On February 26th there was an 8.8 magnitude earthquake outside Concepcion, Chile.
All students who have arrived for orientation for the Spring semester are accounted for and are currently in Santiago, about 200 miles from the epicenter of the earthquake, for orientation.
The earthquake and aftershocks were felt in Santiago and there has been some structural damage, including at the airport, which has been closed. Orientation activities for our students are taking place in a modern hotel in Santiago where there was no structural damage.
We will periodically update this page, as needed.
Middlebury student Kate Macfarlane '10 appears in a South American newspaper Web site, El Diario Austral de Valdivia, as part of a panel discussion, "Ciencia Con Nombre de Mujer" on the International Day of the Woman as part of her for-credit internship experience during her time studying at the School Abroad in Chile. See link below. Kate is seated at center.
In 2001, PBS NewsHour correspondent Elizabeth Farnsworth ’65 asked Henry Kissinger why human rights weren’t really at the top of his list of priorities when he met with Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet in 1976. “Why did you not say to him: You’re violating human rights. You’re killing people. Stop it!” she asked the former National Security Advisor and secretary of state. Kissinger punted: “Human rights were not an international issue at that time, the way they have become since. That was not what diplomats and secretaries of states and presidents were saying generally to anybody in those days.” Winning the Cold War, at whatever cost, was the only thing that mattered; in South America, this meant preventing what Nixon referred to as a “red sandwich”—a continent of communist movements anchored by Cuba and Chile.