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17:30 - 19:00 31 May 2017

Black Pedagogues and Resistance to the Segregation of 'Coloured People' in the Panama Canal Zone


Lecture Room 103 | UCL – Institute of the Americas (link Map)
51 Gordon Square | London | WC1H 0PQ | United Kingdom

Open to: Alumni | Public | Academic | Student
Admission: 0
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Rolando de la Guardia Wald, Visiting Researcher, CLAS, Oxford, Rolando de la Guardia Wald is currently a Visiting Researcher at the Latin American Centre of the University of Oxford. He has worked as a lecturer in history at the Florida State University campus in Panama and at Quality Leadership University - Panama. He is a founding member and spokesman of the recently established Asociación de Antropología e Historia de Panamá. Rolando obtained a Bachelor of Arts in History and a Minor in Latin American Studies from the University of Notre Dame (Indiana, United States). Afterwards, he graduated from two postgraduate programmes at the University of Barcelona (Spain): a Master in International Relations, specialising in international organisations, and a Diploma of Advanced Studies in Latin American Hi

In 1903, the Republic of Panama signed the Hay-Bunau Varilla Treaty with the United States, an agreement to facilitate the construction of the Panama Canal. The contract stated that, in order to build, manage and protect the Canal, the United States would, perpetually, control a territory of 5 miles along each bank of the transoceanic route as if they were their ‘sovereign’. This territory came to be known as the Panama Canal Zone (PCZ). Since 1904, U.S. authorities began to organise an education system for the PCZ. Soon segregation was imposed. Schools for ‘white people’ and others for ‘people of colour’ were established.


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