Luna & Ramirez Lecture

Lecture on Salvadoran Civil War Offered at Hartwick College

February 14, 2013

Hartwick College will host a lecture entitled "An Exercise in Memory: Re-thinking the Role of Remembering in an Age of Amnesia." The presentation, which will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, February 25 in the Celebration Room of Shineman Chapel House on campus, is free and the public is invited to attend.

During the lecture, Vitalina Luna and Marta Ramirez, two campesina women from the mountainous province of Morazán, El Salvador, will share their testimonies as civil war survivors living in a country still suffering the effects of that war. Although the safest province in El Salvador today, during El Salvador's twelve-year civil war (1980-1992), Morazán was a region with one of the most active guerrilla presences.

Luna and Ramirez were both hardly more than girls when the conflict began, but they both would eventually join the guerilla forces during the war. They will be sharing their experiences as women living and participating in a civil war and raising a family during the post-war period.

Luna and Ramirez's stories are a call to residents of the United States to stretch their memories to include the memories of sufferings and hardships of ordinary Salvadorans, resource-poor and trampled historically, but remarkably resilient. The women's presentation will not present complex sociopolitical analyses of Salvadoran history since the civil war. Rather, by relating their own stories, they will invite listeners into the experience of ordinary Salvadorans. In doing so, themes underlying current events - post-war reconciliation, women's rights, gang violence, and immigration, to name a few - will emerge.

Audience members will be encouraged to think about the collective historical memories that shape their own experiences and will be offered a space to stretch their own imaginations and memories, beginning with these two women.

For more information on the lecture, contact Dr. Esperanza Roncero, associate professor of spanish, at 607-431-4849 or at

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Contact: Valerie Capullo
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