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 Director of International Operations, 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 / Room 1 / 2nd Floor
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 / Room 2 / 2nd Floor
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."

Notes: “The decades after WWII saw an architectural flowering in Latin America, a region central to the emerging concept of the developing country and the political dynamics of the Cold War…Latin America in Construction proposes a reading of this architecture as a practice entwined with the politics of development, which colors undertakings from housing programs and systems of prefabrication to the creation of entire new cities. Although the focus is historical, many of the issues addressed here…are still of vital importance around the world.” Extracted from the catalogue accompanying the exhibition.
02/04/2016 Faculty House / Room 1 / 2nd Floor
6:00 PM
Democracy and the Market: are liberal institutions sustainable in Latin America?
Andres Velasco, Professor of Professional Practice in International Development, Columbia, SIPA; former Chile's Finance Minister and Presidential Candidate.

02/23/2016 International Affairs Building / Room 802 / 420W 118th Street, New York, NY 10027 United States
6:00 PM
UPDATE CUBA: Politics and Economics
Margaret Crahan, Senior Research Scholar and Director of the Cuban Program, Columbia, ILAS.

Mark Hanson , Washington Office of Latin America

04/07/2016 Faculty House / Garden Room 1
6:00 PM
Book Presentation "On the Edge of the Holocaust: The Shoah in Latin American Literature and Culture"
Edna Aizenberg, Professor Emeritus of Hispanic Studies at Marymount Manhattan College in New York

Malva E. Filer, Professor, Department of Modern Languages and literatures at Brooklyn College, and PhD Program in Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Languages, CUNY

Faculty House / TBA
6:00 PM
SESSION POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE --> Fictionalizing Socio - Political Shocks in Chile and Argentina.
Malva E. Filer, Professor, Brooklyn College and Graduate Center, CUNY.

Bernardita Llanos Mardones, Professor and Chair. Brooklyn College, CUNY.

Fernando Blanco Inostroza, Assistant Professor, Bucknell University.