Mon, February 19, 2018
18:00 – 19:00
Villa La Pietra
Via Bolognese, 120
50139 Firenze, Italia
This panel examines how museums serve as sites of memory and the politics of representation and education.
Introduced by Joyce Apsel, Clinical Professor, Liberal Studies, New York University
Davide Lombardo, NYU Florence
Amy Sodaro, Associate Professor of Sociology, Borough of Manhattan Community College, City University of New York
Roy Tamashiro, Professor, Multidisciplinary Studies Department, Webster University (USA)
CLINICAL PROFESSOR, LIBERAL STUDIES, NEW YORK UNIVERSITY
Joyce Apsel teaches in the Global/Liberal Studies Program at New York University and is teaching at NYU La Pietra Florence during the academic year 2010-2011. Dr. Apsel is a recipient of the NYU Distinguished Teaching Award. She lectures and writes about peace, human rights and comparative genocide. Dr. Apsel is the co-editor with Ikuro Anzai and Sikander Mehdi of Peace Museums: Past and Present and editor of Teaching about Human Rights and co-editor of Teaching about Genocide. Dr. Apsel is on the Board of the International Network of Museums for Peace and its representative at the United Nations in New York City. She is President of the Institute for Study of Genocide and past president of the International Association of Genocide Scholars. As Director of RightsWork, she conducts in class workshops for students and teachers world-wide on issues of peace and human rights. Her article in Human Rights Review, “Destruction in Darfur: Historical Processes and Regional Dynamics” received the 2010 Outstanding Article Award from the Peace, War and Conflict Section of the American Sociological Association.
LECTURER, NEW YORK UNIVERSITY FLORENCE
Davide Lombardo teaches history at NYU Florence since 2001. He holds a doctorate in History and Civilization from the European University Institute (Fiesole, Italy). His research focuses on European Urban Culture from the 19th to the 20th century. Lombardo holds an Italian degree in modern Italian history and a French degree in modern French history and has studied extensively at Edinburgh, York (UK), Grenoble (France), and Pisa and Florence (Italy). In 2009 he was Visiting Research Fellow at the Lewis Walpole Library at Yale University, Visiting Fellow at the Yale Center for British Art, and Andrew W. Mellon Fellow at the Huntington Library. In 2011 he was part of the organizing committee for NYU Florence’s events around the 150th anniversary of Italian Unification. He regularly gives lectures on contemporary Italy and Europe. He currently teaches three courses at NYU Florence which focus on modern European and Italian history: Culture of the City, Modern Italy and Social Foundations III.
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF SOCIOLOGY, BOROUGH OF MANHATTAN COMMUNITY COLLEGE, CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK
Amy Sodaro received her PhD in Sociology from the New School for Social Research, with a focus on cultural sociology and memory studies. She holds an MA from the New School in Liberal Studies and a BA from Tufts University in Drama and Classics and has taught sociology, cultural studies and genocide studies at the New School and at William Paterson University in New Jersey. Her research focuses on memory and memorialization of violence and atrocity. She has published several chapters and articles on memorial museums, including the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, the House of Terror in Budapest, the Jewish Museum in Berlin, the Kigali Genocide Memorial Center in Rwanda and the 9/11 Museum. She is co-editor of Memory and the Future: Transnational Politics, Ethics and Culture (Palgrave Macmillan 2010), a special issue of WSQ “At Sea” and author of Exhibiting Atrocity: Memorial Museums and the Politics of Past Violence (Rutgers University Press, 2018).
PROFESSOR, MULTIDISCIPLINARY STUDIES DEPARTMENT, WEBSTER UNIVERSITY
Roy Tamashiro is Professor of Multidisciplinary Studies at Webster University (USA). His recent projects and research have included peace pilgrimages, museums and rituals, the oral history of survivor-witnesses of massacres and atomic bombing (hibakusha), transformative learning, and societal healing/reconciliation.