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Regis to host the Association of Colombianists XVIII Conference on Women in Columbia July 10-13

June 27, 2013

Exploration of Colombian Women Open to the Public

Despite recent gains in politics, education and working conditions, Colombian women still face challenges, especially when it comes to the displacement of families, how the media portray women, domestic violence, and the conditions of Afro-descendent and indigenous women. All these topics will be explored at Regis College July 10-13 when some 100 specialists on Colombian studies from around the world gather to discuss “Women in Colombia” (La Mujer en Colombia).

Co-sponsored by Regis College, the Association of Colombianists, and Fitchburg State University, the Conference is coordinated by Lucia Ortiz, PhD, Professor of History, World Languages, and Cultural Heritage at Regis College, with María M. Jaramillo, PhD, Professor of Humanities at Fitchburg State.

“Today’s Regis is a university building the infrastructure of its global footprint,” said Professor Ortiz. “Hosting this conference furthers Regis‘s visibility at the national and international level and joins our other international endeavors, including eight years of community service in Peru and our nursing faculty education in Haiti, to advance multi-cultural education and peace in our world.”

Ortiz and Jaramillo are recognized scholars in Latin American studies and have collaborated in several publications on Colombian issues. Their last book on Afro-Descendent women in Latin America is entitled HIjas del muntu: biografías críticas de mujeres afrodescendientes de America (Bogotá: Panamericana Editorial, 2011)

The conference will look at women in literature, film and the arts; women in Colombian history; women as cultural agents for social and economic change; the role of women in the armed conflict; and conditions of women of African descent. A film festival and art performance focused on women’s issues will also be held during the three-day conference.

“The mission of the Association of Colombianists,” said Dr. Jaramillo, also president of the Association, “is to promote the study of Colombia in the areas of humanities and social sciences; national and international awareness of Colombia, its society and cultures; and academic research on Colombia through the publication of the journal Revista de Estudios Colombianos. Holding this conference in greater Boston brings recognition to the many Latin Americans both assimilated in the region and working toward more collaboration, and I am thrilled that so many excellent scholars and researchers will be together discussing common interests in July.”

“I, too, am very pleased that Regis is hosting this conference on ‘Women in Colombia,’ said Regis College President Antoinette Hays, PhD, RN. “This event helps demonstrate the reality of the actively engaged multicultural community at Regis and highlights the kind of intellectual collaboration that northern and southern American hemispheres need to strengthen. It also illustrates our university’s values, such as dialogue that addresses the peaceful resolution of conflict, achievement of social justice, and the practice of cultural awareness and cultural humility.”

For information and to register, please contact Dr. Lucia Ortiz, Chair, Department of History, World Languages and Cultural Heritage at Regis College at

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