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Mexico at a Crossroads

In November of 2011, the Center for Inter-American Policy and Research and El Colegio de México held a conference at Tulane University to discuss key issues confronted by Mexico at the start of the twenty first century.

The event focused on Mexico’s future challenges, informed by an analysis of the country’s history and its present circumstances. It was inspired by the Colegio’s release of the series Los grandes problemas de México, a seventeen volume series edited to commemorate the Institution’s seventieth anniversary. Participants at the conference discussed social, economic, and political issues in seven panels over two days. Presenters and discussants on the panels represented scholars and policy experts from El Colegio, Tulane, and other premier U.S. academic and research institutions. The inaugural panel provided the historical backdrop to contextualize the complexities of present-day Mexico, analyzing the nation’s debated history, beginning with independence from Spain and then the Mexican Revolution. A second panel examined the international context by tracing the evolution of Mexican foreign policy, both with regard to other Latin American countries and the United States. It was followed by a special presentation by Mexican Undersecretary of State Julián Ventura, which also focused on U.S.-Mexican relations, particularly trade and border policy. Panels three and four addressed longstanding questions related to Mexican economic development, including the relative adequacy of economic growth, the sustainability of poverty and inequality reductions, the effects of policy choices on economic outcomes, and the persistence of structural limitations to growth in the Mexican economy. On the second day of the conference, the panels turned to the discussion of key contemporary issues in the domestic and international arenas. The first panel explored the challenges posed by demographic change and migration. Panelists analyzed the evolution of population and migration trends and the reciprocal impacts between them and social and economic forces. They also focused on government efforts to control migration and their intended and unintended effects. Participants on the second panel discussed the consolidation of Mexican democracy since its transition from single party rule at the turn of the century, pondering the challenges and dilemmas that persist in spite of considerable progress. The final panel examined security and drug trafficking, two issues that have played an outsized role in Mexican domestic affairs and U.S.-Mexican relations in recent years. The conference was capped by a provocative keynote presentation by Jaime Serra, Mexico’s former Minister of Trade and Treasury, which stimulated debate about the real obstacles to Mexico’s trade and economic growth.

This document was prepared by Ludovico Feoli with inputs provided by Hannagan Johnson and Michael Legendre. It provides a brief synthesis of the presentations and some of the interventions by discussants and participants. It also highlights some of the conclusions reached during this fruitful two-day conference.

Mexico at a Crossroads

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Forum on Education Abroad Workshop: Health, Safety, Security, and Risk Management
In conjunction with the AAPLAC Conference, Hosted by the Stone Center for Latin American Studies

The Standards of Good Practice workshop, with a focus on Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management (Standard 8) can provide you with the tools you need to do just that. After examining the data available (including The Forum’s Critical Incident Database), workshop participants will consider how this specific Standard works in conjunction with the other Standards to guide programs in developing a solid risk management plan. Participants will practice applying three different approaches to risk management as they discuss actual case studies from the field. This qualifies as a Forum Certification Workshop.

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

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Special Edition Bate Papo! Celebrate Black History Month with students of Portuguese and Africana Studies. We’ll be sampling sweet cocadas while we expose the injustices of Brazil’s slave trade with a reading of “Navio Negreiro” by Castro Alves. We’ll be outside the LBC on the patio of Pocket Park (next to bookstore in case of rain). 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.

Political Seminar Series: "The Durability of Revolutionary Regimes"

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Steven Levitsky is Professor of Government at Harvard University. His research interests include political parties, authoritarianism and democratization, and weak and informal institutions, with a focus on Latin America. He is author of Transforming Labor-Based Parties in Latin America: Argentine Peronism in Comparative Perspective, co-author (with Lucan Way) of Competitive Authoritarianism: Hybrid Regimes after the Cold War (2010), and co-editor of Argentine Democracy: The Politics of Institutional Weakness (2005); Informal Institutions and Democracy: Lessons from Latin America (2006); and The Resurgence of the Left in Latin America (2011). He is currently engaged in research on the durability of revolutionary regimes, the relationship between populism and competitive authoritarianism, problems of party-building in contemporary Latin America, and party collapse and its consequences for democracy in Peru.

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29th Annual AAPLAC Conference

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The Association for Academic Programs in Latin America and the Caribbean (AAPLAC) will hold its 29th Annual Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, February 21-24, 2018, hosted by the Stone Center for Latin American Studies at Tulane University.

AAPLAC is an organization that facilitates and supports study abroad programming among Latin American, Caribbean and US institutions of higher learning and organizations dedicated to the promotion of cross-cultural, academic-based experiences.

This year’s theme, “Study Abroad: Meeting the Challenges of Cultural Engagement,” will include a variety of paper topics:

  • New Orleans after Katrina: The impact of the growing Hispanic population which came to help with rebuilding and has since stayed on
  • Interdisciplinary Institutional Content Assessment: How to best track what students are doing overseas and the benefits for our campuses
  • Global Partnerships through Peer Collaboration: How we can better work with institutions in Latin America and the Caribbean
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  • Anglo-Hispanic Challenges: Cross-cultural understanding through experiential learning and study abroad
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  • Latina Empowerment: More women on study abroad programs: How we can take advantage of this bond between women of the North and the South
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  • Cuba: Future U.S. Relations – Impact on Study Abroad

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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.

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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.