The Social Justice Institute at Case Western Reserve University will examine issues of human rights, liberation theology and historical memory by revisiting the Dec. 2, 1980, murders of university alumna Jean Donovan and three other churchwomen killed by militant death squads in El Salvador. The SJI will honor Donovan during the 2011 Jean Donovan International Social Justice Conference, “Repression, Resistance and Transformation in Central America,” Feb. 25 and 26, at the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence in Crawford Hall.
The free, public event is cosponsored by the Inter-Religious Task Force on Central America and campus organizations, including the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women, Hallinan Project for Peace and Social Justice, the Inamori Center, Inter-Religious Council and Share the Vision.
Donovan, who was from Connecticut, was murdered while volunteering through a Cleveland church mission program. An outcry emerged against U.S. support in Central America after Donovan and three Catholic nuns were discovered in a shallow unmarked countryside grave.
The program begins Friday evening with the showing of filmmakers Ana Carrington and Bernard Stone’s 56-minute documentary, Roses in December, at 6 p.m. A discussion with responses follows.
A visual investigation into the story of Donovan, who was 27 at the time, and sisters Ida Ford, Maura Clarke and Dorothy Kazel (an Ursuline nun from Cleveland), sets the stage for Saturday’s human rights and liberation theology discussions.
The event continues on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with several panel discussions—“God, Power and Revolution: Politics of Liberation Theology,” at 10 a.m. and “Confronting History and State Violence, Then and Now,” at 1:30 p.m. Marixa Lasso, an associate professor who specializes in Latin American history and politics, will moderate the afternoon session.
Contributing guest speakers are:
For more information and registration, go online.
Posted by: Emily Mayock, February 10, 2011 07:56 AM | News Topics: Lectures/Speakers
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