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February 19, 2010

Human Rights Happy Hour: Eduardo Restrepo of Pontífica Universidad Javeriana to speak on “Armed Conflict and Collective Rights in the Southern Pacific Region of Colombia,”
February 22, 2010

On Monday, February 22, from 3:30 p.m to 5:30 p.m., in the Faculty Lounge (TNH 3.214) at the University of Texas School of Law, the Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice will host Eduardo Restrepo of Pontífica Universidad Javeriana, who will deliver a lecture entitled “Armed Conflict and Collective Rights in the Southern Pacific Region of Colombia.”

Restrepo will be here as a visiting resource professor at the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies from February 22 through March 4.

Restrepo is professor of anthropology at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Antioquia and his PhD in anthropology from the University of North Carolina. Restrepo is a leading thinker in cultural studies in Colombia and has researched and written extensively on Afro-descendant social movements and cultural identity in Colombia, particularly in the Pacific Basin region. Restrepo has received numerous awards and scholarships for his scholarly work, including a research grant from the Rockefeller Foundation, the Honigmann Award from the University of North Carolina, and first place in the National Prize of Greiff Otto in Social and Economic Sciences.

Gabriela Polit, assistant professor of Spanish and Portuguese, will serve as respondent to Restrepo’s talk.

More information on Restrepo, including a paper he will be discussing during his talk, “Armed Conflict and the Organizing Process of Black Communities in the Colombian South Pacific,” can be found on the Rapoport Center website.

Contact:

Sarah Cline, Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice, 512-232-4857, scline@law.utexas.edu.