RIT Gannett Lecture Explores Cocaine, Colombia and the U.S., Jan. 22

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Event free and open to the public

The impact of cocaine on Colombia will be the subject of the next Caroline Werner Gannett Lecture at Rochester Institute of Technology.

Paul Grebinger, professor of anthropology at RIT and Gannett lecturer and coordinator of senior seminar, will present “Labyrinth of Cocaine: Colombia and the United States in an Age of Drugs,” at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 22, in Webb Auditorium, James E. Booth Building. The event, sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts, is free and open to the public.

Grebinger traveled extensively in the country of Colombia during the 1980s and early 1990s as part of a student exchange program with the Universidad Externado de Colombia. Funding though a three-year university-affiliations program supported faculty exchanges, as well. However, generalized drug violence in Colombia ended these programs.

In his talk, Grebinger will focus on what he believes “every voting citizen needs to know about why the drug war is not working and, in particular, why Plan Colombia, the most recent front in that war, cannot succeed.”

A panel discussion following the lecture will include John Klofas, professor of criminal justice at RIT, and John Schwartz, supervising judge in the seventh judicial district and the first presiding judge at Rochester Drug Treatment Court.

For more information, visit www.rit.edu/gannettseries or call 475-2057.