International Studies & Programs

Threads of Hope: Weaving Peace in Colombia

On April 11-13, 2017, CLACS will host the symposium, Threads of Hope: Weaving Peace in Colombia.  Speakers include scholars of conflict and peace-building in Colombia as well community activists engaged in the peace-building process.    


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Threads of Hope: Weaving Peace in Colombia

April 11-13, 2017

April 11, Tuesday

5:00 - 7:00 pm We Women Warriors 

Film showing and discussion facilitated by

  • Galia J. Benitez, assistant professor, MSU James Madison College
  • Mary Ann Lugo, graudate student, Romance & Classical Studies
  • Angie Vega, student, MSU College of Law

Madison College Library, 3rd floor, Case Hall
Movie in Spanish with English subtitles.  Pizza and popcorn provided.

April 12, Wednesday

8:30 - 9:50 am Voices of Peace

Assistant Professor Galia Benitez will facilitate a discussion among students in the MC 324C course, Regional Politics, Cooperation and Conflict in Latin America and the Caribbean and participants:

  • Rosa Jimenez, director, Observatory for Forced Displacement, University of Cartagena  
  • Ricardo Esquivia Ballestas, human rights attorney, Sembrandopaz
  • Juana Alicia Ruiz, leader, Mujeres Tejiendo Sueños y Sabores de Paz
  • Constanza López, associate professor, Languages, Literatures and Cultures, University of North Florida

Room 303, International Center

10:20 - 11:40 am  Businesses and the Peace Process

  • Galia J. Benitez, assistant professor, MSU James Madison College
  • Quincy Kittle, MSU James Madison College
  • Betsy Borre, MSU James Madison College

Room 303 International Center

1:00 - 2:00 pm Sowing Seeds of Peace

  • Ricardo Esquivia Ballestas, Colombian human rights attorney, Sembrandopaz (Sowing Peace)

Room 303 and 305 International Center

3:00 - 4:15 pm Feature Presentation: Threads of Hope and Quilt Exhibit

  • Juana Alicia Ruiz Hernandez, leader, Mujeres Tejiendo Sueños y Sabores de Paz (Women Weaving Dreams and Flavors of Peace)
  • Jes Stoltzfus Buller, peace education coordinator, Mennonite Central Committee

Reception immediately following

 

April 13, Thursday

9:00 - 10:00 am Urban Galleries of Memory in Colombia

  • Constanza López, associate professor, Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, University of North Florida

Spartan Rooms B & C, International Center, next to Crossroads Food Court

10:20 - 11:40 am Colombian Path to the Future: Round Table Discussion

  • Elvira Sánchez-Blake, associate professor, Romance & Classical Studies, MSU
  • Constanza López, associate professor, Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, University of North Florida
  • Alejandro Herrero-Olaizola, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Spanish, University of Michigan

Spartan Rooms B & C, International Center

1:00 - 3:00 pm Quilt Workshop 

  • Juana Alicia Ruiz Hernandez, Mujeres Teijendo Sueños y Sabores de Paz

Spartan Rooms B & C, International Center