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    Activism in Latin America

    April 1 - 3, 2013


    activism in Latin America

    Monday, April 1, 2013

    7:00 pm
    Meacham Auditorium
    Film Screening
    “The Milk of Sorrow”
    Peru, 2009.  
    Director: Claudia Llosa

    Special Guest:
    Harvard University anthropologist
    Kimberly Theidon
    Author of Entre Prójimos and Intimate Enemies: Violence and Reconciliation in Peru (2012)

    Tuesday, April 2, 2013

    6:00 pm
    Dinner by invitation
    Kerr Student Lounge
    OU College of Law

    Keynote address by
    2013 Howell Lecturer
    Dr. Mario Waissbluth
    Founder of Educación 2020

    “How to Build an Influential
    Civil Society Movement”

    Year of Activism

    Wednesday, April 3, 2013
    Zarrow Hall
    J. J. Rhyne Room
    School of Social Work

    9:00 am - 10:15 am
    Activism and Crime
    with Heriberto Paredes
    “Logros de las justicias comunitarias y fracasos del estado mexicano” (Community Justice Triumphs and Mexican State Failures)
    (Spanish with English translation)
    10:30 am - 11:45 am
    Activism and Human Rights
    with María Alejandra Romero Niklison
    “Argentina: dictadura y el largo camino hasta la justicia”
    (Argentina: Dictatorship and the Long Road to Justice)
    (Spanish with English translation)

    12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
    Lunch Break
    Zarrow Hall

    1:30 pm - 2:45 pm
    Activism and Resources
    with Dr. Raquel Yrigoyen
    “Fighting for Indigenous Rights in the Natural Resource Boom”

    3:00 pm - 4:15 pm
    Activism and Health
    with Dr. Flavio Wittlin
    and Helena Bastos Wittlin

    “Can Poverty and Health be Compatible in Brazil? Viramundo’s Visible Voice Response”
    (Portuguese with English translation)

    4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
    Round Table with all activists

    "The Milk of Sorrow"

    Fausta is suffering from a rare disease called the Milk of Sorrow, which is transmitted through the breast milk of pregnant women who were abused or raped (in times of terrorism, in Peru) during or soon after pregnancy. While living in constant fear and confusion due to this “disease,” she must face the sudden death of her mother. She chooses to take drastic measures to not follow in her mother’s footsteps.

    The film was inspired by the book Entre Prójimos by Kimberly Theidon.

    Kimberly Theidon

    Kimberly Theidon
    Harvard University anthropologist
    Author of Entre Prójimos and Intimate Enemies: Violence and Reconciliation in Peru (2012)

    Dr. Kimberly Theidon is a medical anthropologist focusing on Latin America. Her first book Entre Prójimos: El conflicto armado interno y la política de la reconciliación en el Perú draws upon extensive qualitative research on political violence, trauma, religious movements and struggles over memory in post-war Peru. Entre Prójimos served as the primary inspiration for the film “The Milk of Sorrow” by Claudia Vargas Llosa.

    Dr. Mario Waissbluth

    Mario Waissbluth
    Keynote Speaker & Howell Lecturer

    Mario Waissbluth is founder of Educación 2020. Educación 2020 has become one of the main supporters of the Chilean student movement. Educación 2020 produces research relevant to the discussion about higher education in Chile. He is a Chemical Engineer from the Universidad de Chile (1970) and holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin (1974). Dr. Waissbluth was Technology Manager at the National Council for Science and Technology in Mexico, and Director of the Center for Technological Innovation of the National University of Mexico.

    Dr. Waissbluth has published more than 70 papers and/or book chapters, and managed more than 150 consulting projects in subjects ranging from education policy and biotechnology to strategic planning, technology management and public sector management.

    Heriberto Paredes Coronel

    Heriberto Paredes Coronel is an investigative reporter and photojournalist based in Mexico City. He is a founding member of SubVersiones, an independent press association working with civil society movements. He also collaborates with the website Rompeviento Televisión and with Variopinto magazine. Paredes has exhibited his photographs in Cuba, Mexico, and Norway.

    María Alejandra Romero Niklison

    María Alejandra Romero Niklison is a lawyer from Argentina who has litigated several court cases on behalf of the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights, mostly from her Province of Santa Fe. She has uncovered numerous violations during the military régime of 1975 to 1983 and lectured extensively about human rights.

    Raquel Zonia Yrigoyen Fajardo

    Raquel Yrigoyen is a Peruvian lawyer specializing in indigenous community rights as they relate to the large-scale exploitation of natural resources such as gold, oil, and lumber. Yrigoyen has a PhD in Law from the University of Barcelona and has worked for Peru’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission and Human Rights Ombudsman.  She has worked on indigenous rights issues in her native Peru, and in countries in Latin America and Asia with organizations such as the United Nations, USAID, the ILO, and the Inter-American Human Rights Commission.

    Flavio and Helena Wittlin

    Flavio and Helena Wittlin direct the Brazilian non-profit organization, Viramundo, based in the favela of Rocinha located in Rio de Janeiro. A medical doctor and psychologist by training, the pair employ a methodology called photo voice. Photo voice empowers favela residents, especially youth, to use media technology to document the health care challenges they face in their community and to become public health educators. Flavio is also the coordinator of the Health & Environmental Education (HEED) Course at PUC-Rio (Catholic Pontifical University of Rio de Janeiro), a multidisciplinary extension course designed for national and international students. One of the unique features of this course is that each class has featured Rocinha students. In addition to serving as Viramundo’s president, Helena also runs the Projeto Jovem (Youth Project) which is related to another NGO called Amigos da Vida. She works directly with adolescents in restoring self-esteem while encouraging them to defend their civil and human rights in the fields of health, education, culture, environment, employment and citizenship.