Claremont, Calif. (November 5, 2013) — Pitzer College presents Nepal’s Civil War: a post-conflict photographic retrospective, an exhibition that has traveled to Claremont from Kathmandu. The photographs from this exhibit are drawn from a larger collection, Frames of War, created by publisher, editor and broadcaster Kunda Dixit for the Nepal Peace Museum. The exhibition will run from November 7 to December 10, 2013. An opening reception will be held on November 7 at 4 p.m.
The original exhibit and the traveling version of the show have been seen by nearly half a million people in Nepal. This collection of photos has spurred national discussions about reconciliation and the notion of peace in a society deeply divided along class, caste, ethnic and geographic lines. Before it ended in 2006, the 10-year civil war in Nepal between Maoist insurgents and the Royal Nepal Army resulted in 15,000 deaths and hundreds of thousands of displaced persons.
Kunda Dixit, the founder of the Nepal Peace Museum, will speak at Pitzer College on December 10 about the civil war, the exhibition and the prospects for reconciliation and a democratic Nepal.
Pitzer College is bringing this exhibit to campus as part of the Pitzer Educators in Nepal project, a year-long program funded by a Fulbright-Hays group grant. This unique, collaborative initiative brought together Pitzer faculty, staff, four students and an alumna as well as nine local middle and high school teachers to travel and study in Nepal this past summer. This group of scholars is developing curriculum that will introduce local middle and high school students to the culture and history of the Himalayan country.
Nepal’s Civil War: a post-conflict photographic retrospective is one of several initiatives the participants in the Pitzer Educators in Nepal program will use in local schools to educate students about Nepal.
Pitzer Educators in Nepal was organized by Nigel Boyle, director of the Institute for Global/Local Action & Study, Mike Donahue, director of Intercultural Education and Pitzer Programs, and Michelle Dymerski, director of the Claremont International Studies Education Project. The show and visit by Dixit are sponsored by the Institute for Global/Local Action & Study at Pitzer College.