Voices from the War on Terror: A Sensory Exhibit

Please join us for the “Voices from the War on Terror: A Sensory Exhibit” in the Kinetic Gallery in the MacVittie College Union. This exhibit is the product of a three-semester-long directed study involving nearly a dozen students under the supervision of Professor Megan Brankley Abbas. Opening night will include a brief presentation by student researchers as well as food and beverages. The opening will run from 6-7:30 p.m. on April 23; the gallery itself will remain open to the public through Friday, April 27.

“Voices from the War on Terror” began with a simple question: how has this 17 years-long war impacted the lives of Geneseo community members in ways both big and small? In order to answer this question, students studied the theory and methods of oral history and then arranged interviews with community members. We interviewed a diverse range of individuals, including military veterans, Muslim students, local community leaders, educators, and average students. After identifying patterns and contrasts in these oral histories, we framed the exhibit around the interlocking themes of confusion and experiential knowledge.

This gallery opening will showcase the collaborative efforts of Geneseo history department students: Malachy Dempsey, Isabel Owen, Cate Shields, Jessica Lisi, and Rachel Ollis. Student participants from previous semeters include: Chris Tursellino, Leah Constable, Katherine Zaslavsky, and Logan Cleary.

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