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Film Showing: "The Destruction of Memory" with Q&A

September 26, 2016
06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Hoyt Auditorium


Over the past century, cultural destruction has wrought catastrophic results across the globe. This war against culture is not over - it's been steadily increasing.

In Syria and Iraq, the ‘cradle of civilization’, millennia of culture are being destroyed. The push to protect, salvage and rebuild has moved in step with the destruction.

Legislation and policy have played a role, but heroic individuals have fought back, risking and losing their lives to protect not just other human beings, but our cultural identity - to save the record of who we are.

Based on the book of the same name by Robert Bevan, The Destruction of Memory tells the whole story - looking not just at the ongoing actions of Daesh (ISIS) and at other contemporary situations, but revealing the decisions of the past that allowed the issue to remain hidden in the shadows for so many years, and including Nazi Germany, Tibet, and Bosnia.

Interviewees in the film include the Director-General of UNESCO, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, as well as diverse and distinguished international experts, whose voices combine to address this urgent issue.

Followed by a discussion with:

Tim Slade
Writer, Producer and Director of
The Destruction of Memory

Amila Buturovic
Associate Professor of Humanities and Religious Studies
York University

Th. Emil Homerin
Professor and Chair
Department of Religion & Classics
University of Rochester

Aaron Hughes
Philip S. Bernstein Professor of Jewish Studies
Department of Religion & Classics
University of Rochester

Sponsored by The James Conlon Fund and the University of Rochester Department of Religion & Classics

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