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An Exhibit for the Lannan Literary Symposium and Festival
When the story of the massacre at My Lai, Vietnam, In March 1968 was finally revealed in the press, everything changed. Public opinion swung against the war, activism raged, and America began to withdraw from a fight that had lost all legitimacy. Poets, artists and activists remind us that all war is a failure of the moral imagination, and teach us through their language and social practice to guard against forgetting. Poetry restores to us the horror of conflict and offers paths toward its transcendence. Poets, critics, journalists and visual artists will converge to recall the lessons of war over this violent half century, and to plot new strategies for peaceful futures.
This exhibition features the participants in the 2009 Lannan Literary Symposium and Festival by drawing attention to some of their works. The Symposium will be held on March 30 and 31, 2009, at Georgetown University.