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This institute is part of a four year series in collaboration with the Center for Latin American, Caribbean and Latinx Studies at Vanderbilt University. This summer’s institute is hosted by Tulane University and will take place on campus in New Orleans, LA. 

Sebastian Escalón is a journalist, science writer, and podcast producer of El Experimento, a series about the fight against impunity in Guatemala. Escalón received the Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University in 2018. His work is published in Plaza Publica, El Faro, The North American Congress on Latin America (NACLA), and The French National Centre for Scientific Research.


Luz Mely Reyes is a Venezuelan journalist, writer, analyst and co-founder of Efecto Cocuyo, an independent news outlet which won the Human Rights award in 2019 from the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) for their coverage of crises in Venezuela. 

Join us in welcoming her as the first speaker of The Distinguished Greenleaf series during the spring semester, 2023. 

Kali Fajardo-Anstine is the bestselling author of Woman of Light and Sabrina & Corina, a finalist for the National Book Award, the PEN/Bingham Prize, The Story Prize, and winner of an American Book Award. She is the 2021 recipient of the Metcalf Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Her work has been honored with the Denver Mayor’s Award for Global Impact in the Arts and the Mountains and Plains Independent Booksellers Association Reading the West Award.


Abstract: Art historians have largely abandoned the notion that artist Albert Eckhout’s (1610-1665) series of so-called ethnographic portraits offer transparent portrayals of the people with whom the Dutch had contact in New Holland, the name given to the northeast region of Brazil during Dutch occupancy (1630-1654).

Daniel Coronell is a Colombian journalist and columnist who for twelve consecutive years has been the most-read columnist by opinion leaders in Colombia. He works at W Radio Colombia and is president of the weekly news magazine Cambio. Tuesday's talk is entitled: Periodismo de investigación como contrapoder. Please note: This talk will be in Spanish followed by a bilingual Q&A. 

Join us on Zoom for the Hatian Creole Virtual Language Table with Dr. Mrylène Bruno from 5pm to 6pm on Zoom.  Come practice your Haitian Creole and meet other learners.

Zoom link: https://tulane.zoom.us/j/93020812653. 

Using the case of Bogotá, this talk examines how states draw on human rights frames in their efforts to “cleanup” violent drug-consumption zones in city centers—and the impact of these frames on citizenship rights of people within these zones, including homeless people and sex workers. Dr. Mayka shows that government adoption of human rights frames can trigger new institutional openings and strengthen discursive resources, making it easier to advance policies that violate rights.

Dr. Anne Lafont lectures on "The buttons of Toussaint Louverture." The legend and reality of the 18 buttons kept at the Cooper-Hewitt Museum in New York force us to take a close look at their making in the latter part of the eighteenth century Caribbean and in the light of one of its most illustrious black personalities: Toussaint Louverture, pioneer of the Haitian revolution, emancipated slave, ally of the European powers, deposed prisoner and captured by Napoleon Bonaparte’s armies, who died in exile in a French dungeon.