Francie Cate-Arries (Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison) is the Weingartner Professor for 2013-2015. Her current research focuses on cultural production related to the Franco regime’s ‘disappeared’, civilian victims of firing squads whose mass graves are currently being exhumed nationwide in Spain. As part of her “Voices of Memory/Objects of Remembrance” project based in Madrid and Andalucía, she and Weingartner Student Fellows for 2013, Megan Bentley and Katherine Wessman, filmed interviews with witnesses to the dictatorship’s repressive reprisals, including a former political prisoner; a veteran of 1939 French refugee camps; and family members of those executed without trial, Spanish citizens who now advocate for national legislation to recognize and redress human rights abuses during the regime. She is author of Culturas del exilio entre las alambradas: literatura y memoria de los campos de concentración en Francia, 1939-1945 (Barcelona, 2012), and a recipient of the SCHEV Outstanding Faculty Award.
Weingartner Student Fellows
Kate Wessman, class of 2013, recently received her B.A. in Hispanic Studies and is currently working on her M.A. at the School of Education. Over the summer, she accompanied Professor Cate-Arries to Spain as a Weingartner fellow to support her research related to the recovery of historical memory of the victims of the Spanish Civil War and Francisco Franco’s repressive regime. This research will contribute to Professor Cate-Arries’ “W&M Memory Works” project.
Megan Bentley, '13, graduated with a double major in Hispanic Studies and Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies. She is continuing her education at the College in the School of Education's fifth year MAEd program with a concentration in elementary education and a certification to teach English to Speakers of Other Languages. Megan was honored to be asked to join Professor Cate-Arries in Cádiz (and Madrid) this past summer to serve as one of two research assistants documenting interviews and photographing people and objects of memory for her Memory Works project.