Upcoming Events

Nov 24, 2014 5:00 PM, Kent Hall 413

Ayotzinapa: A Public Discussion on Violence in Mexico

Speaker: Pablo Bensen; Jorge Castaneda (NYU); Paul Gillingham (Northwestern); Claudio Lomnitz (Columbia); Natalia Mendoza (Columbia); Pablo Piccato (Columbia); Victoria Sanford (CUNY)

Our aim is to place, through an interdisciplinary discussion, the recent violent disappearance of the 43 students of Ayotzinapa into the historical and regional perspective, to offer possibilities of resolution, and to show our support to the victims and their families. 

Dec 01, 2014 4:30 PM, International Affairs Building Room 802, 420 West 118th St.

Mexican Mondays

Join us for the next Mexican Mondays meeting, a series hosted by the Center for Mexican Studies and the Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures to discuss new publications, current affairs, and more.

UPDATED: December 1: Soledad Loaeza, “The Cuban Revolution and the Failed Rehabilitation of the Mexican Revolution”

Dec 03, 2014 6:00 PM, International Affairs Building Room 802, 420 West 118th St.

Economic Perspectives for Brazil in 2015

Speaker: Paulo Vieira da Cunha, Chief Economist of ICY Canyon and former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Brazil

After the World Cup and the presidential election, Brazil starts preparing for a new cycle. In this session we will discuss the perspectives for the country's economy in a context where markets expect a though year in 2015. This event is part of the course of Political, Social, and Economic Development in Brazil (Instructor Sidney N. Nakahodo).

Dec 04, 2014 7:00 PM, International Affairs Building Room 802, 420 West 118th St.

Consulta Previa: The Perils And Promise Of

Speakers: Dr. ChistopherSabatini (Americas Society/Council Of The Americas) and Dr. Monique Segarra (Bard College)


In the past decade, a little known international convention, ILO 169, has become a flash point for social conflict in the region, pitting communities against investors in natural resource extraction and infrastructure—and leaving governments struggling to define and implement the provisions locally.  The ILO provision establishes the right of indigenous communities to be consulted on any policy that is determined to affect their culture, a right interpreted to include collective land ownership.  Since its approval, Colombia (1991), Peru (1995), Guatemala (1996), and Chile (2009) have ratified the treaty, but have since struggled to develop the laws, regulations, and state capacity to enforce ILO 169.

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