Friday, October 13, 2006

Lecture - Colombia: Making Sense of a Protracted Armed Conflict

To the beautifully landscaped Oakville Library for the Oakville University Lecture Series, put on by the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies. The speaker was Ana Maria Bejarano, (Ph.D. Columbia University, Assistant Professor University of Toronto) Who spoke on the topic "Colombia: Making Sense of a Protracted Armed Conflict" She was previously professor of Political Science at the Universidad de Los Andes in Bogota, where she also served as Director of its Center for Social and Legal Research (CIJUS). She co-edited the book Elecciones y Democracia en Colombia, 1997-98 (Bogota, 1998).
Professor Bejarano is an excellent speaker and extremely knowledgeable about the policial sitiation in her home country. She opened by setting the geographical and historical contexts. One wonders how the conflict will ever be resolved.
Lunch at Caffe dos Libros - tasty crêpe filled with brie and apple - and a browse in adjoining Bookers.
Thanks to B-J for a great afternoon.

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