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Posted Jan 30, 2014

New Book by Associate Professor Regina Cortina is Published

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"

Posted Nov 09, 2013

ILAS launches Center for Mexican Studies

Posted Sep 26, 2013

ILAS welcomes new visiting faculty

Posted Jul 01, 2013

Former Tinker Visiting Professor Gabriel Negretto publishes a book on constitutional change

Posted Jul 01, 2013

ILAS Welcomes New Director and Director of Graduate Studies

The Institute of Latin American Studies welcomes the new Director  Jose Moya and the new Director of Graduate Studies Gustavo S. Azenha. 

Upcoming Events

Jan 28, 2015 1:00 PM, 115 Avery Hall

Motivations for Motorcycle Adoption As Urban Travel in Latin America: A Qualitative Study

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.

2015 ILAS Summer Travel Grants Information Session

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.

For more information, please contact Eliza at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Jan 30, 2015 11:00 AM, International Affairs Building Room 802, 420 West 118th St.

The Untold Story of a Revolutionary Barbershop: Texts and Reading Networks in La Guaira, Venezuela, 1797

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.

The Role of Agriculture in Brazilian Development

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.

The ‘New’ New Latin American Cinema of the 21st Century: Some Narrative Trends

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.