Saint Martin’s Harvie Social Justice Lecture to explore memory-making in post-Pinochet Chile

April 3, 2012

HarviePhotoLACEY, WASHINGTON — How can a society come to terms with collective trauma? What roles do monuments and museums play in reconstructing a complex past? Who decides what narratives ought to be memorialized and in what ways? Drawing on several public memory spaces dedicated to human rights, Alice Nelson, Ph.D., will engage the Saint Martin’s community in a discussion focused on these questions, exploring the political and moral economies of memory production in Chile following Augusto Pinochet’s fascist regime. Nelson’s lecture, “Monuments, Museums, and Memory-Making in Post-Pinochet Chile,” is the next event in the 2011-12 Robert A. Harvie Social Justice Lecture Series. The lecture will take place at 4 p.m., Monday, April 16, in Harned Hall, room 110, on the Saint Martin’s University campus, 5000 Abbey Way, Lacey, Washington, 98503. The free event is open to the public.

Nelson teaches Latin American cultural studies at The Evergreen State College. She is the author of Political Bodies: Gender, History, and the Struggle for Narrative Power in Recent Chilean Literature; co-translator, with Silvia Tandeciarz, of Nelly Richard’s Masculine/Feminine and The Insubordination of Signs; and a contributor to Bilbija and Payne’s recent collection, Accounting for Violence: Marketing Memory in Latin America. She also is a member of Bridges Not Walls, an immigrant ally group in Thurston and Mason Counties.

The Robert A. Harvie Social Justice Lecture Series, now in its sixth year, was created by Saint Martin’s University Associate Professor of Criminal Justice Robert Hauhart, Ph.D., J.D., chair of the University’s Department of Society and Social Justice, to raise awareness of social justice issues within the community and to honor the work of Robert A. Harvie, J.D., former professor and chair of the Department of Criminal Justice at Saint Martin’s.

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