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Scholars Day: April 7, 2010

Resistance to Panamanian General Omar Torrijos: Who Resisted, Why and How Their Stories Got Lost

The topic of this presentation is General Omar Torrijos Herrera, the leader of Panama from 1970 to 1978, and the resistance movement under his rule. Torrijos came to power through a military coup and left office after the Canal treaty had been signed. The methods that the resistant groups used defined how Torrijos responded, which showed how he was able to stay in power: by keeping the Canal at the forefront of domestic and foreign concern, using legislation and the expanded bureaucratic system, and using the National Guard to commit crimes that he himself can not. The presentation will talk about the history of Panamanian politics and how Torrijos’ regime came to power, Torrijos’ social, economic, and political policies, who resisted, why, and how they did, and the Canal treaties with the United States. The presentation will also discuss the historiography on resistance to Torrijos and why more research needs to be done on this topic.

Presenter: Nicole Raterman (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: History
Location: 12 Hartwell
Time: 2:45 pm (Session IV)