Middlebury College Presents the 4th
Annual Alianza Latinoamericana y Caribeña Symposium on
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
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
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
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
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).