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Panel Discussion

In Colombia, a nationwide protest has been met with deadly force. Colombian military and police officers have deployed an assault – the deadliest in the country’s recent history – against the demonstrations, murdering at least 26 people and injuring at least 900 more. This event brings together scholars and human rights activists for a conversation on the roots of the unrest, broader human rights crises, and how to support the protesters’ demands. 

Francisco Gutiérrez Sanín is a sociologist and professor at Universidad Nacional de Colombia and a columnist for El Espectador, one of Colombia’s largest newspapers. Alejandro Lanz is a lawyer, human rights defender, and executive co-director of the Bogota-based organization Temblores ONG. Gimena Sánchez is the leading Colombian human rights advocate at the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA). Lizeth Montero Piedrahita is a human rights lawyer and social leader from the Cauca region of Colombia.

Monday, May 17, 2021, 3:00 pm Pacific Time
Virtual Event

Panel Discussion

With Natalia Brizuela and Beth Piatote

A conversation about colonial legacies of encampment and border making in the Americas, with a particular focus on the occupation and destruction of Indigenous lives and land. Indigenous artists and thinkers discuss migration/mobility as a practice constitutive of Indigenous forms of life, and itineraries of movement across human and nonhuman, visible and invisible borders in the context of settler colonial forms of spatial and human division, exclusion, segregation.

Natalie Diaz is Mojave, an enrolled member of the Gila River Indian Tribe, and Director of the Center for Imagination in the Borderlands and is the Maxine and Jonathan Marshall Chair in Modern and Contemporary Poetry at Arizona State University. Ailton Krenak is a Brazilian Indigenous intellectual and activist. A leading environmentalist and advocate for Indigenous rights. Natalia Brizuela is professor in the departments of Film & Media and Spanish & Portuguese at UC Berkeley. Beth Piatote is a scholar of Native American/Indigenous literature and law; a creative writer of fiction, poetry, plays, and essays; and an Indigenous language revitalization activist, specializing in Nez Perce language and literature. 

Registration and more information

Friday, May 21, 2021, 12:00 pm Pacific Time
CLAS Virtual Event