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Historical Memory of Refugees from El Salvador

Speaker: Molly Todd
Date: February 8, 2023
Time: 6:00 PM
Address: Nelson Mandela Auditorium, Global Education Center

Join Molly Todd, National Humanities Center Fellow for her presentation on her memory work with refugees from El Salvador.

Molly Todd is a historian specializing in cold war-era Central America, refugee experiences, historical memory, and transnational human rights and solidarity movements. Her publications include two El Salvador-focused monographs, listed below; the textbook Undergraduate Research in History: A Guide for Students (2022); and multiple book chapters and articles. Her research has been supported by a Public Engagement Fellowship from the Whiting Foundation for the Humanities, as well as Fulbright and Mellon-Sawyer fellowships. Todd is associate professor at Montana State University, where she coordinates the Public History Lab and teaches courses on Latin American history and historical methods.

While in residence at the National Humanities Center, Todd will advance her book project on “pictures of conscience”—embroideries, drawings, photographs, and other art from Salvadoran refugee camps. Based on a remarkable private archive and oral history interviews, this study reveals the dynamics of grassroots cultural production in “stateless” spaces and the important work that art does in global human rights networks.


This event counts as a Campus Life Experience.