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Considered one of the most prominent Latin American intellectuals of the twentieth century, José Carlos Mariátegui (Peru, 1894-1930) has attracted growing interest among scholars.

Brazil's experience in fighting corruption over the past generation offers a case study of tremendous value to anticorruption reformers the world over. At different moments, the country has followed distinct strategies, including an incrementalist approach to reform during the decades of the 1990s and 2000s, and a big-push court-led campaign against corruption in the 2010s.

Please join The Latin American Library for a talk by Dr. Verenice Heredia Espinoza, 2023-24 Richard E. Greenleaf Fellow at the Latin American Library, who will discuss her work in progress: A comparative approach to Mesoamerica´s early social complexity.

The Murphy Institute's Center for Ethics and the Center for Inter-American Policy and Research will welcome Beatriz Magaloni, Professor in Stanford University's Department of Political Science and a Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) at Stanford University, as the featured speaker for the second installment of 2024's Public Lecture Series. She is also director of the Poverty, Violence and Governance Lab.

Maps and maritime journals are essential instruments while navigating uncharted waters. However, these sources can also provide other forms to understand landscapes and communities. When French direct trade took the coasts of Peru by storm during the first decades of the eighteenth century, the King of France commissioned sailors to survey the coasts and provide detailed maps and descriptions that could help the French understand the territory better. Nonetheless, these journals were even further than providing navigational information.

In 2006, Mexico’s government began a crackdown against drug cartels and adopted a strategy of leadership decapitation—removing cartel leaders. Soon after, large drug cartels began fragmenting and dozens of splinter cartels proliferated. While the violent consequences of leadership decapitation and the increasing number of cartels have received considerable attention, cartel fragmentation itself remains understudied.

Language has a natural tendency to change over time – except when it doesn’t. During a 300-year period at Tikal, the demands of genre dictate an astounding adherence to grammatical form in monumental texts of the historical narrative genre. This presentation provides the audience with foundational knowledge on literacy as a social practice before discussing specific findings on the apparent conservatism of grammar in selected Late Classic texts.

In this book event, Kent Eaton, Eduardo Silva, and Virginia Oliveros will discuss Gabriel Vommaro’s new volume, “Conservatives Against the Tide. (Elements in Politics and Society in Latin America)” (Cambridge University Press, 2023).

Yasmín López, a fearless indigenous leader from Honduras and the general coordinator of the Council for the Comprehensive Development of Peasant Women, will deliver the Annual Roe v. Wade Lecture titled "Territory and Body - Women Leading the Fight for Reproductive Rights in Latin America."