Marjorie Agosín is a human rights activist, writer, and literary critic. She has an M.A. from Indiana University, and completed her Ph.D. in literature at Indiana University in 1982. A native of Chile, she went into exile after Pinochet’s violent golpe de estado in 1973, but has never ceased to fight for the reparation and memory of those who suffered its harshest consequences. Heir to a turbulent and diasporic tradition (of Jewish decent) and to a history of political resistance and survival, she is an indefatigable human rights activist, defender of the rights and priorities of women in Third World countries. Agosín has been awarded the Gabriela Mistral Medal of Honour (for lifetime achievement) by the Chilean government (2002) and the United Nations Association of Greater Boston Leadership Award for Human Rights (1998). She is a clear example of the integration between human rights activism and academic scholarship. Leading advocate of the rights of women in Chile, of their agency in the resistance to the Pinochet dictatorship and of their role in the transition to democracy and the permanence of the memory of the past, she is the leading expert in the Chilean Arpillerista movement, as illustrated by her books Scraps of Life: Chilean Arpilleras. Chilean Women and the Pinochet Dictatorship (1987) and Tapestries of Hope Threads of Love: The Arpillera Movement in Chile (2007). Professor Agosín is also an award-winning writer and poet, who has published poetry, memoirs, and fiction. Her works include Brujas y algo más/Witches and Other Things (1986), A Cross and a Star: Memoirs of a Jewish Girl in Chile (1995; about her mother's childhood in Chile during World War II), Always from Somewhere Else: A Memory of My Chilean Jewish Father (2000), The alphabet in my hands, a writing life (1999); At the threshold of memory. New and Selected Poems (2003); I lived on Butterfly Hill (2014) She is the author of the acclaimed international literary anthology of women’s writing on human rights, A Map of Hope: Women’s Writing on Human Rights: An International Anthology (1999). In addition to articles concerning women's human rights that have appeared in publications such as The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, Ms. Magazine, and the Barnard Occasional Papers on Women's Issues, Prof. Agosín has published numerous articles on contemporary Latin American women writers.