Accords: Peace, War, and the Arts

Accords: Peace, War, and the Arts October-November 2015 graphic

October 20–November 15, 2015

Robert and Elaine Stein Galleries, Wright State University

Benjamin Montague, curator

Visions of Conflict features four distinguished photographers whose work explores the impact and consequences of war in contemporary culture. Inspired by the anniversaries of the Dayton Peace Accord and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, the exhibition shares how artists have responded to their own experiences in conflict. Their images help instill empathy and ask viewers to question their own understanding of war. The photographs included in the exhibition function as more than just historical documents by offering insight into the emotional and psychological consequences of battle. Artist lectures by photojournalists Ziyah Gafic and Louie Palu will help audiences gain an understanding of the historical context of the work and observe how one can express the tragedies of conflict through the arts.

Artists

Ziyah Gafić’s Quest for Identity series documents the artifacts of genocide retrieved in mass graves across Bosnia. His direct, unflinching photographs have become tools for identification for the families who are still searching for missing loved ones.  These objects tell of the victims’ stories and speak directly to the genocide that continues to take place around the globe. Gafic believes that the objects in his photographs trigger empathy in the viewer and allow for connections that transcend cultural differences. Gafić’s work has been exhibited widely in venues such as Visa pour l'image Perpignan, Fovea Editions New York, Tom Blau gallery London, Grazia Neri gallery Milano. His work is regularly published in some of the world’s leading publications such as Time, Telegraph Magazine, and Newsweek. His photo essay on Bosnia was published in the book Tales from Globalizing World by Thames & Hudson.photo taken by Ziyah Gafic


Louie Palu’sphoto taken by Louie PaluGarmsir Marines is a series of large formal portraits taken of soldiers as they return from patrol in Afghanistan. These images invite the viewer to experience conflict through the detailed, yet ambiguous, expressions on the faces of the soldiers. Louie Palu is an award winning documentary photographer whose work has appeared in publications and exhibitions internationally. He is the recipient of numerous accolades including a National Magazine Award, National Newspaper Award nominee, Pictures of the Year International, and Critical Mass Book Award. His work has been exhibited at the Canadian War Museum, Baltimore Museum of Art, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Annenberg Space for Photography, and the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery.


Jessica Hines takes a personal approach to the aftermath of conflict in her series My Brother’s War. Hines investigates how the Vietnam War impacted her brother, and she struggles to make sense of the personal tragedy it inflicted upon her. Hines has been awarded several prestigious awards for her work, including the 2013 PDN Photo Annual and Lens Culture International Exposure Awards, Paris, France. She has numerous national and international exhibitions and is included in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum, NYC, and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, as well as others.photo taken by Jessica Hines


Larry Price’s Redemption Stories are portraits of adults from the Democratic Republic of Congo who survived years of conflict as child soldiers and women caught in the sex trade. Through the support of the Center for Investigative Reporting and with text from Richard Paddock, Price’s images share the stories of perseverance and hope. Price has won two Pulitzer Prizes and has been honored by the Overseas Press Club, World Press Photo Awards, the Pan American Press Association, and the National Press Photographers Association.photo taken by Larry Price


Harmony in the Heartland

Sunday, October 25, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

Schuster Performing Arts Center
2nd and Main, Dayton

Dean Kristin Sobolik cordially invites you to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Dayton Peace Accords with an evening of music celebrating peaceHarmony in the Heartlandfeaturing Wright State University’s School of Music choral and instrumental ensembles.

For over 20 years Dayton has been known as the home of peace by first hosting the landmark Dayton Peace Accords and then instituting the internationally recognized Dayton Literary Peace Prize. Please join us for this annual celebration of Dayton’s peace heritage with the Wright State choirs and instrumentalists and other special guests  at Harmony in the Heartland  in the beautiful Benjamin and Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center in downtown Dayton.

Tickets are $12 and available only at Ticket Center Stage; tickets go on sale September 25.


Conference Schedule

All events are free and open to public except for those otherwise noted and requiring pre-paid registration. Speaking events are held on the campus of Wright State University at Schuster Hall in the Creative Arts Center. 

Printable Conference Schedule (PDF)

Thursday, October 29

Time Event Location
2:30-3:45 p.m.

Panel: Wright State undergraduate research

  • Victoria Carson, Wright State University
  • Deborah Rocheleau, Wright State University
  • Hyatt Hammad, Wright State University

Benjamin and Marian Schuster Hall
Creative Arts Center
Wright State University

4-4:45 p.m.

Speaker: Sharon Rab, founder, Dayton Literary Peace Prize

Benjamin and Marian Schuster Hall
Creative Arts Center
Wright State University

5:30-6:30 p.m.

Reception with music (for special guests and paid registrants)

Millet Hall Atrium
Wright State University

Friday, October 30

Time Event Location
All day Poster display Creative Arts Center
Wright State University
All day Art exhibit Robert and Elaine Stein Galleries
Wright State University
8:30-9 a.m.

Coffee and pastries

Millet Hall Atrium
Wright State University
9-10:15 a.m.

Panel: Violence and the Literature of the African Diaspora

  • Mireille Rebeiz, SUNY Stonybrook, “The Disappearance of Women’s Voices in Postcolonial Algeria”
  • Kara Pernicano, University of Cincinnati: “Americanah: A Story of Depression, Diaspora and Double Consciousness”
  • Lynette Jones, Wright State University: “Intersecting Lives:  Culture, Conflicts, and Communities in The Book of Night Women”
Benjamin and Marian Schuster Hall
Creative Arts Center
Wright State University
10:30-11:30 a.m.

Plenary Speaker: Timothy Melley,  author of The Covert Sphere: Secrecy, Fiction, and the National Security State (2012)

"The Work of Literature in a Democratic Security State"

Benjamin and Marian Schuster Hall
Creative Arts Center
Wright State University

11:45 a.m. -1 p.m.

Lunch (provided for registrants)

Millet Hall Atrium
Wright State University

1-2 p.m.

Plenary Speaker: Claire Culleton (Kent State University), author of Joyce and the G-Men: J. Edgar Hoover's Manipulation of Modernism.

"Literature and Surveillance"

Benjamin and Marian Schuster Hall
Creative Arts Center
Wright State University

2:15-3:30 p.m.

Panel: Pedagogy and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize

  • Andrew Slade, University of Dayton
  • Sally Lamping, Wright State University
  • William Loudermilk, Edison Community College

Benjamin and Marian Schuster Hall
Creative Arts Center
Wright State University

3:30-5 p.m.

Featured Speaker: Louie Palu. Artist’s Lecture, followed by reception in Creative Arts Center Commons

Benjamin and Marian Schuster Hall
Creative Arts Center
Wright State University

5-6 p.m.

Plenary Speaker: John Beckman (United States Naval Academy), author of American Fun: Four Centuries of Joyous Revolt (2014).

“The Latest Combat Literature: American Consciousness on Transnational Fronts"

Benjamin and Marian Schuster Hall
Creative Arts Center
Wright State University

6-8 p.m. Dinner (not provided)  
8-9 p.m.

Theatrical performance: Voices of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize

Benjamin and Marian Schuster Hall
Creative Arts Center
Wright State University

Saturday, October 31

Time Event Location
All day Art exhibit Robert and Elaine Stein Galleries
Wright State University
All day Poster display Creative Arts Center
Wright State University
9–9:30 a.m.

Coffee and pastries

Millet Hall Atrium
Wright State University
9:30-10:45 a.m.

Panel: Mediating War in the Literary Text

  • Marda Messay, Washburn University, "Witnessing the Trauma of Former Child Soldiers: Lucien Badjoko’s J’étais Enfant Soldat
  • Carol S. Loranger, Wright State University, “Books as Tools for Mediating Cultural Difference in Andrew Krivak’s The Sojourn
  • Khani Begum, Bowling Green State University, "South Asian Filmic Responses to 9/11 and the War on Terror."

Creative Arts Center
Wright State University

11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Panel: Historical Representations of War

  • Lisa Robeson , Ohio Northern University, “Literary Genre and Perceptions of War: Two Arthurian Case Studies”
  • Tori Lane, Wright State University, “When History Repeats Itself: Finding a Powerful Peace in The Book of Night Women”
  • Crystal Lake, Wright State University, "Baroque Arsenals: The Tower of London and the Eighteenth-Century Imagination"

Creative Arts Center
Wright State University

12:30-1:30 p.m. Lunch (provided for registrants) Millett Hall Atrium
1:30-2:30 p.m.

Plenary Speaker: Karima Bennoune, 2014 nonfiction winner for Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here (2014)

“Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here: Telling Untold Stories to Counter Extremism”

Benjamin and Marian Schuster Hall
Creative Arts Center
Wright State University

2:30-3:30 p.m.

Plenary speaker: Bob Shacochis, 2014 fiction winner for The Woman Who Lost Her Soul (2014)

"Silence and Atrocity: One Writer's Attempt to Come to Terms with Man's Inhumanity"

Benjamin and Marian Schuster Hall
Creative Arts Center
Wright State University

3:45 p.m. Close  

Speakers

John Beckman

John Beckman is author of American Fun: Four Centuries of Joyous Revolt and the novel The Winter Zoo, a New York Times Notable Book.  His writing has appeared in GrantaMcSweeneysThe New York TimesThe Wall Street JournalThe Washington Post, and elsewhere.  He is a Professor of English at the U.S. Naval Academy and lives with his wife and daughter in Annapolis, MD.


Karima Bennoune

Karima Bennoune is a professor of international law at the University of California, Davis, School of Law. She grew up in Algeria and the United States. After studying law and Middle Eastern and North African studies at the University of Michigan, Bennoune served as legal advisor to Amnesty International. A former member of the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law, she currently sits on the board of the network of Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLUML).  She was has made numerous appearances on MSNBC and CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360.  Her publications have been featured in leading academic journals and in mainstream press outlets such as The New York TimesThe San Francisco Chronicle and Reuters, as well as on The Guardian's site "Comment is Free," Al Jazeera.comopenDemocracy, and The Huffington Post. To write Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here, Bennoune interviewed nearly 300 people of Muslim heritage from almost thirty countries, traveling from Afghanistan to Mali. The topic of the book is very personal. Mahfoud Bennoune, her father, was an outspoken professor at the University of Algiers who faced death threats during the 1990s but continued speaking out against extremism.  Since winning the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, Bennoune has presented her book across the United States and in seven countries around the world, including in Kenya at the African Regional Summit on Combatting Violent Extremism, in Abu Dhabi for a Ramadan Muntada, and most recently in Tunisia at the Congress of Tunisian Intellectuals Against Terrorism.  In summer 2015 she taught at Oxford University in the Human Rights Program. She was recently appointed by the United Nations Human Rights Council as the United Nations Special Rapporteur in the field of Cultural Rights.


Timothy Melley

Timothy Melley is Professor of English and Director of the Humanities Center at Miami University. He is the author of The Covert Sphere: Secrecy, Fiction, and the National Security State (Cornell 2012), Empire of Conspiracy: The Culture of Paranoia in Postwar America (Cornell 2000), and numerous essays and stories. His work has been covered by The Nation, The L.A. Times, The Village Voice,Le FigaroThe Wall Street Journal, Canadian Public Television, and American Public Radio, and his fiction has been featured on NPR's “This American Life.  He is currently writing about the cultural politics of security.


Claire A. Culleton

Claire A. Culleton is a professor of modern British and Irish literature at Kent State University. Her books focus on twentieth-century culture—Names and Naming in Joyce; Working-Class Culture, Women, and Britain, 1914-1921; and Joyce and the G-Men: J. Edgar Hoover’s Manipulation of Modernism. She has collaborated on three co-edited collections: Modernism on File: Writers, Artists, and the FBI, 1920-1950; Irish Modernism and the Global Primitive; and Dubliners 101: Rethinking Mobility, Paralysis, and Gender in Joyce’s Work (forthcoming). serves as General Editor of Palgrave Macmillan’s Irish studies series, New Directions in Irish and Irish American Literature.


Sharon Rab

Sharon Rab, founder and Co-Chair of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, is a writer and educator who taught English at both Kettering Fairmont High School and Miami University, Oxford.  She earned her BA in English at Miami University and Master of Curriculum and Supervision at Wright State University.  Twice a finalist for Ohio Teacher of the Year, Rab was inducted into the Chester Roush Educational Hall of Fame and the Montgomery County Public Education Academy of Excellence.  In addition she has served on numerous local, state, and national boards in the areas of arts, literature and education, including the Dayton Council on World Affairs Board and the Dayton:  A Peace Process Committee that presented the Dayton Peace Prize to Richard Holbrooke. Rab has also served as the Education Director of the Muse Machine and the Executive Director of the Muse Machine’s Creative Education Institute. In 2007 she was named one of the Ten Top Women of Dayton and in 2013 gave a TEDxDayton talk.

For twenty years Rab produced and hosted Writer 2 Writer, a cable television show on which she interviewed hundreds of local, national, and international authors.   A writer herself, her yet-to-be published novel Paper Scissors Rock was a finalist for the Pen Bellwether Award for Socially Engaged Fiction.  She has published short stories, memoir, poetry and research articles in local and national journals. Rab currently lives in Oakwood with her husband, Larry.


Bob Shacochis

Bob Shacochis is a novelist, essayist, journalist, and educator. His work has received a National Book Award for First Fiction, the Rome Prize in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. He graduated from the University of Missouri Journalism School in 1973 and earned a Master of Fine Arts from the Iowa Writers Workshop in 1982. A former Peace Corps volunteer in the Eastern Caribbean, Mr. Shacochis currently teaches in the graduate writing programs at Bennington College and Florida State. The author of two short story collections (Easy In The Islands, and The Next New World), a novel (Swimming in the Volcano, a National Book Award finalist), and a collection of essays about food and love (Domesticity), his book, The Immaculate Invasion, about the 1994 military intervention in Haiti was a finalist for the New Yorker Magazine Literary Awards for best non-fiction book of the year and named a Notable Book of 1999 by the New York Times. A former contributing editor for Harper’s Magazine and Outside Magazine, Mr. Shacochis’s op-ed commentaries on the U.S. military, Haiti, and Florida politics have appeared in the New York TimesThe Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal. His travel memoir of his journeys in the Himalaya, Between Heaven and Hell, was published by Byliner in 2012. His most recent work, the novel The Woman Who Lost Her Soul, was published by The Atlantic Monthly Press in September 2013.He lives in Florida and New Mexico.


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Dayton Literary Peace Prize Information

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As Dayton commemorates the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Dayton Peace Accords and the 10th anniversary of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize with many events and on-going activities, you will find related information at the following websites:

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