Critics and Analytics:

Presentation of the Past in the 9/11 Museum

November 5, 2014 • 10:AM-1PM

Columbia University, International Affairs Building, Room 918

This panel discussion spoke on the relation between individual and collective memory, between national and global history, between commemoration and information, including the challenge of presenting such difficult pasts as September 11th and the Holocaust.

  • Charles Strozier, historian, psychoanalyst, author of Until the Fires Stop Burning
  • Jeffrey Alexander, sociologist, author of “Trauma: A Social Theory”
  • Daphna Shohamy, cognitive neuroscientist on learning, memory and the brain
  • Thomas Lutz, Topography of Terror, historical museum on Nazi crimes, Berlin
  • Henry Rousso, historian of French public memory of World War II
  • Carol Gluck (moderator), historian, Columbia University

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About the Politics of Memory in Global Context

Bringing together scholars of memory from the social sciences and humanities, cognitive science and neuroscience, and curators of historical and memorial museums to examine the politics and cultures of memory.

Politics of Memory in Global Context bannerThe Politics of Memory in Global Context is a Franco-American collaborative project that brings together scholars in the social sciences and humanities who work on collective or public memory; cognitive scientists, psychologists, and neuroscientists who work on individual memory; and curators of historical and memorial museums who present the past to the public.  The main museum partners are the Mémorial de Caen, the national World War II museum in France, and the National September 11 Memorial Museum in New York.

Led by Professor Carol Gluck at Columbia, the project combines diverse disciplinary approaches and insists on considering its topics comparatively in global context in order to discern commonalities among them,  develop new analytic perspectives on the formation and operation of public memory, and  suggest policies for better political management of divisive memories within and between countries.

Learn more about the Politics of Memory in Global Context.