Public Policy and Governance

2017 Feb 15

Latin American History Seminar: “Governing Difference in Colonial South American Borderlands. From Ethnographic Knowledge to Missionary Practice.”

4:00pm to 6:00pm

Location: 

CGIS S450, 1730 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA

Guillermo Wilde
(CONICET and Universidad Nacional de San Martin, Argentina)

Guest Presentations for the:

His 2525A: The Latin American History Seminar and Workshop

Administrating differences in Latin America: historical approaches.

Professors Alejandro de la Fuente and Tamar Herzog

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2017 Feb 16

Security and Development Seminar: Inequality, Crime, and Development in Latin America

4:30pm to 5:45pm

Location: 

Perkins Room (R-415), 4th Floor Rubenstein, Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge

Speakers: Joao Pinho de Mello, Lemann Visiting Scholar at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Rodrigo R. Soares is Lemann Professor of Brazilian Public Policy and International and Public Affairs, Filipe R. Campante is Associate Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, and Emily Owens is an Associate Professor in the Department of Criminology, Law, and Society at the University of California, Irvine

Led by Thomas Abt, Senior...

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2017 Apr 05

La Biblioteca Nacional de Cuba José Martí y su Sistema de Bibliotecas Públicas: de los Inciertos Orígenes al Mundo Actual de las Tecnologías (1901-2016)

5:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: 

S216, 1730 Cambridge Street
Speaker: Dr. Eduardo Torres Cuevas, Director of Cuba’s National Library José Martí

This talk will be in Spanish.

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Dr. Eduardo Torres Cuevas is the Director of Cuba’s National Library...

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2017 Apr 05

Brazil Studies Program: Military dictatorship and political repression in Brazil in the 1960s and 1970s

2:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: 

CGIS South, S-50, 1730 Cambridge Street

Speaker: Mariana Joffily, Professor, Department of History, State University of Santa Catarina

Moderator: Sidney Chalhoub, Professor, Department of History, Harvard University

The 1964 military coup in Brazil was perpetrated in the name of democracy. Yet the authoritarian rule created a significant repressive apparatus to remove opponents and critics, regarded as “internal enemies”. This talk proposes an inside look at the logic and strategy of the political repression.

Mariana Joffily is Professor of History at the...

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2017 Feb 21

Tuesday Seminar Series: Allende, Pinochet, and the Long Spanish Civil War in Chile

12:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

CGIS South, S-250, 1730 Cambridge Street

Speakers: Kirsten Weld, Associate Professor, Department of History

Moderator: Steven Levitsky, Professor of Government, Department of Government, Harvard University
 
This presentation explores the curious resonance of the Spanish Civil War in 1970s Chile, analyzing how and why Chileans of varied political stripes — from far-right golpistas to ardent supporters of Salvador Allende’s Unidad Popular — invoked the Spanish Civil War as an explanatory framework for their own country’s crisis. It dicusses the formation...
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2017 Apr 04

Tuesday Seminar Series: Latin America and the International Criminal Court: The Cases of Colombia, Venezuela, Honduras, and Mexico

12:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

CGIS South, S-216, 1730 Cambridge Street

**Please note, this seminar will be held in CGIS South, S-216**

Speaker: Luis Moreno Ocampo, Senior Fellow, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Harvard Kennedy School; former Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (2003-2012)

Moderator:  Steve Levitsky, Professor of Government, Department of Government, Harvard University

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2017 Mar 28

Tuesday Seminar Series: Women's Rights in Theory and Practice: Status Politics and Violence against Women in Mexico

12:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

CGIS South, S-250, 1730 Cambridge Street

Speaker: Mala Htun, Professor of Political Science, University of New Mexico

Moderator: Steven Levitsky, Professor of Government, Department of Government, Harvard University

This project explores the implications of the "rights revolution" for women in Latin America and beyond. Why have women's rights advanced farther in some countries than others, and some issues more than other issues? What have changes in legal rights meant, if...

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2017 Mar 21

Tuesday Seminar Series: U.S. Policy toward Latin America under the Trump Administration

12:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

CGIS South, S-250, 1730 Cambridge Street

*This presentation will be recorded*

Speaker: Michael Shifter, President, Inter-American Dialogue

Moderator: Steven Levitsky, Professor of Government, Department of Government, Harvard University

With the start of any US administration there tends to be some uncertainty about possible changes in US policy towards Latin America.   In the case of the current administration, especially following a campaign in which Mexico was the proxy for the two...

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2017 Feb 14

Tuesday Seminar Series: Challenges of Party-Building in Latin America

12:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

CGIS South, S-250, 1730 Cambridge Street

Speaker:  Steve Levitsky, Professor of Government, Department of Government, Harvard University

Strong parties are critical for democracy. Yet party-building has proven extraordinary difficult in Latin America during the Third Wave of democratization.  Based on his recent volume, Challenges of Party-Building in Latin America, this presentation looks at what it takes to build robust political parties in Latin America. It argues that...

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2017 Feb 07

Tuesday Seminar Series: Post-Fidel, Post-Raúl: Key Underlying Themes for Cuba’s New Future

12:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

CGIS South, S-216, 1730 Cambridge Street

**Please note, this seminar will be held in CGIS South, S-216**

Speaker: Jorge I. Dominguez, Antonio Madero Professor for the Study of Mexico, Department of Government, Harvard University

Moderator: Steven Levitsky, Professor of Government, Department of Government, Harvard University

Fidel Castro died in November 2016. Raúl Castro, 86-years-old in June 2017, has said he will step down as Cuba’s president in...

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2017 Apr 18

Tuesday Seminar Series: Marijuana and the Origins of the U.S. Colombia Drug Connection

12:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

CGIS South, S-250, 1730 Cambridge Street

Speaker: Lina Britto, Ph.D., New York University, historian of modern Latin America and the Caribbean

Moderator: Steven Levitsky, Professor of Government, Department of Government, Harvard University

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Before Colombian cocaine made headlines, marijuana...

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2017 Apr 11

Tuesday Seminar Series: A Working Machine: Patronage Jobs and Political Services in Argentina

12:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

CGIS South, S-250, 1730 Cambridge Street

Speaker: Virginia Oliveros, Assistant Professor of Political Science and Associate Research Fellow at the Center for Inter-American Policy and Research at Tulane University

Moderator: Steven Levitsky, Professor of Government, Department of Government, Harvard University

Professor Oliveros will be presenting parts of her book manuscript about patronage politics: Why does the control of patronage increase a party’s chances of staying in power? What do public employees do that affect electoral competition? What motivates public...

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2017 Jan 31

Tuesday Seminar Series: Crisis in Brazil

12:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

CGIS South, S-250, 1730 Cambridge Street

Speakers: Scott Mainwaring, Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor, Harvard University and

 Fernando Bizzarro Neto, Ph.D. student, Government Department, Harvard University 

Moderator: Steven Levitsky, Professor of Government, Department of Government, Harvard University

This presentation will focus on the economic and political crisis and the corruption scandals in Brazil. In the 2000s, Brazilians and world opinion viewed Brazil as being on a highly promising trajectory. In recent years, the country has endured...

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2017 Apr 01

Mexico City at a Crossroads: Urban Challenges of the 21st Century - Panel Discussions

10:00am to 6:45pm

Location: 

Fong Auditorium, Boylston Hall, Harvard Yard

Urban Challenges in an Age of Shifting Sovereignties
Register here. Registration is not required to attend, but it is encouraged.

See the full program agenda here.

This two-day conference addresses current challenges hampering Mexico City’s urban development, sharing lessons learned so far and engaging in a dialogue...

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