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Afro-Colombian guest speakers tell their story at UNI, Sept. 22

September 16, 2003

John Grinstead, assistant professor of modern languages, (319) 273-2417
Vicki Grimes, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Afro-Colombians Tell Their Story: The Real Impact of U.S. Foreign Policy,' will be presented at 7 p.m., Monday, Sept. 22, in Lang Hall Auditorium on the UNI campus.

Afro-Colombian guest speakers, Father Rafael Castillo and Luz Marina Becerra, will draw on their experiences of war, violence and poverty to talk about the armed conflict in Colombia and the impact of U.S. policy.

Becerra, a 29-year-old from the province of Choco, was forced from her home by the war five years ago, and is now the Secretary General of one of the main organizations for displaced Afro-Colombians, AFRODES.

Castillo, a 45-year-old priest based in Cartagena, has close to 20 years of experience working with communities affected by violence and poverty.

The event is sponsored by the UNI Center for Multicultural Education, the Graduate Program in Public Policy and Cedar Valley Churches for Peace, in collaboration with the U.S. Office on Colombia and Lutheran World Relief.

Presentations will be in Spanish, with English translation provided. For more information contact John Grinstead at, (319) 273-2417.