The fall schedule of Fairfield University's MFA in Creative Writing program, Inspired Writer Series, will open with a talk by Colombian author Ingrid Betancourt 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, in the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts at the university, 1073 N. Benson Road.

Betancourt, a native of Bogotá, Colombia, raised in France, returned to Colombia at 32 to combat widespread corruption. Betancourt became an advisor to Colombia's Minister of Finance, and later to the Minister of Foreign Trade. In 1994, she was elected to the Chamber of Representatives and in 1998 she entered the Colombian Senate.

She was a Colombian presidential candidate from the Oxygen Green Party when she was kidnapped in 2002 by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, a terrorist guerrilla organization that held her captive for six years. She was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and awarded the National Order of the Legion of Honour from France.

Admission is complimentary to the lecture and book signing and the public is welcome.

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