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On Immigration, Facts, and Chaos and Lawlessness

September 5th, 2016

In his 8/31/16 speech on immigration, Donald Trump suggested there is a direct, causal link between “illegal immigration” and violent crime, social security and Medicare…  read more

Punching Above Your Weight in International Affairs

October 17th, 2014

At a recent event in San José co-hosted by CIAPA, the newly elected president of Costa Rica, Luis Guillermo Solís, presented his vision of a…  read more

Political Party Fragmentation: A Pejorative Term?

June 13th, 2014

At a recent workshop a group of scholars analyzing the post-electoral state of a particular party system expressed concern about utilizing the term “party fragmentation.”…  read more

Elections and Democracy in Central America

March 20th, 2014

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El preocupante panorama de la estabilidad democrática en Centroamérica

July 25th, 2013

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Rules That Bind Us

January 10th, 2013

The standoff presently underway in Venezuela regarding the treatment of constitutional precepts in light of President Chavez’ illness poses a larger question for regional democracy…  read more

"Saludos desde San Jose!" written by Jack Mace

November 21st, 2012

I am handing over my blog on the CIAPA Experience to the students participating in the program. This way you all can have a better…  read more

"RA blog" written by Amanda McLearn-Montz

November 21st, 2012

I am handing over my blog on the CIAPA Experience to the students participating in the program. This way you all can have a better…  read more

"Developing Understanding Through Studying Abroad" by Porter Reim

October 24th, 2012

I am handing over my blog on the CIAPA Experience to the students participating in the program. This way you all can have a better…  read more

"Living Latina" written by Currin Wallis

October 24th, 2012

I am handing over my blog on the CIAPA Experience to the students participating in the program. This way you all can have a better…  read more

"CIAPA Early Experience" written by Courtney Smith

October 15th, 2012

I am handing over my blog on the CIAPA Experience to the students participating in the program. This way you all can have a better…  read more

Why Students Should Study Abroad Early in their Academic Careers

October 4th, 2012

Studying abroad instills a lifelong passion for engaging in intercultural connection. In my opinion, the earlier this experience happens, the better. My first experience going…  read more

What Can We Conclude From the Cartagena Summit?

April 18th, 2012

A lot of hand wringing and snickering is going on in the press about the inability to reach any agreements during the hemispheric conference held…  read more

School Vouchers: What Louisiana can Learn from Chile

March 15th, 2012

In light of Governor Jindal’s proposal to vastly expand Louisiana’s school voucher system it might be useful to consider the track record of similar programs…  read more

Guide to Stone Center Blogging

March 5th, 2012

Welcome to the Stone Center, CIPR and CCSI Guide to Blogging! This will give you the basic information you need to begin blogging through our…  read more

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Latin American Graduate Oraganization (LAGO) 2018 Conference

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The Latin American Graduate Organization will be hosting its 2018 Latin American Studies Conference titled Thinking of the Future: Expanding the possible in the Americas (Pensando en el porvenir: Expandiendo lo posible en las Américas) February 23 – 25, 2018, at Tulane University, in New Orleans, Louisiana.

This year, the conference topic is meant to challenge academics and activists to move beyond critiques and recommendations of how to address modern days issues, and instead articulate a vision of and for the future.

The LAGO Conference welcomes all disciplines and all approaches, as long as the project attempts to grapple with the idea of building something better. This is a Latin American Studies Conference, but creative writers, journalists, artists, performers, organizers, lawyers and healthcare providers as well as graduate students and other academics are welcome. Proposals are accepted in Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian Creole, and English.

Please contact lago.tulane@gmail.com with questions. For more information, visit the official conference website.

Lecture: Congresses of Black Culture of the Americas (1977, 1980, 1982)

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Please join us for a work-in-progress talk titled “Congresos de la Cultura Negra de las Américas (1977, 1980, 1982): Contradicciones y resignificaciones en el campo conceptual de las negritudes y su impacto en la creación y la crítica literaria y artística,” by Silvia Valero, 2017-2018 Richard E. Greenleaf Fellow at the Latin American Library. The talk will be in Spanish and all will be invited for refreshments afterwards. Abstracts for the lecture in both Spanish and English below.

Congresos de la Cultura Negra de las Américas (1977, 1980, 1982): contradicciones y resignificaciones en el campo conceptual de las negritudes y su impacto en la creación y la crítica literaria y artística

Los Congresos de la Cultura Negra de las Américas, realizados en 1977 (Colombia), 1980 (Panamá) y 1982 (Brasil), fueron los primeros grandes intentos internacionales en América Latina por reunir académicos, intelectuales y escritores de diferentes lugares del mundo, con el objetivo de reflexionar y debatir acerca del aporte realizado por los pueblos de ascendencia africana a la historia y la cultura. Considerando que los organizadores fueron todos hombres de letras negros, me pregunto si, en el período de influencia de los Congresos, es posible establecer una retórica hegemónica en las letras en torno a conceptos claves como negritud, estéticas negras, afrodiáspora y panafricanismos similar a lo que ocurrió en los últimos 20 años con el movimiento afrodescendiente en América Latina.

Congresses of Black Culture of the Americas (1977, 1980, 1982): Contradictions and Resignifications in the Conceptual Field of Blackness and Its Impact on Creation and Literary and Artistic Criticism

The Congresses of Black Culture of the Americas, held in 1977 (Colombia), 1980 (Panama) and 1982 (Brazil), were the first major international attempts in Latin America to bring together academics, intellectuals and writers from different parts of the world, with the objective of reflecting and debating about the contribution made by people of African descent to history and culture. Considering that the organizers were all Black men of letters, I aim to explore if, in the period of influence of the Congresses, a hegemonic rhetoric was developed around key concepts such as Negritude, Black aesthetics, Pan-Africanisms, and Afro-Diaspora, similar to what occurred in the last 20 years with the Afro-descendant movement in Latin America.

Tulane Culture Workshop with Pamela Neumann: "The Social Construction of Women's Ambivalence in Nicaragua"

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Join Pamela Neumann as she hosts a workshop on her paper, “The Social Construction of Women’s Ambivalence in Nicaragua.”

A workshop is different from a lecture series, where the audience passively listens to an oral presentation. In a workshop discussion, participants have read the article and the presenter gives only a brief introduction. Participants and presenter then “workshop” the piece, providing critical feedback with the goal of helping the author rethink, rework, and polish their research. E-mail dlagomar@tulane.edu for a copy of this paper. This workgroup is funded by a Lavin-Bernick grant.

Professor Fridman to present research from his recently published book, Freedom from Work

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Daniel Fridman is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at University of Texas, Austin. Professor Fridman will present research from his recently published Freedom from Work: Embracing Financial Self-Help in the United States and Argentina (Stanford University Press, 2016). Freedom from Work analyzes how people in the US and Argentina are taught to think about themselves as economic actors today. The author follows groups of fans of financial success best-sellers and associated practices, like seminars, and even a board game. Fridman uses ethnographic methods and in-depth interviews to unpack the core ideas and practices of financial self-help, which exhorts readers to endure a tough self-exploration and self-transformation in order to achieve “financial freedom.”

This talk is in partnership with the Tulane Altman Program, and the Tulane Department of Sociology. For more information please contact Professor Camilo Leslie at cleslie1@tulane.edu or check out the flyer for the event here.

Bate Papo! Practice your Portuguese and enjoy some Brazilian treats: cajuzinho

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Bate Papo! Stop by PJs on Willow to try a classic Brazilian treat (cajuzinho) and to take a quick break before getting back into your routine. This event is sponsored by TULASO and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies. Admission is free. All levels welcome. For more information, please contact Megwen at mloveles@tulane.edu.

Lecture by Kent Eaton: Territory and Ideology in Latin America

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Join Dr. Kent Eaton from the Political Science Department at University of California at Santa Cruz as he gives a lecture titled: “Territory and Ideology in Latin America.” This talk will examine territorial conflicts in Bolivia, Ecuador, and Peru over economic policy during the commodity boom in the early 21st century. Please RSVP to cipr@tulane.edu.

For more information, please check out the flyer here.