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Prof. Angela Alonso draws on her latest book, “Treze: a política de ruas de Lula a Dilma” (Companhia das Letras, 2023) to address two critical aspects within social movement literature: the dynamics between the state and social movements, and the contentious issues that tend to trigger street demonstrations. Both subjects are examined through a case study on the 2013 Brazilian protests, the largest demonstrations in Brazil since the 1980s re-democratization and standing out as a significant event in contemporary democracies.  

The result of decades of work—including the arduous mapping of Maya cities and landscapes, the meticulous cataloging of plant and tree species around settlements, and the truly transformative imagery of ancient fields and towns recently revealed by lidar—it is now increasingly clear that Maya agriculture and arboriculture comprised a complex, sustainable set of practices often taking place directly within and beside ancient settlements.

This talk delves into the intricate construction of Blackness in eighteenth-century Brazil, with a particular focus on the perceptions of the multiplicity of African origins and its relation to body markings. It engages with a diverse array of social actors, ranging from Portuguese crown officials and traders to Africans and their descendants. These individuals provide valuable insights into the meanings ascribed to body adornments (scarification), which were often interpreted by colonists as indicative of one's homeland. 

Dr. Christian Fernández is Professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature at Louisiana State University, where has also served as Hispanic Studies Director and Chair in the Department of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. His books include Inca Garcilaso: imaginación, memoria e identidad (Lima: Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, 2004) and Imaginar la nación: Güiraldes, Gallegos, Lugones y Borges (Lima: Academia Peruana de la Lengua, Hipocampo Editores, 2020).

Almost a century after the "golden age" of piracy ended, Jean Laffite and his brother Pierre, built a thriving business on the American Gulf Coast through the sale of maritime plunder. As war raged across the Atlantic World from 1789 to 1815, they became notorious as pirates, privateers, smugglers, and slave traders. This presentation strips away the mythology and looks at how the Laffites adapted to the rapidly changing geo-political environment and how the conflicts that enabled them, also became the means of their destruction. Dr.

About the Latin American Writers Series: This series brings together Latin America's most representative creative voices and the editorial entrepreneurs who publish them. The guests will shed light on a literary world shaped by the contemporary issues of the continent. Moving forward, their conversations will comprise the centerpiece of a digital archive that introduces their ideas to a global audience. 

Based on a forthcoming book by the author, the presentation first briefly describes the two diverse models and their key policies. The core of the presentation is a comparison of 20 key indicators (ten economic and ten social) of the three countries and their ranking. The conclusion is that China and Vietnam have performed much better than Cuba, despite the fact that the latter was much more developed than the two Asian countries and the time of their respective revolutions.

Please join for a Book Presentation with co-editors David Smilde (Tulane), Verónica Zubillaga (Universidad Simón Bolívar in Caracas), Rebecca Hanson (University of Florida). Commentary will be provided by Hannah Baron (Post-doctoral Researcher at CIPR), and Patrick Rafail, (Associate Professor of Sociology, Tulane). 

Since 2020, the MARI-GISLAB team has been focusing on the so-called G-LiHT lidar dataset, published by NASA in 2013. Despite the caveat that these data had not been collected with archaeological research in mind, some studies based on them provided a picture of the Maya settlement in southern Campeche and Southern Quintana Roo, that was in many ways divergent from what we had projected on the basis of the Peten Pacunam lidar data in 2018. Particularly surprising to us was the lack of dense urban zones and the high frequency of agricultural terraces, according to those studies.

Join this presentation given by graduate student Kaillee Coleman with the Art History and Latin American Studies department!