WHO WISC Fellows-in-Residence Lee Ann Roripaugh and Jo-Marie Burt
WHAT A presentation by poet Lee Ann Roripaugh and political scientist Jo-Marie Burt share their work
WHERE Acequia Madre House, 614 Acequia Madre Santa Fe, NM 87505
WHEN Tuesday July 25, 2017 5:30pm


About the Presentation WISC Fellows-in-Residence will present their work at Acequia Madre House at 5:30pm. The event is free but guests are asked to REGISTER HERE or RSVP via email to info@wisc-amh.org. 

About Lee Ann Roripaugh

Lee Ann Roripaugh is the author of four volumes of poetry, the most recent of which, Dandarians, was released by Milkweed Editions in September 2014. Her second volume, Year of the Snake (Southern Illinois University Press), was named winner of the Association of Asian American Studies Book Award in Poetry/Prose for 2004, and her first book, Beyond Heart Mountain (Penguin Books), was a 1998 winner of the National Poetry Series. The recipient of a 2003 Archibald Bush Foundation Individual Artist Fellowship, she was also named the 2004 winner of the Prairie Schooner Strousse Award, the 2001 winner of the Frederick Manfred Award for Best Creative Writing awarded by the Western Literature Association, and the 1995 winner of the Randall Jarrell International Poetry Prize.

Her short stories have been shortlisted as stories of note in the Pushcart Prize anthologies, and three of her essays have been shortlisted as essays of note for the Best American Essays anthology. Her poetry and short stories have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. Roripaugh is a Professor of English at the University of South Dakota, where she serves as Director of Creative Writing and Editor-in-Chief of South Dakota Review. She is also a faculty mentor for the University of Nebraska low-residency M.F.A. in Writing, and served as a 2012 Kundiman faculty mentor alongside Li-Young Lee and Srikanth Reddy. Roripaugh currently serves as Poet Laureate for the State of South Dakota.

About Jo-Marie Burt

Jo-Marie Burt is a researcher, writer, educator and human rights activist. Trained as a political scientist, she employs ethnographic methods to study political violence, human rights, and transitional justice in Latin America. Dr. Burt teaches at the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University. She is also a Senior Fellow at the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), a leading human rights research and advocacy organization. She received her Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University.

Dr. Burt’s early research focused on state and insurgent violence in Peru, and civil society responses to violence and violent actors. This was the subject of her 2007 book, Silencing Civil Society: Political Violence and the Authoritarian State in Peru (Palgrave), which received an Honorable Mention for the WOLA-Duke Book Award for Human Rights in Latin America, and was published in Spanish by the Institute for Peruvian Studies in 2009. She is also co-editor of Politics in the Andes: Identity, Conflict, Reform (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2004).

Dr. Burt’s current research focuses on the ways postconflict societies confront demands for justice and accountability after atrocity. She has engaged in research and advocacy in relation to several high-profile human rights trials in the region. She was an international monitor of the human rights trial of former Peruvian president Alberto Fujimori and the Ixil genocide trial of former Guatemalan dictator Efraín Ríos Montt. Currently, she reports on war crimes trials in Guatemala for the International Justice Monitor.

Dr. Burt has collaborated with human rights organizations across the region on various projects. She is a member of the international advisory boards of the Peruvian Forensic Anthropology Team (EPAF) and the Luz Ibarburu Human Rights Observatory in Uruguay. Dr. Burt has served as an expert witness for human rights cases in U.S. immigration court, in domestic courts in Peru, and before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. In 2002-2003, Dr. Burt worked for the Peruvian Truth and Reconciliation Commission (CVR) as a member of the regional studies research team. Her 100-page report on the causes and consequences of political violence in the popular district of Villa El Salvador was published in the CVR’s Final Report (Tomo V, Ch. 2.16). Dr. Burt was elected to serve on the Executive Council of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA), where she is co-chairing the Committee on Academic Freedom and Human Rights (2016-18).

Dr. Burt has been the Alberto Flores Galindo Visiting Scholar at the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru in 2010. Between 1995 and 2000, she was editor of NACLA Report on the America, the largest English-language publication on Latin America. She has been awarded grants from the Fulbright Foundation, the Open Society Foundations, the Latin American Studies Association Otros Saberes Initiative, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Inter-American Foundation, the United States Institute of Peace, the Aspen Institute, and the Thomas J. Watson Foundation, among others. She has commented widely on Latin American politics for the US and international media.
Dr. Burt is on Twitter @jomaburt. Some of her recent publications can be viewed on Academia.edu.


WOMEN’S INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM MANAGER’S NOTE WISC brings incredible scholars, artists and others to Santa Fe as fellows-in-residence. We hope you will attend their presentations, meet our fellows and support this important work by becoming a member. Sincerely, Jordan Young Program Manager Women’s International Study Center