1960s Colombia: Cold War & Culture

Dave Corcoran, Northeastern State University, Tahlequah, Oklahoma

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Thursday, March 30, 2023 | 03:00 pm

CNM Main Campus

CNM Smith Brasher Hall 102 (717 University Blvd. SE)


In Colombia, as across the Americas, the 1960s was a decade of change. As the global Cold War was then intensifying, regional groups with revolutionary objectives (FARC, ELN, EPL) took inspiration from abroad and mounted new challenges to the Colombian state. Much of the armed conflict of the decade played out in rural areas with all sides appealing for campesino support, but urban centers became a different type of battleground. There, educational and cultural programming targeted the urban middle class to counteract support for revolution, and in the climate of the Cold War, international influences were strong. This talk examines cultural collaboration in 1960s Bogotá between the Colombian and US governments as well as their citizens. It focuses on film, art and educational programs that were designed to appeal to the middle class and contain the ascendant radical alternatives.


This event is free and open to the public.