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Scholars@Hallwalls: Camilo Trumper, “Dictatorship’s Children: Education, Repression and Protest among Youth in Chile”

March 4 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Please join us as we return to in-person talks in the cinema space at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center!

Camilo’s talk explores the politics of childhood and schooling during Augusto Pinochet’s seventeen-year military regime. Placing the schoolhouse at the center of the political history of dictatorship, it sheds light on young people’s efforts to rebuild vibrant social and political lives in schools and streets from the earliest moments of Augusto Pinochet’s authoritarian regime. Students made, mimeographed, copied, and circulated magazines, broadsheets, newspapers, and graphic works. In so doing, they built a clandestine political world on the printed page at a time when meeting for any outwardly political purpose was forbidden and dangerous. This presentation outlines how this clandestine print world turned schoolhouse into a place of political organizing and activism, and helped students challenge one of the hemisphere’s longest lasting military regimes.


*Following the University at Buffalo’s on-campus protocols, beginning October 1, all attendees will be required to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 to be admitted to Scholars@Hallwalls. A vaccination card, a photo of a vaccination card, an Excelsior Pass or a digital vaccine card are all acceptable. Attendees should be prepared to show photo ID as well. We kindly request that attendees wear masks indoors during the talk in the cinema for the safety and well-being of all guests.

This event will be simultaneously live-streamed. Click here to watch the live-stream.

About Camilo Trumper, Associate Professor, History

Camilo Trumper is an Associate Professor of Latin American History at the University at Buffalo (SUNY). His first book, Ephemeral Histories: Public Art, Politics and the Struggle for the Street in Chile(University of California Press, 2016), was awarded the 2018 Latin American Studies Historia Reciente y Memoria Section Best Book Award, the 2017 Latin American Studies Southern Cone Studies Section Best Book Prize, the 2017 North England Council of Latin American Studies Marysa Navarro Best Book Prize, and received an Honorable Mention for the 2017 Southern Historical Association Latin American and Caribbean Section Murdo J. MacLeod Book Prize. His second book project, “Dictatorship’s Children: Education, Repression and Protest among Youth in Chile,” focuses on childhood under Pinochet, paying special attention to the schoolhouse as a site where repression was both felt and fought, and where the youngest Chilenesre-imagined themselves as political citizens.


March 4
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Event Category:


Humanities Institute


Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center
341 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY United States
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