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LIVE from the NYPL: ALMA GUILLERMOPRIETO: The Romance of It All Three Aspects of Latin America The Joanna Jackson Goldman Lectures Part One May 8 Part Two May 15 Part Three May 22

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May 22, 2007

Program Locations:

Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Margaret Liebman Berger Forum

Alma Guillermoprieto, the author most recently of Dancing with Cuba: A Memoir of the Revolution, delivers three talks on contemporary Latin America.

Please note that each event is ticketed separately.

PART ONE: Revisiting the El Mozote Massacre: How the Dead are Forgotten, and Survive

Tuesday, May 8, 7:00 PM

South Court Auditorium

In her first talk, Guillermoprieto revisits the 1981 massacre in El Mozote, El Salvador, which was indirectly sponsored (and subsequently denied) by the Reagan Administration. Through the story of Rufina Amaya, the last survivor of the massacre, Guillermoprieto explores the troubling intersections of government, the media, human rights, and the fickle nature of United States public interest in Latin America.

PART TWO: Carnival and the Samba Overlords

Tuesday, May 15, 7:00 PM

Berger Forum

The general myth about carnival is that it provides an occasion for turning the social order upside-down. In her second talk, Guillermoprieto shows how the opposite is true in Rio de Janeiro, and particularly on the hill of Mangueira, headquarters for Brazil's most beloved samba school. There, as elsewhere in Brazil, the prevalence of violence and drug trafficking has left most Brazilians with a life that is constantly, frighteningly and irremediably upside-down, and they look every year to carnival to impose a fleeting, joyful, order on it.

PART THREE: How to be Mexican: An Instruction Manual in Music and Song

Tuesday, May 22, 7:00 PM

South Court Auditorium

Mexicans have been governed by a false dichotomy for decades in their relationship with the United States, one that asserts that it is not possible to be modern and Mexican at the same time. In her final talk, Guillermoprieto discusses the destructive nature of this prevailing national logic, and uses contemporary Mexican music to illuminate changing notions of Mexican identity and the rich border territories that can exist between traditional culture and the cult of modernity.

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About Alma Guillermoprieto

Alma Guillermoprieto is an award-winning journalist who has written about Latin America for more than twenty years. A frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books and the New Yorker, Guillermoprieto covered the insurrection against Anastasio Somoza in Nicaragua for the Guardian and broke the story of the massacre at El Mozote for the Washington Post. She is the author of four books: Samba, an account of the year she spent with the impoverished carnival-makers of Brazil that was nominated for the 1990 National Book Critics Circle Award; The Heart That Bleeds; and Looking for History: Dispatches from Latin America. Her latest book is Dancing with Cuba: A Memoir of the Revolution. Her work has been honored with a MacArthur Fellowship, a George Polk Award, and a Nieman Fellowship (Harvard University), among other awards, and she is a co-founder of the Fundacion Nuevo Periodismo Iberoamericano/ New Journalism Foundation, in Colombia.

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