Journalist, Human Rights Hero Robert Cox to Speak at Bennington

Apr 21, 2011
British-born editor of the Buenos Aires Herald Robert Cox and wife Maud Daverio de Cox will speak on "Living in the Laboratory of Terror: Argentina 1970-1980" on Tuesday, April 26, at 7:00 p.m. in Room 100 of the Barn building at Bennington College. The event, this year's Ruth Dewing Ewing '37 Social Science Lecture, is free and open to the public.

Robert Cox is a human rights hero who received death threats from the armed left as well as from the right-wing military of Argentina for leading the only newspaper that dared, during the "Dirty War," to confront the military dictatorship by publishing the names of desaparecidos ("the disappeared").

Following his arrest by the military in 1979, Cox and his family lived in a permanent state of threat, enduring foiled attempts on his life and sustained threats to his family. When their ten-year-old son was specifically targeted, the family left the country for Charleston, South Carolina, where Cox became editor of the International section of The Post and Courier, covering news events such as the civil wars in El Salvador and Nicaragua.

Among Cox's many honors is the OBE (Order of the British Empire) for services to international journalism. Named 1980 Editor of the Year (Grenada Television, Great Britain), he later served as President of the Inter-American Press Association. In 2010, in recognition of his bravery during the dictatorship, Cox was named an Illustrious Citizen of the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires. He currently writes a column for the Herald.

Maud Daverio de Cox is the author of Salvados del Infierno, a record of their family's life during the dictatorship.