Case Study: Transforming Terror into Transmission, Education, and Repair

Forces of Change
Start Day and Time
Wednesday May 10 12-12:30 p.m.
Venue and Meeting Room
$261.00  America's Center
Museums are essential to redressing human rights violations. Our challenge was creating a space relevant for our communities today and telling a story through which the voices of direct victims could be heard. The ESMA Museum Memory Site opened in May 2015 in a building icon of the trauma encrypted in Buenos Aires, the largest of the 600 Clandestine Detention and Assassination Centers during Argentina's military regime.
Learner Outcome
  1. Hear about the process and debates related to transforming a place of terror and collective trauma into one of remembrance.
  2. Learn how to include new and contemporary information in a museum related to history.
  3. Foster dialogue about past and present human rights issues in the development of educational programs.
Alejandra Naftal
Argentinean museologist. Director and co-curator of the ESMA Museum Memory Site. She has coordinated the NGO Memoria Abierta's oral archive and worked on the historical research of Spaces of Memory and is a founding member of the NGO Buena Memoria. In 1978, being a high school student, she was detained-disappeared. Liberated, in 1979 she exiled until 1983.