The School of Communication and Journalism’s Marie Colvin Center for International Reporting will host its first hot topics conversation of the semester on Wednesday, September 13, at 1 pm.
The event, “Chilean Coup at 50: A Reflection on Journalism and Politics at the Peak of the Cold War in Latin America,” will bring journalists together to discuss the long-term impact of the coup that overthrew the country’s democratically elected government and kickstarted a downward spiral of violence that still has repercussions today, and the role of journalism in the U.S. and Chile before, during and after the coup.
The coup, sponsored by the United States, put Augusto Pinochet in power for more than 16 years and resulted in tens of thousands of human rights violations, silencing citizens, democratic institutions and the press.
Speakers will be:
John Dinges: American journalist. He was special correspondent for Time, The Washington Post and ABC Radio in Chile. He is the emeritus Godfrey Lowell Cabot Professor of International Journalism at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Author of The Condor Years: How Pinochet and his Allies Brought Terrorism to Three Continents, Dinges was awarded the Maria Moors Cabot prize for excellence in Latin American reporting.
Alejandra Matus: Chilean journalist, writer and activist, author of El Libro Negro de la Justicia Chilena (The Black Book of Chilean Justice), Matus was exiled to the United States after her book was confiscated by the Chilean government a day before its planned release. Matus appealed the decision, and her case led to changes in the Chilean press legislation.
Marcela Alejandra Aguilar: Dean of the Universidad Diego Portales School of Journalism in Santiago de Chile. Her research focuses on long-form narratives and the Latin American form named crónica. Aguilar is the author of La Era de la Crónica and editor of several volumes and anthologies.
The panel will be moderated by Pablo Calvi, associate professor of journalism and Colvin Center associate director for Latin America. He is an Argentine-American writer and journalist. His long form, which appears in The Believer, Guernica Magazine and El Mercurio (Chile), has been listed as notable in Best American Essays, Best American Travel Writing and Best American Nonrequired Reading. In 2019, he published Latin American Adventures in Literary Journalism, a cultural history of literary journalism in the Americas.
Individuals may attend the event live on campus in the Melville Library W4545 or watch the livestream on the School of Communication and Journalism YouTube channel.