Lecture Will Focus on Dictators and Human Rights
March 5, 2005
Mass. -- Two experts on dictators and human rights will speak
at Wellesley College on Tuesday, March 8, at 4:30 pm in the Clapp
Library Lecture Room. The event is free and open to the public.
Writers Peter Kornbluth and John Dinges will present “Humans
Rights in the Americas.” Both have written extensively on
South American dictatorships and rights violations.
“Kornbluth is the author of The
Pinochet File: A Declassified Dossier on Atrocity and Accountability – an important book,” said
Marjorie Agosín, professor of Spanish at Wellesley. “He
will talk about the writing of the book; it contains declassified
papers on the U.S. intervention in Chile. Dinges has written about
the conspiracy between Chile, Argentina and Uruguay, and what really
happened during the dictatorships in all three countries, especially
Dinges has been a correspondent for Time, The
Washington Post and ABC Radio. He has worked at National Public
Radio as foreign
editor, managing editor and editorial director. He is the author
of The Condor Years: How Pinochet and His Allies Brought Terrorism
To Three Continents (New Press, 2004). Kornbluth is director of
the National Security Archive’s Chile Documentation Project.
“Chile has become so important in the news because Pinochet,
the dictator, has lost amnesty for crimes against humanity recently,
so this subject is a very timely one,” Agosín noted. “These
are very courageous people because if not for them, the truth would
not have come out about the crimes during the Pinochet regime.”
The lecture is sponsored by the Spanish Department and Latin American
Studies at Wellesley. For more information, call 781-283-2402.