Conference Examines Chile's 9/11
Human Rights Lawyer Fabiola Letelier to Serve as Keynote Speaker
Heidi Weber (518) 437-4980
N.Y. (October 8, 2003) -- The University at Albany’s Department
of Latin American and Caribbean Studies will host its fall
2003 conference at the uptown campus Oct. 10-12. "Democracy
in Latin America: Thirty Years After Chile’s 9/11" aims
to re-examine the gross violation of human rights and the
suffering experienced under the military regimes of the 1970's
purpose of the event is to explore the lasting legacy of the
transformations brought about by these regimes as they are
being experienced today in the cultural, social, politico-economic
and intellectual life of the region.
program's keynote speaker is Chilean human rights lawyer Fabiola
Letelier, whose brother Orlando, a government minister, was
assassinated in Washington, D.C., by a car bomb in 1976. The
plenary session, “Democracy in Latin America,” will feature
Wellesley College professor of Latin American literature Marjorie
Agosin; Peter Kornbluh, director of George Washington University’s
Chile Project; University of Western Ontario associate professor
of political science Veronica Schild and Oberlin College history
professor Steven Volk.
panels on politics, social movements, culture, and human rights
are scheduled. Several cultural programs will also be presented
including a showing of the award-winning Patricio Guzman documentary
“The Pinochet Case” at 4 p.m. Oct. 10 in LC 2. At 8 p.m. on
Oct. 10, Skidmore College artist-in-residence Pola Baytelman,
UAlbany Professor of Music Max Lifchitz and Dean of Arts and
Sciences Joan Wick-Pelletier will present a concert at the
Performing Arts Center (PAC) Recital Hall.
addition, on Oct. 11, “Amigas,” an exchange of letters read
by the authors, Marjorie Agosin and Emma Sepulveda will be
held at the PAC Recital Hall.
conference is open to the public. There is an admission charge
of $7 ($5, students) for the concert; there is no charge,
however, for the documentary or "Amigas." The banquet
is open only to registered attendees ($75 on-site registration,
in addition to $20 banquet fee).
more information about "Democracy in Latin America: Thirty
Years After Chile’s 9/11," contact Professor Fernando
Leiva at (518) 442-4890 or Professor Silvia Nagy-Zekmi at
or visit www.albany.edu/democracy.