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I’ve been returning to this Collective Memory (pdf) flyer time and again since its first post. A center, or collective, memory occurs when many people respond to an event or its ongoing local memory- in this case long standing civil war in Guatemala.

Memory cannot be taken for granted through the generations; instead, projects and organizations must help to create wide spread knowledge of war crime in order that history not be cliched by nostalgic misinformation or biased historic interpretation. The complexities of such implications can be seen by the Impunity Watch paper titled Guatemala resists forgetting: Post-Conflict Memory Initiatives by Walter Paniagua.

In a North American response from a 2011 Oral History Association meeting called Memories of Conflict and Disaster: Oral History and the Politics of Truth, Trauma, and Reconciliation the topic of collective memory is a broad definition. Outlined here public memory reflects upon events such as the 1999 Columbine High School killings and September 11, 2001 twin tower tragedy.

Beginning on page 17, technical and practical workshops feature introductory oral history and sound recording sessions. Review the program schedule that follows to find projects like The Mississippi Truth Project or Kirsten A. Weld’s Official Histories by which oral history and investigative reporting opens yet another commentary presented by the Guatemalan National Police Archives Project.