NKU Six@Six lecture to explore transitional justice in Spain April 8

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Monday – March 24, 2014

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. - Spain. Just saying its name conjures the romantic country’s rich culture of matadors, flamenco dancers, futbol, and delicious food and wine. We may not think of the thousands of people who died before Spain’s transition to democracy.

From 1936-76, more than 70,000 people were executed in Spain by the country’s civil guard. Many were buried and forgotten in mass graves. Spain’s democratic transition followed and has since been lauded as an international model for peaceful change. Nonetheless, citizens have begun demanding answers about the unresolved fate of their kin.

In her lecture “Unearthing Bodies, Revealing Memories: Examining Transitional Justice Practices in Contemporary Spain,” Northern Kentucky University’s Dr. Kajsa Larson will explore how the recuperation of civil war memory is manifested through popular culture, public demonstrations, new government legislation, and the grassroots efforts of common citizens.

“This is a little-known topic, globally, so I have a personal interest in learning about it,” said Dr. Larson. “Many Spaniards who are my friends have been affected by these past atrocities. I, too, feel that I have a moral obligation to bring this information to an international platform.”

Her talk is part of the NKU Six@Six Lecture Series, now in its fourth season and designed to bring NKU’s talented faculty and their research to the community. The lecture will take place on Tuesday, April 8, from 6-7:30 p.m., and is free to attend. The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County has generously sponsored this lecture, so reserve your tickets today and find out more about this lecture by visiting http://civicengagement.nku.edu. The lecture will take place at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County Main Library.

Dr. Larson, is an assistant professor of Spanish in the Department of World Languages & Literatures at NKU. Her research specialties include 20th and 21st century literature and culture of Spain, and particularly work related to women, memory, and the Spanish Civil War. Larson received her doctorate from the University of Minnesota in 2010.

About Six@Six

The Six@Six Lecture Series, now in its fourth season, is sponsored by NKU’s Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement, which works to connect the campus and community. Six@Six partners include the Behringer-Crawford Museum in Covington, the Campbell County Public Library, the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, the Mercantile Library in downtown Cincinnati, The Carnegie in Covington, and the Baker-Hunt Foundation in Covington. Each partner hosts one or more of this season’s 14 lectures. The full season can be viewed online at http://sixatsix.nku.edu.

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