GENEVA, N.Y.- Nora Strejilevich, a survivor of Argentina's genocide and the author of A Single Numberless Death, will present a talk at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, November 7, in the Sanford Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library. Strejilevich is an Argentinean writer who survived the atrocities of the “Dirty War” in Argentina in the 1970s. She has presented official oral testimony of the human rights abuses committed during the “Dirty War” and also testified to international commissions investigating the incident. Her talk is part of the ongoing Genocide in the 20th Century lecture series sponsored by Hobart and William Smith Colleges. The talk is free and open to the public.
Strejilevich's book, A Single Numberless Death, is a gripping drama that recounts the atrocities suffered in the 1970s by thousands of people who “disappeared” at the hands of the Argentine government. From 1974 to 1983 approximately 30,000 people “disappeared.”
During the atrocities, Strejilevich escaped Argentina and found political asylum in Canada where she got her Ph.D. in Hispanic American literature. She has been a professor in several Canadian and American universities, including Grand Valley State University and San Diego State University. Strejilevich was awarded a Canada Council grant for the writing of A Single Numberless Death and in 1996 received a Letras de Oro Literary Award for the novel. A Howard Translation grant was awarded for the translation of the novel into English. A Single Numberless Death has subsequently been adapted for the stage, and the play will open on November 9 at Grand Valley State University.
Strejilevich's academic and fictional writings include essays, short stories, plays, and poems. In addition to offering literary readings of her own work, she frequently presents papers and lectures concerning such topics as memory, social justice, and narrative.
The discussion is part of the Genocide in the 20th Century lecture series started on the HWS campus in 1999 as a way to bring genocide to the forefront for campus discussion. Through the series, the Hobart and William Smith community hopes to improve understanding of all life-annihilation processes inherent in our modern world and to help participants learn more about the circumstances under which life-destruction processes tend to focus on specific groups in events known as genocide. This talk is funded in part by the Latin American Studies program and Department of Modern Languages.
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