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Latin American Journalist and Falklands/Malvinas War Veteran to Speak at Ithaca College

ITHACA, NY — In 1982, Argentina sought to regain control of the Falkland Islands (known as Islas Malvinas in Spanish) from the United Kingdom. A veteran of the resulting 72-day war in the South Atlantic who went on to become a journalist will discuss his experiences in a free public talk at Ithaca College.

Roberto Herrscher will present “History and Personal Experience as Sources of Narrative Journalism: Why and How I Returned to the Falkland/Malvinas Battlefields 25 Years Later” on Thursday, March 8, at 7 p.m. in Park Hall Auditorium.

Born and raised in Argentina, Herrscher was about to complete his military service when at the age of 19 he was sent to fight in the war. His 2007 book “Los Viajes del Penélope” (“The Voyages of the Penelope”), recounts his part in the conflict, and what he found on the islands 25 years later, through the fascinating history of the ship aboard which he served.

Following his service, Herrscher earned a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University and has become one of the most innovative voices in Latin American literary journalism. Currently the director of the master’s program in journalism at the University of Barcelona, he contributes to publications in Argentina, Mexico and Peru. He is a culture and opera critic for the Barcelona daily newspaper “La Vanguardia,” a correspondent with “Opera News” in the U.S. and is working on a book on the banana plantations in Central America.

Herrscher is serving as a visiting scholar-in-residence for the launch of the Dr. John Keshishoglou (Kesh) Center for Global Communications Innovation, based in Ithaca College’s Roy H. Park School of Communications. Named for the late founding dean of the school, the center will focus on the nurturing and critical examination of new media innovation as it impacts traditional media industries; creative and artistic expression; global collaboration and understanding; citizen empowerment and engagement; economic sustainability and growth; and lifelong learning. To learn more, visit

For more information on Herrscher’s visit, contact Brandy Hawley in the Park School at or (607) 274-3590.