“Las Mujeres: Three Generations of Latin American Women Write and Paint for Social Justice”

Thursday, March 31, 6:30 — 8:30 PM, Theatre Arts Arena (Rockville)

Alicia Partnoy will read and discuss her work, especially on her experiences as an Argentine “Disappeared,” a timely discussion now with the 40th anniversary of the military coup there and President Obama’s visit to Argentina this week.  Alicia will be joined by her poet/painter mother, Raquel Partnoy, and her poet/author daughter, Ruth Irupe Sanabria.

A book sale and signing will follow the reading. 

Alicia Partnoy, is a survivor of the secret detention camps where about 30,000 Argentine citizens “disappeared” in the 1970s. After three years as a political prisoner of the military dictatorship, she was expelled from Argentina and came to the United States as a refugee in 1979. The author of  The Little School: Tales of Disappearance and Survival and three books of poetry, her bilingual edition Flowering Fires/Fuegos Florales, translated by Gail Wronsky, received the first annual Settlement House American Poetry Prize in 2014. In addition, Grace Cavalieri, in her Washington Independent Review of Books column, chose Flowering Fires/Fuegos Florales as one of the 18 best poetry books of 2015.

Partnoy edited You Can’t Drown the Fire: Latin American Women Writing in Exile, and co-edited Chicana/Latina Studies, the Journal of Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social. Her work has been twice a Pushcart Foundation Writer’s Choice Selection, and a London Times best-seller.

A former Vice-Chair of Amnesty International, she is a professor of modern languages and literature at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles. Alicia Partnoy is a founding member of Proyecto VOS-Voices of Survivors, an organization that brings survivors of state sponsored violence to lecture at U.S. universities.

Raquel Partnoy, Alicia’s mother, is a poet, artist and activist. Through her more than 100 solo exhibits in Argentina and the United States she tells about Argentina’s culture and her experience as a mother living under a military regime. Her paintings and her 2013 narrative poem City of Red Horizons are a call to action against injustice. She lives in Washington DC.

Alicia’s daughter, Ruth Irupe Sanabria, is a recipient of the Letras Latinas Poetry Prize awarded by the Institute for Latino Studies (University of Notre Dame). Her second poetry collection Beast Behave in Foreign Land is forthcoming. Her first poetry book, The Strange House Testifies, was honored by the 2010 International Latino Book Awards.  She is an English teacher in New Jersey public schools.

This event is co-sponsored by:

The English and Reading Area, the Frank Islam Athenaeum Symposia, the Humanities Area, the Global Humanities Institute, the Paul Peck Humanities Institute, Peace and Justice Studies Community, The Potomac Review, and the Women’s and Gender Studies Program, and Settlement House.

Please contact me with questions.

Thank you,

Genevieve Carminati

Collegewide Women’s and Gender Studies Program Director

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