Charlas con Café: 'I Surrender: A Memoir of Chile's Dictatorship, 1975'
Join the Center for Latin American Studies for our weekly Fall 2023 Charlas con Café, a space where we engage with a wide variety of experts and discuss topics relevant to the Latin American region.
Fifty years ago, on Sept. 11, 1973, a U.S.-backed coup toppled the democratically elected government of Salvador Allende in Chile and ushered in the Pinochet dictatorship. Please join us as we commemorate the human rights struggles that occurred in Chile in the wake of the coup. In 1975, Kathleen Osberger worked in a Catholic school in Santiago that was sheltering Chilean dissidents. In her memoir, she recounts the danger of extra-judicial killings, torture and forced disappearance. She also explores the changed and challenged Catholic Church, and the valor of human rights defenders, including Kathleen herself, who was kidnapped by Chilean security forces.
Kathleen Osberger's life has been shaped by volunteer experiences when she lived in San Miguelito, Panamá; Santiago, Chile; Chimbote, Perú, and the South Bronx. Her work as a licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist has centered on issues of trauma and torture. She is the author of "I Surrender: A Memoir of Chile’s Dictatorship, 1975" (Orbis Books, August 2023).