Brazil: Amnesty, Transitional Justice and the Legacies of Dictatorship

October 11, 2013   --   Columbia University
The Kellogg Center, Room 1501, International Affairs Building, 420 W. 118th Street

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8:30-9:00 amCoffee

9:00-9:30 am - Welcome and Opening Remarks

Pamela M. Graham, Director, Center for Human Rights Documentation & Research

Gustavo S. Azenha, Associate Director, Center for Brazilian Studies 

9:30-10:30 am - The Human Rights Movement in Brazil

James N. Green, Professor of  History and Brazilian Culture, Brown University.  Introduction

Viewing of  documentary, Anistia 30 Anos / Amnesty 30 Years

Paulo Abrão, President of the Brazilian Amnesty Commission

10:30-10:45 am -  Break

10:45-12:45 pm- The Campaign against the Brazilian Dictatorship in the United States

Co-Chairs: James N. Green and Lanna Leite, Brown University

Marcos Arruda, founder, Committee against Repression in Brazil, 1971

Ralph Della Cava, founder American Friends of Brazil, 1970

Paul Silberstein, co-editor, Brazilian Information Bulletin, 1971-76

Harry Strharsky, co-founder Committee against Repression in Brazil

Loretta Strharsky, co-founder Committee against Repression in Brazil

Bill Wipfler, former Director, Latin American Department, National Council of Churches

 12:45-2:00 pm – Lunch

 2:00-3:30 pm - Documenting and Preserving Memories of the Dictatorship
Chair: Pamela Graham

Carla Simone Rodeghero, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul. The Brazilian Amnesty Act of 1979 and its Implications

Pamela Graham, Columbia University.   The Records of Advocacy: Human Rights Archives at Columbia Libraries

James N. Green, Brown University. Opening the Archives and Researching the Brazilian Military Dictatorship in the United States

3:30-5:00 pm - Recovering Memory and Seeking Truth: Current Research

Chair: Margaret E. Crahan, Senior Research Scholar, Institute of Latin American Studies

Mariana Sanches,  M.A. candidate,  Institute of Latin American Studies. Gender and the dictatorship: the violations suffered by women during the military regime

Cleber Kemper, Fellow, Institute for the Study of Human Rights. When a state can not find its citizens: looking for victims of enforced disappearances in Brazil, the Araguaia Guerrilla case   

Marcelo D. Torelly, Brasilia University and Visiting Researcher, Harvard Law School. Transitional Justice in Brazil: from Reparations and Memory to Truth and Justice

5:00-5:30 pm-Coffee Break

5:30-7:00 pm - Honoring Human Rights Activists
Please note that we will remain in the Kellogg Center, Room 1501, for this portion of the event.

Presided over by representatives of the Brazilian Amnesty Commission

Granting of a certificate recognizing their participation in human rights campaigns during the dictatorship, presided over by representatives of the Brazilian Amnesty Commission.

Marcos Arruda
Margaret E. Crahan
Ralph Della Cava
Anivaldo Padilha
Jovelino Ramos

Paul Silberstein
Harry Strharsky
Loretta Strharsky
William Wipfler