Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 4:30pm to 6:30pm
A.D. White House, Guerlac Room
The leader of the Shining Path in Peru, Abimael Guzmán, promised to create a new society in Peru, one deeply egalitarian and homogenous, a Maoist utopia. They failed and during the uprising more than 70,000 people were killed. This talk considers the challenges of telling the story of that period and its violence nearly twenty-five years after Guzmán's capture, particularly the brutal irony that the uprising only deepened inequalities and ultimately reflected Peru's diversity.
Charles Walker is Professor of History and the Director of the Hemispheric Institute on the Americas at UD Davis. He holds the MacArthur Foundation Endowed Chair in International Human Rights. He has published widely on Peruvian history, truth commissions, and historiography, in English and Spanish. His 2014 Harvard University Press book, The Tupac Amaru Rebellion, was named one of the best books of the year by the Financial Times and also won the Hundley Prize from the Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association.