Laura Restrepo, a Colombian author, will deliver the inaugural Anita Cañizares Lecture at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 4 in the Sanford Room of the Library.
She will speak in English on “Writing as a Woman in Colombia,” as part of the HWS celebration of Women's History Month and presented by the Latin American Organization. A reception will follow at 6 p.m. in the Intercultural Affair Center, sponsored by Intercultural Affairs.
Restrepo (right) received the prestigious Premio Alfaguara de Novela 2004 for her book “Delirio,” which has been described as “a complete work embracing both tragedy and humor, the lowest passions and the most altruistic sentiments, cruelty and solidarity. A kaleidoscope of modern society centered upon the complex and exasperating reality of Colombia.”
Her work is published simultaneously in Spain and in 18 American countries.
Restrepo, who has dedicated her life to politics, journalism and literature, was named by President Belisario Betancur in 1983 to the peace commission negotiating with the M-19 guerrillas. She lived in political exile until 1989, when M-19 was converted into a legal opposition party, allowing her to return home.
She has worked on the magazine Cromos and has been editor of the magazine Semana, among others. In Mexico, she wrote a column for the La Jornada newspaper and the magazine Proceso.
Her first book, Historia de un entusiasmo, was published in 1986. She has since published La isla de la pasión (1989), Leopardo al sol (1993), Dulce compañía (1995), La novia oscura (1999), La multitud errante (2001) and Olor a Rosas Invisibles (2002). She is a co-author of several other works.
The lecture series is a memorial to Anita Cañizares, former director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, who died in March 2005. A native of Colombia, she was also a member of the Geneva Human Rights Commission board for two years.