SLIS Alum Peter Balestrieri Shares the Moment He Realized He Was an Archivist

This video is part of a series produced in advance of the March 1-3, 2018, symposium, “Against Amnesia: Archives, Evidence, and Social Justice.”

We often picture archives as rare documents and artifacts—precious and too often unseen collections that preserve our history. But increasingly, concerned citizens, as well as professionals, find themselves desperately grasping the present—tweets, websites, sounds, smells, blood, and bodies—before it vanishes or is furtively swept away. Archives expose past actions that buttress our current crises and hand us tools to dismantle barriers to justice.

In the symposium and linked events, practicing archivists, engaged scholars, and interdisciplinary artists will share projects from guerrilla archiving of climate data to mining corporate records for evidence of organized violence.