DePaul University proudly presents Luis Maira, former Ministry of State of Chile and Special Advisor in International Affairs of elected President Michelle Bachelet. Maira will speak on the case of the Chilean plebiscite that ousted Augusto Pinochet, the power of public opinion in electoral processes and the return to democracy in Chile-One of South America's most stable and prosperous countries.
Samuel Valenzuela, Professor of Sociology at Notre Dame University will have an extended session of question and answers with the speaker.
After the conference we will screen the movie No
(Pablo Larrain, 2012) based on the true story of the exceptional plebiscite campaign. Luisela Alvaray
, Professor of Media and Cinema Studies
at DePaul University will conduct the after movie discussion.
This event is co-sponsored by DePaul University and UNAM Chicago with the support of the General Consul of Chile and Instituto Cervantes. The event will take place on Monday, February 24, 2014, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Movie screening and discussion will take place from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
DePaul University, Loop Campus
CDM Auditorium, 14 E Jackson, LL 101
Chicago, IL 60604
Save the date and don’t miss this opportunity to meet the leader behind an important part of the history of Latin America.
About Luis Maira
Luis Maira is a distinguished Chilean socialist politician, academic and researcher. He graduated from the prestigious Universidad de Chile and completed several specialization courses in International Relations at the Universities of Oxford, Bristol and Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, UNAM. He became director of the Institute of American Studies at CIDE (Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas), full-time professor at UNAM, Universidad Católica of Río de Janeiro and academic of the Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO) at its campuses in Mexico City and Buenos Aires.
About the Film
“In 1988, Chilean military dictator Augusto Pinochet, due to international pressure, is forced to call a plebiscite on his presidency. The country will vote YES or NO to Pinochet extending his rule for another eight years. Opposition leaders for the NO persuade a brash young advertising executive, Rene Saavedra (Gael Garcia Bernal), to spearhead their campaign. Against all odds, with scant resources and under scrutiny by the despot's minions, Saavedra and his team devise an audacious plan to win the election and set Chile free.”