UMass Amherst professor honored by Colombian city for cultural contributions
History professor Jane Rausch was recently awarded the Order of the City of Villavicencio, Colombia (Gold Category) for her contributions to the culture of the city through historical research. Since 1973, Rausch has been studying the history of Villavicencio and the surrounding plains, an area of tropical grasslands known as the Llanos. In that time she has published four books, including "From Frontier Town to Metropolis: A History of Villavicencio, Colombia since 1842," published this year.
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