Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Marcus V. Freitas - "Dois viajantes brasileiros em New Orleans: Dom Pedro II e Adolfo Caminha"

April 22nd, 2013
5 pm

Jones 100a, Greenleaf Conference Room

The Spanish and Portuguese Department presents a talk by Marcus V. Freitas entitled “Dois viajantes brasileiros em New Orleans: Dom Pedro II e Adolfo Caminha.”

Marcus V. Freitas is Professor of Literary Theory at the Federal University of Minas Gerais, in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. He is currently serving as the first Fulbright Chair in Brazilian Studies at UMass-Amherst. He holds a Ph.D in Portuguese and Brazilian Studies from Brown University (2000). He is author of eight books, fifteen book chapters, and three dozen articles published in journals over Brazil, Portugal, and the USA. Among his academic books, the most important are Hartt: expeditions in Brazil, 1865-1878 (2001); Charles Frederick Hartt: um naturalista no Império de Pedro II (2002); and Contradições da Modernidade: o jornal Aurora Brasileira (2012). Marcus Freitas is also a poet and an awarded novelist. His crime novel Peixe morto (2008) won the Petrobras Cultural Prize and was finalist for the Sao Paulo Literary Award. For more information, please contact Christopher Dunn (


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The Consulate of Mexico in New Orleans presents the photographic exhibition:

Los Demonios de mi Tierra
by Mexican Artist Mauricio Silerio

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Exploring the 2016 US Elections

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The US’s November elections are especially critical. The world’s power structures are undergoing dramatic changes, and so the internal political process of this world leader has even greater global consequences.

Looking beyond just the US’s foreign policy is key to understanding its actions. Over the next few months, the teaching programs at several Costa Rican institutions will focus on the following:

  • An analysis of succession of power within institutional structures.
  • The role of political parties (polarization).
  • The influence of changing demographics.
  • The geographic expression of social change.
  • The effect of the democratic process in the formulation and implementation of the US’s foreign policy towards Latin American in particular.

The University of Costa Rica, through its School of Political Science, and the Centro de Investigación y Estudios Políticos (CIEP), has joined forces with the Tribunal Supremo de Elecciones y su Instituto de Formación y Estudios en Democracia (IFED), as well as with the University of Tulane, through its Center for Inter-American Policy and Research (CIPR), for a series of outreach activities during the second half of 2016. These activities will utilize the resources at these educational and research institutions to promote a better understanding of the electoral process in the US.

The results of this upcoming election will have repercussions for the world, particularly in Latin American and Costa Rica. A broader, deeper understanding of the current situation will be useful for both universities and public policy decision-makers.

Participating institutions are confident that a proper analysis of this political process will lead to improved understanding and cooperation between the two nations.

Schedule of Activities


  • Thursday, 8/18: Talk on the United States’ electoral system by Diego Brenes, IFED.

  • Thursday, 9/1: Discussion on demographics and electoral geography in the US with Constantino Urcuyo and Jesús Guzmán.
  • Thursday, 9/22: Talk on Politics and Elections: Celeste Lay, Phd. Tulane University.

  • Thursday, 10/13: Discussion on elections and external politics: Carlos Murillo, Phd. in government and public policy.
  • Thursday, 10/27: Talk by Jenny Lincoln Fullbright from the US Embassy.

  • Monday, 11/10: Round table. Analysis of election results with Constantino Urcuyo, Felipe Alpízar, Nuria Marín, and Fernando Zeledón as moderator.