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Archives of an Activist: Celebrating the Donations of Rita Arditti to UMass Boston

Picture of Rita Arditti, who researched Las Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo, an organization that searches for abducted children.

The University of Massachusetts Boston's Joseph P. Healey Library invites you to celebrate the life and work of Rita Arditti, as well as the many donations made by Arditti and her executors to the library.

Arditti was an Argentinean professor living in the United States who learned about Las Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo (Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo), an organization that searches for children who were abducted during the Argentinean military dictatorship between 1976 and 1983. Arditti visited the grandmothers and conducted more than a dozen interviews, which were incorporated into her book Searching for Life: The Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo and the Disappeared Children of Argentina. Arditti spoke publicly about the grandmothers’ work until her death in 2009.

Additional interviews were conducted in 2011 by Estelle Disch, executor of Arditti’s estate. The interview materials were donated to UMass Boston's University Archives and Special Collections Department in 2011.

Join us for this celebration, which will include an exhibition in the Library’s Grossmann Gallery about the grandmothers and the disappeared children of Argentina. Speakers will include Estelle Disch, Doris Cristobal, Dean of Libraries Daniel Ortiz, and University Archivist Joanne Riley.

This event is free and open to the public, and includes refreshments and hors d’oeuvres.

RSVP by emailing or by calling 617.287.5944.

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