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UAlbany Conference Examines Chile's 9/11
Chilean Human Rights Lawyer Fabiola Letelier to Serve as Keynote Speaker

Contact: Heidi Weber (518) 437-4980

ALBANY, 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 and 1980's.

The 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.

The 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.

Eighteen 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.

In 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.

The 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).

For 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


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