About the talk:

Is ‘peace’ the absence of violence? Can communities create peace despite state repression? How do social movements and race impact peacebuilding amid globalization? Based on a decade and a half of activist research, author Christopher Courtheyn will present his recently published ethnography of the Colombian Peace Community of San José de Apartadó. Inspired by this rural community’s resistance to displacement in the war-torn Urabá region, the talk will present the book's analysis of race, ethnicity, and multiculturalism in Latin America, and San José’s grassroots peacebuilding process, toward the articulation of global theories of race, social movements, and peace.

About the speaker:

Christopher Courtheyn is assistant professor of global, urban, and environmental studies in the School of Public Service at Boise State University. He earned his Ph.D. in geography from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and holds a BA in Latin American studies from the University of California, Berkeley.

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