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Rights! Camera! Action! Presents Messenger on a White Horse

Please join us for the Rights! Camera! Action! Screening of Messenger on a White Horse on Monday, April 1.  This homage to the fearless investigative reporting of the Buenos Aires Herald during the disappearances and murders of Argentinians between 1976 and 1983, utilizes impeccable archival footage and testimonies from surviving members of the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo as well as lead newspaper editor Robert Cox.

The film will be followed by a panel discussion.






Deborah Jakubs is the Rita DiGiallonardo Holloway University Librarian and Vice Provost for Library Affairs at Duke University.  Prior to her appointment in 2005, she served as the Director of Collections Services, the founding head of the International and Area Studies Department, and Librarian for Latin America and Iberia at Duke.  As Visiting Program Officer at the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), she launched the Global Resources Program, a joint initiative of ARL and the Association of American Universities (AAU), and directed it from 1996 until 2002.

Jakubs holds a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, an M.L.I.S. from the University of California at Berkeley, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Latin American history from Stanford University.  She is an adjunct associate professor of history at Duke.

She has been a consultant to library systems in Chile and Turkey, as well as in the U.S.  She has served as Director and Associate Director of the Consortium on Latin American Studies at Duke and UNC-Chapel Hill, and was a founding member of the steering committee for the Program for Latin American Libraries and Archives, funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and administered for nearly twenty years by Harvard’s Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies.

Jakubs is a past president of ARL and current chair of the Board of OLE (Open Library Environment).  Jakubs has published on library management, global libraries and area studies, international education, and Latin American studies.  Her scholarship has focused on the social history of Latin America, immigration to Argentina, and the history of tango.

During 1977-78, during Argentina’s “Dirty War,” Jakubs was living in Buenos Aires and researching her dissertation on the social history of the Anglo-Argentine community.  The Buenos Aires Herald was a resource for her work, and she met Bob Cox before he and his family were forced to leave the country.

Alejandro Peña comes from a family of Argentine journalists (”La Prensa” newspaper, ranked among the most widely circulated dailies in the country, from 1869 until late 1970’s). Along his first five years in primary school he became close friends with Peter Cox (Robert and Maud’s youngest son) during primary school and suffered his sudden departure, for reasons that were only revealed many years later.  Alejandro Peña recently moved to Durham, NC with his wife, Inês Black, who accepted with Duke University.  Peña has been able to reconnect with the Cox family in the Southeast. 

In his work, Peña bridges NGOs and social businesses with donors and impact investors. As a global consultant and trainer he pursues social and environmental transformation. While working in Argentina, USA, Panama, Mexico, Sudan, Portugal and Spain he has developed multicultural abilities, as well as global thinking and liaison capacities in a global scope. His work supports NGOs and social businesses in their efforts to achieve and maintain financial sustainability. 



April 1, 2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Smith Warehouse, Bay 4, Ahmadieh Family Lecture Hall (C105)
114 S. Buchanan Blvd.
Durham, NC 27708 United States
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919 668 1911