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Carroll University hosts guest speaker Gildardo Tuberquia

September 28, 2012

WAUKESHA, WIS.— Carroll University and the Plowshare Center welcome speaker Gildardo Tuberquia of Colombia, who will present “The Challenge of Nonviolence in the Middle of a War.” The presentation will be Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, at 7 p.m. in the Oak Room, 101 N. East Ave., Waukesha. An interpreter will be present. The event is free and open to the public.

Tuberquia is a member of the Board of Directors (an internal council) of the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó, which offers nonviolent resistance to the armed conflict in Colombia. His speech will discuss the challenges of community action and nonviolent resistance to repeated threats by the Columbian Army and paramilitary to the very existence of the community.

The presentation will explore the socio-political and historical context of the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó. This community was the first rural peasant community in Colombia to practice nonviolent resistance in a country that is known for its violence, and has become a model copied around the country. Its main goal as a community is to unite and protect itself as a group, not as individuals, from becoming displaced from its own land. Tuberquia will share the history of the community, which includes massacres and the murder of almost 200 people in the past 15 years, to enlighten the audience on the culture and meaning behind the peace community. A 30-minute question and answer session will follow the presentation.

For more information, contact Elena De Costa, associate professor of Spanish, at 262.524.7284 or


Contact: Jess Owens 262-951-3104

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