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Archives Matter: Three Nights on the Archives

Submitted on Wednesday, September 04, 2019

Archives Matter: Three Nights on the Archives

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Mon. Sept. 16 

12-1pm, BL 507         Verne Harris – Student and Industry Lunch time talk
                                       Archives & Social Justice 

5:30-7pm, BL 417       Jarrett Drake – Student and TAAG members talk
                                        In conversation with Jarrett Drake

 Tues. Sept. 17 

12-1pm, BL 417            Dr. Laura A. Millar – Student and Industry Lunch time talk
                                        Building Capacity, Building Relationships: The ICA New
                                        Professionals Programme 

5-6:30pm, BL 417       Dr. Laura A. Millar – Public talk

Wed. Sept. 18

5-6:30pm, BL 728       Verne Harris – Public talk
                                        Is Democracy Failing Globally?  Did Nelson Mandela fail in South Africa?

Guest speakers:

Verne Harris

Verne Harris heads the Nelson Mandela Foundation’s leadership and knowledge development processes.  He was Mandela’s archivist from 2004 to 2013, directed the Foundation’s archives programme for 15 years and the dialogue and advocacy programme for 5 years.  He is an adjunct professor at the Nelson Mandela University and an honorary research fellow with the University of Cape Town, participated in a range of structures which transformed South Africa’s apartheid archival landscape, including the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and is a former Deputy Director of the National Archives.  He has authored or co-authored five books, but is probably best-known for leading the editorial team on the best-seller Nelson Mandela: Conversations with Myself.  He is the recipient of an honorary doctorate from the University of Cordoba in Argentina (2014), held the Follet Chair at Dominican University (Chicago) in 2018-9, received archival publication awards from Australia, Canada and South Africa, and both his novels were short-listed for South Africa’s M-Net Book Prize.  He has served on the Boards of Archival Science, the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation, the Freedom of Expression Institute, and the South African History Archive.

Jarrett Drake

Jarrett M. Drake is currently a PhD student in anthropology at Harvard University, where he engages in a variety of archival, educational, and organizing projects that pertain to prison abolition. Jarrett also facilitates workshops with grassroots organizations around topics of transformative justice, liberatory memory work, and digital archives. Prior to Harvard, Jarrett was the Digital Archivist at Princeton University as well as an advisory archivist for A People’s Archives of Police Violence in Cleveland. During his time at Princeton, he volunteered as an instructor in the New Jersey Scholarship and Transformative Education in Prisons (NJ-STEP) Consortium through the Princeton Prison Teaching Initiative, teaching preparatory and introductory college composition. Jarrett earned an M.S. in Information Science from the University of Michigan and B.A. in History from Yale University. He was born and raised in Gary, Indiana, where he graduated from Benjamin Banneker Achievement Center.

Dr. Laura A. Millar

As a member of the Programme Commission for the International Council on Archives, Dr. Laura Millar will discuss the work of the ICA, particularly the New Professionals Programme, which aims to engage with and help support future leaders in the archives and records management profession. Every year, the New Professionals Programme provides funding for a small cohort of New Professionals to participate in the annual ICA conference. As well, these New Professionals are paired with a Mentor for the year, with the goal of providing the New Professional with professional advice and guidance from a seasoned practitioner. Laura will outline the New Professionals programme and answer questions about the initiative or about the ICA as a whole.

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