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April 16, 1999

Middlebury College Presents the 4th Annual Alianza Latinoamericana y Caribeña Symposium on April 23-24

1999 Topic to be "Who Owns Latin America? Development and the Environment"

From Friday, April 23 through Saturday, April 24, Middlebury College will present the fourth annual Alianza Latinoamericana y Caribeña (ALC) Symposium, titled "Who Owns Latin America? Development and the Environment." The ALC Symposium's 1999 series of lectures and cultural presentations will focus on the impact development has on the environment in Latin America. The keynote speaker will be the ambassador of Costa Rica, Dr. Jaime Daremblum. Events are free and open to the public.

On Friday, April 23, the symposium will begin with Ambassador Daremblum's keynote address titled "Costa Rican Heritage" at 7 p.m. in the Hemicycle of the Warner Science Building on College Street (Route 125). Senior partner of Daremblum Asociados Abogados in Costa Rica, the ambassador is also a professor of international politics and economics at the University of Costa Rica, professor and senior research fellow at the Center for Political and Administrative Research, and economist for the International Monetary Fund. He has traveled extensively throughout the United States, Europe and Latin America for speaking appearances at the White House and the Council on Foreign Relations, the French National Assembly in Paris, the Washington, DC-based Heritage Foundation, several universities, and many other forums. A regular writer for The Wall Street Journal, Daremblum is also the author of several books.

At 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Café Caliente, a cultural cafe of numerous short traditional music and dance presentations will also feature poet José Segura in the main hall of the McCullough Student Center on Old Chapel Road, off Route 30. Originally from the Dominican Republic, Segura teaches Spanish literature in New York City at the DeWitt Clinton High School. His recent works, published in Spanish, include "Ojas de Otoño," "En la Oscura Sombra de la Nada," and "Cenizas de la Pasión."

On Saturday, April 24, at 10:30 a.m., a panel discussion titled "Hope in the Midst of Hell: Colombia's Village of Gaviotas" will be held in the lounge of Gifford Hall on Hepburn Road, off College Street (Route 125). The discussion will be led by journalist Alan Weisman--an economist, author, contributing editor for The Los Angeles Times Magazine, and associate producer for the nationally-syndicated company of radio journalists, Homelands Productions. Weisman is the recipient of a Four Corners Award for best nonfiction book, a Los Angeles Press Club Award for best feature story, and a Social Innovations Award from the London-based Institute for Social Inventions. Author of several works including "We, Immortals" and the award-winning "Gaviotas: A Village to Reinvent the World," Weisman's next book, "An Echo in My Blood," will be published in October. Other panelists include Middlebury College faculty members--Thomas Kelly, economics; David Stoll, anthropology/sociology; Jeffrey Cason, political science; and Stephen Trombulak, biology.

At 3 p.m. on Saturday, award-winning author Julia Alvarez will read from her works in the library of the Middlebury College Geonomics Center for International Studies on Hillcrest Road, off Route 125. Alvarez has gained international acclaim for her novels, "How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accent," "In the Time of the Butterflies," and "Yo," and for her books of poetry, "Homecoming: New and Collected Poems" and "The Other Side: El Otro Lado." The writer-in-residence at Middlebury College, Alvarez has won numerous awards including the American Academy of Poetry Prize, a Third Woman Press Award, and a PEN Syndicated Fiction Prize.

At 7 p.m. on Saturday, Professor Nancy Grey Postero of the sociology/anthropology department at the University of California at Berkeley, will give a lecture titled "For Whose Benefit? Winners and Losers of Post-War Development Practices" in the Grand Salon of the Middlebury College Château, off College Street (Route 125). With articles appearing in publications as diverse as The New York Times Magazine, Refugee Women and Their Mental Health, and the Arizona Law Review, Postero has also written several books including "Vanishing Homelands: A Chronicle of Change Across the Americas" and "Searching for Solutions."

The symposium will conclude Saturday evening with merengue and salsa lessons at 9 p.m. followed by a Latino DJ dance party in Ross Lounge in Ross Dormitory off College Street (Route 125).

For more information, call Middlebury College student organizer Wilma Lopez at 802-443-7330.

Schedule of Events

Friday April 23

7 p.m. "Costa Rican Heritage," keynote address by Ambassador of Costa Rica Dr. Jaime Daremblum. Location: Hemicycle of the Warner Science Building, College Street (Route 125).

8:30 p.m. Café Caliente, cultural cafe featuring poet José Segura and others. Location: Main hall, McCullough Student Center, Old Chapel Road, off Route 30.

11 p.m. Latino Dance Party with José Gonzalez y su Grupo Criollo. Location: Main hall, McCullough Student Center, Old Chapel Road, off Route 30.

Saturday April 24

10:30 a.m. "Hope in the Midst of Hell: Colombia's Village of Gaviotas," panel discussion led by journalist Alan Weisman. Panelists include Middlebury College faculty members Thomas Kelly, David Stoll, Jeffrey Cason and Stephen Trombulak. Moderated by Ofelia Barrios (Middlebury College Class of 1993). Location: Lounge of Gifford Hall, Hepburn Road, off College Street (Route 125).

3 p.m. Julia Alvarez Reads From Her Own Works. Location: Library of the Middlebury College Geonomics Center for International Studies on Hillcrest Road, off Route 125.

7 p.m. "For Whose Benefit? Winners and Losers of Post-War Development Practices," lecture by University of California Professor Nancy Postero. Location: Grand Salon of the Middlebury College Château, off College Street (Route 125).

9 p.m. Merengue and Salsa Lessons and Latino DJ Dance Party. Location: Ross Lounge in Ross Dormitory off College Street (Route 125).