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Carleton Hosts its annual Foro Latinoamericano 2014, “The Politics of Memory and Forgetting in Latin America”

April 23, 2014

Carleton College invites the public to attend its annual Foro Latinoamericano 2014, “The Politics of Memory and Forgetting in Latin America, “ April 25-26 and sponsored by the Department of Latin American Studies.

Each year, students, faculty and alumni of the Latin American Studies Program convene to share in an academic experience that brings to the fore and to campus a major topic, event, and country of Latin America. Originally designed as a capstone experience for the students of the program, the Foro Latinoamericano has been expanded to include a truly communal sense. The Foro provides the Carleton community at large with the opportunity to participate in a major event involving Latin America.

The event kicks off on Friday, April 25 at 5 p.m. with a welcome by Dean of the College Beverly Nagel, followed by a film presentation of Tatiana Huezo's El lugar más pequeño (“The Tiniest Place”) in the Weitz Center for Creativity Cinema. A colloquium and reception with the director will follow the screening.

Released in 2011, “The Tiniest Place” (Mexico/El Salvador), “is the story of Cinquera, a village literally wiped off the official map during El Salvador's 12-year civil war. But on a deeper level it is a story about the ability to rise, to rebuild and reinvent oneself after a tragedy. Holding the past and present in focus together, the film takes us to the tiny village nestled in the mountains amidst the humid Salvadoran jungle, while villagers, survivors of the war's massacres, recount their journey home at war's end. When they first returned their village no longer existed. Nevertheless they decided to stay. And over the years as they worked the land, built new homes and started new families, the people of Cinquera learned to live with sorrow. The Tiniest Place juxtaposes scenes of contemporary village life, of Cinquera's remarkable renaissance, with stories of the war - how conflict arose, civil war erupted, and hopes for liberation turned to struggles for survival. ‘Don't cry when they kill me’ a mother recalls her 14-year old daughter telling her before running away to fight with the rebel army.” (Icarus Films)

Director and cinematographer Tatiana Huezo Sánchez was born in San Salvador, and moved at the age of 4 to Mexico City, where she currently lives and works. She is a graduate of the Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica and has directed several short films and documentaries.

The Foro Latinoamericano continues the next morning, April 26 at 9 a.m. in the Gould Library Athenaeum.  Following light refreshments including coffee and rolls, Michael Lazzara, associate professor of Latin American literature and cultural studies at the University of California, Davis, will present “Complicity and Responsibility in the Aftermath of the Pinochet Dictatorship: The Case of ‘El Mocito’” at 9:30 a.m.

At 10:30 a.m., Katherine Hite, the Frederick Ferris Thompson Professor of Political Science at Vassar College will present “Empathetic Unsettlement and the Outsider Within Spaces of Memory.” Following her lecture, a roundtable discussion on “The Politics of Memory & Forgetting in Latin America,” concludes the Foro Latinoamericano at 11:30 a.m.

This event is sponsored by the Carleton College Department of Latin American Studies, the Office of the Dean of the College, the Department of Spanish, the Humanities Center, and the Distinguished Women Visitors Fund. For more information, including disability accommodations, please call (507) 222-4245. The Weitz Center for Creativity is located at the corner of Third and Union Streets in Northfield. The Gould Library Athenaeum is accessible via Highway 19 on the Carleton College campus.