When Words and Images Matter: Challenges to our time, A Conversation with Christiane Taubira and Raoul Peck
Christiane Taubira and Raoul Peck
For Former French Minister of Justice Christiane Taubira and award-winning film director and writer Raoul Peck, words and images matter for how they frame and cast the stories that determined and promulgate the systemic inequalities and injustices that divide and challenge our societies today. Their conversation continues the discussions about present day legacies of slavery, racial discrimination and hegemonic power relations raised by Peck’s documentary I Am Not Your Negro and in texts by Taubira, including Murmures à la jeunesse, and Nous habitons la terre.
Former French Minister of Justice and Keeper of the Seals Christiane Taubira received an Honorary Doctorate in Laws and Human Rights at UWM on Jan. 30, 2016. Taubira insisted in her reception speech that everyone “maintain a constant vigilance” when it comes to human rights.
Taubira served as France’s justice minister from 2012 until Jan. 27, 2016, when she resigned over a major political disagreement with the government's response to the November 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris.
“We are going through a difficult period,” Taubira told about 50 guests gathered for the ceremony at the American Geographical Society Library. “We are confronted with serious disturbances, chaos in certain parts of the world [....] We must understand one another and bring a return to reason [....] and understand our intellectual resources, the resources of our energy and will, the resources of our imagination.”
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