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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.
Mar 12, 2014 12:15 PM, IAB 707
Speaker: REBECCA WEITZ - SHAPIRO, Professor of Political Science, Brown University
When are citizens most likely to hold politicians accountable for wrongdoing? The literature emphasizes the important role that access to information plays in facilitating accountability, but we know far less about how variation in the quality of information affects citizens’ abilities to hold politicians to account. \We argue that accountability requires that voters have a capacity for discerning between more and less credible accusations of wrongdoing. Drawing on an original survey experiment in Brazil, we offer evidence that all citizens punish corruption allegations but that the ability to differentiate between those allegations varies across the population. In particular, highly educated respondents are more likely to punish credible accusations of corruption and to overlook less credible accusations of corruption.
Mar 13, 2014 1:00 PM, International Affairs Building Room 802, 420 West 118th St.
Speaker: Samer Shousha, PhD Student, GSAS, Columbia University
Why emerging markets hold simultaneously very high levels of international reserves and short-term foreign liabilities? I argue that including international reserves as collateral for external borrowing in a small open economy model can explain this puzzling fact. I fi ndthat the model can get reserves to GDP levels similar to those of the big Latin American Countries under parameters close to what we usually see in the literature. Moreover, the optimal policy implies that the government accumulates reserves before a Sudden Stop and there is some depletion during it. Additionally, an alternative policy of keeping international reserves constant at its average level yields very similar results to the optimal policy during sudden stops, highlighting the stabilizing role of reserves even if Central Banks don't use them at all.
Mar 24, 2014 4:00 PM, International Affairs Building Room 1512, 420 West 118th St.
Speakers: Gabriel Negretto, Division of Political Studies, Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas & Ana María Bejarano, Department of Political Science, University of Toronto & María Victoria Murillo, Department of Political Science, Columbia University & William Partlett, Columbia Law School, Columbia University
The Politics of Constitutional Change in Latin America. A presentation of the book Making Constitutions: Presidents, Parties, and Institutional Choice in Latin America.
Mar 24, 2014 4:00 PM, International Affairs Building Room 802, 420 West 118th St.
Join us for the fifth Mexican Mondays meeting, a new 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.
March 24, Carlos Pereda - Emeritus Professor of Instituto de Investigaciones Filosóficas, UNAM "Como hacer testimonios de violencias con poemas"
Mar 24, 2014 6:00 PM, Sulzberger Parlor, Barnard College 3rd Floor
Speaker: Benjamin Bryce, University of Toronto
Bryce discusses competing perspectives about the meaning of German ethnicity in the Americas, showing how parents, children, education bureaucrats, and religious leaders understood ethnicity in different ways and in so doing slowly created different forms of cultural pluralism. He stresses the importance of bilingualism and religious identities within the individual, group, and national construction of ethnicity and as key markers of cultural pluralism. The fears of community leaders and parents over both linguistic and denominational changes were central preoccupations in both Buenos Aires and Ontario in this period, and language and religion stand out as the two central pillars that defined ethnicity for many people.