Events

    2018 May 09

    Male Trafficking in the Illegal Mining Camps of the Peruvian Amazon

    12:00pm to 2:00pm

    Location: 

    CGIS South, S250, 1730 Cambridge Street

    Speaker: Dolores Cortés

    “The increasing demand for gold worldwide has become intertwined with illicit financial flows and criminal behavior”, (Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime, 2016).

    The hike in the international price of this metal has allowed for the emergence of new economies of gold in some developing rich-mineral countries. Gold extraction has spread “at the margins of the State” often in a chaotic manner causing devastating environmental and social harm. Such is the case of Peru, the largest...

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    2018 Apr 30

    Nicaragua's April Uprising: Understanding the Protests and Repression

    12:00pm to 2:00pm

    Location: 

    CGIS South, S250, 1730 Cambridge Street

    Speakers:  Steven Levitsky, Professor of Government; Cristiana Chamorro, Director, Fundación Violeta Barrios de Chamorro; Mateo Jarquin, PhD candidate, Department of History; Kai Thaler, PhD Candidate, Department of Government

    2018 Apr 27

    Afrodescendants in Brazil: Talk by Jurema Werneck, Executive Director of Amnesty International Brazil

    5:00pm to 6:30pm

    Location: 

    Sever Hall 113

    Join us in a conversation with Jurema Werneck, Executive Director of Amnesty International Brazil who will be discussing human rights and Afrodescendants under critical attack in Brazil and the current responses from institutions and civil society.

    The event is free and open to public. First-come, first-served. The event will also be livestreamed at goo.gl/bhHPHR.

    Presented in collaboration with the Afro-Latin American Research Institute at the Hutchins Center at Harvard University, the Inter-American Development Bank, the Inter-American...

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    2018 Apr 27

    Portuguese Language Tables

    3:00pm to 4:30pm

    Location: 

    CGIS South, S216, 1730 Cambridge Street

    Practice your Portuguese and discuss Brazil and other Portuguese-speaking countries and cultures at this informal roundtable. Everyone is welcome!

    2018 Apr 25

    Book Presentation: The Cuban Revolution as Gospel: Jose Angel Toirac and Robert Glück present "Parables"

    4:00pm

    Location: 

    CGIS South, S216, 1730 Cambridge Street

    The Communist Party in Cuba purveyed images of Fidel Castro that borrowed from Christian iconography in order to “sell” Fidel. Cuban artist José Angel Toirac and Bay Area writer Robert Glück present their recent collaboration, the artist book Parables. Parables gathers photos from magazines and newspapers like Granma, the mouthpiece of the Communist Party. It repurposes the Cuban Revolution as a Gospel, a new religion with a new scripture. Fidel performs the life of Christ, from his childhood in Nazareth to his ascension into Heaven. Toirac and Glück will...

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    2018 Apr 24

    Puerto Rico: An Exclave in Decline

    12:00pm to 2:00pm

    Location: 

    CGIS South, S250, 1730 Cambridge Street

    Speaker: Hiram Ramirez-Rangel, Divisional Executive Vice-President and Co-Branch Manager of AXA Advisors, LLC, Puerto Rico

    Moderator: Steven Levitsky, Professor of Government at Harvard University

    Puerto Rico’s current financial and economic crisis is examined firstly by examining the geopolitical dynamics that once sustained its role as an American exclave, and which gradually changed, giving way to a period of decline in strategic importance. As its importance as exclave began to decline,...

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    2018 Apr 20

    "Traders Without Borders”: the Transnational Networks of the Illegal Slave Trade to Cuba

    12:00pm

    Location: 

    CGIS South, S216, 1730 Cambridge Street

    Speakers: Marial Iglesias Utset, Afro-Latin American Research Institute at Harvard University and Manuel Barcia, University of Leeds

    Moderator: Alejandro de la Fuente, Robert Woods Bliss Professor of Latin American History and Economics, Professor of African and African American Studies and of History, Harvard University

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    2018 Apr 17

    Film Screening & Discussion: Rush Hour

    6:00pm to 8:00pm

    Location: 

    CGIS South, Tsai Auditorium (S010), 1730 Cambridge Street

    Panelists:

    • Diane Davis, Charles Dyer Norton Professor of Regional Planning and Urbanism; Chair, Department of Urban Planning and Design, GSD

    • Luciana Kaplan, Director

    • Onésimo Flores, Founder, Jetty

    A feature documentary about the odyssey involved in commuting to and from work in three large contemporary cities: Los Angeles, Istanbul and Mexico City. Rush Hour is an intimate approach to the personal stories of three commuters who spend hours of their lives going...

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    2018 Apr 17

    Rediscovering Duties in the Age of Rights: Latin America’s Contributions

    12:00pm to 2:00pm

    Location: 

    CGIS South, S250, 1730 Cambridge Street

    Speaker: Kathryn Sikkink, Ryan Family Professor of Human Rights Policy, John F. Kennedy School of Government; Carol K. Pforzheimer Professor, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University

    Moderator: Steven Levitsky, Professor of Government at Harvard University

    Responsibility constitutes a thread running through a number of topical public policy subjects, including sovereignty-as-responsibility, corporate social responsibility, and common but differentiated responsibility within...

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    2018 Apr 16

    Harvard Law Brazilian Association Legal Symposium : The Law in the 21st Century

    8:30am to 6:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Law School, 1585 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge

    The Harvard Law Brazilian Association Legal Symposium is an annual congress designed and organized by current students and alumni of Harvard Law School from Brazil. The event will be held at Harvard, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

    We believe that the exchange of ideas is the most efficient way to address the latest social changes confronting Law scholars and practitioners, as a variety of legal problems are germane to both Brazil and the United States. Our goal is to nurture a unique opportunity for networking and learning, by bringing together high-profile speakers, who will convey...

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    2018 Apr 14

    Xchange: Educational Lessons for Latin America

    9:00am to 6:00pm

    The Latin America Education Forum Conference is an annual initiative of the Latin American Education Forum, a Harvard Graduate School of Education student organization that aims to foster dialogue surrounding current educational issues in Latin America. Since its inception, LAEF has brought together hundreds of students, educators, researchers, entrepreneurs, and policymakers at the Harvard Graduate School of Education for the purpose of engaging in vibrant dialogue about the challenges, innovations, and opportunities in pursuit of educational equity throughout Latin America. LAEF is...

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    2018 Apr 12

    The Demand for Research Information Among Brazilian Policymakers

    12:00pm to 2:00pm

    Location: 

    CGIS South, S050, 1730 Cambridge Street

    Speaker: Gautam Rao, Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Harvard University

    Moderator: Frances Hagopian, Jorge Paulo Lemann Senior Lecturer on Government, Harvard University

    What sorts of research findings do policymakers demand? What is the impact of providing them with such information? We answer these questions using experiments with mayors in Brazil.

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    2018 Apr 10

    Contention, Coalitions, and the Politics of Education Reform in Latin America

    12:00pm to 2:00pm

    Location: 

    CGIS South, S250, 1730 Cambridge Street

    Speaker: Ben Ross Schneider, Ford International Professor of Political Science, MIT; Director of the MIT-Brazil Program

    Moderator: Steven Levitsky, Professor of Government at Harvard University

    Access to education in Latin America expanded rapidly in recent decades, but education quality still lags. To tackle the quality challenge, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Mexico, and some states in Brazil enacted in the 2010s ambitious and promising reforms, often in the face of fierce opposition, especially from teacher unions and...

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