McGill Lecture at Trinity to Feature Novelist and Diplomat from Bogotá, Colombia

Santiago Gamboa to Deliver the Annual McGill Lecture on Wednesday, April 19

​Hartford, Connecticut, April 10, 2017 –

What: Santiago Gamboa, a renowned novelist and short-story writer from Bogotá, Colombia, will deliver the annual Patricia C. and Charles H. McGill III ’63 Distinguished Lecture in International Studies on “The Art of Narration and Travel Writing (a Latin American Writer in India).” In this lecture, he will explore the art of narration and travel writing with a particular focus on his life in India between 2008 and 2010. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be delivered in Gamboa’s native Spanish with an English translation projected on a screen behind him. The question-and-answer segment after the lecture will be conducted in English. A reception in the Academic Club in Hamlin Hall will immediately follow.

When: Wednesday, April 19, at 4:30 p.m.

Where: McCook Auditorium at Trinity College, 300 Summit Street, Hartford, Connecticut


Background: Santiago Gamboa has written eight novels and other literary works, including a volume on travel writing titled Octubre en Pekín (2001). Two of his novels, Necropolis and Night Prayers, have been translated into English, and many of his books are available in various languages, including French and Greek. Gamboa’s first novel, Páginas de vuelta (1995), established him as one of the most innovative writers of his generation. His novel Perder es cuestión de método was an international best-seller and adapted into a film by Colombian director Sergio Cabrera in 2004.

Gamboa served as a diplomat in the Permanent Delegation of Colombia to UNESCO (in Paris) and in the Embassy of Colombia in India.

The McGill International Studies Fund was established in 1996 with a gift from Patricia C. and Charles H. McGill III ’63. The gift helped secure a matching grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The income from the fund is to be used to support the appointment of visiting humanities scholars, primarily international scholars, in the academic areas of international studies that include African studies, Asian studies, Caribbean and Latin American studies, Middle East studies, global studies, and Russian and Eurasian studies.

Charles H. McGill III ’63 is a nationally recognized expert in mergers and acquisitions, as well as corporate strategic planning and restructuring, with significant experience in consumer products, restaurant and food service, and information services. McGill is the founding partner of Sagamore Partners, an acquisitions adviser. Previously, he was a senior executive of Fortune Brands, Dun & Bradstreet, and the Pillsbury Company. McGill is a former member of the Trinity College Board of Trustees and its Board of Fellows. He received the College’s Alumni Medal for Excellence in 1993. The McGills are the parents of a 1994 Trinity graduate.

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