Former president of Colombia to speak

Cesar Gaviria » Speech will emphasize Latin America problems
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The former president of Colombia and secretary general of the Organization of American States, Cesar Gaviria, is speaking in Salt Lake City on April 2.

The Tanner Humanities Center at the University of Utah will host Gaviria for its 3rd Annual World Leaders Lecture Forum.

Gaviria will speak on campus on "Leadership in an Uncertain World," with an emphasis on Latin America.

"Perhaps no part of the world will have a greater impact on the United States, both internationally and domestically than Latin America," said Bob Goldberg, director of the Tanner Humanities Center. "We look forward to insights about the Western Hemisphere in the 21st Century."

Gaviria was elected President of Colombia in May 1990 as the successor to the assassinated candidate Luis Carlos Galan. During his 1990-94 term, his government battled cocaine cartels and sought to reintegrate armed rebels into civilian life. In 1991, through a plebiscite and an elected constitutional assembly, Colombia drafted a more democratic constitution.

Gaviria was elected secretary general of the Organization of American States in 1994 and re-elected in 1999. He served until 2004.

Gaviria also is a member on the board of Oceana, a global organization that seeks policy changes to reduce pollution and prevent the collapse of fish populations, marine mammals and other sea life.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

Gaviria also will speak at a private dinner that will be held at 7 p.m. at the Little America Hotel.

If you go

What » World Leaders Lecture Forum

Who» Former President of Columbia Cesar Gaviria

Talk » "Leadership in an Uncertain World"

When » April 2, 11 a.m.

Where » University of Utah Union Ballroom, 200 S. Central Campus Dr.

Information » 801-581-7989 or