Binghamton University to host reflections and readings on torture, survival and resistance


BINGHAMTON, NY – The Latin American and Caribbean Area Studies Program at Binghamton University will host a reading with author, activist and educator, Alicia Partnoy, and author Ruth Irupé Sanabria, as they present reflections and readings on “Torture, Survival and Resistance”.  The first reading entitled, “Faith and Religion in Argentine Prison Writing” will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Mar. 2, in the Mandela Room on campus.  The second reading entitled, “A Mother/Daughter Writing against State Terrorism: From The Little School to The Strange House” will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Mar. 3 in the Mandela Room. Both readings are free and open to the public.

During her Mar. 2nd presentation, Partnoy will speak on the role faith and religion have played in the writing of Argentinean prisoners.  She will also reflect on her personal experiences as a survivor of imprisonment and torture in one of the many secret detention camps set up after the 1976 military coup in Argentina.

On Mar. 3, Partnoy will be joined by her daughter Ruth Irupé Sanabria, for a reading that will convey both the experiences of a mother who survived imprisonment and torture, and a child whose parent has “disappeared.”

Partnoy is author of “The Little School: Tales of Disappearance and Survival; Little Low Flying/Volando bajito” (poetry); and “Revenge of the Apple/Venganza de la manzana” (poetry).  She is the editor of “You Can’t Drown the Fire: Latin American Women Writing in Exile”.  Partnoy is an associate professor at Loyola Marymount University.  She oversees the Proyecto VOS-Voices of Survivors program.

Sanabria is the author of "The Strange House Testifies", which placed second in the 12th Annual Latino Book Awards.  Her poems have appeared in anthologies such as “Women Writing Resistance”, “Poets Against the War”, and “U.S. Latino Literature Today”.  She has read her poetry across the USA, Mexico, and Peru.

This program is co-sponsored by Binghamton University’s Judaic Studies, History, and Comparative Literature departments, along with the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities.

For more information, contact Juanita Díaz-Cotto, LACAS Director at 917-434-8109 or by e-mail at



Last Updated: 9/17/13