Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Steve Stern Talk, "Dangerous Truths: Latin American Truth Commissions in Comparative Perspective"

March 20th, 2015
5:30 PM

Stone Auditorium, Woldenberg Art Center

Dangerous Truths: Latin American Truth Commissions in Comparative Perspective
Steve J. Stern
Alberto Flores Galindo Professor of History
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Reception to Follow

What difference does a truth commission make? After atrocity, which truths remain too hot to handle for a very long time? Human rights events in 2014 – a new truth commission report in Brazil, an intensified but rocky effort to achieve a peace accord in Colombia, a partial release of a torture report in the U.S. – underscored the continuing urgency of such questions. Comparative analysis of Latin America‘€™s truth commissions illuminates the tension between ‘€œmoment‘€ and ‘€œprocess‘€ in human rights awareness, and suggests the distinctive dynamics of truth telling in Brazil and Colombia.

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Sponsored by: The Stone Center for Latin American Studies, the Newcomb College Institute, The New Orleans Center for the Gulf South (School of Liberal Arts), and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese

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Jack C. Ling
Emeritus Clinical Professor - Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences