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Oct 22, 2008 10:00 PM, IAB Room 802

Book Discussion: The Dictator’s Shadow: Life Under Augusto Pinochet

H.E. Heraldo Muñoz is Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and Permanent Representative of Chile to the United Nations. In 1973, under the Salvador Allende government, he served as National Supervisor of the People's Stores (Almacenes del Pueblo) until the coup d'etat of September 11, 1973. Amb. Muñoz is a co-founder of the Party for Democracy (PPD) and was a member of the Political Commission and Chairman of the Metropolitan Santiago Region of the PPD (1988 to 1990), elected with the highest majority in the country. Subsequently, he served as Ambassador to the Organization of American States (1990-1994), Ambassador of Chile to Brazil (1994-1998), and Deputy Foreign Minister of the government of President Ricardo Lagos (2002-2003). Amb. Muñoz holds a Ph.D. in International Studies from the University of Denver, Colorado and a Diploma in International Relations from the Catholic University of Chile. He has published more than 20 books and dozens of essays in academic journals such as Foreign Policy and The Journal of Democracy.

Co-sponsor: University Seminar on Latin America


Oct 23, 2008 4:00 PM, IAB Room 802

Panel Discussion: Internships in Colombia

Looking for a Summer Internship in Latin America?  Come hear ILAS Summer Travel Grant recipients speak about their internship experiences in Colombia. Network and learn more about how to subsidize your travels.

Speakers include:
DANIEL GREEN – La Casa de Paz
MAGALI SOLIMANO – Financial Superintendence of Colombia
RACHEL SOREY – Fundación Restrepo Barco
WHITNEY TRUMBLE – Liga Internacional de Mujeres por la Paz y la Libertad


Oct 28, 2008 4:00 PM, IAB Room 802

Panel Discussion: Green Internships

Looking for a Summer Internship in Sustainable Development?  Come hear ILAS Summer Travel Grant recipients speak about their internship experiences in Latin America. Network and learn more about how to subsidize your travels.

Speakers include:
TERESA LANG – Paso Pacífico, Nicaragua
JANINE CARPENTER – Community Agroecology Network, Costa Rica
SARAH ADBELRAHIM & LISETTE BRAMAN – Centro del Agua del Trópico Húmedo para América Latina y El Caribe, Panama
IDALIA AMAYA – Fundación Yanapuma, Ecuador
TORE LANGHELLE – Mercy Corps, Colombia


Oct 28, 2008 8:00 PM, IAB Room 802

Legislative Omission: Rule of Law in Brazil

Event Type: Lecture meeting

Speaker: Gilmar Mendes, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Brazil

Bio: Minister Gilmar Mendes is Chief Justice of the Brazilian Supreme Court. He is also President of the National Council of Justice and Professor of Constitutional Law at Universidade de Brasília.  From 2004 to 2006, Minister Mendes was a minister of the Superior Electoral Tribunal (TSE), serving as president of the Tribunal in 2006. From 2000 to 2002, he served as General Attorney of the State. He holds a PhD from the Universität Münster and an MA on Law and State from the Universidade de Brasília.  Minister Mendes is the author of countless publications on control of constitutionality, fundamental rights, legislative theory, constitutional interpretation, administrative law and renovation of the legal system.


Oct 30, 2008 10:00 PM, IAB Room 802

“New Evidence, 1400-1800”

Event Type: Lecture meeting

Co-sponsored by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese; the Department of Religion; the Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life; the Institute of Latin American Studies; the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society; and by the Mexican Cultural Institute of New York.

Speakers:  Jaime Lara, Yale University; and José Pardo Tomás, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Spain


Jaime Lara is associate professor of Christian art and architecture and chair of the Program in Religion and the Arts at Yale University Divinity School and Yale Institute of Sacred Music. He has written extensively on the colonial era of Latin America as well as on early Christianity, the Spanish Middle Ages, and medieval theater.  His publications include City, Temple, Stage: Eschatological Architecture and Liturgical Theatrics in New Spain (2004); Christian Texts for Aztecs: Art and Liturgy in Colonial Mexico (2008); and numerous articles on liturgy, architecture, and eschatology in Latin America. He is currently writing a book on volcanoes, myths, and the Book of Revelation in the Andean countries.

José Pardo Tomás is a member of the Department of History of Science at the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas in Barcelona. He is the author of numerous articles and books on the transmission and dissemination of scientific and medical knowledge in early modern Spain and Latin America. His publications include Historia de yervas y plantas. Un tratado renacentista de materia médica (Barcelona, 1998), Ciencia y censura. La Inquisición Española y los libros científicos en los siglos XVI y XVII (Madrid, 1991), Lettera del dottor Díego Alvarez Chanca, medico della Flotta di Colombo, 1493-1494  (Florence, 1989, in collaboration with  Maurizio Rippa Bonati), Las primeras noticias sobre plantas americanas en las relaciones de viajes y crónicas de Indias (1493-1553) (Valencia, 1993, in collaboration with M.L. López Terrada), Nuevos materiales y noticias sobre la 'Historia de las plantas de Nueva España', de Francisco Hernández (Valencia, 1994, in collaboration with J.M. López Piñero), and La influencia de Francisco Hernández (1515-1587) en la constitución de la botánica y la materia médica modernas (Valencia, 1994, in collaboration with J.M. López Piñero).


Oct 31, 2008 8:00 PM, IAB Room 802

From Criminal Injustice to Social Justice

Event Type: Lecture meeting

Speaker: Roberto Gargarella, Tinker Visiting Professor, Columbia University

Bio: Roberto Gargarella is a Tinker Visiting Professor at Columbia University. He has served previously as a senior researcher at the Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI) in Bergen, Norway, and visiting professor of comparative politics at the University of Bergen. From 1995 to 2002, Professor Gargarella was professor of constitutional law and legal philosophy at the Universidad Di Tella. He lectured concurrently on constitutional law at the at the Unversidad de Buenos Aires from 1998 to 2002. Dr. Gargarella has also held positions with the Protection of Human Rights and Latin American Institutions, University of Oslo, and Universidad Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona. He has published 10 books.


Nov 06, 2008 4:00 PM, IAB Room 802

International Diffusion of Conditional Cash Transfer Programs (CCTs): Evidence from Brazil

Event Type: Lecture meeting

Speaker:  Michelle Morais de Sa e Silva, Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of International and Transcultural Studies, Teachers College

Learn about ILAS Summer Field Research Grants for Ph.D. Candidates and hear first-hand experience from Brazil. Network and learn more about how to subsidize your travels.

Bio: Michelle Morais de Sa e Silva is a Ph.D. candidate at Teachers College, focusing on Comparative and International Education. She is the recipient of a 2008 ILAS Summer Field Research Grant for her pre-dissertation research on the international dissemination of best practices in conditional cash transfer programs.  She spent the summer in Brasilia.



Posted Nov 01, 2008

ILAS Congratulates Professor Frances Negrón-Muntaner, Named United Nations Global Expert

Frances Negron Muntaner


(New York) The United Nations' Rapid Response Media Mechanism (RRMM) project has named filmmaker, scholar, and Columbia professor Frances Negrón-Muntaner a Global Expert.

The Rapid Response Media Mechanism (RRMM) project is part of the Alliance of Civilizations, which was established in 2005 at the initiative of Spain and Turkey, under the auspices of the United Nations. The Alliance's mission is to increase cross-cultural understanding and cooperation across countries and societies through a range of practical initiatives.

At the core of the RRMM is an online resource called Global Expert Finder (GEF), which connects journalists covering stories of religious, cultural, and political tensions to leading analysts and commentators on intercultural crises and their likely long_term impact. Global Expert Finder was developed to bring multiple perspectives to charged debates that go to the core of relations between cultures and threaten to widen existing divides.

Negrón-Muntaner, who has written on issues of nationalism, sovereignty, and cultural production across the Americas, considers working with the RRMM project a great opportunity. “I am honored and excited to join the U.N. in this project,' said Negrón-Muntaner after accepting the invitation. “This project will allow me to bring my several areas of research-Latin America, mass media, and politics-to improving the quality of people's lives by de-escalating and understanding the roots of conflict. I hope to make a difference.”

For more information about the RRMM project can be found at http://www.unaoc.org/content/view/91/126/lang,english/. Further information on Negrón-Muntaner's work is available at http://www.francesnegronmuntaner.net/

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Nov 06, 2008 8:00 PM, IAB Room 802

Mexican Lecture Series: Inequality and education: U.S.-Mexico in Comparative Perspective

Event Type: Lecture meeting

Speaker: Rene Zenteno, Professor of Sociology and Demography at El Colegio de la Frontera Norte, Mexico, and Visiting Professor at the University of California-San Diego

Topic Description: Are the effects of parental social background on school performance stronger in Mexico than in the U.S.? How successfully are immigrant-origin youth living in Spanish-speaking homes navigating in the U.S. education system in comparison to those who stayed in Mexico?

Millions of Mexicans face inadequate educational and labor market opportunities in their own country and in the United States. Little systematic scholarly research has addressed the issues of social background, institutions, and economic status in Mexico, as well as about the improvements or setbacks of Mexican immigrants that move to a different system of social stratification in the U.S. In this document I want to shed light on the extent to which characteristics of the family of origin are associated with inequality of opportunity in Mexico and how these effects have varied over time. The intergenerational transmission of economic status is analyzed in terms of the occupational attainment of men and the quality of learning outcomes in science of 15-year-olds. Giving the fast growing Mexican-origin population in the U.S. and recent concerns about the experience and integration of their children into the American society, the analysis of youth's educational achievement was extended to include this country: Are the effects of parental social background on school performance stronger in Mexico than in the U.S.? How successfully are immigrant-origin youth living in Spanish-speaking homes navigating in the U.S. education system in comparison to those who stayed in Mexico?

Bio: Rene Zenteno is professor of sociology and demography at El Colegio de la Frontera Norte, and visiting professor at the University of California San Diego (UCSD). Prior, he served as Executive Director of the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies at UCSD. He was also chair of the Department of Economics and Development and Director of the Center for Metropolitan Development at the Graduate School of Public Policy and Policy Administration at the Tecnológico de Monterrey. He has published widely in the areas of social and demographic change, international migration, and social inequality, with a focus on Mexico, U.S.-Mexican migration, and Mexican immigrant incorporation. His current research focuses on how non-economic factors shape social inequality and migration.


Posted Nov 02, 2008

Guillermo Calvo Honored in New Publication on International Economics

In September of 2008 MIT Press released a collection of essays in honor of Guillermo Calvo, entitled Money, Crises and Transition, celebrating the significant contributions his work has made to the field of international economics, especially in relation to emerging economies.

The essays include topics closely related to Calvo’s work, ranging from financial crises to exchange rate policy and economic growth.  Authors include Fabrizio Coricelli, Padma Desai, Stanley Fischer, Ricardo Hausmann, Enrique G. Mendoza, Frederic S. Mishkin,  Maurice Obstfeld, Edmund S. Phelps, Carmen M. Reinhart, Andrés Velasco and many others.  More information on the publication can be found on the MIT Press website.