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National Security Archive Senior Analyst to Speak at UW Art Museum

April 9, 2009

Kate Doyle, senior analyst for the National Security Archive at George Washington University, will discuss "Exhumations: Appearing the Disappeared - Uncovering Repressive Archives in the Recovery of Historical Memory in Latin America" Monday, April 13, at 7 p.m. at the University of Wyoming Art Museum.

Her talk will focus on uncovering the truth of military actions in Latin America during the mid-20th century and the people who disappeared as a result.

"This talk comes at a historical moment in time, given the current news regarding the conviction of former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori for crimes related to the death squads in that country," says Susan Moldenhauer, art museum director.

The National Security Archive campaigns for citizens' right to know, investigates United States national security and foreign policy and uses the Freedom of Information Act to obtain and publish declassified U.S. documents. Doyle directs several research projects on U.S. policy in Latin America including the Mexico Project, which aims to obtain the declassification of U.S. and Mexican government documents on the Mexican dirty war and the Guatemala Project.

Since 1992, she has worked with truth commissions in various Latin American countries including El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala to obtain records from secret U.S. government archives in support of their human rights investigations.

Doyle's public talk is in conjunction with the UW Art Museum's exhibition "The Disappeared/Los Desaparecidos," which brings together the work of 26 living artists from Latin America who, over the course of the last 30 years, have made art about those who have disappeared. Doyle will also give a gallery walk-through of the exhibition from 10:30 a.m.-noon Monday, April 13, at the art museum.

This program is funded in part by PACMWA (President's Advisory Council for Minority and Women's Affairs) and the Wyoming Humanities Council. For additional information on the exhibition and the series of related public programs, call the UW Art Museum at 766-6622 or visit or the museum's blog,

"Imagine learning from the masters" is a guiding principle of the UW Art Museum's programs. The museum is located in the Centennial Complex at 2111 Willett Drive in Laramie. The museum is open Mondays from 10 a.m.-9 p. m. and Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is free.

Posted on Thursday, April 09, 2009

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