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Dr. Smilde published in New York Times: El Grupo de Contacto Internacional: la mejor oportunidad de Venezuela

February 13th, 2019

El Grupo de Contacto Internacional: la mejor oportunidad de Venezuela Por: DAVID SMILDE y GEOFF RAMSEY La semana pasada, el Grupo de Contacto Internacional (GCI)…  read more

From NPR: Sociologist David Smilde comments on allegiance of Venezuelan armed forces

February 4th, 2019

Dr. David Smilde, the Charles A. and Leo M. Favrot Professor of Human Relations at Tulane University, recently spoke with the NPR and commented on…  read more

The Latin American Library Announces the 2018-2019 Richard E. Greenleaf Scholars

January 15th, 2019

The Latin American Library is proud to announce the recipients of the 2018-2019 Richard E Greenleaf Fellowships. All four scholars will arrive during the spring…  read more

From The Hill: Tulane sociologist David Smilde argues against military intervention in Venezuela

January 8th, 2019

Dr. David Smilde, the Charles A. and Leo M. Favrot Professor of Human Relations and Senior Associate Fellow at the Center for Inter-American Policy and…  read more

Research Group MEGA Published in European Review of Latin American and Caribbean Studies

December 18th, 2018

The European Review of Latin American and Caribbean Studies has published their Special Collection which includes eight articles by members of the Research Group MEGA,…  read more

Dr. Nora Lustig publishes in Brookings blog: Making the global financial system work for all

December 5th, 2018

Making the global financial system work for all: A message for the G-20 By: Nora Lustig From, November 30 to December 1, world leaders will…  read more

Students participate in the XVI annual Tulane University Student Conference on Latin America (TUSCLA)

December 3rd, 2018

On Saturday, December 1, Tulane University undergraduate and graduate students presented their research on Latin America at the XVI Annual Tulane University Student Conference on…  read more

From Tulane School of Liberal Arts Newsletter: At the Intersection of Media, Politics, and Democracy

November 29th, 2018

This story originally appeared in Tulane School of Liberal Arts Newsletter titled At the Intersection of Media, Politics, and Democracy on November 29, 2018. Story…  read more

Opening for CIPR Post-Doctoral Fellows

November 5th, 2018

The Center for Inter-American Policy and Research (CIPR) invites applications for four (4) research fellowships for the Academic Year of 2019-2020, two with program administration…  read more

XUTULAC students discuss gentrification with filmmaker Kurt Orderson

November 1st, 2018

Student participants in the Xavier-Tulane Partnership for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (XUTULAC) were among the audience of over 70 people who attended the Altman…  read more

Dr. Menaldo spoke on Authoritarianism and the Elite Origins of Democracy

October 30th, 2018

Dr. Victor Menaldo, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Washington, presented his book, Authoritarianism and the Elite Origins of Democracy, as part…  read more

Tulane Professor of Economics Nora Lustig co-edits new book "Decling Inequality in Latin America: A Decade of Progress?"

October 23rd, 2018

Latin America is often singled out for its high and persistent income inequality. Toward the end of the 1990s, however, income concentration began to fall…  read more

From the Washington Post: Tulane Sociologist Daivd Smilde comments on propaganda in Venezuelan media

October 16th, 2018

Dr. David Smilde, the Charles A. and Leo M. Favrot Professor of Human Relations and Senior Associate Fellow at the Center for Inter-American Policy and…  read more

Sophia Mcclennen to discuss Latin American cinema, globalization, and politics during talk and workshop

October 11th, 2018

Join the Spanish and Portuguese department at Tulane University in welcoming Dr. Sophia Mcclennen for a talk and workshop discussing globalization, Latin American cinema, and…  read more

From Tulane New Wave: International Education Week celebrates global education

October 9th, 2018

This story originally appeared in Tulane New Wave entitled International Education Week celebrates global education, on October 8, 2018. Story by New Wave staff (newwave@tulane.edu).…  read more

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The Liberace of Lucha Libre: An Evening with American-born Mexican luchador Cassandro

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Join the New Orleans Center for the Gulf South, the Newcomb Art Museum, Amigos de los Amigos, and krewedelusion in welcoming American-born Mexican luchador Saúl Armendáriz, or Cassandro, on Wednesday, February 20, 7:00 PM, in the Freeman Auditorium. Cassandro will speak about his personal story of growing up and training as a lucha libre in México. He became one of the first openly gay exóticos (a wrestler who dresses in a flamboyant style), and later he had the honor of being the first exótico to win a championship title.

Cassandro will speak about how he negotiated his gay identity and overcame adversity in the world of professional Mexican wrestling. He will also share his experiences outside of wrestling, as an LGBTQ activist, circuit speaker, and most recently as the subject of a feature documentary, Cassandro, The Exótico which received critical acclaim at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2018.

This event is free and open to the public. Parader and performer Antonio Garza will moderate.

For more information contact: New Orleans Center for the Gulf South via email dfrazier@tulane.edu, by phone (504-314-2889), or visit the event website.

Sponsored by: Newcomb Art Museum, Amigos de los Amigos, krewedelusion, and The New Orleans Center for the Gulf South.

Life without Lead: Contamination, Crisis, and Hope in Uruguay

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Join the Environmental Studies Program and the School of Liberal Arts at Tulane University in welcoming Daniel Renfrew, West Virginia University, who will giving a talk titled Life without Lead: Contamination, Crisis, and Hope in Uruguay on Thursday, February 21 at 5:00 PM in the Stone Auditorium as part of the EVST Focus on the Environment (FOTE) Speaker Series.

Life without Lead examines the social, political and environmental dimensions of a devastating lead poisoning epidemic. Drawing from a political ecology of health perspective, Daniel Renfrew situates the Uruguayan lead contamination crisis in relation to neoliberal reform, globalization, and the resurgence of the political Left in Latin America. He traces the rise of an environmental social justice movement and the local and transnational circulation of environmental ideologies and contested science. Through fine-grained ethnographic analysis, this book shows how combating contamination intersected with class politics, explores the relationship of lead poisoning to poverty, and debates the best way to identify and manage an unprecedented local environmental health problem.

Daniel Renfrew is an associate professor of Anthropology. He received a Ph.D. in anthropology from Binghamton University, State University of New York in 2007. Dr. Renfrew joined the WVU faculty in Fall 2008 after a year as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Towson University. Dr. Renfrew’s research interests span the environmental, urban, critical medical and political anthropology sub-fields, and his research draws from and contributes to interdisciplinary scholarship on political ecology, social movements, science and technology studies, and Latin American studies. His research has focused in particular on anthropological and political ecological analyses of environmental conflicts.

CIPR Speaker Series Critical Issues in Democractic Governance welcomes Sara Niedzwiecki

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Join the Center for Inter-American Policy and Research and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies in welcoming Dr. Sara Niedzwieckia as part of the spring speaker series Critical Issues in Democratic Governance, on Friday, February 22, in 110A Jones Hall. Dr. Niedzwiecki will give a talk entitled Uneven Social Policies: The Politics of Subnational Variation in Latin America. Social policies can transform the lives of the poor and marginalized, yet implementation often limits their access. By examining variation in political motivations, state capacity, and policy legacies, it explains why some social policies are implemented more effectively than others, why some deliver votes to incumbent governments while others do not, and why regionally elected executives block the implementation of some but not all national policies. This analysis combines case studies with statistical analysis of conditional cash transfers and health policies in Argentina and Brazil.

The event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to cipr@tulane.edu.

Dr. Niedzwiecki is an assistant professor of Politics at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She received her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (2014). Her research focuses on comparative welfare states, multilevel governance, and Latin America. She is interested in the process through which social policies are formed and implemented in Latin America and beyond. Additionally, she studies the territorial structure of government, with an emphasis on the measurement of the authority of regional governments across countries.

Dr. Niedzwiecki’s forthcoming book examines the conditions under which social policies are successfully implemented in decentralized countries. More specifically, she examines how politics and capacity at state and local levels shape the implementation of healthcare and Conditional Cash Transfers. It draws from extensive fieldwork conducted in Brazil and Argentina.

David Smilde to join TULASO and debate team to discuss U.S. involvment in Venezuela

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Tulane Undergraduate Latin American Studies Organization (TULASO) and the Tulane Debate Team are proud to present a debate on the recent political crisis in Venezuela on Tuesday, February 26th at 8:00 PM in Jones 102. Professor David Smilde, the Charles A. And Leo M. Favrot Professor of Human Relations and a Senior Fellow for the Washington Office on Latin America, will be participating in the event. Professor Smilde will be providing his expertise to give a background on Venezuelan internal politics while the debate will focus on U.S. involvement in Venezuela.

All are welcome to come view and learn from the debate as well as enjoy some delicious Latin American food.

Email Sofia Zemser at szemser@tulane.edu for additional information.

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Critical Issues in Democratic Governance: Spring 2019 CIPR Series

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Latin America faces major threats to democratic governance, but there are also new opportunities for grassroots mobilization and social policy expansion. In Critical Issues in Democratic Governance the Stone Center for Latin American Studies and the Center for Inter-American Policy and Research will host speakers to discuss emerging issues that have surfaced in democratic governance in the region. In Brazil, the AIDS movement constructed a powerful new advocacy coalition, with coordination between bureaucrats and activities. In Argentina and Brazil, there are sharp contrasts in the social welfare policies that governors and mayors have implemented, with profound consequences for livelihood of the poor and marginalized. Finally, the outbreak of violence across Latin America, under democratic regimes raises questions about how criminal organizations compete for influence over transnational illicit networks and infiltrate the state.

Spring 2019 Schedule

February 8, 2019
State-Sponsored Activism: Bureaucrats and Social Movements in Democratic Brazil
Jessica Rich, Marquette University

February 22, 2019
4:00 – 6:00 PM
Greenleaf Conference Room in Jones 100A
Uneven Social Policies: The Politics of Subnational Variation in Latin America
Sara Niedzwiecki, University of California, Santa Cruz

April 5, 2019
Homicidal Ecologies: Illicit Economies and Complicit States in Latin America
Deborah Yashar, Princeton University

Please RSVP to cipr@tulane.edu.