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Podcast  The Effect of CAFTA on Costa Rica

The Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) has had lasting effects on both large international corporations and small business in Central America. Bobby Mannis and…  read more

Podcast  Costa Rican Culture in the Face of Globalization

William Copeland and John McGuire report from San Jose, Costa Rica on the promotion of Costa Rican culture in the face of globalization, particularly the…  read more

Video  Exciting Buenos Aires

Check out this exciting tourism video put together by the under secretariat of tourism, ministry of production, by the government of the city of Buenos…  read more

Podcast  Brazilian Truth Commission: Rebecca Atencio's Interview on BBC Live 5

Rebecca Atencio discussed the release of the Brazilian Truth Commission report in December 2014. This interview, on the BBC show Live 5, discusses the report…  read more

Podcast  Mexican Nationals Caught in the Louisiana Justice System

Ella Bartlett and Ceciilia Santini discuss the role of the Mexican Consulate in interacting with Mexican nationals involved in the US justice system. The Department…  read more

Podcast  Mexico's Voting Program is a Potential Game Changer for Voters outside Mexico

Alex Hopper talks about new electoral programs in Mexico that makes it easier for Mexicans living outside the country to vote. Now Mexicans can get…  read more

Podcast  Mexico's Oil Market and US Relations

Noah Israel and Shyam Deolalikar discuss recent energy reforms in Mexico and the effects these reforms will have on US-Mexico economic relations. In 2014, Mexico…  read more

Podcast  Historical Perspective on the Consulate of Mexico and Culture Promotion

Justin Taffet and Zach Lipschutz explore the presence of the Consulate of Mexico in New Orleans, historical connections between New Orleans and Mexico, and the…  read more

Podcast  CGD Global Prosperity Wonkcast featuring Nora Lustig

Many governments try to reduce poverty and inequality through a mixture of taxes, transfers, and public services. Individual policies, such as taxation or cash transfers,…  read more

Podcast  Mexican Restaurants in New Orleans

Katherine Honeywell and Katie Keefer explore ‘authentic’ Mexican food in New Orleans. Mexican food is a way of the Mexican community expressing their identity to…  read more

Podcast  Health Care for Immigrants in New Orleans

Many immigrants from Latin America have come to New Orleans and have been a vital part of the rebuilding efforts since Katrina. A common problem…  read more

Podcast  Chinese Students in U.S. Universities

The number of foreign students at U.S. Universities, particularly from China, has increased drastically in the last 10 years. Daphne Zhang and Henry Green explore…  read more

Podcast  Asian Immigrants in Academia in New Orleans

Much of the news about immigration concerns those from Latin America. In academia, however, many researchers come from Asia. Linda Long and Nathan Gu talk…  read more

Podcast  Samba and Second Lines

Samba, a Brazilian traditional music and dance style, has many similarities with the New Orleans Second Line. Julie Gamze, Simon Edber, and Justin McGlashan explore…  read more

Podcast  Malandragem in Brazil

Malandragem is a Brazilian word which refers to someone who knows how to navigate all the ins and outs of bureaucracy and culture. Malandragem has…  read more

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CIPR Fall Speaker Series

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Please join us Mondays at noon for our Fall speaker Series
Markets, the State, and Democracy in Latin America
October 14, October 21, November 11, and November 18.

In the 2019 fall series, Markets, the State, and Democracy in Latin America, speakers will discuss emerging issues that have surfaced as the result of the opportunities and challenges to democratic governance that markets have brought to the region. Latin America experienced a major influx of investment, particularly in the resource sector, over the past several decades. While this foreign investment helped hasten economic development, it also brought a backlash of resource nationalism and increased calls for redistribution. Moreover, Latin America is now a model in its own right, with other countries in the Global South adopting its state-sponsored development strategies in the resource sector. These presentations will also explore how Latin America is navigating a sea change in geopolitics, with China emerging as a challenger to the United States as the region’s main trade partner and ally.

For more information, check out our Fall Series Poster

Refugee Crises Now: A closer look at the Americas, Syria, and the Rohingya

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The Tulane History department, Jewish Studies program, CELT, and the Altman Program are sponsoring a talk by Jana Mason from UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency. Mason will be addressing the refugee crises from various parts of the globe, including Venezuela and Central America.

Graduate Student Writing Group

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Weekly structured writing sessions for Latin Americanist graduate students in all departments. Students, who arrive with a project and a goal, work in communal silence during two 45 minute blocks separated by a 10-minute coffee break. All meetings will be held in the Latin American Library Seminar Room. Co-sponsored by the Stone Center and the Latin American Library.

Latin American Writers Series: Alberto Barrera Tyszka

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Ecuadorian writer and Tulane Visiting Scholar Gabriela Alemán interviews Venezuelan writer Alberto Barrera Tyszka about his life, interests, and influences. Their discussion will be followed by an open Q&A and an informal reception. This event will be held in Spanish.

About the Latin American Writers Series

This series brings together Latin America’s most representative creative voices and the editorial entrepreneurs that publish them. By way of interviews conducted by renowned Ecuadorian writer Gabriela Alemán and presentations of various editorial missions, the guests will shed light on a literary world shaped by the contemporary issues of the continent. Moving forward, their conversations will comprise the centerpiece of a digital archive that introduces their ideas to a global audience.

Este serie reúne a los autores más representativos de la escritura continental y los editores que los publican. A través de entrevistas con la reconocida escritora ecuatoriana Gabriela Alemán y presentaciones de proyectos editoriales, los invitados explorarán los vínculos entre el mundo literario y la realidad continental. Sus conversaciones se convertirán después en el eje de un archivo digital que busca llevar estas ideas a un público global.

About the Author

Born in Caracas, Alberto Barrera Tyszka has published over a dozen works of poetry, short story, chronicle, novel, and biography. His most recent publications include the novels Patria o Muerte (2015) and Rating (2011), the poetic anthology La inquietud (2013), the collection of chronicles Un país a la semana (2013), and the short story collection Crímenes (2009). In 2005, he collaborated with Cristina Marcano to write the definitive biography of Hugo Chávez, Hugo Chávez sin uniforme: una historia personal (2005). Patria o muerte won the 2015 Premio Tusquets de Novela, and his novel La enfermedad, translated into English as The Sickness (2010), received the 2006 Herralde Award. Barrera also writes for television and has scripted soap operas for Venezuelan, Mexican, Colombian, and Argentinian networks.

Pan-American Life in New Orleans: Exhibition Opening and Reception

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Pan-American Life Insurance Group and The Latin American Library at Tulane University cordially invite you to an exhibit opening and reception to unveil the Pan-American Life Insurance Group (PALIG) Collection. The PALIG Collection, generously donated to The Latin American Library, documents the company’s 109 years connecting New Orleans with Latin America. The exhibit will feature photographs, manuscripts, and other materials from the PALIG archives as well as other holdings from the LAL that shed light on the long history of commercial and cultural ties between New Orleans and Latin America.

See the LAL Facebook page for more details and updates: https://www.facebook.com/events/454592075187553/

Bate papo!: Portuguese Conversation Hour

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A weekly hour of Portuguese conversation and tasty treats hosted by Prof. Megwen Loveless. All levels are welcome!

The theme for this semester will be Passion Fruit. So bring your sweet tooth to try this week’s homemade delicacy: Bala de maracujá.