Researcher Studies How Art Impacts How Societies Handle Atrocity, Political Violence

By Lauren Gilger, Kaely Monahan
Published: Monday, December 16, 2019 - 2:52pm
Updated: Tuesday, December 17, 2019 - 9:11am
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Can art heal nations? That’s the question at the center of University of Arizona researcher Kaitlin Murphy’s work.

For it, she traveled to countries around the world — Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cambodia, South Africa and Rwanda — to study how art and artists impact the way these societies handle atrocity and come back from political violence.

It’s not the traditional approach to nation-healing. Murphy goes beyond the political and legal implications that might normally dominate the conversation. The Show spoke with her more about it. 

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