Executive Committee Presents Orrego Hoyos

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FCIL-SIS Executive Committee Presents:

The Foreign, Comparative & International Law Special Interest Section invites you to attend a special 2011 Annual meeting event with Gloria Orrego Hoyos:

Never Again, Never Forget: The Role of Libraries and Archives in Reconstructing Memory of Argentina's Dirty War

From 1976 to 1983, Argentina suffered through a military dictatorship and program officially called the Proceso de Reorganización Nacional (National Reorganization Process), and sadly known as the Guerra Sucia (Dirty War). During The Process, which was born amidst violent, factional military and civil conflicts, thousands of people were arrested, tortured, murdered, and disappeared or forced into exile. After democracy returned to the country, Argentine society demanded to know the truth about the child kidnappings, the civilian repression, and the destiny of all of those missing (as many as 30,000 people) during the military regime. However, in the early 1980s, while still in power, the military had attempted to destroy all documents and physical evidence related to The Process, so information was thought to be scarce.

It took over 20 years to start a civil reconstruction of memory, to begin the institutional search for the abducted children, and to advance the judicial causes against the soldiers and the Junta Militar (Military Junta) who carried out this regime of terror. From the beginning, libraries and archives became sources of law and sites of information, contributing directly to the formation of democratic values, and ensuring the protection of all evidence (documentary, audio-visual, and physical) that allows for today's prosecution of those responsible for killings, abductions, and enforced disappearances.

The labor of librarians and archivists contribute significantly in the construction of the new, democratic Argentine society. Argentina’s libraries and archives serve as a source of evidence for the the enforcement of human rights. The librarian is a direct contributor in the formation of heritage, values, memory, identity and knowledge through the preservation and facilitation of access to documentation and research support in this historical process.

There, where word was silenced by censorship, where prescribed rights were denied by oppression, the librarian and the archivist became facilitators of social construction of memory.

Please join us in welcoming Gloria Orrego Hoyos to Philadelphia this summer.

We hope you will join us for what promises to be a fascinating discussion with Ms. Orrego Hoyos on:

Monday, July 25, 2011, 12 noon – 1:00 pm, PCC Room 112-B

This event is open to the entire AALL community