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The Art of Witnessing: Poetry & Social Justice in Latin America

Presented by: Marjorie Agosin, Poet, Human Rights Activist, and Professor at Wellesley College
Thursday, November 18, 2010, 12:30 p.m.
White Fund Room, NECC
78-82 Amesbury Street (Louise Haffner Fournier Education Center), Lawrence, MA

Activism and poetry in Latin America often go hand in hand and illuminate our understanding of our cultural and political imagination. In her talk, Marjorie Agosin will refer to and address the work of contemporary Latin American poets that have spoken on behalf of human rights and have created a poetics of witnessing.

She will also speak about her own work as a poet and the themes she explores such as exile, censorship and the role of the artist during times of repression. Marjorie Agosin is an award winning poet, human rights activist and a professor at Wellesley College. She has authored almost 20 books of poetry and memoir and has
also edited numerous anthologies dedicated to Latin-American women writers. In 1998 she was honored by the United Nations for her human rights work.

This event is part of the White Fund Enlightenment Series, a series of free cultural conversations offered by NECC.