Book Talk: Stitching Truth, with Jeff Kelly Lowenstein and Juan Castellanos
By: Education Program Gottesman Libraries
Published: 04/01/2017
Uploaded: 04/25/2017
Uploaded by: Education Program Gottesman Libraries
Pockets: Book Talks, Gottesman Libraries Archive, Gottesman Libraries' Education Program
Tags: activism, art, Chile, democracy, global citizenship, Pinochet, politics

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Description/Abstract: Book Talk: Stitching Truth: Confronting Chile's Past in Writing and the Classroom, with Jeff Kelly Lowenstein & Juan Castellanos, Thursday, 4/27, 6-8pm

Please join us for a joint book talk with Jeff Kelly Lowenstein and Juan Castellanos on The Chilean Chronicles: Moments and Memory Forty Years After The Pinochet Coup (Three Weddings Press, 2016) and Stitching Truth: Women's Protest Art in Pinochet's Chile (Facing History and Ourselves, 2008). Learn how political history, dictatorship, activism, art, women, and democracy, with a focus on Chile, shape curriculum and encourage dialog about active citizenry, ethics, social responsibility, and justice.

"The Chilean Chronicles: Moments and Memory Forty Years After The Pinochet Coup is a selection of Jeff Kelly Lowenstein’s writing during his semester as a Fulbright Scholar at the University Diego Portales in Santiago. Written during a consequential period in Chilean history, the work brings together Kelly Lowenstein’s writings on the unprecedented eruption of memory before the fortieth anniversary of the overthrow of the democratically-elected Allende government, his experience teaching the nation’s first semester-long Data Journalism class, his travels throughout the country, and the many people he encountered along the way. Alternating between humor and sober reflection, Chilean Chronicles tackles the impact of history’s painful legacies on daily life in a still-emerging democracy while recounting stories that would otherwise go untold."
-- Book Description

"Stitching Truth: Women's Protest Art in Pinochet's Chile is the story of the sisters, wives, and mothers who made up the women's protest movement in Chile during Pinochet's dictatorship (1973-1990). It is an incredible story of courage and resistance. Facing what would seem like insurmountable odds, the women challenged silence and terror imposed by Pinochet, his military, and his secret police. Intended to make the material appropriate for classroom use, this case study includes Connections questions for student reflection, suggested further reading, and primary source documents. A translation of this resource is also available to educators teaching in a Spanish-speaking setting."
-- Publisher's Description

Jeff Kelly Lowenstein is the David Laventhol/Newsday Visiting Professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. Published in The New Yorker and the Center for Public Integrity, among many publications, his work has contributed to federal and state reform and has earned awards from organizations like the Investigative Reporters and Editors, the National Press Club, the Society for News Design and the National Association of Black Journalists. Jeff has participated in national and international fellowships about racial justice, the environment, health and trauma. In 1995 he was a Fulbright Teacher at the Uthongathi School in Tongaat, South Africa. In 2013 he was a Fulbright Scholar the University Diego Portales in Santiago, Chile and in 2015 he was a Fulbright Specialist at two universities in New Zealand. The Chilean Chronicles is his fourth book. Jeff lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan with his wife Dunreith. a writer and educator. Their son Aidan has recently returned to the United States from Nicaragua.

Juan Castellanos has a masters in secondary education with a focus on history from the University of Massachusetts at Boston. He taught World and US History in the Boston Public Schools prior to joining Facing History and Ourselves in 2006. For the past ten years, he has been a program associate at Facing History and Ourselves, where his responsibilities have included co-facilitating professional development, presentations, consulting with teachers on curriculum design, supporting district school work, and collaborating with partner institutions, such as universities and museums. He has also worked on a number of international projects in Rwanda, Colombia, and Poland. Currently, he is the program lead on the China Project, which includes support of our school network in China and the resource The Nanjing Atrocities: Crimes of War.

Please rsvp with your interest and details by Tuesday, April 25th.

Where: 306 Russell