Memory and Human Rights in Chile [F-18-43]

Presenter: Liliana Trevizan
Location: SLCHA: Silas Wright House: County Gallery
Classes: 2 Sessions 1.5 hours
Dates: Thu 2:00 PM 09/06, 09/13

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A 17 years-long military dictatorship devastated Chilean republican history. While the country is considered the one with the most successful transition following the horror left by the military rule in South America, rebuilding democracy was not easy. How to move forward and advance as a free society when the ghosts of a horrific past populate the collective memory of a people? Memory and Human Rights are presented here as core stones in building a strong democracy. This course delves into the importance of a Museum of Memory and Human Rights inaugurated in Santiago in 2010.

Liliana Trevizan, originally from Chile, was a college student and a high school teacher during the military regime, and was also an activist for democracy, humn rights, and women’s rights at that time. She came to the U.S. where she pursued a PhD at the University of Oregon. SUNY Potsdam hired her 25 years ago, and currently she is a professor, teaching Spanish language, literature, culture, women’s and gender courses.


1. (Optional) Link to presenter’s article (available in "Google Scholar": "Performing Memory and Democracy in Chile" (The beginning of this article starts on page 21 - scroll back to the beginning.)

2. Link to: "The Museum of Memory and Human Rights"

CAP: 40

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