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Witness With a Notepad: Chronicling War, Revolution, Dictatorship, and Life in Peru

Gustavo Gorriti
February 26th, 2016
12:00 PM


Friday, February 26, 2016

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Forum for Scholars and Publics (Old Chem 011)

Light lunch served.

Join us for a conversation with acclaimed Latin American journalist Gustavo Gorriti. Gorriti will talk about life and politics in Peru, and his more than thirty years covering war, revolution, and dictatorship there. This discussion will be moderated by Duke University Professor of Anthropology, Orin Starn.

Co-sponsored by the Franklin Humanities Institute; the Duke Human Rights Center@FHI; Duke Immerse; the Program in Marxism and Society; the DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy; the Program in Literature; the Department of Cultural Anthropology; the Spanish Language Program; the Department of History; the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies; and the Forum for Scholars and Publics.

Gustavo Gorriti

Instituto de Defensa Legal (Lima, Peru)

Gustavo Gorriti is one of Latin America’s best-known journalists. He was a staff writer for Caretas, Peru’s leading newsweekly, and his writing has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Harper’s and many other outlets. Gorriti has won numerous prizes, including the International Press Freedom Award from the Committee to Protect Journalists. He is the author of the Shining Path: A History of the Millenarian War in Peru, widely considered the best book about the rebels, and now directs the journalism section at Lima’s Instituto de Defensa Legal.  

Orin Starn

Duke University

Orin Starn is a professor of cultural anthropology at Duke University. Early in his career he worked for many years in Peru, and is lead editor of the popular The Peru Reader as well authoring his own book Nightwatch about Andean village organizing. Starn's more recent books address topics ranging from indigenous people's rights to the role of sports in society. His op-ed pieces have run in the Los Angeles Times, the Huffington Post, and other outlets, and he has appeared on NPR, ESPN and many other radio and tv programs. His newest research projects focus on life in Peru and the experience of Latina housecleaners in North Carolina.