Brief Biographies of Selected Liberation Theologians
The following biographical sketches provide educational, national, religious, and other background information on the most prominent theologians of liberation in Latin America discussed in this book.
Hugo Assmann was born in Brazil 1933. He holds a licentiate in the Social Sciences, a doctorate in Theology, and a special diploma in Mass Communications. He studied philosophy and sociology in Brazil and theology in Rome as well as other subjects at various universities throughout Latin America. Assmann has taught at the Jesuit theologate in São Leopoldo and at the pontifical Catholic University of Pôrto Alegre, both in Brazil. From 1966 to 1968 he was Coordinator of Studies at the São Paulo Institute of Philosophy and Theology. In response to his radical theological positions, the Brazilian military government forced him into exile. After his expulsion for similar reasons by the governments of Uruguay, Bolivia, and Chile, Assmann was a visiting member of the theology faculty of the University of MOnster, West Germany. Since 1974, he has been serving as a Professor of Journalism and Theology, as well as a member of the Social Science Research Institute, at the National University of Costa Rica in San José.