Trinity Hosting Oct. 22 Conversation on “The Nicaragua Canal Debate: Development, Environment, Rights”

Katherine Hoyt, Victor Campos Are Featured Speakers

Hartford, Connecticut, October 20, 2015

What: Trinity College and the Hartford/Ocotal Sister City Project will host “The Nicaragua Canal Debate: Development, Environment, Rights,” a conversation between Katherine Hoyt (national co-coordinator, Nicaragua Network/Alliance for Global Justice) and Victor Campos (civil engineer, environmental educator, and deputy director, Centro Alexander von Humboldt, Managua, Nicaragua).

The discussion is free and open to the public. A reception will follow immediately.

When: Thursday, October 22, 2015 - 7:00 p.m.

Where: Mather Hall, 2nd floor, Terrace Rooms A, B, and C, on the Trinity campus, 300 Summit Street, Hartford

Background: Globally, many countries have turned to “mega development projects” to promote economic development, raising questions about how to balance concerns about poverty alleviation, long-term environmental impacts, community/indigenous rights, and China’s involvement in the exploitation of resources abroad. Katherine Hoyt and Victor Campos will address these issues in the context of the proposed Nicaragua Canal, backed by Hong Kong businessman Wang Jing, and the policy debates surrounding it.

This conversation is co-sponsored by Trinity College Center for Urban and Global Studies; University of Connecticut Human Rights Institute; El Instituto: Institute of Latina/o, Caribbean, and Latin American Studies (UConn); Trinity College Department of History; Trinity College International Studies/Caribbean and Latin American Studies; Trinity College Department of Language and Cultural Studies; Trinity College Department of Political Science; Trinity College Anthropology Department; Trinity College Environmental Science Program; Central Connecticut State University Department of Anthropology; Trinity College Public Policy and Law Program; the Mark Twain House and Museum; the World Affairs Council of Connecticut; and the Connecticut Coalition for Environmental Justice.

About the Speakers:

Katherine Hoyt is national co-coordinator of Alliance for Global Justice and its Nicaragua Network program. She lived eighteen years in Latin America – two years in Chile and sixteen in Nicaragua. She holds a Ph.D. in political science from Rutgers University and has authored numerous academic and activist publications including The Many Faces of Sandinista Democracy from Ohio University Press. She has taught at Wayne State University, Rutgers University, and Whitman College. In the mid-1980s she served as the Michigan coordinator of the Pledge of Resistance as director of the Michigan Interfaith Committee on Central American Human Rights (MICAH) in Detroit. At Alliance for Global Justice, she has worked on campaigns to support Nicaragua’s garment workers and on campaigns against IMF-mandated privatization and user fees. In the 2000s, she actively represented the Nicaragua Network in the Stop CAFTA Coalition.

Victor Campos was trained as a civil engineer and is deputy director of the Centro Alexander von Humboldt in Nicaragua, a non-governmental organization that works to promote sustainable development. An environmental educator and activist, Campos serves as executive secretary of the Latin American Observatory of Sustainability (Suswatch) and president of Global Water Partnership Nicaragua. He has authored numerous studies on environmental issues and is the former research director of the Nicaraguan Institute of Territorial Studies (INETER), former coordinator of Latin America Climate Action Network (CAN LA), and co-founder of The Foundation for the Conservation and Development of the Southeast Nicaragua (River Foundation).

For more information about the October 22 event, please contact Janet Bauer, associate professor of international studies at Trinity College, at or (860) 297-5369, or Polly Moran at