The General and the Music Teacher:
Tracing Orality in the Dirty War
Archives of Chile
A Lecture by Steve J. Stern
Vice-Provost for Faculty and Staff and Alberto Flores Galindo and Hilldale Professor of History
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Thursday, March 20, 2014
2500 Posvar Hall
The fascinating archival trail of a remarkable music teacher kidnapped and disappeared by the Chilean secret police in 1974 provokes a new approach, methodologically and substantively, to the "dirty war" history of Chile and South America. The lecture will draw out the oral foundations of written archives, the human issues at stake during “dirty war” dictatorship, and a dramatic direct connection to General Augusto Pinochet.
Professor Stern is award-winning author of numerous books and articles on the Andes, Mexico, and Chile from colonial times to the present. His most recent books include Battling for Hearts and Minds: Memory Struggles in Pinochet’s Chile, 1973- 1988 (Duke, 2006); Reckoning with Pinochet: The Memory Question in Democratic Chile (Duke, 2010); and a co-edited volume on The Human Rights Paradox: Universality and Its Discontents (Wisconsin, 2014). In 2012 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Reception to follow lecture.
Sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) and the Department of History at the University of Pittsburgh.