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October 20, 2014
 
 
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Meritorious Autonomous University of Puebla professor and researcher Pilar Calveiro.
Meritorious Autonomous University of Puebla professor and researcher Pilar Calveiro.

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Laurier Centre for Memory and Testimony Studies welcomes guest lecturer Pilar Calveiro

Mar 11/14

Pilar Calveiro, a professor and researcher in the Faculty of Law at the Meritorious Autonomous University of Puebla, Mexico, will give the final presentation of the Laurier Centre for Memory and Testimony Studies’ 2013-14 speaker series. Calveiro will deliver her lecture, “Public and Private Violence in the Global World,” Thursday, March 20 from 1-3 p.m. in the Paul Martin Centre on Laurier’s Waterloo campus. 

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


 

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