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Laurier Centre for Memory and Testimony Studies welcomes guest lecturer Pilar Calveiro
Originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, Calveiro was arrested by the Argentine military dictatorship in 1977. She was considered officially "disappeared" for a year and a half while being held in several clandestine facilities where detainees were submitted to brutal treatment. Calveiro would go on to earn her PhD in Political Science at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, focusing her thesis on the effects of state terrorism in Argentina.
Calveiro’s speech on March 20 will discuss three main forms of violence in the world today: the “war” against terror, the fight against organized crime and mass violence against “expendable displaced civilians,” namely indigenous peoples and migrants. Using these as examples of state violence, Calveiro will highlight new forms of resistance and how groups on global, national and local levels are overcoming the fear of public and private violence.
The event is being organized by the Centre for Memory and Testimony Studies (CMTS) and sponsored by the Department of Languages and Literatures at Laurier and the Department of Spanish and Latin American Studies at the University of Waterloo.
For more information, visit the CMTS website.