Stephen Vider, Assistant Professor of History and Director of the Public History Initiative, Cornell University (Ithaca, NY).
Histories of HIV/AIDS and LGBTQ communities have often focused on public and commercial spaces as the principal sites of queer activism. In this talk, Vider will discuss how he works to trace and reconsider more private histories of everyday queer life in his research and curatorial work. He will also discuss how he has applied these approaches in developing the new Public History Initiative at Cornell.
Opening Reception with Professor Patricia Ybarra, Associate Professor of Theater Arts and Performance Studies at Brown University.
Defiant Spirits: Fernando Brito’s Sinaloa is an exhibition of Fernando Brito’s moving images of life in Sinaloa, a province that has been wrecked by the struggle between one of the most powerful drug cartels in the world and the Mexican government. The award-winning photographer’s work reveals both the raw violence and the resilience of life in Sinaloa under the Cartel de Sinaloa.
“Traces” is a collaborative performance project commissioned by Community MusicWorks (CMW), tracing the sonic memory of a place: an empty lot in the West End of Providence that will be the future home of Community MusicWorks. The work will be created by composer Shaw Pong Liu in collaboration with public historian Micah Salkind, neighborhood resident and educator Joanne Ayuso, and the Rhode Island Historical Society, and will present histories and stories of the neighborhood.
Defiant Spirits is an exhibition of the Mexican documentary photographer Fernando Brito’s moving images of life in Sinaloa, a province that has been wrecked by the struggle between one of the most powerful drug cartels in the world and the Mexican government. The exhibition includes five photographs from Brito’s award-winning series, Tus Pasos Se Perdieron con el Paisaje/Your Steps Were Lost in the Landscape (begun in 2010), of corpses found dead in the Mexican landscape, most of them victims of the drug wars.