Human Rights and the Question of Genocide in the Guatemalan Civil War
A DISCUSSION WITH FR. RICARDO FALLA, S.J.
This talk will focus on the 1982 "San Francisco Massacre" in Guatemala. Although an event that is already in the past for some, for many others the massacre is a wound that remains in the present: one of those great wounds that can never be erased.
Looking at the past "as if one were actually present" (to borrow Saint Ignatius's words in his Spiritual Exercises), Fr. Ricardo Falla, S.J., will guide this discussion, focusing on Guatemala's past wounds and sharing his observations on the human rights abuses that took place during the armed civil conflict. Professor Falla lived 12 years with the Communities of Population in Resistance during the Guatemalan Civil War and was one of the first to denounce the massacres committed by the Guatemalan government.
Fr. Ricardo Falla, S.J., is a Guatemalan anthropologist and Jesuit priest.
Fr. Matthew Carnes, S.J., is director of the Center for Latin American Studies and assistant professor in the Department of Government.
Thursday, October 25 at 12:30pm to 2:00pm
Leavey Center, Leavey Program Room
3800 Reservoir Road, N.W., Washington