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May 1, 2018

Solalinde – Annual Las Casas Lecture on Human Rights

The 2018 Annual Las Casas Lecture on Human Rights Thursday May 3rd 5:30-7:00 p.m. in PLC180.

This year’s speaker is Mexican priest Father Alejandro Solalinde, a candidate to the Nobel Peace Prize in 2017 and a tireless fighter for migrant rights in Mexico. He is the founder of the network of shelters and has been the target of death threats, harassment, as well as institutional ostracism from both church and state in Mexico. His talk The Migrant’s Path/El camino del migrants will address the ongoing humanitarian crisis of Central American refugees who cross through Mexico on their way North to the US and who become victimized by both narcos and police forces intent on charging a hefty “fee” for their passage in the form of money, but very often, psychological and physical abuse, rape, torture and in many cases death and disappearance.

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April 29, 2016

Spring Film and Speaker Series: Challenges to Peace and Demilitarization in Latin America

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April 28, 2015

Bartolomé de las Casas Annual Lecture–Gustavo Germano–“A Photographic Memory: Seeing the Disappeared”

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Bartolomé de las Casas Annual Lecture

“A Photographic Memory: Seeing the Disappeared”

Wednesday, May 13, 7pm, 182 Lillis

Gustavo Germano will examine the use of photographs of the disappeared to reclaim truth and justice in the aftermath of the military dictatorships in Argentina (1976-1983) and Brazil (1964-1985). He will present the “antecedents” of the use of photography—both by the State organisms of control and the families of those kidnapped and murdered by the regime, who generally used the same photos emitted by the State in their campaign to find their family members. Germano will speak of his project, which seeks to give visibility to the disappeared. The Argentine photographer has personal connections to the issue, as his own brother was one of the disappeared, whose remains were found only last summer.

This lecture is co-sponsored by the Clark Honors College, the Office of Academic Affairs, the Global Studies Institute, the Department of Romance Languages and the Savage Endowment’s Global Justice Program.

**”Ausencias” at the JSMA**

In his work “Ausencias” (Absences), Germano restages snapshots of Brazilian and Argentine families whose loved ones are among the “disappeared”–people who were tortured and murdered by dictatorial regimes in South America from the 1960’s to 1980’s. The two images—the original photo and the recreated photo, with one or more people missing, are displayed together.
The Latin American Studies Program at the University of Oregon brought this work to the Jordan Schnitzer Museum, which embraced the project. The exhibit is currently on view, running from April 14 to August 16. More information about Gustavo Germano can be found at his site, See also, and The Latin American Studies Program would like to acknowledge the generous support of the “Oregon Humanities Center’s Endowment for Public Outreach in the Arts, Sciences, and Humanities” in securing the rights to present Gustavo Germano’s work at the UO.

February 26, 2014

Bartolomé de las Casas Lecture in Latin American Studies

Professor Stefano Varese (Native American Studies, UC Davis) will deliver the 2014 Bartolomé de las Casas Lecture in Latin American Studies. His talk, entitled “THE RIGHT TO RESIST DEVELOPMENT: ETHNOCIDE AND ECOCIDE IN AMAZONIA,” will take place on WEDNESDAY, MAY 28, AT 2 PM, in the Ford Lecture Hall at Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art.

STEFANO VARESE is Emeritus Professor in the Department of Native American Studies and Director of the Indigenous Research Center of the Americas at the University of California, Davis. He obtained his PhD at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú and taught at the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, in Lima. In the 1970s Varese worked for the Division of Native Communities of the Amazonia in Peru. Later, he moved to Oaxaca, Mexico, where he headed “Culturas populares,” a unit of the Secretary of Education devoted to the promotion of Indigenous development. He implemented a number of projects, from bilingual-bicultural education, to artisan production, and to novel forms of political organization. In the early 1990s he moved to Davis and became a member of the Department of Native American Studies while also continuing his involvement with Indigenous organizations, especially the Frente Indígena Oaxaqueño Binacional (FIOB). His scholarly work has focused on Indigenous community development and self-determination, human rights, transnational Indigenous migration and identity, and Indigenous epistemology. He was the recipient of the 2013 LASA/Oxfam America Martin Diskin Award. His publications include Witness to Sovereignty: Essays on the Indian Movement in Latin America (2006) and Salt in the Mountain: Campa Asháninka History and Resistance in the Peruvian Jungle (2004).

For further information please contact Carlos Aguirre at or 541-346-5905.