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Program

Dorothy Schwartz Forum

An annual event where science, art, and the humanities meet.

Contact

Anne Schlitt
Assistant Director
(207) 773-5051

Details

Dorothy Schwartz Forum

9/11 and the Creation of Collective Memory

Film screening: September 11, 2016 at SPACE Gallery in Portland, 7:00 pm
Full program: November 5, 2016 at One Longfellow Square in Portland, 1:00 - 5:00 pm

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How, exactly, do our brains process information and create memories? And what if one of our memories is an event shared by an entire society—does that change our relationship to it? 9/11 has become a touchstone moment for our culture generally and for those individuals who were alive at the time. After 15 years of talking about it, our perceptions and understanding of that day have been shaped by the discourse with our friends and colleagues, in our classrooms,  and in the media—whether we’re aware of it or not. In this year’s Dorothy Schwartz Forum on Art, Science, & the Humanities, we will explore the formation of collective memory, using 9/11 as a case study for how a society remembers—or forgets—together. 

Film screening: On September 11, we are partnering with SPACE Gallery in Portland and Bates College Harward Center for Community Partnerships to offer the free program “Site Seeing: 9/11 Through Documentary Shorts.”

Full program: On November 5, we will feature three speakers whose work focuses on 9/11 and how we as a culture remember that day. Registration is required; tickets are $15.

About the Dorothy Schwartz Forum

Inaugurated in 2013 in memory of longtime MHC Executive Director Dorothy “Deedee” Schwartz, the Forum explores current topics through the lens of multiple disciplines, primarily the sciences, arts, and (of course!) humanities.

What people are saying about the Schwartz Forum

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Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.