Manchester College welcomes
Dr. Jorge Iván Bula Escobar of Bogotá, Colombia, will share his
expertise on Latin American politics and economy as a Fulbright
Scholar-in Residence at Manchester College for the 2005-2006 school
Fulbright officials chose Dr. Escobar for the visiting scholar program
with Manchester College in mind, said Julie Garber, associate dean. For
almost 20 years, he has lectured on globalization, human rights and
Latin American development.
Dr. Escobar has served as a vice-dean of Universidad Nacional de
Colombia in Bogotá, where he most recently was academic coordinator of
the Ph.D. program in economic sciences. “Our students will have a
tremendous opportunity to learn from one of the best minds in the
field,” said Dr. Tim McElwee, associate professor of peace studies.
In addition to lectures and interaction with the scholar, Manchester
College students will have two classroom opportunities to draw on Dr.
Escobar’s expertise. He will teach a fall course on the consequences and
outcomes of globalization on Latin America. He also will lead a seminar
on the political, cultural, social and economic conditions behind Latin
American human rights problems. In addition, Dr. Escobar will be
available as a speaker to groups, organizations, schools and churches.
Dr. Escobar hopes that his teachings will inspire Manchester College
students “to think about and even to suggest alternative answers that
may contribute to democracy building and peaceful conflict resolution”
in Latin American countries. McElwee notes the timing for Escobar’s
lectures is perfect: “A recent Census has shown that Hispanics are now
the largest minority group in the United States, so it is becoming
increasingly important for students to recognize Latin American issues.”
The Fulbright Scholar's appointment to Manchester College is partially
funded by Plowshares, a collaboration of Indiana's three historic peace
schools, Manchester, Goshen and Earlham colleges.
Manchester last hosted a Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence in 2000-2001,
when Akosua Perbi of Ghana brought history lessons to campus. In
addition, Manchester has sent 18 students to other countries on
Fulbright scholarships, the most per capita of any Indiana university or
Dr. Escobar comes to Manchester College with a doctorate in sociology
from the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium, and an economics
degree from The University of Manchester in Great Britain. He plans to
arrive in North Manchester on Aug. 15. For more information on
Scholar-in-Residence programs visit
To arrange to have Dr. Escobar speak to an organization, contact Julie
Garber at 260-982-5026 or