Friday, October 20, 4-6 PM
The Graduate Center, CUNY
Mary Roldán, Hunter College and The Graduate Center, CUNY
Mary Roldán (Ph.D., Harvard University) holds the Dorothy Epstein Chair in Latin American History at Hunter College and a faculty appointment in Latin American history at the Graduate Center, (CUNY). Her research, writing and teaching interests include: violence, state formation, peace studies, urban history, drug trafficking, and the relationship between media (radio), culture, and public opinion. She serves on the editorial boards of the Latin American Research Review (LARR), Historia Critica (UAndes, Bogotá) and Estudios Sociales (UNacional, Bogotá). She has consulted, screened or worked with a variety government, non-governmental, and cultural institutions including the U.S. Institute of Peace, Social Science Research Council, National Public Radio, Radio Nacional de Colombia, COLCIENCIAS, Banco de la República, and Planeación Nacional (Colombia). Most recently (2013-2014), her research and publications have been adopted as the basis for the historical reconstruction of twentieth century violence in Antioquia, Colombia for the Museo Casa de la Memoria in Medellín, the first museum in Colombia devoted to the memory of the victims of twentieth century violence. She is currently at work on two monographs, Broadcast Nation: Radio, Culture and Politics in Colombia and Acción Cultural Popular: Radio, Development and Catholic Transnationalism in Colombia.