Latin America

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This seminar is devoted to developing a better understanding of the region, presenting current research and thinking in disciplines that range from anthropology to economics, history, human rights, political science, religion, literature, and the arts. In addition to scholars affiliated with the academic community, speakers are invited from the private sector, international organizations, and governments. The seminar, whose membership also reflects a broad range of disciplines, offers the framework for a lively exchange of ideas on Latin America, its past, present, and future.

Sara Calvo
Lecturer in Discipline of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University

Christopher Sabatini
Editor-in-Chief, Americas Quarterly and Senior Director of Policy, Americas Society/Council of the Americas

George Vickers
Former Vice President, Open Society Foundations

Victoria Gaytan

Meeting dates and locations are subject to change. Please confirm details with the seminar rapporteur.



10/01/2015 Faculty House / Room 1 / 2nd Floor
6:00 PM
US - LATIN AMERICA RELATIONS: Challenges and Historical Lessons
Professor John H. Coatsworth, Provost of Columbia University, Professor of International and Public Affairs and of History
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Notes: Moderates: Sara Calvo, SIPA
11/05/2015 Faculty House / TBA
6:00 PM
Is Bitcoin (digital money) the answer for dysfunctional financial systems in the region?
Nathaniel Popper, NYTimes Reporter, author of the article "Can Bitcoin conquer Argentina?" and of the recent book "Digital Gold."

Notes: Comments by: Guillermo Calvo, Professor of Economics and International and Public Affairs and Director of the Program in Economic Policy Management, Columbia SIPA.
12/03/2015 Faculty House / TBA
6:00 PM
Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955 - 1980.
Barry Bergdoll, Meyer Schapiro Professor of Art History and Archeology, Columbia, GSAS, co-curator of MOMA's recent exhibition "Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955-1980."

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