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The Middle American Research Institute is happy to announce the seventh talk of the 2017-2018 Brown Bag talk series. Dr. Chris Rodning, Professor and Graduate Studies Coordinator of Anthropology at Tulane University, will present on his research in a talk entitled Joara, Cuenca, and Fort San Juan: The Berry Site in Western North Carolina.

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Forrest Colburn for a seminar on Honduras for the Latin America at the Crossroads spring seminar series. The 2017 Presidential election in Honduras was the first since the constitution was amended to allow presidents to seek re-election. During the seminar, Dr. Colburn will discuss the electoral irregularities and allegations of fraud, and whether or not the re-election of President Juan Orlando Hernández a step towards authoritarian rule.

After a tumultuous first year of the Trump administration, the US-Mexico relationship‘€“arguably the most critical and sensitive bilateral relationship in the Western Hemisphere‘€“has changed significantly. While many of the most pessimistic initial predictions on trade, migration, and other cooperative efforts have not come to pass, most analysts agree that the tone and quality of relations have deteriorated.

Once a month, the World Area Book Awards (Américas Award, Africana Book Award, Middle East Book Award, South Asia Book Award) sponsor a free 60 minute webinar on a book recognized by one of the awards and facilitate a discussion with the author on how to incorporate the book into the classroom. The 2018 Spring Webinar Series focuses on social justice. We encourage educators to read the books with your colleagues, students, and community, and then join us to hear more from the author. The books are appropriate for students in grades 7-12.

On Friday, February 16, join us in welcoming Bonnie A. Lucero, a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Law and Society at Newcomb College Institute, for a talk entitled, A Fatal Example for Slavery: Pregnancy, Race, and Legal Status in Late Colonial Cuba. Her research centers on the intersections of race and gender in Latin America, especially Cuba. She is co-editor of Voices of Crime: Constructing and Contesting Social Control in Modern Latin America. She is the author of two forthcoming monographs.

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Joy Langston for a seminar on Mexico as part of the Latin America at the Crossroads spring seminar series. The 2018 presidential election in Mexico will likely be one of the most consequential in recent decades. Ongoing problems color the election, such as widespread corruption, a failed war on drugs, and middling economic growth. But there are also new concerns, such as fears of Russia meddling and resurgent Mexican nationalism, stoked by President Trump. Will this be the election when voters turn to a maverick: Andrés Manuel López Obrador?

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Joy Langston for a seminar on Mexico as part of the Latin America at the Crossroads spring seminar series. The 2018 presidential election in Mexico will likely be one of the most consequential in recent decades. Ongoing problems color the election, such as widespread corruption, a failed war on drugs, and middling economic growth. But there are also new concerns, such as fears of Russia meddling and resurgent Mexican nationalism, stoked by President Trump. Will this be the election when voters turn to a maverick: Andrés Manuel López Obrador?

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 Middle American Research Institute is happy to announce the eight talk of the 2017-2018 Brown Bag talk series. Dr. Jessica J. Price, Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Center for Inter-American Policy & Research, Tulane University, will present her research in a talk entitled We Will Not Be Quiet: The Dynamics of Protest in Indigenous Mexico.

Finish out Black History Month with a tragic look at the Middle Passage through the poetry of Castro Alves. We will read the poem in its original Portuguese and provide a translation. Indulge in cocadas, small coconut sweets (akin to pralines), representative of the sugar boom economy that relied on slave labor.

For more information please contact mloveles@tulane.edu or adderley@tulane.edu.

Check out a flyer for the event here and join us afterwards for a Bate Papo!

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