UPDATE: FB LIBRARY / DATABASE OF REMEMBRANCE AND HUMAN RIGHTS

I continue to collaborate with German Historian Irmtrud Wojak on the FB LIBRARY / DATABASE OF REMEMBRANCE AND HUMAN RIGHTS. (The project is named in honor of German jurist and campaigner for human rights Dr. Fritz M. Bauer.)

As part of this project, we hope to cultivate a series of creative works. To find information on that “Library Within a Library” go here:

http://www.buxus-stiftung.de/index.php/en/fmb-college/research-topics?id=107

On April 23-24 (2018) I will be co-leading a two-day Exploratory Seminar at Harvard University dedicated to studying the following key questions related to the project:

What tools and methods would make a school curriculum that generates moral and intellectual bravery workable?

What are the obstacles to telling unique stories of resistance effectively, and how might they be surmounted via documentation and narrative ingenuity?

Whereas the academic rule of thumb is impartiality, and impartiality is in some cases impossible to attain, how might stories be told as fairly and fully as possible?

What are the uses of identifying universal parallels between acts and tactics of resistance originating in vastly different regional contexts?

What organizations should we align with to achieve our goals?

When should verification of a story of resistance be considered complete?

How best can we attract users to a definitive database / library of resistance stories?

How does the power of Big Data work for, or against, the vital telling of the stories of individuals who exist as names rather than numbers—people who often are inspired to act not only by tragic facts but also by pre-existing intellectual, spiritual or emotional concerns?

Can truth-tellers and truth-telling organizations be effectively protected against cyber-attacks and campaigns of misinformation?

What are the connections between resistance to injustice and physical and mental health?

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FMB DATABASE/LIBRARY OF REMEMBRANCE AND HUMAN RIGHTS

One of the professional blessings of this year has been my deepening collaboration with historian Irmtrud Wojak, Frieda L. Miller Fellow at The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study (2014-15) and managing director of the nonprofit BUXUS STIFTUNG GmbH.

Together with US-based German historian Susanne Berger, we have developed the following mission statement for two archival projects named in honor of jurist and Human Rights advocate Fritz M. Bauer.

“The FMB Database’s central mission is to research, document and share humanity’s extraordinary stories of resistance in order to preserve human dignity and to create a more just and humane world.

We do this because people everywhere and at all times, often under extreme conditions, struggle for their personal dignity. It is our task to remember this fight and, at the same time, to strengthen the respect of civil liberties and human rights. We accomplish this by recounting the extraordinary global history of resistance and the pursuit of human rights, inscribing the memories deeply. In doing so, we reject impunity for human rights violators and champion the ethic of accountability.

We call on human rights activists and organizations to publish their stories on our interactive website. We invite people to share their experiences and to conduct research in creative workshops, and we take the resistance stories to schools. Some of these collected stories we plan to publish as books or monographs.

In this way, we are creating a living archive of shared humanity.”

We hope to launch the FMB Database in 2017 and to augment its reach in 2018 with the FMB Library of print volumes.

To learn more about the FMB Library follow the link below:

http://www.buxus-stiftung.de/images/download/FMB_LIBRARY_OF_REMEMBRANCE_AND_HUMAN_RIGHTS.pdf