DukeEngage Medellín
La Violencia is Not the Whole Story

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During the past few weeks, we have been doing background historical research on the barrios we will be working in and the communities we will be interviewing. Research at the Biblioteca Pública Piloto turned up old newspaper articles about Comuna 13 and Aranjuez. Dating from the mid 1990's and the early 2000s, they offered a glimpse into the past and told a story not only of violence, but of recovery, progress, and development.

In one of the stories about Aranjuez and the opening of Comfama's first sede in the early 1990s, we hope to reenact a soccer game with some of the original soccer players.

Beautiful train tracks and sky outside of the Metro station at San Javier.

Quote from Biblioteca Itagüi. "If the universe collapses and the rain of death towards us comes, I will hug you strongly while our bodies become one with the universe; if in the longest and darkest hour of my life comes my very same black angel to reclaim my soul, I will ask to disguise his form with your delicate appearance, because only yours is my life. If in dreams comes the desire to not exist, only I will alone long for some power in my mind to consider death."

Photo credit (in order of appearance): Sue Li (1-3), Anne Rolfing (4)

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Funded by generous grants from Duke University and donations from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, DukeEngage has made it possible for us, a group of six Duke students, to embark on a 7-week civic engagement project, The Historical Memory/Community Literacy Project, in Medellin, Colombia. Our team also includes 57 students from Emerson College in Boston who created a multi-media catalog & a short film "108 things you might not know about medellín".

In collaboration with our directors, Dr. Tamera Marko of Emerson College and Jota Samper of MIT, we are producing 7 short documentaries about various communities in Medellin. We want you know to know that in Medellin, a city in the process of peace, la violencia is not the whole story.

Emerson College Medellin
DukeEngage Colombia 08
Parques Bibliotecas
Universidad Nacional de Colombia
Carlos E. Restrepo
Pajarito Vivienda


Tamera Marko, Ph.D.

Jota Samper