Latin America

  • Founded
    1971
  • Seminar Number
    515

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.


Co-Chairs
Sara Calvo
Lecturer in Discipline of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University
sgc28@columbia.edu

Christopher Sabatini
Lecturer in Discipline of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University; Editor, www.LatinAmericaGoesGlobal.org; Executive Director, Global Americans
cs2773@columbia.edu

George Vickers
Omnibudsperson for the Americas at Open Society Foundations
gvickers@earthlink.net

Rapporteur
Victoria Gaytan
vg2379@columbia.edu


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

Welcome

Meetings

10/06/2016 International Affairs Building, Room 802, Columbia University
7:00 PM
How the News Media Shapes the Security Agenda in Latin America: Perspectives from LAPOP's AmericasBarometer
Dr. Elizabeth Zechmeister, Director of the Latin America Public Opinion Project (LAPOP) at Vanderbilt University
Speaker Link



Notes: Violent crime and insecurity are critical challenges to democracy in Latin America. In general the region leads on global murder maps, yet crime tends to be geographically clustered and concentrated within countries. In this context, what role does the news media play in shaping public opinion on crime and insecurity? Dr. Zechmeister will present key findings and analysis from the most recent round of the AmericasBarometer, which included 28 countries and over 50,000 respondents. LAPOP established the AmericasBarometer in 2004 as multi-country, regularly conducted survey of democratic values and behaviors in the Americas.
11/03/2016 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:00 PM
Colombia After the Referendum: Is there a Path to Peace?
Dr. Virginia Bouvier, senior advisor for Peace Processes and head of the Colombia Unit of the United States Institute of Peace. Adjunct professor of political Science at Georgetown University.
Speaker Link Abstract




Notes: Dr. Bouvier is senior advisor for Peace Processes and head of the Colombia Unit of the United States Institute for Peace, and adjunct professor of political Science at Georgetown University. Dr. Bouvier has been closely engaged with the negotiating process in Colombia throughout the four years of negotiation between the Colombian government and the FARC guerrillas, and has provided ongoing analysis to journalists and scholars through her blog “Colombia Calls”. Her seminar presentation will examine the reasons for the unexpected rejection of the accords in a national plebiscite on October 2nd, and analyze the prospects and possible mechanisms for ending the longest armed conflict in the hemisphere.
12/01/2016 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:00 PM
The Trump Presidency: What’s in Store for Latin America?
Richard Feinberg, University of California, San Diego and the Bookings Institute
Abstract




02/02/2017 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:00 PM
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03/02/2017 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:00 PM
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04/06/2017 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:00 PM
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05/04/2017 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:00 PM
TBC
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