The Re/Moval Project: Against Forces of Forgetting, Choose the Power of Remembrance!

The Re/Moval Project: Against Forces of Forgetting, Choose the Power of Remembrance is an engaged humanities project featuring local and national faculty and select student work of REL392/692/ANT391. The project is generously funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation through the Office of the Dean of the College with support from the Humanities Institute, the WFU Provost’s Office, and the Kenan Institute at UNCSA. The following events association with the project take place in October and November, and they are all free and open to the public.

Choctaw Removal and Literary Sovereignty
A conversation and reading with Choctaw author, playwright, and filmmaker LeAnne Howe
Introduction: Julian Semilian, Film School, UNCSA
Moderator: Kirstin Squint, High Point University
Tuesday, October 2nd
7:00-9:30pm
UNCSA, Crawford Hall

LeAnne Howe is Eidson Distinguished Professor in the Department of English at the University of Georgia, Athens. A member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Howe has published essays, plays, and poetry in various journals and anthologies, and works as a film producer, director, and critic. The author of numerous novels and critical anthologies, she received prestigious awards such as the Before Columbus Foundation’s American Book Award in 2002, the Oklahoma Book Award in 2006, and the first MLA Prize for Studies in Native American Literatures, Cultures, and Languages in 2015. In 2012, Howe was the recipient of a United States Artists Fellow Award. https://www.english.uga.edu/directory/people/leanne-howe.

Decolonizing Museums
A Masterclass with Choctaw author, playwright, and filmmaker LeAnne Howe
Introduction: Andrew Gurstelle, Director, WFU Museum of Anthropology
Wednesday, October 3rd
11:00am-12:30pm
Museum of Anthropology, WFU

The Re/Moval Project: Against Forces of Forgetting, Choose the Power of Remembrance! Film Screening and Panel Discussion
Introduction: Julian Semilian, UNCSA
Moderator: Ulrike Wiethaus, Wake Forest University
Tuesday, October 23rd
Screening: 5:00pm; Reception: 6:00pm; Panel Discussion: 7:00 pm-8:30pm
Byrum Welcome Center, Kulynych Auditorium, WFU

The film The Unrestricted Life of Ted Fujioka (Director and Producer: Julian Semilian, UNCSA, 2018, funded by Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts) explores Japanese interment during orld War II through the lens of a Japanese American Buddhist survivor. A panel discussion of invited speakers and the film director will present reflections on the history of forced US removals from the forced removal of Southeastern American Indian nations to the Second World War and the contemporary immigrant crisis. A reception will follow the film presentation.

Objects of Power: The Material Culture of Contested Memory
Speakers: Julian Semilian, Film School, UNSCA, and Andrew Gurstelle, Director, Museum of Anthropology, WFU
Wednesday, November 14th
Opening Reception, 7:00pm-8:30pm
Museum of Anthropology, Wake Forest University

A student/faculty curated multi-disciplinary exhibit at the Museum of Anthropology on the power of museums to hide or honor memories of forced removal. The exhibit intentionally challenges the artificial divide between “objects of art” and “objects of culture” through the juxtaposition of anthropological museum holdings and digital art. The student curators are enrolled in REL392/692 and ANT391: The Trail of Tears Project.