Friends and colleagues rally to support Peruvian scholar Carlos Iván Degregori

Carlos Iván Degregori is an internationally-renowned author, scholar, journalist, and public intellectual who has worked with the SSRC extensively throughout the years. Formerly the head of the School of Anthropology at San Marcos University in Lima, Peru, director of the Institute of Peruvian Studies and visiting scholar at several universities around the globe, Carlos Iván is best known for his work on political processes in Peru and his dedication to serving others though education and advocacy for human rights and justice.

Carlos Iván has published extensively on countless topics, including ethnicity, social movements, and the Shining Path, which between 1980 and 1999 unleashed the most violent armed conflict in Peru's republican history, claiming nearly 70,000 lives. In 2001, Carlos Iván was appointed by the Peruvian government to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) that investigated the crimes and human rights violations committed during that conflict.

At the SSRC, Carlos Iván served as a founding member of the Latin America Regional Advisory Panel and was co-faculty director of the Council's multi-year research and training initiative on collective memory of repression in the Southern Cone and Peru. This initiative trained more than 60 graduate student fellows between 1999 and 2004, and resulted in the publication of 14 scholarly volumes. In the last 15 years Carlos Iván also served as a member of the selection committee for the International Dissertation Research Fellowship, helped conceptualize and plan numerous projects of the Latin American Program, and collaborated generously with the Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum’s work.

Two years ago, Carlos Iván was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, for which he has been undergoing taxing treatments. During this period, many of Carlos Iván's colleagues and friends have provided solidarity, good wishes and other forms of support to help him and his family through this challenge. Cognizant of the difficulties that he is confronting at this moment, friends and colleagues have created a fund to assist Carlos Iván and his family with costs related to treatment. The goal is to raise $10,000 for Carlos Iván Degregori by April 4, 2011. The funds will be delivered to Carlos Iván to cover medical and other bills. This is the link of the website where you can donate: http://www.indiegogo.com/The-Carlos-Ivan-Degregori-Fund.