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The Guantánamo Public Memory Project brought together over 300 students from 13 universities to research, document, and interpret the history of the US naval base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, and foster public dialogue on the urgent questions it raises today. The project was motivated by a concern that the vitriolic public debate over “closing Guantánamo” was severely limited by ignorance of how GTMO had been “closed” before, and how it could open again. Students enrolled in courses, taught simultaneously across the country, that used nationally shared teaching resources that combined history, theories of memory and social change, and hands-on experience.


To learn more about partnership opportunities, explore our resources below.

Interested? Contact us.




Local partners:

  • Teach a course on GTMO using our teaching resources.  

  • Host public programs using our speakers’ bureau of experts– from scholars to people with direct
    experience – on a diversity of issues.

  • Invite your students and/or communities to contribute to GTMO’s public memory by conducting additional
    oral histories, creating digital mini-exhibits for the web platform, or even creating an additional exhibit panel
    that gives your take on an underrepresented theme. Student work can be displayed at subsequent venues
    and on the website.

  • Host the exhibit, and use it as a catalyst for conversation in your community. The exhibit can be
    shown simultaneously in multiple venues, with conversations facilitated between host communities.

  • Facilitate local dialogues about GTMO and the questions it raises in your own communities.


HAL provides:​

  • Teaching resources, including readings and other media on Guantánamo Bay, and guidelines
    and models for community collaboration/co-curation and dialogue facilitation

  • Design guidelines for both physical and digital exhibits

  • Material specifications and instructions for production of additional local exhibits

  • Exhibit shipped and insured

  • Public program designs

  • Communications package and support for publicizing local events

  • Web platform for student reflections on Guantánamo Public Memory Project

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