Unit 1

Focus: current events, history-overview of the Dirty War (DW), human rights, photography

Teacher Instructions

DW Unit 1 Human Rights I-IV Instructions


Student Activities

Lesson I Photograph Study: Ausenc’as by Gustavo Germano*
Lesson II Introduction to Human Rights 
Lesson III Meet Víctor Basterra – Photographer… Survivor*
Lesson IV The Road to Repression A, B – Readings on the background to the Dirty War
Lesson IV The Road to Repression C


Extra Resources

Lesson I – Photograph Study: Ausenc’as by Gustavo Germano*

Ausenc’as
BBC In Pictures: Absent Faces (with or without captions)

Prison Photography
Lists of photographers and links
Recovering, Remembering, Returning: ‘The Wailing of the Walls’ by Paula Luttringer

Lesson II – Introduction to Human Rights

Video on human rights set to León Gieco’s La Memoria 

Lesson III – Meet Víctor Basterra – Photographer… Survivor*

Rogers, Marc. ESMA- Argentina’s Human Rights Museum

Lesson IV – The Road to Repression   

Imagining Argentina
Antonio Banderas, Emma Thompson, Rubén Blades


Readings

Born in Blood and Fire by John Charles Chasteen (Chapter 9: Reaction)
Imagining Argentina by Lawrence Thornton, Literature and Its Times


Videos

Operation Condor Overview
A Latin American alliance that led to disappearances and death


Songs

Desapariciones
Maná
Los Fabulosos Cadillacs (En vivo Teatro Monumental 1995)

Song from Buscando América with slide show dedicated to the events that occurred during military dictatorships (6:30)


Paintings

El Secuestro – Fernando Botero

Guernica – Pablo Picasso

Quotes

“It was not unusual for Argentine citizens to disappear for committing such ‘subversive’ acts as teaching modern math or setting up cooperative farms for poor peasants. As more and more people vanished, a feeling of great fear swept over the country, and most Argentines felt powerless to stop the horrors that they suspected (or knew) their government was responsible for.”

Lawrence Thornton, “Imagining Argentina” (1987)


A favorite quote of Glenn Mitoma from the University of Connecticut:

“Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home, so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. Such are the places where everyman, woman, and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere.”

Eleanor Roosevelt in a speech on the 10th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1958)

 

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