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COLOMBIA: The country beyond common misconceptions.

Miriam Rios-Sanchez , PhD candidate; Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences, Michigan Technological University

Tuesday April 13-Dillman Hall(214), at 6.00-7.00pm

Since the first arrival of the Spanish, violence has been a common theme in the history of Colombia. Many civil wars have happened due to political intolerance and wars with guerrillas are still occurring. Drug trafficking wars affected the country during the 80’s and 90’s and at times even sports have resulted in violence. Many people believe that if they dare go to Colombia, despite the warnings issued by the UN, he/she will probably expect to find a country in shambles, surrounded by crime and drug dealers at every corner. However, conquering adversity and thanks to the geographic position and various human factors, Colombian people have found a way to make their home country a place that surprises every foreign visitor. Colombia is a country of beauty and diversity: biological, geographical, cultural and even geological. Nowadays we can even talk about political diversity.

Colombia has worked through its difficult past because of its resilient and adaptable people. From every tragedy and for every limitation, Colombians find ways to keep going. We always find reasons to be proud and to keep our lives active and productive. Colombia has the fourth most productive economy in Latin America; it is the largest producer of coal and exports a wide range of goods, including the famous Colombian coffee and even soap operas.

This Global City presentation aims to give a perspective of the people, culture, and many kinds of natural resources Colombia has to offer. These resources allow us to overcome adversity and become a country of beauty and diverse cultural traditions that few people have the chance to truly know.