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

Room 303, International Center

10:20 - 11:40 am  Building Peace in Colombia

  • Galia J. Benitez, Quincy Kittle, Betsy Borre, MSU James Madison College: The Role of the Business Sector
  • Rosa Jimenez, University of Cartagena: The Role of Education and the University. 

Room 303 International Center

1:00 - 2:30 pm Sowing Seeds of Peace

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

Introduction by Miguel Cabañas, associate professor, MSU Romance & Classical Studies

Room 303 and 305 International Center

2:30 - 3:00 pm Visit the Exhibit: Threads of Hope (Mampujan Women) 

  • Located on the third floor, International Center

3:00 - 4:30 pm Feature Presentation: Threads of Hope and Quilt Exhibit

Opening Remarks, Laurie Medina, director, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies

  • 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 

Discussant, Elvira Sánchez-Blake, associate professor, MSU Romance & Classical Studies

Reception

 

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 Building Peace in Colombia: Round Table Discussion

  • Elvira Sánchez-Blake, associate professor, MSU Romance & Classical Studies
  • Rosa Jimenez, director, Observatory for Forced Displacement, University of Cartagena
  • Alejandro Herrero-Olaizola, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Spanish, University of Michigan

Spartan Rooms B & C, International Center

12:00 - 1:00 pm Lunch Provided

 

1:00 - 3:00 pm Quilt Workshop 

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

Facilitator, Joni Starr, assistant professor, Arts Integration, Department of Teacher Education

Spartan Rooms B & C, International Center

3:00 - 3:30 pm Closing Remarks

  • Elvira Sánchez-Blake, associate professor, MSU Department of Romance & Classical Studies
  • Galia Benitez, assistant professor, MSU James Madison College
  • Emily Holley, associate director, MSU Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies
  • Laurie Medina, director, MSU Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies