Global Issues Colloquium Sponsors Presentations

This fall, the Global Issues Colloquium will feature five events to help raise campus awareness of current international issues.

The first event of the colloquium, “Transnational Latin American Revolutionary Solidarity with the Puerto Rican Nationalist Party in the 1950s and Beyond,” will take place at 7 p.m. Sept. 15 in Magruder Hall 2001. This presentation will use the stories of Carlos Padilla and Rosa Meneses, two members of the Puerto Rican Nationalist Party (PRNP), to examine three issues related to Puerto Rico and Latin America in the 1950s. The issues this presentation addresses largely occurred prior to the 1959 Cuban revolution, but they provide insight into the revolutionary currents that existed throughout Latin America in the pivotal decade leading up to it.

Other presentations scheduled for this semester include: “The Fight against Corruption and Impunity in Honduras,” at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 11 in Student Union Building Georgian Room C; “International Development: Is there hope?” at 7 p.m. Oct. 20 in Magruder Hall 2001; “Natural Treasures in Peril: Challenges and Successes in Conservation from the Himalayas,” at 7 p.m. Nov. 10 in Magruder Hall 2001; and “Youth and African Development - Harnessing the Demographic Dividend” at 7 p.m. Dec. 1 in Magruder Hall 2001.  

The colloquium was first developed more than a dozen years ago as an informal attempt to broaden conversations about current issues affecting the world. More recently, it has found a niche within the structure of the International Studies Program. Charged with “sustaining and enhancing an atmosphere in which global thinking becomes habitual,” the colloquiums aim to help the broader community understand the “strengths, beauties and core humanity of other cultures.” For further information on these event, visit the Global Colloquium’s webpage at

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