Past: Witnessing the Holocaust in 2012
Wednesday, Aug. 29 from 7 to 9:30 p.m.
Legacy Art Gallery, 630 Yates St.
Admission is free. Everyone is welcome. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit Ring.ca for a special photographic essay available online in advance of the exhibit.
Click here for links to the I-witness website, student blog and a list of individual donors and others who support the annual field school.
Interviews can be arranged in advance with the UVic students coordinating the exhibit. A high-resolution photo of one of the exhibit images is available upon request.
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