Against Amnesia: Archives, Evidence, & Social Justice — Provost's Global Forum and Obermann Humanities Symposium, featuring the Joel Barkan Lecture

9:30 AM - 6:00 PM

Location: @ Downtown Iowa City & UI Campus

Price: FREE

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We often picture archives as rare documents and artifacts—precious and too often unseen collections that preserve our history. But increasingly, concerned citizens, as well as professionals, find themselves desperately grasping the present—tweets, websites, sounds, smells, blood, and bodies—before it vanishes or is furtively swept away. Archives expose past actions that buttress our current crises and hand us tools to dismantle barriers to justice.

In this symposium and linked events, practicing archivists, engaged scholars, and interdisciplinary artists will share projects from guerrilla archiving of climate data to mining corporate records for evidence of organized violence.

Join us for three days of lectures, panels, film screenings, and exhibits. View full schedule at

All events are free and open to the public.

Co-sponsored by International Programs and the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies

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