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
Editor-in-Chief, Americas Quarterly and Senior Director of Policy, Americas Society/Council of the Americas
cs2773@columbia.edu

George Vickers
Former Director of International Operations, 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 Faculty House, 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
“Post-Conflict Colombia: Challenges and Opportunities”
Dr. Virginia Bouvier, senior advisor for Peace Processes and head of the Colombia Unit of the United States Institute for Peace. Adjunct professor of political Science at Georgetown University.
Speaker Link



12/01/2016 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:00 PM
“United States Foreign Policy Toward Latin America in the New Administration: What Will It look Like?”
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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
TBC
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05/04/2017 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:00 PM
TBC
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