On February 22, 2011 at 4:30 in Gailor Auditorium, Professor Luis Fernando Restrepo, Assistant Vice Provost for Diversity and Professor of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, will present a lecture titled "Andean Rights and Imperial Justice: Don Diego de Torres, Cacique of Turmequé in New Granada, and the Colonial Genealogy of Human Rights Discourse." At 7:00 that evening, Professor Restrepo will also participate in a Tertulia at the Spanish House.
"Andean Rights and Imperial Justice: Don Diego de Torres, Cacique of Turmequé in New Granada, and the Colonial Genealogy of Human Rights Discourse" by Luis Fernando Restrepo
Don Diego de Torres Moyachoque was a 16th century mestizo cacique from New Granada, born to a Spanish conquistador and a Muisca noble woman. Although supported by the Indians of Turmequé, he was ousted from his chiefdom by the colonial authorities for being a mestizo. This sets him on a legal battle that would land him in jail and would lead him twice to Spain to plead to Phillip II to restore his chiefdom. In this ordeal, his personal plight turned into a collective demand for just treatments of all Indians. Based on his Memoriales de agravios, (formal complaints), this presentation examines how the colonial experience contributes to and makes visible the contradictions of the emerging human rights discourse.