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Nangia to Discuss "Dirty War" in Cavanaugh Lecture

Released: 09/22/2008

Dr. Shonu Nangia, assistant professor of Spanish and French at LSU at Alexandria, will discuss the “phenomenon of la guerra sucia (the dirty war)” in recent South American fiction and cinema at a Cavanaugh Public Lecture at noon Sept. 26 in Bolton Library. The lecture is free and open to the public.

The “dirty war” commonly describes the 1976-83 period in Argentina when the military government resorted to “state-sponsored violence and brutal intimidation against the citizenry” in response to political resistance by Marxist-Leninist guerillas. Nangia, in a scholarly paper, contends that government and self-imposed censorship among historians has prevailed in “official” accounts of this period, and he describes the efforts by writers and filmmakers to illuminate the dark and obscure circumstances of the war.

Nangia, who speaks nine languages, is the second of five presenters in the Cavanaugh Public Lecture series this fall. The next lecture features author and Northwestern State University associate professor Julie Kane reading from her new book, “Jazz Funeral," on Oct. 8.