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    The Volatility Curse


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    When does economic voting function as a mechanism of democratic accountability, and when does it fail to do so? In their new book, The Volatility Curse, Campello and Zucco show that in Latin American countries that are dependent on commodity exports and inflows of foreign capital, governments may lose popular support and be punished by voters for economic outcomes that are beyond their...

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    Film Screening: “Marighella” - Conversation with Maria Marighella


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    Speaker: Maria Marighella, City Council member of Salvador, Bahia; Carlos Marighella's grandaughter
    Moderated by: Sidney Chalhoub, Professor of History and African and African-American Studies, Harvard University
    Discussants: Cristiane Soares, Senior Preceptor in Portuguese, Harvard University and Eduarda Araujo, P.h.D. candidate...

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    Protest and Repression in Latin America


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    Latin America experienced a wave of large-scale and often sustained protest between 2018 and 2021. In Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, and elsewhere, these protests triggered harsh police or paramilitary repression. How do these responses compare to earlier eras in Latin America? Have decades of democracy and human rights activism had on impact on the behavior of domestic security forces? Are Latin...

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    Why Biodiversity Matters: Plants and Animals Across Natural Systems in Brazil


    Speakers: Christine Bacon, Associated Professor, Gothenburg University; Alex Antonelli, Professor, Gothenburg University & Director of Science, Kew Gardens; Gregory Thom, Postdoctoral Fellow, American Museum of Natural History (AMNH); Fernanda Werneck, Associate Researcher & Curator at INPA; Diego Vaz, Postdoctoral Reseacher, MCZ & OEB
    Moderated by: Naomi E Pierce, OEB & Curator of Lepidoptera, MCZ; Scott V Edwards, OEB &...

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    The Population Census in Brazil and the US: Importance, Challenges, and Confidentiality


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    Speakers: John Abowd, Associate Director for Research and Methodology and Chief Scientist, United States Census Bureau; Eduardo Rios Neto, President, Brazilian National Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE)
    Moderated by: Marcia Castro, Andelot Professor of Demography; Chair, Department...

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    Technocracy vs Politics


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    Technocrats dominated policymaking across Latin America in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Now, in much of the region, including its largest democracies, voters and politicians on both the left and the right have challenged the role of technocrats in democratic governments. What explains technocrats’ declining legitimacy in many Latin American democracies? How have technocrats...

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    “We know and walk together”: Contemporary Indigenous Art in Brazil


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    SpeakersClaudia Mattos Avolese, Associate Professor, UNICAMP; Naine Terena, Artist, Art-educator, and Professor, Catholic University in Mato Grosso

    Moderated by: Ana Laura Malmaceda, PhD student in Romance Languages, Harvard University

    One of the most exciting developments in Brazilian art and art history today is...

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    Populism and the Courts in Latin America


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    Populist presidents have assaulted (or seriously threatened) judicial independence in much of Latin America in the early twenty-first century. What drives these attacks? How do courts resist them? And why have some judiciaries proven more resilient in the face of populist governments than others?

    Speakers: Julio Rios Figueroa, Associate Professor of Law,...

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    ALARI Seminar Series with Nohora Arrieta: Poéticas amargas: estéticas y políticas de la plantación de azúcar en Brasil y el Caribe (1990-2018)


    This event is virtual and will be held in Spanish.  This event is virtual, to register click here.

    Speaker: Nohora Arrieta Fernandez, 2020-2021 ALARI Research Associate; PhD Candidate in Latin American Literature and Cultural Studies, Georgetown University; CLS/Mellon Dissertation Completion fellow (2020-2021)

    La plantación de azúcar ha sido una...

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    Language Endangerment And Language Vitality In The Brazilian Amazon: The Experience Of The Tuparí And Other Native Peoples Of The Rio Branco Indigenous Territory


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    Speaker: Adam Roth Singerman, Harvard University

    Adam Singerman received his PhD in Linguistics from the University of Chicago in 2018. His dissertation and subsequent research have focused on the grammar of Tuparí, an Indigenous language spoken by between 350 and 400 people in the Brazilian...

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    Why Biodiversity Matters: Discovering and Describing Novel Species in Brazil


    Speakers: Gonzalo Giribet, Director of the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology and Curator of Invertebrate Zoology in the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University; João Tonini, Postdoctoral Fellow, Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University; Cristina Miyaki, Professor of Genetics and Evolutionary Biology, University of São Paulo; Tiago Simões, Postdoctoral Fellow, Museum of...

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    Disruptions to Educational Opportunity in Latin America: Primary and Secondary Education During Covid-19


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    Speakers: Cristián Bellei, Associate Researcher, Center for Advanced Research in Education, and Professor of Sociology, University of Chile; Sergio Cárdenas, Professor of Public Administration, CIDE; Antonio Madero-Fundación México en Harvard Visiting Scholar, DRCLAS, Harvard University; Claudia Costin, Founder and Director, Center for Excellence and Innovation in Education...

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    Rethinking Malaria in the Context of COVID–19: Malaria Governance, Integrated Service Delivery, Training & Capacity Building for Malaria


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    In keeping with a longstanding academic tradition, multidisciplinary perspectives from diverse stakeholders and discussants will be offered in a neutral and inclusive learning environment during this 2-day, public webinar. Q&A will be available during portions of the proceedings for broader engagement. Together, we will identify and discuss actions—including some of...

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    The State of Democracy in Latin America


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    Latin America has been buffeted by economic crisis, soaring crime rates, major corruption scandals, and a devastating pandemic. These crises have threatened democracies across much of the region. DRCLAS has assembled four prominent scholars of Latin American politics to evaluate the state of democracy in the region. How serious are contemporary threats to Latin American democracies? What are the...

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    Imagining Collective Futures in the Amazon


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    The extraction of natural resources in the Amazon only continues to increase, resulting in a record number of land-related conflicts, deforestation, and murders of environmental defenders, disproportionately affecting Indigenous and peasant populations. At the same time, scientists continue to warn of the potential collapse of Amazon ecosystem, which would have catastrophic global impacts. What futures...

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    Prospects for Post-COVID Economic Recovery in Latin America


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    The economic toll of the Covid crisis on Latin America has been catastrophic. According to The Economist, whereas global GDP contracted by 3% last year, that of Latin America and the Caribbean fell on average by 7%, the worst of any region tracked by the IMF. Lengthy lockdowns have contributed to the exacerbation of poverty and inequality, and school closures...

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