POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – Franco-Algerian journalist Henri Alleg will discuss, "What is the Question? The Use of Torture in Armed Conflicts" on Tuesday, April 17, at 5:30 p.m., in Rockefeller Hall, Room 200. This event is free and open to the public.
During the Algerian War of Independence (1954-1962), Alleg was the editor of the pro-independence newspaper Alger Républicain, which was banned by the French colonial government in 1955 for its communist sympathies and anti-colonialist stance. After Alleg was arrested in 1957, he began writing his seminal anti-colonialist work La Question, a firsthand account of the torture he experienced in Algerian prisons. The book was smuggled out of prison and printed in France, where La Question, with a preface by Jean-Paul Sartre, sold more than sixty thousand copies in two weeks. Shortly after its success, however, the French government promptly banned the book - its first ban since the 18th century. In 2005, the book was released in English as The Question.
After escaping from prison, Alleg returned to France, and went back to Algeria in 1962. He helped rebuild Alger Républicain and published several works since, including Requiem pour l'Oncle Sam (1991), U.R.S.S. et les juifs (1989) Grande aventure d'Alger Républicain (co-authored with Boualem Khalfa and Abdelhamid Benzine in 1987), Victorieuse Cuba: de la guérilla au socialisme (1963), and Prisonniers de guerre (1961).
This event is sponsored by the Office of the Dean of the Faculty, and the departments of Africana Studies, French, International Studies, History, and Political Science. Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations at Vassar should contact the Office of Campus Activities at (845) 437-5370.
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