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UR Museums and UR School of Law Announce Guantanamo Programs

September 12, 2014

University Of Richmond Museums and University of Richmond School of Law

announce programs in conjunction with the exhibition Janet Hamlin: Sketching Guantanamo

Janet Hamlin

Janet Hamlin (American, born 1961), 9/11 First Arraignment, June 6, 2008, pastel on paper, 19 x 25 inches, Lent courtesy of the artist, © Janet Hamlin

Opening on September 11, and on view at the Lora Robins Gallery of Design from Nature, University Museums, through November 21, 2014, is the exhibition Janet Hamlin: Sketching Guantanamo. The University of Richmond Museums and the University of Richmond Law School announce programs in conjunction with the exhibition.

The exhibition features a selection of drawings and sketchbooks by artist Janet Hamlin (American, born 1961) who has worked as a courtroom sketch artist at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base tribunals since 2006, documenting the trials of the detainees. Since cameras and recording equipment are forbidden in the trials, her drawings form the only visual record of events that have taken place there.

On Thursday, October 2, 2014, beginning at 6 p.m., in the Robins School of Business, Queally Hall, Ukrops Auditorium, University of Richmond, Brigadier General Mark Martins, Chief Prosecutor at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, will present a lecture titled “A Conversation with the Chief Prosecutor of Military Commissions.”  Following the lecture there will be a reception from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Lora Robins Gallery of Design from Nature, University of Richmond Museums. A shuttle bus will be provided to take guests from the lecture location to the Lora Robins Gallery of Design from Nature and back to the Robins School of Business.

On Tuesday, October 21, 2014, at 7 p.m., as part of the Jepson Leadership Forum 2014-2015 series, Major General Michael Lehnart, USMC retired, will present “Guantanamo: When Command and the Constitution Collide.” Lehnart, as the commanding general of Joint Task Force 160, was ordered to prepare and operate the U. S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base after September 11. The lecture will be held in the Jepson Alumni Center, University of Richmond.

On Monday, November 10, 2014, at 6 p.m., Dennis Edney, QC, will present at lecture titled “The Rule of Law in an Age of Terror,” in the Robins School of Business, Queally Hall, Ukrops Auditorium, University of Richmond. Mr. Edney represented Omar Khadr, the boy grenadier from Canada who pleaded guilty to war crimes in 2010. Following the lecture there will be a reception from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Lora Robins Gallery of Design from Nature, University of Richmond Museums. A shuttle bus will be provided to take guests from the lecture location to the Lora Robins Gallery of Design from Nature and back to the Robins School of Business.

The lectures and receptions are free and open to the public. For the Leadership Forum lecture on October 21, free registration is required and opens three weeks prior to the event (jepson.richmond.edu/forum).

Organized by the University of Richmond Museums, the exhibition was curated by Richard Waller, Executive Director, University Museums, in collaboration with the artist. The exhibition is presented in cooperation with the University’s School of Law and several academic departments and programs in the School of Arts and Sciences, including the Departments of Journalism, Political Science, History, Rhetoric and Communication Studies, American Studies Program, and the Office of International Education. The exhibition and programs are made possible in part with the support of the University’s Cultural Affairs Committee and the Dean’s Office of the School of Arts and Sciences. The book Sketching Guantanamo: Court Sketches of the Military Tribunals 2006-2013 is available at the museum.

 

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