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Sep 19, 2014 9:00 AM,

Latin America: Driving Change through Innovation

Sponsored by the Latin American Student Association (LASA) at SIPA

Interested in infrastructure, education, public sector management or human rights? Or just curious about Latin America & Caribbean regional boom? Come and join the discussion about innovations in these sectors throughout Latin America!

For more information on the annual conference, please visit: http://lasaconference2014.webs.com/

Sep 19, 2014 10:59 AM,

New York City Latin American History Workshop

Sep 22, 2014 4:30 PM, 620 Dodge Hall

Mexican Mondays

Join us for the first Mexican Mondays meeting of the Fall 2014 semester. Mexican Mondays is 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.

Septiembre 22: Lucía Pulido y Leopoldo Novoa, “Cruce de caminos, historias comunes de la identidad latinoamerica”

Los invitamos a nuestro primer Mexican Monday donde Lucía Pulido y Leopoldo Novoa nos deleitarán con la charla-concierto donde se abordará e ilustrará con canciones cómo Latinoamérica ha tenido, y sigue teniendo, desarrollos culturales e históricos comunes, lo que hace que las manifestaciones culturales siempre tengan lados que se tocan y entrelazan, aportando una profunda identidad común latinoamericana.

Esta charla-concierto tendrá lugar excepcionalmente en el Dodge Hall 620, que se encuentra en 2960 Broadway, a las 4.30pm. La liga contiene un mapa indicando el lugar: http://www.columbia.edu/about_columbia/map/dodge.html).


Sep 23, 2014 12:30 PM,

Roundtable Discussion on the 2014 Brazilian Presidential Elections

This year’s Brazilian presidential election has been a highly contested political battle with high stakes. Slowed economic growth, creeping inflation, corruption scandals across the political spectrum, the increasingly vocalized impatience of ordinary citizens with politics as usual, polarizing interpretations of the impacts of social programs, and other salient issues have created a very divisive political landscape. With the unexpected death of presidential candidate Eduardo Campos, this landscape became even more complex and unpredictable, with a rapidly evolving election scenario that has vital implications for Brazil and the region´s future.  This roundtable convenes leading experts on Brazilian and Latin American politics and economics for a discussion of the stakes, potential outcomes, and implications of the elections for Brazil´s economic development and governance.

Moderator: Maria Victoria Murillo (Professor of Political Science & SIPA, Columbia University)


  • Taylor Boas (Assistant Professor of Political Science, Boston University)
  • Albert Fishlow (Professor Emeritus SIPA, Columbia University)
  • Marcelo Ridenti (Professor of Sociology, UNICAMP)
  • José A. Scheinkman (Professor of Economics, Columbia University)

Sep 24, 2014 1:00 PM,

Waste Pickers in Brazil: Promoting Sustainable Development Through Poverty Eradication Policies


  • Mr.Ismael Gilio, Representative from MIF/IDB;
  • Mr. André Vilhena, Executive Director of CEMPRE;
  • Mrs. Daniela Metello, Representative of the General Secretariat of the 
Presidency of Brazil; Representative of ILO;
  • Mr. Alexandro Cardoso, Representative of the National Movement of 
Waste Pickers 

This panel discussion will focus on the experience of the Brazilian National Solid Waste Policy, which promotes the social and economic inclusion of waste pickers as a central part of its efforts. Speakers will discuss the important role of waste pickers to solid waste management in Brazil, especially with regard to poverty eradication, income generation and environmental protection. The event will also provide an insight on the potential contribution of this experience to the Post-2015 Development Agenda. 

Sep 24, 2014 6:00 PM,

Feeding the World: Historical Transformation, Technological Change and the Green Revolution in Brazil

SpeakerJosé Eustáquio Ribeiro Vieira Filho, Visiting Scholar, Institute of Latin American Studies and Research Analyst at the Institute of Applied Economic Research (IPEA)

Despite its continental dimensions, Brazil used to be a net importer of food until the 1960s. However, over the past fifty years, intensive use of science and technology resulted in dramatic gains in productivity, allowing the country to become one of the world's largest food exporters. Central to the process has been the role of Embrapa, the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation. What is next? This session is part of the course on Political, Social, and Economic Development of Brazil (Instructor Sidney N. Nakahodo).


Sep 25, 2014 6:00 PM,

Framing the Immigrant Movement as about Rights, Family, or Economics: Which Appeals Resonate?

Speaker: Irene Bloemraad, University of California, Berkeley

Sep 26, 2014 9:00 AM, 701C Dodge Hall

La Voz - Voice Conference

For a complete schedule please visit: http://www.ethnocenter.org/LaVozVoice0926-2714

Sep 29, 2014 4:30 PM,

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.

Septiembre 29: Marcela Rodriguez, “Mujeres Inconvenientes. Tres Operas: La Sunamita, Las Mujeres de Séneca y Frida Kahlo"

Oct 02, 2014 7:00 PM,

What’s Left of the Left: Latin American Left in the 21st Century

Speaker: Tony Spanakos, Montclair State University