EVENT: “Memory and History: Tensions and Conflicts in the Case of
the Peruvian Truth and Reconciliation Commission,” a lecture by
Carlos Ivan Degregori.
DATE: Tuesday, June 19, 2007 at 4:30
PLACE: Columbia University, Morningside Campus, 310 Fayerweather
Carlos Ivan Degregori is the former Director of the Colombia Program
of the International Center for Transitional Justice. He was also
the Commissioner for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission
(TRC)for Peru. He is a senior researcher and former director of the
Institutode Estudios Peruanos and professor of Anthropology at the
Universidad de San Marcos in Lima. He has taught at several
universities world wide and was a visiting fellow at Princeton
University, as well as the author of La Decada De La Antipolitica:
Auge y huida de Alberto Fujimori y Vladimiro Montesinos (The
Decade of Antipolitics: Boom and Escape of Alberto Fujimori and
The lecture will focus on the legacies of the Peruvian Truth and
Reconciliation Commission, which was established in 2001 to
investigate human rights abuses during the 1980s and 1990s.
Through a multidisciplinary work that lasted two years and was the
most important Human Rights Research ever done in Peru, in many
cases the Peruvian TRC had to go against "official history",
hegemonic memories and common sense. Its work opened or deepened
"battles for memory" that last until today with no end in sight.
The conference will focus in some important cases that show the
possibilities but also the difficulties of transitional instruments
such as TRCs.
Carlos Ivan Degregori’s lecture is presented by the 2007 Summer
Institute of the Columbia University Oral History Research Office
and is co-sponsored by the International Center for Transitional
Justice. Admission is free and open to the public. For more
details, please contact the Columbia University Oral History
Research Office at 212-854-7083.