Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Political Science Chair Anthony Pereira moderates WACNO Honduran Panel

September 19th, 2009

On September 18, 2009, Professor Anthony Pereira of Tulane University’s Department of Political Science moderated a panel on the crisis in Honduras hosted by the World Affairs Council of New Orleans (WACNO). A delegation from the ‘Unión Civica Democrática’ (UCD) in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, made the presentation entitled “Honduran Crisis via Unión Civica Democrática” at the University of New Orleans Lakefront Campus. The UCD is made up of forty Honduran organizations that support the ouster of President Manuel Zelaya and are now intent on making the case for the legitimacy of his removal to the world. The delegation came to New Orleans, according to one of its spokespersons, Mr. Carlos Avila, because they recognize that “the city possesses the largest and most important Honduran community outside of Honduras itself.” WACNO is a non-partisan organization that encourages the presentation of both sides in the current debate over the crisis.

The three speakers from the UCD included Mr. Fernando Alejandro Garcia Merino, Mr. Frederico Alvarez Fernandez, MBA and Ms. Mercedes Sofia Hernandez

This presentation is one of at least three taking place this fall on the subject of the Honduran crisis. The first was a Breakfast Briefing on August 25 by Mr. Hugo Llorens, current US Ambassador to Honduras, at the World Trade Center. The UCD presentation made on September 18 will be followed by another panel presentation on September 23 at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art entitled “Honduras meets NOLA.” That presentation, presented in collaboration with UNO-Latin American Studies, Tulane University’s Stone Center for Latin American Studies, and Loyola University, will feature the artistic and cultural contributions of the local Honduran community and a discussion of the crisis by Oscar Avila, a local Honduran community leader, and Darío Euraque, noted historian and Director of the Honduran Institute for Anthropology and History.