Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Dominican Republic

Explored and claimed by Christopher Columbus on his first voyage in 1492, the island of Hispaniola became a springboard for Spanish conquest of the Caribbean and the American mainland. In 1697, Spain recognized French dominion over the western third of the island, which in 1804 became Haiti. The remainder of the island, by then known as Santo Domingo, sought to gain its own independence in 1821 but was conquered and ruled by the Haitians for 22 years; it finally attained independence as the Dominican Republic in 1844. In 1861, the Dominicans voluntarily returned to the Spanish Empire, but two years later they launched a war that restored independence in 1865. A legacy of unsettled, mostly non-representative rule followed, capped by the dictatorship of Rafael Leonidas Trujillo from 1930-61. Juan Bosch was elected president in 1962 but was deposed in a military coup in 1963. In 1965, the United States led an intervention in the midst of a civil war sparked by an uprising to restore Bosch. In 1966, Joaquin Balaguer defeated Bosch in an election to become president. Balaguer maintained a tight grip on power for most of the next 30 years when international reaction to flawed elections forced him to curtail his term in 1996. Since then, regular competitive elections have been held in which opposition candidates have won the presidency. Former President (1996-2000) Leonel Fernandez Reyna won election to a second term in 2004 following a constitutional amendment allowing presidents to serve more than one term.

CIA World Factbook: Dominican Republic
Photo by undergraduate Nora Murphy, Stone Center for Latin American Studies

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Arachu Castro
Senior Associate Research Fellow - Samuel Z. Stone Chair of Public Health in Latin America
Ana M. López
Director - Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute, Professor - Communication, Associate Provost - Office for Faculty Affairs

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Hip Hop and Brazil's X-Ray: 30 years of Racionais MC's

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Language: introduction in Portuguese Questions and comments welcome in Portuguese, English, or Spanish

Conversation with:
Sílvia Lorenso, Associate Professor and Director, Middlebury School in Brazil Jaqueline Santos, PhD, Anthropology. Universidade de Campinas

Watch the music video Negro Drama and Entrevista Mano Brown before the discussion.

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Citizens and Politics: The Changing Nature of Parties, Participation, and Linkages

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Please join us at 2pm on Friday, October 23 for the second lecture in our Fall series Citizens and Politics. Dr. Ernesto Calvo (University of Maryland) will speak on Trust, Partisanship and Perceptions of COVID-19 Risk in Latin America.

The "Alt-Ac" Option: Workshop on Professional Alternative

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Isis Sadek works as a copyeditor, translator, and writing coach with scholars active in Latin American Studies from various perspectives, ranging from cultural studies to the history of economics and much in between. She is Managing Editor at the Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies and copyeditor at the journal Estudios Interdisciplinarios de América Latina.

She will be giving this workshop to discuss alternative careers outside the academy for M.A. and Ph.D. graduates.

Aftershocks of Disaster with Yarimar Bonilla

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Yarimar Bonilla is Professor in the Department of Africana, Puerto Rican and Latino Studies at Hunter College and in the Ph.D. Program in Anthropology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Both an accomplished scholar and a prominent public intellectual, Bonilla is a leading voice on questions of Caribbean and Latinx politics. A monthly columnist in the Puerto Rican newspaper El Nuevo Día and a regular contributor to publications such as the Washington Post, The Nation, and the New Yorker, Bonilla also is the author of Non-Sovereign Futures: French Caribbean Politics in the Wake of Disenchantment (University of Chicago Press, 2015) and the co-editor of Aftershocks of Disaster: Puerto Rico Before and After the Storm (Haymarket Books, 2019).

The event will begin with a screening of her new film, Aftershocks of Disaster (approximately 30 minutes), and then Professor Bonilla will be in conversation with Professor Guadalupe García and the students in HISU 6270: American Disasters.

Professor Bonilla‘€™s visit is sponsored by the generous support of the Mellon Graduate Program in Community-Engaged Scholarship, the Stone Center for Latin American Studies, the New Orleans Center for the Gulf South, and the Center for Engaged Learning and Teaching.

The Materiality of Insurgency in the Colonial Andes

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The Stone Center recently agreed to co-sponsor Dr. Ananda Cohen-Aponte’s upcoming talk, “The Materiality of Insurgency in the Colonial Andres” which is scheduled for Thursday, October 29 at 5:00 PM via Zoom. The talk is part of the year-long “Representation and Resistance: Scholarship Centering Race in Western Art” lecture series organized by the Newcomb Art Department and co-sponsored by the Africana Studies Program and is also the 2020 Terry K. Simmons Lecture in Art History for this year.

Details can also be found here on the lecture series website:
https://liberalarts.tulane.edu/departments/newcomb-art/representation-and-resistance-scholarship-centering-race-western-art

Film discussion: "O Pai, O" - Carnaval and the intersectionality of oppressions in Salvador/Bahia

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Language: introduction in Portuguese Questions and comments welcome in Portuguese, English, or Spanish

Facilitators: Sílvia Lorenso, Associate Professor and Director, Middlebury School in Brazil Guimário Nascimento, History Teacher, Colégio Nossa Senhora Soledad, Salvador Tatiane Cerqueira, Mestre and PhD student at Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, UFSC

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*Warning: Some scenes in the film contain graphic violence and sex.

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