Monday, May 4, 2020
12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Joukowsky Forum, 111 Thayer Street
In view of recently released university guidance on events on campus, CLACS has made the decision to cancel its events with the exception of the March 11, 2020 lecture by Julio Capó, Jr. This decision was not made lightly. We appreciate your understanding and look forward to providing more programming as soon as we are able to do so.
CLACS, Native American and Indigenous Studies at Brown, and Witness for Peace are hosting this talk by Colombian indigenous activist María Violeta Medina Quiscue. The talk will be given in Spanish and English translation will be provided.
Maria Violet Medina Quiscue is the general coordinator for the Mesa de Pueblos Indigenas Victimas del Conflicto Armado en Bogotá (Committee of Indigenous Peoples Victims of the Armed Conflict in Bogota), a grassroots organization representing 16 Indigenous groups currently living in conditions of forced displacement in the city of Bogota, Colombia. Colombia has the largest population of Internally Displaced Peoples (IDPs) in the world with nearly 8 million. The committee works to protect the rights of Indigenous people affected by the Colombian armed conflict through preservation of traditional education, healthcare, psycho-social support and human rights advocacy at the national and international level. Violet focuses on the areas of ethno-education, psychology, community-based healthcare and the history of Indigenous struggle in the urban context. Violet has been coordinating the committee since 2014. In 2015 she was forcibly displaced by armed groups for the second time after she opposed their recruitment of young people from her community. Maria Violet is currently pursuing a degree in psychology at the Universidad Area Andina in Bogota.