Show The Graduate Center Menu

The Peace Process in Colombia: Challenges of Implementation

MAY 30, 2017 | 6:00 PM TO 8:00 PM



The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue


1201: Elebash Recital Hall


May 30, 2017: 6:00 PM-8:00 PM




Acuerdo de Paz en Colombia: Desafíos del Posconflicto
This event will be in Spanish

Humberto de la Calle, chief government negotiator in Colombian peace process with the FARC

Humberto de la Calle Lombana is a chief government negotiator in Colombia’s peace process with the FARC guerrillas (2012-2016). An experienced lawyer, de la Calle served as Vice President of Colombia from 1994 to 1997 and as Interior Minister under Presidents, Andres Pastrana and Cesar Gaviria. He was Ambassador to Spain and the United Kingdom. De la Calle became a university professor in the 1970s and was Dean in the universities of Caldas and Manizales until 1980. He also taught in national universities including Bogotá’s Andes University and Our Lady of the Rosary University. De la Calle launched a highly successful private law firm as for almost a decade he served in the Judicial Branch was appointed head of the National Civil Registry in the late 1980s during the administration of President Belisario Betancur. He was Associate Justice on the Supreme Court in 1986-87. De La Calle is currently focused on the implementation phase of Colombia’s recent peace agreements.


Adriana Vargas is a Colombian journalist and news presenter for Univision 41 New York. In 2005 she participated in Caracol Radio’s morning news show Hoy por hoy and hosted and directed the Noticiero del mediodía. She also co-hosted Noticiero CM& at evenings. In 2006 she returned to RCN TV. In 2010, Adriana Vargas joined President Juan Manuel Santos' team as his spokeswoman and International Media Director. After one year, Vargas joined the Univision O&O station serving the New York Tri-State area, WXTV channel 41 and currently anchors the 6 pm ("Noticias Univision 41 A las Seis") and 11 pm ("Noticias Univision 41 Solo a las Once") newscasts.

Jerry Carlson (Ph.D., University of Chicago) is Chair of the Department of Media & Communication Arts at The City College CUNY, a Professor at the Graduate Center CUNY, and a Senior Fellow at the Bildner Center for Western Hemispheric Studies. He has been deeply engaged with Colombia since 1990. In more than fifty visits, he has lectured at universities in Barranquilla, Bogota, Cartagena, Medellin, and Santa Marta. He is a long standing cultural advisor to Fundación La Cueva.