From Fear to Hope: a new Colombia in the making

Hosted by the Latin America and Caribbean Centre (LACC)



Dr Sergio Fajardo

Dr Sergio Fajardo

former Mayor of Medellion and Governor of Antioquia


Dr Austin Zeiderman

Dr Austin Zeiderman

Assistant Professor of Urban Geography

Sergio Fajardo, former Mayor of Medellin, speaks at LSE 

On 16 March 2017 the Latin America and Caribbean Centre and the LSE SU Colombian Society hosted a public lecture with Dr Sergio Fajardo, former Mayor of Medellin and Governor of Antioquia. The event, entitled From Fear to Hope: A New Colombia in the Making, was chaired by Dr Austin Zeiderman, Assistant Professor of Urban Geography and was attended by more than 100 people, including the Colombian Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Néstor Osorio Londoño.

Professor Fajardo, a former academic, shared his experience on leading the transformation of one of the world’s most violent cities and regions when he served as Mayor of Medellin and Governor of Antioquia. Professor Fajardo described how today Medellin and Antioquia have become international referents of social and urban innovation, promoting peace and social equity through reformed urban policies. He acknowledged that achieving peace and social equity was still ‘work in progress’ and emphasised the importance of education as the primary strategy to tackle corruption and inequality.

The event was followed by Café con Fajardo, where the LSE community continued the conversation with Professor Fajardo on challenges and future prospects for peace and development in Colombia.




If you are planning to attend this event and would like details on how to get here and what time to arrive, as well as on accessibility and special requirements, please refer to LSE Events FAQ. LSE aims to ensure that people have equal access to these public events, but please contact the event’s organiser as far as possible in advance if you have any access requirements, so that arrangements, where possible, can be made. If the event is ticketed, please ensure you get in touch in advance of the ticket release date. Access guides to all our venues can be viewed online.

Twitter and Facebook

You can get immediate notification on the availability of an event podcast by following LSE public lectures and events on Twitter, which will also inform you about the posting of transcripts and videos, the announcement of new events and other important event updates. Event updates and other information about what's happening at LSE can be found on LSE's Facebook page

WiFi Access

LSE has now introduced wireless for guests and visitors in association with 'The Cloud', also in use at many other locations across the UK. If you are on campus visiting for the day or attending a conference or event, you can connect your device to wireless. See more information and create an account at Join the Cloud

Visitors from other participating institutions are encouraged to use eduroam
If you are having trouble connecting to eduroam, please contact your home institution for assistance.

The Cloud is only intended for guest and visitor access to wifi. Existing LSE staff and
students are encouraged to use eduroam instead.


LSE Latin America and Caribbean Centre LSE_LACC

RT @LSEReviewBooks: On Jamaican Independence Day, @christina_ivey reviews The Confounding Island: Jamaica and the Postcolonial Predicament…

12 hours ago

Reply Retweet Favorite

LSE Latin America and Caribbean Centre LSE_LACC

The history of epidemics in Latin America has much to tell us about COVID-19 Linda Newson FBA OBE (@ILAS_SAS,……

12 hours ago

Reply Retweet Favorite

  Sign up for news about events