Upcoming Events

Apr 23, 2014 6:00 PM, International Affairs Building Room 802, 420 West 118th St.

Elections in Brazil

Speaker: Paulo Sotero, Director of theBrazil Instituteof the Wilson center

Description: The reelection of President Dilma Rousseff seemed like a done deal a few months ago. The outcome became less clear after the wave of protests started in 2013. In this session we will discuss the changes ahead of the electoral race and the foreseeable challenges to the upcoming administration.This event is part of the course of Political, Social, and Economic Development of Brazil (Instructor: Sidney Nakahodo)

Apr 24, 2014 1:00 PM, International Affairs Building Room 802, 420 West 118th St.

Recent Patterns of Alcohol and Illegal Drug Use in Brazilian Youth & Adults

Speaker: Silvia Martins, Associate Professor of Epidemiology, Mailman School of Public Health

In this proposed presentation I plan to present findings on recent patterns of alcohol and illegal drug use obtained in studies conducted with middle and high-school students in the 27 Brazilian capitals, patterns of alcohol and drug use among Brazil college students as well as patterns of alcohol and drug use in the general adult population in the city of São Paulo, Brazil. Particularly, I will discuss in depth the relationship between binge-drinking and socio-economic status among Brazilian youth in Brazil's 5 geo-economic regions. I will also present data on drug use transitions among Brazilian university students and report on the patterns of DSM-5 alcohol and tobacco use disorders among adult alcohol and tobacco users in São Paulo, Brazil.

Apr 24, 2014 7:00 PM, Sulzberger Parlor, Barnard College 3rd Floor

Latin Americans in Italy: Migration, Religion, and Gender

Speaker: Valentina Napolitano, University of Toronto

Based on fieldwork among Catholic Latin American migrants (mainly women working in the care labor sector) and religious orders in Rome, Professor Napolitano argues that current Latin American migration to Italy is an Atlantic Return from the Americas that holds the possibility for rejuvenation of the Catholic Church, while also generating anxieties over its possible pollution. Unlike existing anthropological and sociological approaches on transnational migration, religion and Catholicism, which stress a tension between structure and agency and the experience of lived religion of a given community, she explores migrant itineraries as threads of gendered affective labor, and devotional affects as they intersect and re-craft particular histories and materialities of Catholicism and of transnational migration.



Apr 25, 2014 4:59 PM, International Affairs Building Room 802, 420 West 118th St.

What is Happening in Michoacán?

Peace has been shattered in Mexico’s state of Michoacán with armed strife between community militias and two drug trafficking organizations, los Caballeros Templarios and La Familia, which have had control of local politics and the economy. Mexico's federal government was prompted to heavily invest militarily and economically, while Michoacán's government foundered.  The press has been saturated with (often contradictory) accounts of the identities and motivations of the fighting groups and of the connection between local government and the drug trafficking organizations.  

Join us for a round table discussion with specialists in history, anthropology and human geography from El Colegio de Michoacán. Their interventions will offer ways of reading and discussing the shattered peace in Mexico's state Michoacán resulting from the drug trafficking violence.

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