Building Peace in Colombia: Lessons from Medellín and Antioquia

Sergio Fajardo

Title Conditional: Building Peace in Colombia: Lessons from Medellín and Antioquia
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Time: 6:00 pm | Great Room, Bancroft Hotel, 2680 Bancroft Way

 

After more than 50 years of armed conflict, Colombia is on the verge of a peace deal between the government and the FARC. As governor of Antioquia and mayor of Medellín, Sergio Fajardo has experienced the complexities of the conflict and will discuss the political challenges to overcoming violence and living in peace. Fajardo will explore how the lessons learned while serving in regional government apply to the entire country.

Sergio Fajardo recently stepped down as governor of Antioquia and was voted “Best Governor” in Colombia.  Formerly, he served as the mayor of Medellin (2004-2007) and was a vice-presidential candidate in 2010. He holds a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

- Article from the Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies
- Paper from Princeton University about Fajardo's term as mayor of Medellín

Co-sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies, UC Berkeley, and the Center for Latin American Studies, Stanford University.

Sergio Fajardo, his spouse Lucrecia, and Professor Harley Shaiken arrive at the Bancroft Hotel, March 2016. (Photo by Natalia Reyes.)

Sergio Fajardo, his spouse Lucrecia Ramirez Restrepo, and Professor Harley Shaiken arrive at the Bancroft Hotel, March 2016. (Photo by Natalia Reyes.)

 Audience at the Bancroft Hotel for Sergio Fajardo's talk in Berkeley, March 2016. (Photo by Natalia Reyes.)

 Audience listening to Sergio Fajardo at the Bancroft Hotel in Berkeley, March 2016. (Photo by Natalia Reyes.)

Sergio Fajardo presents on changes in Antioquia, Colombia during his talk, March 2016. (Photo by Natalia Reyes.)

Sergio Fajardo presents on changes in Antioquia, Colombia during his talk, March 2016. (Photo by Natalia Reyes.)

Sergio Fajardo outlines the transformation of Medellín and Antioquia through education in March 2016. (Photo by Natalia Reyes.)

Sergio Fajardo outlines the transformation of Medellín and Antioquia through education in March 2016. (Photo by Natalia Reyes.)

An audience member asks a question about the role of agriculture in Colombia during the question and answer session, March 2016. (Photo by Natalia Reyes.)

An audience member asks a question about the role of agriculture in Colombia during the question and answer session, March 2016. (Photo by Natalia Reyes.)

After a bomb destroyed his Bird of Peace statue, killing 12, Fernando Botero donated another to Medellín. (Photo by Randal Sheppard.)
After a bomb destroyed his Bird of Peace statue, killing 12, Fernando Botero donated another to Medellín. (Photo by Randal Sheppard.)