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Writer, human rights advocate Marjorie Agosin to speak

April 11, 2017
Location: Mullen Commuter Lounge

In celebration of Women’s History Month, Ursuline College will host Chilean writer, critic and human rights activist Marjorie Agosín for a free, public lunchtime lecture on Tuesday, April 11, from 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. in the Commuter Lounge of the College’s Mullen Building.

Agosín was raised in Chile, the daughter of Jewish parents who fled for the United States prior to the coup that installed Augusto Pinochet as dictator in 1973. In both her scholarship and her creative work, Agosín focuses on social justice, feminism, and remembrance.

Agosín will read from her works, I Lived on Butterfly Hill, Of Earth and Sea, Harbors of Light, and The White Islands (Las islas blancas) as she considers the important role of women as keepers of memories, of lost languages, and of lost communities. In her writing, it is women who keep these communal remembrances alive, serving as the central figures in the struggle for human rights. She will touch upon the themes of exile and dictatorship, of the Ladino (Judeo-Spanish) language, of family secrets, and of the power of poetry and literature. Her presentation will conclude with chance for an open discussion and Q&A.

She has been recognized by the government of Chile with the Gabriela Mistral Medal of Honor and nominated for the Neustadt Prize for World Literature in 2003 and 2005. In 1998 she was honored by the United Nations for her human rights work.
Guests are invited to bring their own lunches; dessert and coffee will be provided. Those planning to attend should RSVP to Jackie Amos at jamos@ursuline.edu

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