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Wilson Alumna to Discuss Book Recounting Her Son's Adoption in El Salvador

Posted: April 5, 2012

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. ― Author Margaret E. Ward, a 1965 graduate of Wilson College, will discuss her book, “Missing Mila, Finding Family: An International Adoption in the Shadow of the Salvadoran Civil War,” at 7 p.m. Friday, April 20, in the Brooks Science Complex auditorium.

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April 5, 2012
CONTACT: Dianna Heim, Assistant Director of Alumnae Relations
Phone: 717-264-4141, Ext. 3180
Email: dianna.heim@wilson.edu

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. ― Author Margaret E. Ward, a 1965 graduate of Wilson College, will discuss her book, “Missing Mila, Finding Family: An International Adoption in the Shadow of the Salvadoran Civil War,” at 7 p.m. Friday, April 20, in the Brooks Science Complex auditorium. A reception will follow the discussion, which is free and open to the public.

Ward’s book tells the story of the adoption of her son, Nelson, during El Salvador’s civil war in 1983, and the subsequent upheaval that came when her family met members of his birth family 14 years later. Through her son’s birth family, Ward learned about Nelson’s birth parents’ clandestine activities as guerrillas in El Salvador’s civil war.

Ward had a strong desire to know about Nelson’s deceased mother, Mila. “My attempt to know her and honor her mirrors my son’s desire, for she will always be a part of him that is missing and that he misses,” she said.

Ward, who lives in Harrisville, N.H., was a professor of German at Wellesley College for 39 years. She has published articles on Bertolt Brecht and post-1945 political drama, and written a biography of Fanny Lewald, a 19th-century novelist and advocate for women's education.

At the Wilson event, Ward’s book will be available for signing. It can also be purchased from University of Texas Press online at www.utexas.edu/utpress/books/warmis.html or at www.amazon.com or www.barnesandnoble.com.

For more information about the presentation, contact Dianna Heim at 717-264-4141, Ext 3180, or email dianna.heim@wilson.edu.

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Founded in 1869, Wilson College is a liberal arts college dedicated to the education of women. Affiliated with the Presbyterian Church and located in Chambersburg, Pa. Wilson offers bachelor’s degrees in 30 areas and master’s degrees in education and the humanities. The college’s 2011-12 enrollment in the College for Women and the Adult Degree Programs is 746 and includes 21 students from 10 foreign countries. Visit www.wilson.edu for more information.

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Last Updated: April 5, 2012