Victor Jara Memorial Forum and Concert Print

Victor Jara Memorial Forum and Concert

April 3rd, 2014 5:30-8:30, 0200 Skinner Bldg, University of Maryland, College Park, MD

(see below for public transportation and driving instructions)

The Victor Jara Memorial Forum and Concert will bring together musicians, activists, students, academics, and a diverse group of community members to celebrate the life of Victor Jara and demand his killer, Pedro Barrientos, be brought to justice. Barrientos, a SOA grad, currently lives in Deltona, Florida. U.S. officials have failed to comply with an extradition request by a Chilean judge last year. Postcards addressed to Mythili Raman, Assistant Attorney General of the U.S. Deparment of Justice will be available for attendees to sign.

The evening will begin with a panel discussion on the legacy of Jara in Chilean society, the importance of the New Song/nueva canción music he championed, and the legal and advocacy work that has been done to finally achieve justice. Below is more information on the panel, which will be spliced with samples of songs that will be performed later in the night.


Dr. Diana Sáez is the founder and conductor of Coral Cantigas, Maryland’s Latin American choir, which has performed throughout the Hemisphere, including at the Kennedy Center. She holds a PhD in Choral Conducting from University of Maryland’s Clarice Smith School of Music.

Arturo Viscarra, ESQ is an immigration attorney and Advocacy Coordinator for School of the Americas Watch, a grassroots organization d
edicated to closing the SOA. This September, he accompanied a SOA Watch delegation to Chile where they met with a broad cross-section of Chilean civil society leaders on a range of topics, including the legacy of Victor Jara and the struggle to bring his murderers to justice.

Dr. Karín Rosemblatt and Brandi Townsend, both of UMD's Department of History, will round out the panel by offering historical insights into Chile's past, the role of the U.S. in the 1973 cou, and the legacy of these events in contemporary Chile.

After the panel discussion and a reception with free food, Diana Sáez and Mairin Srygley will perform seven nueva canción songs. The SOA Watch movement has always connected the power of art and music with that of protest and action. This event continues that tradition.

Click here to download and distribute the event flyer.

UMD is public transportation accesible via Metro's Green Line to the College Park station. At the College Park station, take the red UMD shuttle to campus and get off at the final stop across from the Stamp Student Union. Walk away from the Student Union, across the Mall (a grass area with a fountain) and toward Woods Hall. Skinner Hall is located directly behind Woods Hall and 0200 is in the basement.

College Park is easily accessible by car via I-95 and I-495. Free parking is available in Lot Z and the Mowatt Lane Parking Garage. See the map below.

Special thanks to the Latin American Studies Center for hosting this event.