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Argentines Las Madres Share Story

GENEVA, N.Y.—Two Argentine women, Nora Coriña and Margarita Peralta de Gropper, whose family members are among the thousands who have been labeled as “disappeared” by the Argentine government, will present a talk titled “Argentina's Madres de la Plaza de Mayo: Protest, Remembrance, and Genocide” at 4:15 p.m. on Friday, April 13, in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library on the Hobart and William Smith campus. The talk is part of the Genocide in the 20th Century lecture series sponsored by the Colleges. Admission is free. The public is welcome. The women will speak in Spanish and an English interpreter will translate.

From 1974 until 1983, approximately 30,000 people “disappeared” in what came to be called Argentina's “Dirty War.” Las Madres de Plaza de Mayo are a group of mothers and grandmothers of the “disappeared” who have been protesting against the disappearances and for justice for the past 25 years. They are internationally renowned and have served as inspiration for hundreds of other groups around the globe. In 1980 they were nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Most recently Las Madres founded “Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo Peoples University” in Bueno Aires. More information on the group is available at the web site

In conjunction with the talk two films will be shown earlier in the week. “Las Madres de la Plaza de Mayo,” a 1985 Academy Award nominated documentary, will be shown at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 11, in the Geneva Room. The “Official Story” will be shown immediately following at about 8 p.m. Both films feature the work of Las Madres.

In 1999, HWS initiated the Genocide in the 20th Century lecture series to bring speakers to HWS to discuss the issue of genocide. By bringing this issue to the forefront for campus contemplation, organizers hope 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. For more information on the series visit the HWS website The event is sponsored in part by the HWS departments of Latin American Studies and Spanish and Hispanic Studies

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