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On Saturday, March 14, students of the Nicholas Academic Centers attended the last Chapman Visiting Scholars Series lecture of the 2014-2015 academic year. Professor Alicia Kozameh’s presentation, “Dictatorships in Latin America: Surviving & Writing the Experience,” informed students about political oppression in Argentina in the 1960’s and 1970’s, citing professor Kozameh’s personal experience as a political prisoner, which can also be found in the novels, short stories, and poems she has had published over the years. An accomplished author and speaker, professor Kozameh has given readings and lectures around the world to share her experiences and promote human rights. While introducing her before the lecture, Dr. Daniele Struppa, Chancellor of Chapman University, considered the significance of professor Kozameh’s presentation, stating, “Most teachers in college will look at what other people have been writing and discuss the meaning of that. Here, we have the opposite. Alicia Kozameh is an internationally known writer, and what she writes is translated into many languages; there are entire classes in universities around the world where people talk about what she writes.”
 
Born in Rosario, Argentina, in 1953, Alicia Kozameh was aware of her sensitivity to social inequity at a young age. When she was still a child, another child asked if he could have her ice cream. Confused as to why he could not buy his own, professor Kozameh asked her mom. “Because he can’t afford it,” her mom answered. Professor Kozameh grew uncomfortable and she began to wonder why some kids could afford ice cream and others could not. This sensitivity, she notes, led her to advocate for others, and it has stayed with her as a writer.
 
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