Wellesley Lecture Will Focus on Dictators and Human Rights

For immediate release:
March 5, 2005
Arlie Corday

WELLESLEY, 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 Chile.”

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.