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Posted Jan 30, 2014
Regina Cortina is Associate Professor of Education in the Department of International and Transcultural Studies at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her current research explores European aid to education in Latin America and its strategic importance for the field of international and comparative education. Dr Cortina studies the role of education in international development and poverty reduction, particularly focusing on ways in which greater opportunities can be created for marginalized groups.Her new book is called "The Education of Indigenous Citizens in Latin America".
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The Institute of Latin American Studies welcomes the new Director Jose Moya and the new Director of Graduate Studies Gustavo S. Azenha.
Jan 28, 2015 1:00 PM, 115 Avery Hall
Speaker: Jonas Hagen, Ph.D. Candidate in Urban Planning, Columbia University
Motorcycle mode use in Latin American cities has grown significantly in recent years. Using qualitative methods, the researchers aimed to understand perspectives of motorcycle mode users that might contribute to this growth in six cities: Barranquilla, Bogotá (Colombia), São Paulo, Recife (Brazil), Caracas (Venezuela), and Buenos Aires (Argentina). Researchers used semi-structured interviews and focus groups to gather data from six categories of motorcycle users: motorcycle taxi drivers, motorcycle taxi users, motorcyclists for private use, motorcyclists for goods delivery in urban areas, owners in the process of selling their motorcycles, and potential motorcyclists (those seeking to buy motorcycles). Common themes emerged across the six cities, including the time advantage that motorcycles offered versus public transportation and congested auto traffic, the reasonable cost of motorcycles versus other transport modes, the culture of motorcycle use, and the vulnerability of motorcyclists to traffic injury and death. In the analysis of the data, the authors identify the main factors for motorcycle adoption and use, compare the results to existing literature, and outline emerging issues for future research.
Jan 29, 2015 1:00 PM, International Affairs Building Room 802, 420 West 118th St.
Come learn about the Institute of Latin American Studies Research and Internship Travel Grants for 2015.
We’ll answer questions about the application process, deadlines and requirements. These grants are open to all Columbia University Graduate and Undergraduate students.
Jan 30, 2015 11:00 AM, International Affairs Building Room 802, 420 West 118th St.
Speaker: Cristina Soriano, Villanova University
This event is part of the New York City Latin American Workshop.
Feb 05, 2015 1:00 PM, International Affairs Building Room 802, 420 West 118th St.
Speaker: Jose Vieira Fihlo, Institute of Applied Economic Research
Brazil used to be a net importer of food until the 1980s. However, over the past fifty years, intensive use of science and technology resulted in dramatic gains in productivity. Even though the technological breakthroughs have played an important role in production, the green revolution cannot be understood solely as a transfer process of technology. Induced innovation based on local innovation and institutional change was central to Brazil becoming one of the world’s largest food exporters. Nonetheless, the success of Brazilian agriculture in recent years was not enough to develop all regions and diminish productive inequalities.
Feb 05, 2015 7:00 PM, International Affairs Building Room 802, 420 West 118th St.
Speaker: Professor Jerry Carlson, Graduate Center & City College, CUNY
The presentation will consider how a contemporary generation of Latin American filmmakers are using new technologies to tell innovative stories of a rapidly changing continent. Among the themes of deep concern are migration, urbanization, narco-violence, the effects of neo-liberalism, and the remembered traumas of 20th century political life from the right and the left. Also of interest is how smaller countries -- for example, Ecuador and the Dominican Republic -- are joining the company of filmmaking nations.