Community Group Event

My Experience of Nicaragua

Chattanooga May Meeting

Saturday, May 11, 2013 , 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Community Group: Chattanooga "CHIONS" Community Group

Dee Mitchell Whitmore
Unitarian Universalist Church
3224 Navajo Drive
Chattanooga TN 37411
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Dee will share her experiences of Nicaragua, starting with her 1989 visit as part of a solidarity group affiliated with the Sandinista government during the Contra War, and as a protest to the U.S. embargo of Nicaragua. In 1990 and again in 1996, she was an official international observer to the Nicaraguan presidential elections.

From 1989 till 1995, she spent 3 to 4 months a year doing research in Nicaragua, and in 1995 moved to the lovely colonial town of Granada, Nicaragua, where she lived until 1999. While there, she had a variety of experiences, including working with huelepegas (addicted glue sniffing children), teaching at two universities (Universidad de San Marcos and Universidad de Ciencias Empresariales), and working as a translator/journalist for the Washington, D.C.-based solidarity group "Nicaragua Network" compiling a weekly news report for the internet.

Dee went to Tulane University for her doctorate in Latin American History with an emphasis in Central America, and a specialization in Nicaragua. She is also an African American and U.S. historian. Since returning to the U.S. she has taught at Dalton State College in Dalton, GA, spent a year as a guest lecturer in Latin American History at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, and taught at Seminole State College near Orlando, Florida. She currently resides on an organic blueberry farm in Mentone, AL with her husband of six years, Bruce Whitmore.

We hope to see you there. Like all our meetings, this one is open to visitors and is free of charge.

Where: Unitarian Universalist Church, 3224 Navajo Drive, Chattanooga

Directions: From Interstate 24 going from downtown toward Atlanta and Knoxville. Take the Germantown exit. Turn left on Germantown Road. Take the 2nd street to the left: this is Navajo Drive. Go about the length of 3 blocks and you will see the sign for the Church on the left.

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