ISI Cosponsors Conflict Transformation and Literature Series

ISI is a proud cosponsor of The Art of Conflict Transformation Event Series, whose two-day event "Conflict Transformation and Literature: Exploring Transformations of Conflict Across Boundaries of Language, Nation states, Time and Memory" will take place from November 12-13. The event is organized by former ISHA/ISI fellow Leah Wing, and features Dr. Marjorie Agosin in three different engagements.

The first, on Wednesday November 12 at 12:30 pm in Herter 601, is an interdisciplinary graduate student conversation titled "The Aesthetics of Social Justice Activism through Literature." The second is a reading and conversation titled "Weaving the Memories of OThers" in the Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies at November 12 at 4:30 pm. Dr. Agosin's UMass visit will conclude with "Human Rights and the Arts," a student conversation on November 13 in the Honors College, Elm 230, at 10:00 a.m. <!--break-->

Dr. Agosín is the Luella LaMer Slaner Professor in Latin American Studies and Professor of Spanish at Wellesley College.  A poet, human rights activist, and literary critic her teaching and writing focus on themes of migration, identity, and ethnicity in Jewish literature, the literature of human rights and women writers of Latin America.  Her creative work is inspired by the pursuit of social justice and the remembrance and the memorialization of traumatic historical events both in the Americas and in Europe.  Among other awards, she recently received The Fritz Reidlich Award on Human Rights from the Harvard Program on Refuge Trauma (2013), as well as the Letras de Oro prize for poetry, and the Latino Literature Prize for Poetry, awarded by the Latin American Writers Institute for her book, Toward the Splendid City.  Her most recent publication is I lived in Butterfly Hill (2014).