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Political Science Hosts Alejandro Toledo, Former President of Peru

 

 

 

 

Alejandro Toledo, President of Peru from 2001-2006, visited Georgia State University on October 18 and spoke to an audience of faculty and students about poverty and the need for social and economic development in Latin America. Toledo described his personal journey from humble origins as a shoeshine boy in Chimbote to professor of economics (having earned degrees from Stanford University and the University of San Francisco), then as consultant to the United Nations and World Bank, and finally as Peru’s President. In his remarks, Toledo emphasized the power of education, strategies for improving the lives of the world’s poor, and his administration’s achievements in the face of volatile public opinion and allegations of corruption.