Spring World Issues Forum - Challenges and Opportunities on the Recognition of the Indigenous Cultural Diversity in Colombia

Wednesday, May 1, 2013
12:00 PM - 1:20 PM (PT)
Fairhaven College Auditorium
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Shirley Osterhaus
(360) 650-2309

Western’s Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies has announced the upcoming spring slate of presenters for its World Issues Forum, with subjects ranging from indigenous communities in the Americas (Guatemala and Colombia) to drones in Pakistan, to justice for El Salvadorans, border issues, and women.

The forums are free and open to the public.

Wednesday, May 1

“Challenges and Opportunities on the Recognition of the Indigenous
Cultural Diversity in Colombia”

Presenter: Amanda Bernal-Carlo, full professor at the Natural Sciences Department at Hostos Community College of the City University of New York.

This talk addresses the cosmo-vision meaning of land and their way of life of the tribes inhabiting the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. Understanding this perception helps us to highlight the importance in acknowledging the cultural diversity and the protection of rights of indigenous peoples enabling them to survive as a culture. The reality of the indigenous peoples in Colombia presents paradigmatic situations. Although they are formally protected by the highest
international standards, and by legislative and jurisprudential developments, the effectiveness of these formal mechanisms of protection only partially coincide with reality. Solutions to this situation will be discussed.

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