AU hosts Colombian priest Alberto Franco

Thu, 2010-11-11 08:05 -- univcomm
November 11, 2010

Anderson University's Peace and Conflict Transformation Program will host Father Alberto Franco on Monday, Nov. 15.

francoThe Colombian priest has spent two decades working for human rights, an effort that has won him praise, but also threats on his life. He will speak at 4 p.m. in Hartung Hall Room 167. The event is free and open to the public.

Franco has taken a stand in support of indigenous and Afro-Colombian farmers caught in the ongoing war in Colombia, a conflict that human rights organizations report has killed 30,000 civilians since 2000 and driven another 3 million out of their homes.

Franco is currently touring the United States, with sponsorship from Witness for Peace, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting peace, justice, and sustainable economies in the Americas.

Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2010, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the seventh consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing, and theology.