Archiving the Fringe – Documenting Countercultural Activism in Miami

How do cultural institutions document underground and fugitive artistic, literary, and political movements? Will historical record of the next century represent our social movements in all their richness, texture, and diversity, or will the efforts of activists working on the fringes be excluded or glossed over?

Join panelists Erick Lyle (a.k.a Iggy Scam) and Max Rameau for a lively discussion on building multicultural, sometimes controversial, and truly representative collections of record for the researchers of today and tomorrow. The University of Miami Libraries Special Collections has begun acquiring the papers of countercultural organizations in South Florida, including those of Erick Lyle and Max Rameau.

Former Miamian Erick Lyle is the author of On The Lower Frequencies: A Secret History of The City. He has been the editor of the influential underground, punk rock magazine, SCAM, since 1991 who has appeared on NPR’s This American Life.

Activist Max Rameau is a voice for homeless rights and victims of gentrification in Miami who has been at the forefront of movements such as Take Back the Land and the Scott-Carver Tenant Council which advocate for displaced residents of low income housing and the present day foreclosure crisis.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Reception 6:30 p.m. | Discussion 7:00 p.m.
Special Collections Department
Otto G. Richter Library, 8th Floor

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