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Upcoming events on Digital Scholarship and Human Rights in the Americas

Join HRDI staff to kick-off LLILAS Benson’s “Digital Scholarship in the Americas” series with two events led by guest speaker Professor Angelina Snodgrass Godoy, University of Washington. Professor Godoy will first offer a workshop “Addressing Human Rights Digitally—Ethical Dilemmas and Possibilities,” looking at the promises and pitfalls of sharing sensitive human rights records through digital platforms. This workshop will be held from 1:00PM – 2:00PM on Monday, September 26, 2016 in the 2nd Floor Conference Room of the Benson Latin American Collection, SRH Unit 1.

Professor Godoy will additionally present “Digital Archaeology: Tools for Truth and Justice in the Wake of El Salvador’s Amnesty Law,” to discuss the amnesty law in El Salvador and examine the possible role of digital archaeology in the pursuit of truth and justice there. This talk will begin at 4:00PM on Tuesday, September 27, 2016 in September 26, 2016 in the 2nd Floor Conference Room of the Benson Latin American Collection, SRH Unit 1.

Both events with Professor Godoy are free and open to the public. For information on the workshop and presentation, contact Albert Palacios and Paloma Diaz, respectively.

 

Background:

Professor Godoy serves as Helen H. Jackson Endowed Chair in Human Rights and founding Director of the Center for Human Rights. Prior to pursuing her doctorate, she worked at Amnesty International, and she credits her experiences among human rights activists—at Amnesty as well as many other organizations—as the principal inspiration behind her work.  She is the author of two books published by Stanford University Press. The first, Popular Injustice: Violence, Community, and Law in Latin America (2006), examines the phenomena of vigilante justice in the wake of contemporary crime waves, especially in Guatemala. More recently, she authored Of Medicines and Markets: Intellectual Property and Human Rights in the Free Trade Era (2013), a comparative study of the politics around health and trade in Costa Rica, El Salvador, and Guatemala. She has also written numerous articles on these and other topics for both scholarly and general audiences.

Co-sponsored by LLILAS Benson, the Latin America Initiative, and the Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice of the School of Law.

 

Written by Haian Abdirahman, Mosaic Fellow, Human Rights Documentation Initiative.

Tejiendo la Memoria: Weaving Memory in El Salvador through Archival Collections

As part of an ongoing partnership with El Museo de la Palabra y la Imagen (the Museum of the Word and Image) in San Salvador, El Salvador, the HRDI is pleased to announce the launch of the Tejiendo La Memoria weekly radio program online archive, featuring digital audio files available for streaming of all 28 programs produced by El Museo de la Palabra y la Imagen and the Association of Participatory Radio Programs of El Salvador (ARPAS).
Each short program highlights different aspects of the diverse archival and audiovisual collections housed at El Museo de la Palabra y la Imagen (MUPI) and are centered on important events and figures in El Salvador’s history.  Some of the topics covered in the program include:


–    The archive and legacy of Salazar Arrué (Salarrué):  Salarrué, well known for his book of children’s tales Cuentos de Cipotes, was a prolific writer and painter, producing some of the earliest abstract paintings of the 20th century.  MUPI possesses the personal archive of Salarrué, in addition to voice recordings of Salarrué and recorded interviews with his family members.  In “Tejiendo la Memoria 01: Biografia de Salarrué,”  MUPI introduces listeners to the life and legacy of Salarrué.  “Tejiendo la Memoria 02: Cuentos de Cipotes,” focuses upon one of Salarrué’s most well-known works, including a short reading of one of his stories.  “Tejiendo la Memoria 10: Salarrué y sus Nietas,”  contains audio clips of interviews with Salarrué’s granddaughters and a reading of one of Salarrué’s Cuentos de Cipotes.

–    Personal testimonies of the Salvadoran Civil War:  Chiyo, a 10 year old boy whose family was murdered at the hands of the oppressive Salvadoran political regime, recounts his experiences travelling as a child with the Frente Farabundo Martí para la Liberación Nacional, his personal journey since the war ended in 1991, and shares his passion for music in “Tejiendo la Memoria 11: Chiyo, un niño de la Guerra.”  Rufina Amaya, the sole survivor of the two day Massacre at El Mozote, offered her testimony of events to Radio Venceremos, the underground radio station for the FLMN, now part of MUPI’s collections.  “Tejiendo la Memoria 06: Rufina Amaya, la verdad sobre El Mozote” provides excerpts from Amaya’s testimony.

–    The life and living memory of Monseñor Oscar Arnulfo Romero, a Catholic Bishop who was assassinated by a death squad lead by Major Robert D’aubuisson.  Monseñor Romero, who openly challenged the repressive state regime in El Salvador, and called for an end to the military’s blatant violation of human rights, was a humanitarian and well-known for his weekly radio sermons. “Tejiendo la Memoria 14: Monseñor Romero, la voz por los sin voz” shares clips of Monseñor Romero’s weekly radio sermons, and presents a biography and homage to the ongoing legacy of Romero.  “Tejiendo la Memoria 15: Monseñor Romero Vive!” uses witness testimony and interviews to describe the events of Monseñor Romero’s assassination, his funeral, and the search for justice.  Monseñor Romero’s close personal friend, Mrs. Santos Delmi Campos, discusses the days preceding Monseñor Romero’s assassination in “Tejiendo la Memoria 27: Monseñor Romero y la Amistad” as well as the personal photo collection he left in her care, which she has donated to MUPI in order to share the legacy of Monseñor Romero with the community.

Each of these collections are part of MUPI’s campaign “Contra el Caos de la Desmemoria” (“Against the Chaos of Forgetting,”) an endeavor to preserve and promote significant materials from El Salvador’s history and to maintain them as part of the social consciousness of the Salvadoran community.
The Museo de la Palabra y la Imagen is a citizen-founded non-profit organization dedicated to the investigation, preservation and exhibition of materials related to the culture, history and identity of El Salvador.  Initially started in 1992 by Carlos Henriquez Consalvi, “Santiago” in order to preserve materials produced during the decade long Salvadoran Civil war, such as underground radio programs (Radio Venceremos and Radio Farabundo Martí), personal diaries, photographs, and documentary materials.  In 2009, MUPI created and launched the weekly radio program “Tejiendo la Memoria” (Weaving Memory) to offer insight into the diverse collections available at el Museo de la Palabra y la Imagen.

To view the entire collection of Tejiendo la Memoria weekly radio programs, click here.

To visit the website for the Museo de la Palabra y la Imagen and learn more about their archival collections, audiovisual materials, and exhibitions, click here.