Burton Barr Central Library, located at 1221 N. Central Ave., hosts the Guantánamo Public Memory Project that includes a free exhibit, a companion exhibit and series of free public programs through Nov. 24.
The project is a collaboration with Arizona State University’s Public History Program in the School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies.
The exhibit features 13 panels that explore the history of the United States Naval Base at Guantánamo from the beginning of U.S. occupation in 1898, its varied uses over more than 100 years and its current role in the War on Terror.
A series of panel discussions and presentations at Burton Barr Central Library will address the many facets of the base’s history. They include:
• Exploring American Internment Through Performance, 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6. Join faculty and students from the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at ASU in using performance to find connections to historic instances of incarceration on American soil.
• Human Library Experience, 12-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9. Check out a Human Book—a person with experience or expertise for a fifteen-minute one-on-one conversation.
• The War on Terror, 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13. Learn more about the global War on Terror and issues surrounding human rights, military tribunals, Arizona lawyers who defend detainees, and the oversight of justice at Guantánamo.
• “Closing” Guantánamo 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20. What does “closing” Guantánamo mean? What are the implications of various answers to this question, including the ethics of preventive and indefinite detention, future of Cuban-American relations, and how these inform perspectives on immigration and detention in Arizona?
The library’s @Central Gallery hosts a companion exhibit Nov. 6-Dec. 1. The exhibit features the work of five photographers associated with Through Each Others Eyes, who visited Havana, Cuba and the surrounding countryside for a photographic exchange and exhibition in 2002.