Do photographs of suffering bodies provoke viewers to intervene against abuse and atrocity? What separates humanitarian concern from voyeuristic curiosity?

At the next installment of the In Conservation Speaker Series at the Orillia Public Library, Lakehead University Orillia’s Dr. Valerie Hébert, Associate Professor in the History and Interdisciplinary Studies departments, will discuss the complex ethical dilemmas associated with taking, viewing, publishing and exhibiting photographs of victims of atrocity in “Suffering and Spectatorship: On the Ethical Dilemmas of Viewing Photographs of Atrocity”.

A specialist in transitional justice, Hébert lectures on the history of 20th century Europe, the Holocaust, Nazi Germany, and on the connection between photography and human rights discourse.  In June 2017, she led an international interdisciplinary research workshop on atrocity photography at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC.

Hébert’s lecture will take place on Tuesday, March 20 at 2 p.m. at the Orillia Public Library. This session is free and open to the public. Register by email to or by phone at 705-325-2338.

Photo Credit: Larm Rmah