The Memory of Trauma and the Trauma of Memory Lecture Series
October 18, 2010
Frances Cate-Arres, author and Professor of Hispanic Studies at The College of William and Mary, was the keynote speaker of the second installment of the Department of Foreign Language's lecture series, "The Memory of Trauma and the Trauma of Memory: The Spanish Civil War and its Aftermath—Insights for Spain and Beyond" on October 13th in the Janet M. Daley Library Lecture Hall. Cate-Arres' lecture was entitled "Recovering the Legacy of Political Resistance in Exile: Photography, Collective Memory, and the Spanish Refugee Camps of France." She is the author of a book with the same title as well as "Spanish Culture behind Barbed Wire: Memory and Representation of the French Concentration Camps, 1939-1945."
In the lecture, Cate-Arres discussed the Spanish Civil War and showed images taken of concentration camps during that time. The photographs provided a visual image of what life was like for prisoners in these camps.
"One prisoner described the camps as a living hell," said Cate-Arres. "Concentration camps are the way to destroy a human being."
"The Memory of Trauma and the Trauma of Memory: The Spanish Civil War and its Aftermath—Insights for Spain and Beyond" lecture series is organized by Emmanuel's Department of Foreign Languages with the support of the Spanish Consulate at Boston.