September 16, 2008

Former President of Peru Alejandro Toledo Discusses "A New Social Agenda for Democracy"

Alfredo ToledoFormer Peruvian President, Alejandro Toledo will address issues surrounding social injustice, indigenous people, education and democracy in his lecture entitled "A New Social Agenda for Democracy" at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 25 in the Evert B. Person Theatre. The lecture is free and open to the public on a first come, first serve basis.

The event is the fourth in a series of annual lectures in the Andrea Neves and Barton Evans Social Justice Lecture Series, co-sponsored by SSU's School of Extended Education, the Osher Lifelong Learning, Associated Students and organized by the School of Education and the School of Social Sciences.

In his remarkable life, Alejandro Toledo emerged from extreme poverty in a remote village in the Peruvian Andes, to later become one of the most prominent democratic leaders of Latin America.

Appearing on the international political scene in 1996, he formed and led a broad democratic coalition to bring down the autocratic regime of Alberto Fujimori and became the first Peruvian President of indigenous descent to be democratically elected in five hundred years, serving from 2001-2006

The fight against poverty through health and educational investment was the central aim of Toledo's presidency. As a result of sustained economic growth and deliberate social policies directed to the most poor, extreme poverty was reduced by 25 percent in five years.

Employment grew at an average rate of 6 percent from 2004-2006. During the five years of Toledo's presidency, the Peruvian economy grew at an average rate of six percent, registering as one of the fastest growing economies in Latin America.

His dream is that other men and women of the large socially excluded Peruvian and Latin American population can also become Presidents of their respective countries by having access to quality health and education.

Toledo received a BA in Economics and Business Administration from the University of San Francisco and has a MA in Economics, a MA in Economics of Human Resources, and a PhD in Economics of Human Resources, from Stanford University.

Toledo has lectured in more than forty countries on issues of poverty, economic growth, and democracy as well as on the benefits of human capital investment. He has received forty six honorary doctoral degrees from prestigious universities around the world.

He is actively committed to the promotion of the Global Center for Development and Democracy, of which he is the founder and President.

For more information on this event, contact Kerry Gilbert, School of Extended Education, (707) 664-2394.


Jean Wasp
Media Relations Coordinator
University Affairs
(707) 664-2057
jean.wasp@sonoma.edu