|Armando de la Torre and Dionisio Gutiérrez, during the program|
As part of a special Christmas special, the T.V. show Libre Encuentro, conducted by Dionisio Gutiérrez, offered a tribute to Ph.D. Armando de la Torre, director of the Social Sciences School of Universidad Francisco Marroquín.
It was filmed at the Kaffee Künstler of the Ludwig von Mises Library of this house of studies; UFM’s President, Giancarlo Ibárgüen S. as well as alumni and UFM students attended the event.
[ Libre Encuentro] is a debate program on Guatemala’s reality. In 15 years it has greatly contributed to the dialogues between social, economical and political actors of the country.
De la Torre was born in New York, from Cuban parents. He studied three years at the Journalism School, while studying simultaneously Law at the Habana University.
He entered the Compañía de Jesús and studied classical languages, philosophy and theology. He then continued his studies for two more years at Münich University, in Germany, for a Ph.D. in Philosophy. He left the order and returned to the United States of America and taught at Princeton, New Jersey and in Hampton, Virginia.
In 1976 he arrived to Guatemala and worked as Director of Scientific Research at Universidad Rafael Landívar. That year he took over the direction of the Social Sciences Superior School of Universidad Francisco Marroquín. This house of studies gave him, in 2002, an honoris causa doctorate degree in Philosophy.
During the latter years, De La Torre has specialized in the study of economic law and Public Choice analysis. He is author of the book Mil años, cien obras and numerous articles and essays. He is a columnist in the newspaper Siglo Veintiuno and at the UFM, in 2004, he was granted the Robert Nozick Award for his excellence as a professor.