SCHOOL OF ANTHROPOLOGY
November 2, 2011
Title: Nicaragua Then and Now: Long Term Impacts of US Policy
Abstract: Paul Dix, a professional photojournalist, worked in Nicaragua
with Witness for Peace from 1985 to 1990 documenting the effects of the U.S.
funded Contra War on the civilian population. In 2002, he and his partner, Pam Fitzpatrick, began return trips to Nicaragua searching for the people he previously photographed. This culminated in the publishing of a compelling photo/testimony book, "Nicaragua: Surviving the Legacy of US Policy."
After a brief overview of the Contra War, Dix will talk about the genesis of the book and the stories of how he was able to locate the people in his original photographs over a decade after the end of the conflict He will also present photographs and testimony segments from people featured in the book.
"What an impressive book! I was deeply touched to read it and to be carried back to that time and those cruel events of the war in Nicaragua. They would have disappeared into the amnesia hole of history except for efforts like yours. You have done the people who suffered and died a profound service."
Bill Moyers, journalist and public commentator
Sponsored by Latin American Studies, the School of Journalism, and
Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology (BARA)