In Conversation: atrocity in image

Do photographs of suffering bodies provoke viewers to intervene against abuse and atrocity? What separates humanitarian concern from voyeuristic curiosity?

At the next installment of the In Conservation speaker series at the Orillia Public Library, Lakehead University (Orillia) history and interdisciplinary studies associate professor, Dr. Valerie Hébert, will discuss the complex ethical dilemmas associated with taking, viewing, publishing and exhibiting photographs of victims of atrocity.

A specialist in transitional justice, Hébert lectures on the history of 20th century Europe, the Holocaust, Nazi Germany and the connection between photography and human rights discourse. In June 2017, she led an international interdisciplinary research workshop on atrocity photography at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC.

The lecture is scheduled for 2 p.m. on March 20 at the Orillia Public Library. The session is free and open to the public. Register by email [email protected] or by phone at 705-325-2338.

Photo: Dr. Valerie Hébert

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