Marlboro College

NewsPress Release: 1/31/02

MARLBORO, VT - An international panel will discuss "Plan Colombia" at 7 p.m. Monday, February 11, in the Whittemore Theater at Marlboro College.

"Plan Colombia" is the $1.5 billion aid package approved by the U.S. Congress for fighting the War on Drugs in Colombia.

Panelists will include Colombian lawyers and University of Massachusetts graduate students Erika Marquez and Farid Samir Benavides, and UMass political science professor John Brigham.

Marquez earned her law degree from the Universidad Externado de Colombia, and her master's degree in criminology from the Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona. She worked as an advisor for a congresswoman in the Congress of Colombia. Marquez is studying sociology at UMass-Amherst.

Benavides received his law degree from the Universidad Catolica de Colombia and his master's degree in penal systems and social problems from the Universidad de Barcelona. He worked as an advisor for the minister of justice and the attorney general in Colombia. At UMass-Amherst, he is studying political science.

Brigham, who has taught at UMass-Amherst since 1976, received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of California at Santa Barbara, his master's from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and his bachelor's from the University of California at Berkeley. His visiting appointments have included the University of Wollongong, the University of Melbourne, the International Institute for the Sociology of Law in Spain, and the Law and Society Summer Institute in Wellesley, among several others. He co-edited the book, "States, Citizens and Questions of Significance: Proceedings of the Tenth Roundtable on Law and Semiotics," with Roberta Kevelson (New York: Peter Lang, 1997).

Admission to the panel discussion is free and open to the public. Whittemore Theater is fully accessible.

For more information, please call (802) 257-4333 or visit the college online at

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