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Dorfman to speak on Latin America, Oct. 8

Writer and playwright Ariel Dorfman will speak at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, in McCosh 50. Dorfman, the Walter Hines Page Research Professor of Literature and Latin American Studies at Duke University, will discuss "Who Are the Real Barbarians? A Latin-American Perspective."

Considered one of Latin America's leading writers, Dorfman focuses on issues of political and cultural identity in his work. He is perhaps best known for his play, "Death and the Maiden." He also has written many novels and political essays as well as a collection of poetry and a book of short stories.

Born in Argentina to Jews who had escaped from Eastern Europe, he moved to the United States and then to Chile. He was forced to flee Chile after the 1973 military coup led by Augusto Pinochet. He lived in Europe before returning to the United States.

In his address at Princeton, Dorfman will look at Latin America's recent and past turmoil by exploring the secret divisions and myths of the region's history. Dorfman's talk is designated as the Stafford Little Lecture and is part of the University's Public Lectures Series. It will be Webcast; for viewing information, visit WebMedia .

Contact: Marilyn Marks (609) 258-3601

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