Middlebury

April 6, 2001

Latin American symposium: "Surviving Globalization?"

MIDDLEBURY, Vt.-Middlebury College will host a symposium-"Surviving Globalization? Democracy, Stability and Sovereignty in Latin America"-Friday, April 20-Saturday, April 21. The event, the College's fifth annual Latin American symposium, will feature Dr. Jesus Silva Herzog Márquez, Mexican ambassador to the United States from 1995-1997, as the keynote speaker. The symposium is free and open to the public. All lectures and panel discussions will take place in the Robert A. Jones House on Hillcrest Road off College Street (Route 125).

At 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 20, Márquez will begin the symposium with the keynote address, "The Problems Mexico Faces in Consolidating Democracy." A reception will follow the talk at 9:30 p.m. Mexico's treasury secretary from 1982-1986, and currently a professor of political science at the Instituto Tecnológico Aut?nomo de México, he has spoken at a variety of universities in the United States and abroad, including Georgetown, Colombia, University of California at San Diego, and institutions in Vancouver and Madrid. Marquez has written two books and numerous magazine articles.

At 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 21, Dr. Alfredo Toro Hardy will lead a panel discussion titled "Latin America and Globalization: Moving Forward or Backward?" Former Venezuelan ambassador to Brazil, Chile and the United States, Hardy is currently ambassador to the United Kingdom. He has written a number of books, including "El Disorden Global" ("The Global Disorder") and "De Yalta a Sarajevo: de la Guerra Fria a la Paz Caliente" ("From Yalta to Sarajevo: from the Cold War to the Hot Peace") among others. Middlebury College professors will serve as panelists.

Later that day at 2 p.m., Dr. Sonia Almazan del Olmo, a member of the faculty of humanities at the University of Havana, will give a speech titled "Globalization, Culture and Migration." At 3:30 p.m., Dr. Shelley McConnell will discuss "Making Democracy Meaningful: Cooperative Strategies for Preventing the Re-emergence of Authoritarianism in Latin America. She is the associate director of the Latin American and Caribbean program at The Carter Center?an Atlanta-based nonprofit organization devoted to world peace and health?and is also a visiting professor of political science at Emory University.

At 8 p.m. Saturday, there will be a Cultural Café, "Africa and Latin America," featuring New York poet and writer Sandra Garcia Rivera, whose family is originally from Puerto Rico, and the New York music group Pa'lo Monte, which specializes in Dominican and Haitian rhythms. This event will take place in McCullough Student Center on Old Chapel Road off South Main Street (Route 30).

The symposium is sponsored by the Middlebury College student organization Alianza Latinoamericana y Caribeña.

All lectures, panel discussions and the reception will be held in the Robert A. Jones House. The Cultural Café will take place in McCullough Student Center on Old Chapel Road off South Main Street (Route 30). All symposium events are free and open to the public. Contact student organizer Wilma Lopez at 802-443-7330 for more information.

 

Events Calendar Listings:

Friday, April 20-Sunday, April 22.

"Surviving Globalization? Democracy, Stability and Sovereignty in Latin America"

Friday, April 20, 7:30 p.m.

Keynote address: "The Problems Mexico Faces in Consolidating Democracy" by Dr. Jesus Silva Herzog Márquez, Mexican ambassador to the United States from 1995-1997.

A reception will follow the talk at 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 21, 10 a.m.

Panel Discussion: titled "Latin America and Globalization: Moving forward or backward?" led by Dr. Alfredo Toro Hardy, former Venezuelan ambassador to Brazil, Chile and the United States and current ambassador to the United Kingdom. Middlebury College professors will serve as panelists.

Saturday, April 21, 2 p.m.

Lecture: "Globalization, Culture and Migration" by Dr. Sonia Almazan del Olmo, a member of the faculty of humanities at the University of Havana.

Saturday, April 21, 3:30 p.m.

Lecture: "Making Democracy Meaningful: Cooperative Strategies for Preventing the Re-emergence of Authoritarianism in Latin America" by Dr. Shelley McConnell, associate director of the Latin American and Caribbean program at The Carter Center?an Atlanta-based nonprofit organization devoted to world peace and health?and also a visiting professor of political science at Emory University.

Saturday, April 21, 8 p.m.

Cultural Café: "Africa and Latin America," featuring New York poet and writer Sandra Garcia Rivera, whose family is originally from Puerto Rico, and the New York music group Pa'lo Monte, which specializes in Dominican and Haitian rhythms.

All lectures, panel discussions and the reception will be held in the Robert A. Jones House on Hillcrest Road off College Street (Route 125). The Cultural Café will take place in McCullough Student Center on Old Chapel Road off South Main Street (Route 30). All symposium events are free and open to the public. Contact student organizer Wilma Lopez at 802-443-7330 for more information.

 

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