The University of Iowa

Peterson to speak on importance of archiving Feb. 29, March 1

February 29th, 2012

Trudy Huskamp Peterson, one of the leading archivists in the world and the 2011 International Impact Award recipient at the University of Iowa, will present two workshops on the UI campus. Both events are free and open to the public.

Peterson will present “Unfinished Business: Transitional Justice and the Role of Records” from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 29, in 1117 University Capitol Centre. In this workshop, Trudy considers the fate of archives in post-conflict situations, such as Bosnia, Rwanda, and other places where the integrity of records are central to the possibility of reconciliation.

Additionally, Peterson will present “Trash, Treasure, and the Act of Archival Appraisal” from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, March 1, in 302 Schaeffer Hall. Both presentations are sponsored by the UI Department of History in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

For the past 10 years, Peterson has made a career as an archivist for human rights, often at real risk to her own physical safety, consulting on the records of Truth and Reconciliation Commissions, records of International Criminal Tribunals, and problematic police records.

For more information, contact Linda Kerber at or 319-335-2299.