". . . But the past does not exist independently from the present. Indeed, the past is only past because there is a present, just as I can point to something over there only because I am here. But nothing is inherently over there or here. In that sense, the past has no content. The past -- or more accurately, pastness -- is a position. Thus, in no way can we identify the past as past." p. 15

". . . But we may want to keep in mind that deeds and words are not as distinguishable as often we presume. History does not belong only to its narrators, professional or amateur. While some of us debate what history is or was, others take it into their own hands." p. 153

Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History (1995) by Michel-Rolph Trouillot

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Brown University This Weekend

The Watson Institute for Public and International Affairs, Brown University, where we shall be at 5: PM tomorrow.

Here is the link explaining (part of) the occasion.

For where we begin driving to in a couple of hours.  In the rain.  No rain since July to speak of.  But this week it rains.  All week.  All along the coast.  Also loooming, potential hurricane, aimed right at us.  No one on this coast, or in this locality has forgotten Hurricane Sandy.

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