|"The Disappeared" closes Sunday|
Award-winning exhibition “The Disappeared” ends its four-year international tour across the United States and Latin America at the North Dakota Museum of Art. In conjunction with the closing of “The Disappeared,” Senior Analyst of US policy in Latin America, Kate Doyle will speak in the Museum’s Galleries at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 17. Following Doyle, UND anthropologist, Marcia Mikulak will speak about her current work with the Xukuru in Brazil at 4 p.m.
“The Disappeared,” features artwork made by contemporary artists personally touched by the horrors of the civil wars in Latin America. Because of their work with Latin American human rights organizations, Dolye and Mikulak will lecture on their experiences and research.
Sunday, Jan. 17
1 p.m. - Gallery tour with curator Laurel Reuter
2 p.m. - Kate Doyle lecture
3 p.m. - Q & A, followed by reception
4 p.m. - Marcia Mikulak
Kate Doyle is a Senior Analyst of U.S. policy in Latin America for the National Security Archive in Washington, D.C., a research institute and advocacy organization that campaigns for the citizen’s right to know, investigates U.S. national security and foreign policy, and uses the Freedom of Information Act to obtain and publish declassified U.S. documents. Doyle directs several research projects on U.S. policy in Latin America for the Archive, including the Guatemala Project, which aims to obtain the declassification of U.S. and Guatemala government documents on Guatemala’s history of state repression and human rights atrocities. Since 1992, she has worked with Latin American human rights groups, truth commissions and prosecutors to obtain government records from secret archives that shed light on state violence and repression. Doyle has testified as an expert witness in numerous human rights legal proceedings such as the ongoing Guatemala genocide case being heard by the Spanish national court, the trial of former President Alberto Fujimori of Peru for his role in massacring civilians and the 2002 trial of three Guatemalan military officers for planning and ordering a political assassination. She has written about human rights and the challenge of openness for Harper’s Magazine, The New York Times, Boston Globe, World Policy Journal and The Nation, as well as newspapers and magazines in Latin America.
On Sunday, Doyle will discuss the kind of forensic archival work she does, trying to excavate hidden government archives of security forces in Latin America in order to expose the history of repression and find evidence of human rights crimes that can be used in legal proceedings. She will go from broad (Latin America) to specific (Guatemala), and focus on some of the amazing developments in documenting human rights abuses that have taken place in the region during the last decade. She will show pictures of the Guatemalan police archive and talk about some of the documents that have been found, such as the "death squad diary" (documenting the disappeared in Guatemala) and documents about genocidal military operations targeting Mayan communities in 1982.
UND anthropologist Marcia Mikulak, a concert pianist-turned-scientist, is currently undertaking a human rights mission in northern Brazil, where she works closely with Chief Marcos and his beleaguered Xukuru (pronounced Shoo-koo-roo) tribe. Mikulak is passionate about human rights, not just in Brazil, but at home, too: here in Grand Forks, where she is an associate professor in the UND College of Arts and Sciences Department of Anthropology, she collaborates with the Grand Forks Community Violence Intervention Center. On academic developmental leave from the University of North Dakota, she's currently working from the village of Pesqueira in Pernambuco, Brazil, where the Xukuru tribe lives in the northeastern Brazilian state of Pernambuco," says Mikulak. Students at UND will work with Mikulak's research to provide the basis for a course offered this spring through Honors titled "Indigenous Human Rights: Local to Global 392.
For additional information on the news that is the subject of this release, contact the North Dakota Museum of Art or visit www.ndmoa.com. Museum hours are weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and weekends from 1 to 5 p.m. The Museum shop is open during Museum hours and the café is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with lunch served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free, although donations are always appreciated.
-- Brittney Blake, Closing The Disappeared exhibition with speaker Kate Doyle, North Dakota Museum of Art, email@example.com, 777-4195