Reflections and Readings on ‘Torture, Survival and Resistance’

Author, activist and educator Alicia Partnoy will speak from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 2, in the Mandela Room, on “Faith and Religion in Argentine Prison Writing.” Partnoy will discuss the roles that faith and religion have played in the writings of Argentinean prisoners. She will also reflect on her personal experiences as a survivor of imprisonment and torture in one of the many secret detention camps set up after the 1976 military coup in Argentina. On Thursday, March 3, Partnoy will be joined in the Mandela Room by her daughter, Ruth Irupé Sanabria, also an educator, activist and author, for a reading titled “A Mother/Daughter Writing against State Terrorism: From The Little School to The Strange House.” The reading, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., will convey the experiences of a mother who survived imprisonment and torture and a child whose parent has been “disappeared.” The events, which are free and open to the public, are sponsored by the Latin American and Caribbean Area Studies Program (LACAS) and co-sponsored by the Judaic Studies Department, History Department, Comparative Literature Department and the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities.