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“War Stories: Violent Acts and Violent Texts in Northern Kenya & Beyond”

Dr. Jon Holtzman, Professor of Anthropology, Western Michigan University, will speak Wednesday, Feb. 15, at 7:30 p.m. in the Weatherspoon Art Museum Auditorium.

Holtzman’s lecture plays off of Tim O’Brien’s concept of a “true war story,” and uses two disparate examples (the controversy over Rigoberta Menchu and German political mythologies that justified the Holocaust) to consider how to analyze the conflicting narratives (e.g. Pokot and Samburu explanations for the war between them) gathered in my multi-sited ethnography. The talk foregrounds the ethnographic context of violence and some of the specific aspects of Pokot and Samburu war stories about it, and then contextualize these within comparative examples accessible to a non-specialized audience.

Presented by the UNCG Center for Legislative Studies, the Department of Political Science and the Department of Anthropology.