University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s History Graduate Students’ Association Eighth Annual James A. Rawley Graduate Conference in the Humanities will present a program on “Public and Private Memory: Understanding Collective Past” on March 8 and 9 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln City Campus Union.
This interdisciplinary conference explores the many ways memories are created and expressed. On Friday night, Eduardo Díaz, director of the Smithsonian Latino Center, will deliver the keynote address at 7pm in Nebraska Union Auditorium. This talk is free and open to the public, with a reception to follow. His talk will explore Identity, Cultural Negotiation, and Inclusion in Cultural Institutions. Diaz is responsible for fulfilling the Center’s mission of fostering appreciation of Latino culture by sponsoring, developing and promoting Smithsonian exhibitions, collections, research and public programs, both in Washington and across the United States. Diaz is a 30-year veteran of arts administration. Previously, Díaz was the executive director of the National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC), the largest Latino cultural center in the United States. From 1989 to 1999, Díaz served as director of Cultural Affairs for the city of San Antonio. Díaz earned a law degree at the University of California, Davis, and a bachelor’s degree in Latin American Studies at San Diego State University.
On Saturday from 9:30-4:45pm, there will be conference panels with papers covering modes of memory formation, creation, and demonstration. The presenters will examine how events and people in the past have been remembered and memorialized, or how memory functions in society. Whether literary, visual, historical, or based in social science, the research presented will represent a variety of disciplines and focus on private and/or public memory. There will be a panel discussion during lunch (12:30-1:45) by Dr. Kenneth Winkle and Dr. Carole Levin, both history professors at UNL. The Saturday events require a registration fee of $25. Please see http://www.unl.edu/historygsa/rawley/registration.shtml. For more information about times and the conference program and registration, please see http://www.unl.edu/historygsa/rawley/programinfo.shtml