Michael Jiménez was passionate about many things: the coffee lands and, above them, the high sabana of Colombia where he grew up; issues of social justice; the liberating potential of radical Catholicism; and his students’ capacity for critical understanding and engagement in social action. He was a gifted teacher, a spellbinding orator, a loving father and husband, and a lively, compassionate friend who left a lasting imprint on all who knew him. As a vivid storyteller, Michael communicated his love of history to his university students and his own children: at age five his son David insisted on delivering history lectures to his kindergarten class. Michael created and participated joyfully in all sorts of communities; one of the last, a moving testimony to the warmth Michael generated, was the website his brother created through which Michael and his wife communicated with those they...

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