After seeing everyone’s presentations, I’ve felt refreshed by the power of community, of research, and our archiving. Although not everyone’s project is an archive/timeline necessarily, each project is an installment of a moment of time, capturing ideas and media of that time. I know I was inspired to do my own project based on the Laura Wexler and Lauren Tilton talk back in October—“Image, Archive and Event.” While I was at this talk, I was really impressed by the different technologies used for archiving. However, I didn’t realize how powerful archiving as a tool is until recently.
I was talking to other students about histories of violence against POC on the Claremont Colleges, and it was necessary to look at the documented history to get a more accurate understanding of the struggles that have occurred on these campuses. Without archives, no one would know about a lot of the violence that has occurred. This is why I feel empowered and proud to view others’ work—we’re archiving the now. And others will look back and be happy to have this resource as a place of learning.