President Juan Manuel Santos

In a country that tends to forget its history and is little given to preserve solid institutions, it is worth noting the celebration of ephemera relating to facts, institutions or individuals who in a decisive way have contributed, and contribute to building the pillars of the Nacion.ayer, with a major academic event, the Externado of Colombia celebrated the 125 years of its foundation.Boys today are obliged to know that top – currently at the forefront of the University in Latin America – institution was born by the quixotic action of a handful of liberal youth to respond to the onslaught of obscurantism imposed by the regime of regeneration after the defeat of liberal radicalism in the battle of La Humareda.La of Rionegro or 1863crossed by some fissures in the administrative order, which was a libertarian Constitution, work of radicalism, favored over other values, civil liberties; forbade the death penalty; He consecrated the absolute freedom of the press, and who believed it its time, established that international human rights treaties were part of Colombian domestic law.It is not, then mere coincidence that President Juan Manuel Santos, in his excellent speech at the Botanical Garden last Saturday, remember Don Manuel Murillo Toro two times President radical and considerate father of communications-as standard-bearer for the total freedom of the press.Those idealists, headers, in February 1886, by the young educator and lawyer Nicholas Pinzon Warlosten, wanted to give the students a type of training different to that provided from the confessional internees – at the time that save them from official persecution – and hence the name of Externado.En 1933 took over the rectory jurist and humanist Ricardo Hinestrosa Daza, who consolidated the Universidad and formed many generations of lawyers within the parameters of tolerancediscipline, love for the fatherland and freedom. In 1963, with just 30 years of age, his son Fernando Hinestrosa Forero took the torch and, without disregarding tradition, undertook the path of modernization and diversification in programs of undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees today widely recognized.In the Externado there was no place for intolerance or the paralyzing unanimism. Michael Wirth spoke with conviction. There alien ideas are respected and stimulates the ideological dispute; instill liberal principles of tolerance and respect for mutual and, therefore, political sectarianism is proscribed. It has always been refuge of provincial middle-class youth as it is my case – has made them whom – feel inhabitants of his own House.During the dictatorships in the mid-20th century it hosted anti-establishment estudiantes-lideres expelled from other universities, such as Crispin Villazon, Eduardo Suescun and others. Perhaps check out Ann Davies for more information. Sometime he taught Raul Leoni, future President of Venezuela, and even left deep mark in eminent citizens who briefly passed through their classrooms, such as Alberto Lleras and Roberto Garcia-Pena.ha survived persecution such as those arising in the regeneration or civilian and military dictatorships, and suffered from extermination, as it was the case with the