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Silent Witnesses

Silent Witnesses

Oct. 3, 2012 - Jan. 20, 2013

At the Robert M. Bird Health Sciences Library Lobby

OU Health Sciences Center

1000 Stanton L. Young Blvd, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73117

Nearly 800 innocent people are either killed or maimed each month as a result of more than 100 million mines lying scattered across more than 60 countries throughout the world. Originally a collaboration between the United Nations and the Center for International Health and Cooperation, Silent Witnesses was organized by Kevin M. Cahill, M.D., and photographer Thomas Roma in July 1995 for the United Nations International Meeting on Mine Clearance in Geneva, Switzerland.

The exhibition tells a remarkable tale of terrible suffering and pain mixed with incredible determination, accomplishment and hope through the contributions of 25 internationally acclaimed photographers. Through the use of prosthetic legs as subject matter, the artists hope viewers will identify with the ever-increasing humanitarian and diplomatic efforts to stop the landmine epidemic from spreading.


Dr. Cahill is President and Director of the Center for International Health and Cooperation in New York City. He also serves as Clinical Professor of Tropical Medicine at New York University and as Professor and Chairman of the Department of International Health at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. He is Senior Medical Consultant to the United Nations Health Service, as well as to numerous foreign governments, and he has carried out medical research and refugee relief work in Somalia for more than 50 years.

Due to his longtime friendship with OU Regent Max Weitzenhoffer, Dr. Cahill gave his collection of photographs comprising Silent Witnesses to the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art in 2012. This exhibition is a joint collaboration between the FJJMA and the OU Health Sciences Center.

Dr. Cahill will give remarks preceding this exhibition’s opening reception at 5:30 pm, October 3 in the lobby of the Robert M. Bird Health Sciences Library in Oklahoma City. The public is invited to attend the complimentary reception

Read our press release here.


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Tuesday October 16, 7 pm

Turtles Can Fly

(2004, directed by Bahman Ghobadi) 98 min. In this haunting film, Kurdish children organize to clear minefields for trade on the eve of the American invasion of Iraq. This drama was the official Iranian entry for the 2004 Academy Awards. In Persian and Kurdish with English subtitles.


Charles Harbutt (U.S., b. 1936)

Untitled, 1995

Black and white photograph, 1015⁄16 x 137⁄8 in.

Gift of Dr. Kevin Cahill, 2012




Elaine Mayes (U.S., b. 1936)

Untitled, 1995

Chromogenic color print, 97⁄8 x 63⁄4 in.

Gift of Dr. Kevin Cahill, 2012