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For Immediate Release: April 2, 2014

Providence College to Host Annual Lecture on Latin American Studies

Providence, R.I. – Providence College will present its annual Father Ed Cleary, O.P. Memorial Lecture entitled, “Prospects for Peace in Colombia,” on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 4:00 p.m., in the Ruane Center for the Humanities, Room 105 on campus. The lecture will be delivered by Dr. Virginia M. Bouvier, Senior Program Officer for Latin America at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) in Washington, D.C.

The lecture series, held in memory of former PC Latin American Studies professor Fr. Cleary, O.P., provides an opportunity to raise awareness about issues of human rights, religion, and Latin America.

Bouvier has worked at USIP since 2003.  In 2012-13 she served on the United Nations Standby Team of Mediation Experts. She is a long-time observer of the Colombian peace process, including the talks currently taking place in Havana, the most serious initiative in ten years to try to end the half-century long Colombian armed conflict between the government and the FARC guerrillas. Bouvier is also the editor of Colombia: Building Peace in a Time of War. Prior to this, she was an assistant professor of Latin American literature and culture at the University of Maryland. From 1982 to 1989, she served as senior associate at the Washington Office on Latin America, focusing on Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay. Bouvier has also served as a consultant and research director for the Women’s Leadership Conference of the Americas, a joint project of the Inter-American Dialogue and the International Center for Research on Women, and as a consultant at the World Bank, Levi Strauss Foundation, and Levi Strauss and Company. She is a graduate of Wellesley College and holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in Latin American studies.

The event is free and open to the public. A reception will immediately follow in the Ruane Center for the Humanities, Great Room.

It is being sponsored by the Department of Political Science, Program on Latin American Studies, Office of Academic Affairs, Department of Global Studies, Center for Catholic and Dominican Studies, Department of History, Organization of Latin American Students (OLAS), Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society, and PC Chapter of Amnesty International.

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Chrissy Centazzo
Public Affairs, Community and Government Relations
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