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The Center for Literature and Theatre at Miami Dade College Presents Former Colombian President Andres Pastrana

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Miami, February 13, 2014 - The Center for Literature and Theatre at Miami Dade College(The Center @ MDC) presents a special evening with former Colombian President Andres Pastrana, who will discuss his new memoir Andres Pastrana, Memorias olvidadas (Andres Pastrana: Forgotten Memories) at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Mar. 4, at MDC’s Wolfson Campus in downtown Miami. This event is free and open to the public. 

Memorias olvidadas, Pastrana’s second book, is revealing and honest. He writes about his kidnapping by notorious drug lord Pablo Escobar; the origins of the “narcocassettes,” tape-recordings that probe how drug cartels bought the Presidential Election on 1994; Ingrid Betancourt and her kidnapping by FARC guerilla, as well as chapters about former Presidents Clinton and Fujimori.  

Pastrana served as president of Colombia from 1998 – 2002. His political career began in 1982 when he was elected to the Bogotá city council (twice). In 1988, at age 34, he became the first elected mayor in Bogotá’s history. During his campaign for mayor, Pastrana was kidnapped by the Medellín drug cartel and, after a week in captivity, freed by police. Prior to entering public service, Pastrana was a respected journalist and founded the political magazine Guion. He was also news director and anchorman of a daily national news program, TV-Hoy (TV-Today). In the 1980’s, he won several prestigious awards for his reporting, such as the International “Rey de España” in Madrid (twice) and the “Simón Bolívar” journalism award in Bogotá. He also has a law degree and was a fellow at the Center for International Affairs at Harvard University.

The Center @ MDC promotes reading, writing and theatre throughout South Florida though activities open to all. Its Generation Genius programs for children and teens promote literacy and learning. Its creative writing program has national appeal, with courses taught by local and visiting authors. The Center is home to Prometeo Theatre, the nation's leading Spanish language, conservatory-style program offering training for actors, and featuring performances year round. In 2012, the Center celebrated its tenth year with a renewed commitment to the advancement of literary and theater arts. The Center collaborates with a number of cultural institutions and other partners in South Florida, and throughout the state, to create innovative or theme-based initiatives year-round.  


The Center for Literature and Theatre @ Miami Dade College Presents Andres Pastrana

  • WHEN: Tuesday, Mar. 4, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • WHERE: MDC Wolfson Campus Auditorium, Building 1 (second floor) 300 NE Second Ave.

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