Prof. Barr to take part in women’s panel on WFMT

Associate Professor of Spanish Lois Barr will discuss Las Madres de Plaza de Mayo, an association of Argentine mothers who fight to learn more about their children who disappeared during the Dirty War in the 1970s and 1980s, during a WFMT radio special titled “Who’s Counting: A Toast to Ageless Women” on January 1.

The panel, presented by the Women’s Media Group, will be led by playwright Marilyn Campbell and will air on WFMT at 6:30 p.m. on January 1.

Professor Barr will discuss Las Madres de Plaza de Mayo, an Argentine association of women who often stage protests seeking to learn the whereabouts of their children who “disappeared” during Argentina’s “Dirty War.” Their protests are held weekly in the middle of the nation’s central plaza.

Campbell toasts Madame Clicquot and Elaine Stritch. Nicole Hollander toasts Sara Paretsky. Ellen Stone Belic toasts the 13 Indigenous Grandmothers. Cecilie O’Reilly and Maya Friedler perform from Annie Evans’ “Flappers.” Friedler will give the final commentary. “Who’s Counting” features pithy quotes, poetry, comedy and musical selections from Broadway, jazz, folk and film repertoire.

The program was recorded at WFMT Studio, Chicago, wfmt.com, and is sponsored by Ellen Stone Belic. Additional support is from Columbia College Chicago, Randy Nixson at Salon O Sixty Five.

Barr has written several articles on women in Latin America, and is currently the chair of that Latin American Studies program at the College.