Upcoming Martín-Baró Fund Events

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Previous Martín-Baró Fund Events

Liberation Psychology and Social Change: An Introduction to Ignacio Martín-Baró and challenges for 21st Century Scholar-Practitioners with Prof. M. Brinton Lykes, Boston College and co-founder, Martín-Baró Fund for Mental Health and Human Rights

November 11, 2013
12:00 p.m.
McGuinn Hall 521, Boston College

Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Niños de la Memoria (Children of Memory)
7:00 PM-- Merkert 127 (Boston College)

A showing of the film Niños de la Memoria (Children of Memory) with film producer Kathryn Smith Pyle.

Niños de la Memoria tells the story of the search for hundreds of children who disappeared during the Salvadoran Civil War. Many were survivors of massacres carried out by the U.S.-trained Salvadoran army. Taken away from the massacre sites by soldiers, some grew up in orphanages or were adopted abroad, losing their history and identity. Niños de la Memoria weaves together three separate yet intertwined journeys in the search for family, identity and justice in El Salvador, and asks the larger question: How can a post-war society right the wrongs of the past?

Co-sponsored by The Ignacio Martín-Baró Fund for Mental Health and Human Rights, the BC Center for Human Rights and International Justice, the BC Film Studies Program, the Jesuit Institute at Boston College, and the BC School of Theology and Ministry.

To learn more about the film, visit http://www.ninosdelamemoria.com/

Thursday, March 22, 2012
Amnesty and Accountability in the Case of the El Salvador Jesuit Assassinations:
The Moral Meets the Pragmatic
7:30 PM-- Heights Room, Corcoran Commons (Boston College)

With Pamela Merchant, Center for Justice and Accountability, and José María Tojeira SJ, Rector Emeritus of the University of Central America, El Salvador

Last year, the Spanish National Court issued an indictment and arrest warrants for 20 Salvadoran ex-officers charged with crimes against humanity and state terrorism for their role in the shocking killings of six Jesuit priests, their housekeeper and her daughter in El Salvador in 1989, seeking their extradition to Spain to stand trial for these charges. Our speakers, the executive director of the organization that filed the case in the court and a colleague of the victims and rector emeritus of the university the priests resided at when slain, will talk about the current status of the case, perspectives from Jesuit and human rights communities on the case, and the possible relevance of this case for other efforts to secure human rights today.

Read more about the case on CJA's website here.

Watch the entire event here.

Co-sponsored with the Center for Human Rights and International Justice at Boston College, RSVP to humanrights@bc.edu

Sunday, March 18, 2012
MBF 2012 Bowl-a-Thon
Lanes 'n' Games in Cambridge, MA

More information to come, for questions contact martinbarofund@gmail.com

Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Mexico Solidarity Network ‘Push for Peace’ Speaker Pedro Faro:
7 PM
Vanderslice Hall, Cabaret Room

Pedro Faro was born in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas and studied at the Law School of the Autonomous University of Chiapas. He is trained as a human rights documentarian and is currently the coordinator in the Area Organizational Process and Participation at the Fray Barolome de Las Casas Human Rights Center where he is also part of the Leadership Team. Alongside his team members he focuses on accompaniment work with majority indigenous communities, creating integrated social defense strategies for the construction of alternative ways of life that are rooted in the autonomy of the communities. He also coordinates the documentation of human rights violations researched by the Center for the purposes of analysis and social and political participation.

Mr. Faro is coauthor of From Chaos to the Word and Many Colors of the Earth, and editor of the book The Abysses of the Word, an intercultural anthology of Chiapan literature. He is a member of the Jaime Sabines Cultural Space for the Creation and Promotion of Culture.

Interpreter: Corry Banton is the Northeast Tour Coordinator for the Mexico Solidarity Network and a member of the Boston Intepreters Collective.

Strike for Justice - 2010
March 28, 2010 1:30-4:00pm
Lanes & Games

The Ignacio Martín-Baró Fund's annual spring Bowlathon is designed both to raise money to support our grantmaking, and to give all of us the opportunity to meet some of our many local supporters.

This year's Bowlathon took place March 28 at Lanes & Games in Cambridge, with eight teams of bowlers raising over $16,000 in pledges. The 32 participants included students and professors from Boston College, Assumption College, and University of Massachusetts Amherst, as well as employees of Harvard Business Publishing and other friends of the Fund. Prizes went to the teams that scored the most points, and the least points, as well as to the team that raised the most money in pledges.

CUNY Celebration of the Life and Work of Ignacio Martín-Baró
By Suzanne Ouelette

On February 24 2010, the Graduate Center of The City University of New York (CUNY) held an event to commemorate the life and work of Ignacio Martín-Baró. The day included research presentations, film showings, roundtable discussions and celebration through food, drink, and music. More than 70 people attended and represented a rich and diverse set of backgrounds, skills, and gifts. Reverend Luis Barrios, professor of psychology and chair of the Department of Latin American and Latina/o Studies at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY, spoke on "Gangs and the Spirituality of Liberation." Nelson Portillo, University of Illinois at Chicago, spoke about his biographical research on Martín-Baró. Joaquin M. Chavez, soon to receive his Ph.D. from the history department of New York University, compellingly presented documentation of changes experienced by the Jesuits, Roman Catholicism, and the broader political context in El Salvador during the 1970s and 1980s. Professor M. Brinton Lykes of Boston College and cofounder of the Martín-Baró Fund presented the beautiful and stirring new video "A New Person, A New Society: A Human Rights Legacy of Ignacio Martín-Baró." The film profiles some of the projects for social justice in Central America and the Philippines, supported by the Ignacio Martín-Baró Fund for Mental Health and Human Rights. To emphasize Martín-Baró's point that research needs to begin with the people, a roundtable discussion on contemporary research that has been done in deeply collaborative and participatory ways followed. The panel included comments by Maria Torre and Rafi Torruella who will soon receive their doctoral degrees in Social/Personality Psychology from the CUNY Graduate Center, and Yanira Arias, Vice-President of the Salvadoran American National Network. The day closed with a blessing of the new Ignacio Martín-Baró Thesis Room at the CUNY Graduate Center. The event included Salvadoran music and singing with Aracely Sanchez. Participants shared pupusas wonderfully prepared by friends from the Latino AIDS Commission.

Bowlathon 2009: Bowlers in Disguise Raise $22,000

Patrick Macquoid and Ahjané Billingsley. Despite tough economic times, the energetic participants in this year's Bowlathon raised almost $22,000 -- enough to fully fund three of our grants for this year. With a costume theme, the 2009 Bowlathon attracted bowlers-in-disguise including a fairytale princess, a hardware salesperson, a team in Micronesian island dress, and at least five bowlers emulating the title character from "The Big Lebowski". Thirteen teams competed in all, with teams representing the Martín-Baró Fund Committee, students and faculty from half a dozen New England colleges and universities, human rights activists visiting from Bard College and from Zimbabwe, Harvard Business Publishing, and longtime friends of the fund. This year there were also an increasing number of international students; for many of them this was not only their first bowling experience, but also their first time fundraising.

Memory and Its Strength: The Martyrs of El Salvador

On November 30, 2009, scholars and supporters who knew the Jesuit martyrs commemorated the 20th anniversary of their deaths in a presentation titled "Memory and Its Strength: The Martyrs of El Salvador." There, Father Monan, Professor Noam Chomsky, professor emeritus of linguistics at MIT, and liberation theologian Father Jon Sobrino, SJ, recollected their memories of the martyrs, and shared their views regarding the ongoing injustices. The speakers addressed the attempts to silence liberation theology and their struggles to sustain the resistance to these. Their comments on the past were inspiring and offered guidance for the future.

Living Legacies: 20th Anniversary Commemoration of the Martyrs of El Salvador

November 4, 2009 friends and supporters gathered at Boston College to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the murders of six Jesuit priests and two women at the University of Central America in El Salvador as well as the work of the Ignacio Martín-Baró Fund for Mental Health and Human Rights. The evening began with a short film, "A New Person, a New Society" about the Fund. Donald Monan, S.J., Chancellor of Boston College introduced the keynote speaker, Rodolfo Cardenal, S.J., former Vice Rector of the University of Central America in San Salvador, who lived with those who lost their lives in 1989. Responding was Elizabeth Lira, a psychologist, professor of psychology and human rights, and director of the Center for Ethics at the Universidad Alberto Hurtado, Santiago, Chile. This event was the first in our new partnership with the Center for Human Rights and International Justice (CHRIJ) at Boston College.

Boston & Denver Bowlers Strike for Justice in 2008

This year's Martín-Baró Fund bowlathon took place in both the Boston area and in Denver, Colorado. Our Boston bowlers and their supporters gathered on Sunday, April 6th, at Lanes and Games in Somerville, MA while teams organized by Kristen Kraus, an alumna of Weston Jesuit School of Theology, and her husband Jon, got together in Denver for the first Western bowlathon on Sunday, April 27th. Contributions raised by the Eastern and Western teams and their supporters will exceed last year's total of $30,000!

2008 was a year of firsts: Walberto Tejeda, a member of one of our grantee organizations, Centro Bartolomé de las Casas in El Salvador, had his first experience on the lanes. Bowlers and Fund supporters learned more about the CBC and its multiple community-based educational and mental health programs at several Boston events: a potluck dinner, graciously hosted in Cynthia Kennedy's home, and through presentations by Walberto at Boston College and other local NGOs. We thank Walberto and the CBC for extending our partnership to include a wonderful week together.

As always, the bowlathons brought together many people and their sponsors to support the Fund's grantees in a creative and fun way! A special thanks to Kristen and Jon for extending our Strike for Justice "across America". Thanks to all who bowled in Boston and Denver, and to our generous supporters. Article by Kelly L. Rabenstein & M. Brinton Lykes.