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The Wayne D. McMurray School of Humanities and Social Sciences Distinguished Speaker Series
In 2004, the first public exhumation of a mass grave in Andalucía, Spain took place in the province of Cádiz, bringing to light the buried history of repression under the Franco dictatorship. Professor Cate-Arries’ lecture focuses on the oral testimonies she has recorded with family members of the civilian victims who were “disappeared” by the regime in 1936. She examines how private mourning practices, personal objects of memory, and stories once told behind closed doors preserved a collective memory of the losers of a civil war who decades ago fought for the
democratic ideals embraced by today’s Spain.