We are sorry to announce that, given the current situation with Coronavirus, our exhibition and panel discussion to commemorate Monseñor Romero has been POSTPONED.
We hope to be able to organize this event for a later date, probably in September.
“La voz de Monseñor Romero / The Voice of Monseñor Romero” Exhibition and Forty Years After Romero Panel Discussion
The Latin American Studies program, in collaboration with El Salvador’s Museum of the Word and Image (MUPI) and UBC’s Amnesty International Club have the pleasure to invite you to the exhibition “La Voz de Monseñor Romero / The Voice of Monsignor Romero.”
El Salvador’s Archbishop Oscar Romero was a prominent spokesman for the poor and oppressed. On March 24, 1980, he was assassinated, while giving mass, by a member of a death squad linked to the security forces and the Salvadoran extreme right. His murderer has never been definitively identified or prosecuted. Following his death, the country plunged into a bloody civil war, which formally ended with a peace accord in 1992, but whose effects are still evident.
In 2015, the Catholic Church formally beatified Romero, but for many in El Salvador he has long been a popular saint.
Months before he was killed, Monsignor Romero gave his friend, Santos Delmi Campos de Cabrera, hundreds of personal photographs, which were later donated to the Museum of the Word and the Image, to be protected and conserved. The Museum has restored and digitalized four hundred colour slides, of which a selection of 14 photos make up the exhibit that comes to Vancouver in commemoration of the Fortieth Anniversary of Monsignor Romero’s assassination.
This images shows the young priest Romero travelling through the communities and landscapes of El Salvador, as well as on his trips abroad. They reveal his love of photography, through which he captured and honored the people and the environment of his native land.
In association with this exhibition, we also invite you to a panel discussion, “Forty Years After Romero,” featuring speakers with long experience of El Salvador. Here we will examine the Archbishop’s legacy, as well as the fate of human rights and democracy during the civil war and on into the present. Romero remains an inspiration and a reminder of the importance of the continued struggle for justice and lasting peace.
With Jon Beasley-Murray (FHIS), Max Cameron (Political Science), Carlos Henríquez Consalvi (El Museo de palabra e imagen), Tamara Mitchell (FHIS), Valeria Pérez (UBC undergraduate), and Susan Soux (International Peace and Development Consultant, formerly of ONUSAL)
Reception (with Salvadoran food) to follow.
All are welcome.
Sponsored by the Latin American Studies program, El Salvador’s Museo de palabra e imagen, and UBC’s Amnesty International Club