Symposium: What Does It Mean to Make Art at Guantánamo?


Add to My Calendar Monday, October 16, 2017 6:00pm to 8:30pm


John Jay College of Criminal Justice
899 Tenth Avenue
New York, NY 10012

CCR advocacy program manager Aliya Hussain will participate in an evening symposium, What Does it Mean to Make Art at Guantanamo?, as part of the ongoing exhibit Ode to the Sea: Art from Guantánamo Bay, which will run until January 26.

Karol Mason, President of John Jay College, will make opening remarks.

What Does it Mean to Make Art at Guantánamo

The panelists will discuss the history and continued operation of the Guantánamo Bay prison, including tracing the history of artwork in the prison and sharing stories about what art has meant to the men imprisoned at Guantánamo, and advocates and the public outside of the prison.

Aliya Hussain, advocacy program manager at CCR

Mansoor Adayfi (via video link), former Guantanamo detainee, who currently lives in Serbia and was profiled in a February 2017 episode of PBS’ Frontline, and is currently at work on a memoir of his time at Guantánamo

Debi Cornwall, conceptual documentary artist and author of Welcome to Camp America: Inside Guantánamo Bay, a a book and exhibition combining photographs, archival materials, and first-person texts in English and Arabic

Rabia Osman, student at John Jay College of Criminal Justice

The event is free and open to the public. You will need to check in with a photo ID at the security desk, and enter at 899 10th Avenue, at 59th Street. The symposium will take place in Room 630, Haaren Hall, and will be followed by a reception.



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September 26, 2017