Friday, April 13, 2012

Legacy of U.S. Policy on Nicaraguans Focus of Phoenix College Liberal Arts Talk

(PHOENIX, Ariz., April 13, 2012) ̶ The Phoenix College Liberal Arts Department and Model United Nations students present a lecture on the legacy and impact of U.S. foreign policy on citizens of Nicaragua during the Contra War of the 1980s through present day.

Two presenters, Pam Fitzpatrick and Paul Dix, will discuss themes drawn from their book, "Nicaragua: Surviving the Legacy of U.S. Policy" (English and Spanish edition).

"Their bilingual book and photos represent years of work with the people of Nicaragua," said Dr. Albert Celoza, chair of PC's Liberal Arts Department. "This is an update from their visit to Phoenix College back in 2006."

Dix worked in Nicaragua with Witness for Peace from 1985 to 1990, documenting the impact of U.S. foreign policy on the Nicaraguan citizens. Fitzpatrick coordinated the North Pacific Region of Witness for Peace during the Contra War.

In 2002, Dix and Fitzpatrick began returning to Nicaragua to search for people previously photographed by Dix in the 1980s. Their bilingual book focuses on 30 of those individuals. It includes photographs from the 1980s and present-day, along with background information on each person and their testimonies.

Dix, a resident of Montana, is a freelance photographer and has been published in mainline and alternative media outlets. His primary interest has been documenting social justice and foreign policy issues.

Fitzpatrick has lived in Eugene, Oregon, off and on, for 30 years and has worked as a teacher, served as director of Women, Infants and Children program, and advocated for people denied Social Security disability benefits.

When: Tuesday, April 24, 2012
1:30 - 3 p.m.

Where: Willo Room at Phoenix College Osborn site (11th Avenue and Flower)

Sponsored by: Phoenix College Model United Nations and the PC Liberal Arts Department

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