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Guest Speaker: Guantanamo Courtroom Artist Janet Hamlin Comments

Artist Janet Hamlin has been making sketches of the hearings at Guantanamo Bay since 2006. She has made more than 25 trips to Guantanamo to function, until recently, as the only person to provide images from the military tribunals being conducted there.

Her book, Sketching Guantanamo, is being released this fall and she will share with us not only her artwork but the behind the scenes stories of what it’s like to submit your work to military censors, what it’s like to be, in effect, a pool reporter supplying work to multiple outlets, and what it’s like to portray people accused of some of the worst crimes possible when those people being portrayed also have veto power over your drawings. (As a signatory to the Geneva Convention we have to abide by this and you’ll find out what happened when Janet made Sheik Khalid Mohammed’s nose too large in one drawing.)

After her appearance at Hofstra, she will return to Cuba again for more proceedings.

Presented by the Department of Journalism, Media Studies and Public Relations.


Date: Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Location: Breslin 105

Tuesday, November 12, 2013



Breslin Hall
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