REMEMBERING THE PAST
"Angela Findlay’ s lecture was really excellent as it offered an alternative viewpoint for that much-discussed period in history. I enjoyed her exploration of the rebuilding of German society and the tackling of the somewhat delicate issue of commemoration in this country. It was so interesting to learn more about the memorials built to commemorate German losses, and the different ways in which they have been interpreted. The lecture kept everyone’ s attention throughout with Angela’ s eloquent and informed slides. A great success!"
Lower Sixth student,King William’s College
REMEMBERING THE PAST. GERMANY’S UNIQUE CULTURE OF APOLOGY AND RECONCILIATION
IDEAL FOR SIXTH FORM, PSHE, ENRICHMENT OR GENERAL STUDIES. ALSO FOR HISTORY DEPARTMENTS OR SOCIETIES, HOLOCAUST STUDIES, PEACE & RECONCILIATION PROGRAMMES AND AS PREPARATION FOR SCHOOL TRIPS TO BERLIN AND WW2 SITES.
With all the current anniversaries and centenaries of the two World Wars the subject of Remembrance is hugely topical. And yet little is known here about Germany’s complex post-war process and its powerful culture of Counter memorials.
After the end of WW2 a collective silence descended over Germany and the horrors of the past were suppressed. Germany’s very specific situation rendered all traditional concepts of monuments and memorials irrelevant and inappropriate but in the 1980s certain artists resolved to create art forms that would confront Germans with their Nazi pasts and respond to questions of apology and atonement:
- How does a nation of former persecutors mourn its victims?
- How do you commemorate destruction?
- How do you remember what you would rather forget?
The art forms emerging all over Germany are fascinating, challenging and highly original. Some change or disappear over time; some demand interactive responses. All aim to keep the memories alive in the minds of the observers rather than in the memorial itself.
Angela’s Anglo-German roots, artistic background and years of research into the historical context in which her German grandfather operated as a decorated General in the Wehrmacht, puts her in an ideal position to give insights into Germany’s on-going efforts to find artistic forms for the remembrance of the victims of one of history’s darkest periods.
As in all her talks, she asks ethical questions, challenges pre-conceptions and evokes empathy through understanding ‘the other side of more familiar narratives.
USING FACTS, STORIES AND IMAGES OF PRISONER’S ART THIS TALK WILL:
- Provide shocking statistics on re-offending rates, costs, prisoner demographics etc.
- Outline the reasons why our prisons are failing
- Give insights into the real causes of criminal behaviour
- Create a deeper understanding of the minds, lives and issues of offenders
- Outline important elements in the rehabilitation process
- Demonstrate some of the ways the arts can address and change criminal attitudes and behaviour
- Show examples of prisoner’s art throughout
PLEASE LISTEN TO THE TALK SOUNDBITES BELOW
“That was certainly one of the most fascinating and thought provoking talks I’ve heard in a long time and this has been backed up by superb feedback from both pupils and staff. Not only is the message an extremely important one but also it came across so strongly in the wonderful photographs of prisoners’ art and you presented the arguments in an extremely accessible fashion. The statistics you use about re-offending rates and reasons behind crime are powerful in themselves although equally impressive was your empathetic approach to the issues presenting a dynamic case for making changes at the heart of the prison system.”
Head of Sixth Form, Canford School
“It’s a real lottery as to what you get when you book a speaker for the first time, but Angela’s talk was excellent. The delivery was well paced and kept the students fully engaged throughout. She really captured and entertained them with the stories from prison, but left them with some challenging questions about the purpose of punishment.”
Head of PSHE, Concord College
“Your talk was voted ‘the most thought-provoking talk of the year’ by the Sixth Formers.”
Head of Sixth Form, Eastbourne College
“As an Enrichment Talks coordinator, I have engaged many speakers from various fields. Angela’s talk was the highlight of our calendar. She delivered her presentation on Art in Prison to an initially sceptical audience of Years 10 and 11 but because the speech was so authoritative, engaging and accessible, by the end of the session the girls were fully receptive to the ideas and story of Angela’s experiences and many of them spoke to Angela and myself personally about how inspiring they found it. I would have no hesitation in recommending her to other schools and colleges as a highly professional and engaging speaker.”
Learning Enrichment Co-ordinator, Wakefield Girls’ High School
TO DISCUSS YOUR REQUIREMENTS, FEES AND AVAILABILITY PLEASE CONTACT ANGELA
All talks can be given online or in person. The content and length of each can be adapted to suit a particular interest or occasion.