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March 23, 2023

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Faculty Highlight


CLAS in Bolivia

Over Spring Break CLAS Professor Dr. Erick Langer traveled to Bolivia, to present at a keynote address at the FENAVIT festival in Camargo on the history of the Cinti Valley.  He also presented the translation of his second book, now called "Se pavonean en los pueblos": Resistencia rural y modernidad en Chuquisaca, 1880-1930 (La Paz: Plural Editores, 2023) in Sucre and La Paz.  He was happy to have Nick Meissner (CLAS '23) attend both presentations and also see Claudia Soliz (CLAS '17) while in La Paz. 

Apply to our program! 

Join CLAS at our top M.A. Program in Latin American Studies. Applications are open! We seek applicants with a proven commitment to Latin American Studies. Housed in the School of Foreign Service, our M.A. Program offers a wide variety of options to our students, including a rich and diverse intellectual environment and a location that allows them to be exposed to and participate in cutting edge research, internships, and policy issues affecting the hemisphere. 

Interesting Reads / Watches

CARICOM News Time - Stay in the Loop

In this episode, Communications Officer at the CARICOM Secretariat, Mrs Tusankine English-Francis, presents a weekly news roundup of the latest from the Caribbean Community.

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 Upcoming Events

Forty years after the US invasion of Grenada: lessons for the 21st Century

Thursday, March 30, 2023
3:00-5:00 PM ET
Location: Leavey Program Room

Join CLAS for this important and timely event which will bring together three long-time Grenadian experts who will reflect on and analyze what the invasion of 1983 meant for the people and the development of Grenada and its implication for the wider Caribbean region and relations with the US. The panelists will also analyze lessons learned over the past forty years and how those lessons may have impacted the development of Grenada and the Caribbean in the years that followed and how they may impact Grenada and the region’s future as it faces common political, economic, security and environmental challenges. This as Grenada prepares for its 50th year of independence in February 2024.


The Honorable Dessima Williams, SFS Distinguished Visiting Professor of Global Perspectives. A Grenadian diplomat who served as Ambassador to the Organization of American States and to the United Nations, Chair of the Alliance of Small Island Developing States and UN Special Advisor for the Sustainable Development Goals, SDG. She is currently President of the Grenada Senate.

Dr. Wendy C. Grenade, author and Professor, St. George’s University, Grenada, and a former diplomatic officer for Grenada.

Dr. Denis Antoine, author and former Ambassador of Grenada to the United States, Mexico, Colombia and Panama, China and the United Nations

Where Does the Money Go? Unpacking the Political and Economic Implications of Remittances

Thursday, March 23, 2023
5:00-6:15 PM ET
Location: Old North Rm 205

In this panel, experts from the fields of development, and migration will discuss the central role of remittances in facilitating financial inclusion and supporting economic growth in low- and middle-income countries. They will explore how cross-border money transfers can provide a lifeline for millions of families, help to reduce poverty, and fuel entrepreneurship and job creation. The panelists will also examine the challenges facing remittance flows, including regulatory barriers, high transaction costs, and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and discuss potential solutions to ensure that these vital financial flows continue to benefit communities around the world. 

The Migration and Refugee Policy Initiative and the Georgetown Americas Institute are pleased to welcome Sonia Plaza, senior economist in the Finance, Competitiveness, and Innovation Global Practice of the World Bank; Manuel Orozco, director of the Migration, Remittances, and Development Program at the Inter-American Dialogue; Nikola Spatafora, senior economist in the IMF Research Department; and Daniel Hernandez, media and engagement lead LATAM for Zepz, to discuss these issues and more. 

This event is organized by the Migration and Refugee Policy Initiative at Georgetown University and co-sponsored by Georgetown Americas Institute.

For more information, please visit the event page.

Crisis in Venezuela: Implications for Democracy, Human Rights, and the Environment

Friday, March 24, 2023
9:00-10:15 AM ET
Location: 6th Floor Flom Auditorium, Woodrow Wilson Center and Online
RSVP Webcast / RSVP In-Person

As the Wilson Center launches its series “Hemisphere of Prosperity and Freedom,” the situation in Venezuela is deteriorating, amid the persistent oppression, violence, and economic mismanagement of the Nicolás Maduro regime.

With the Mexico City negotiations between the regime and the democratic opposition stalled, the Venezuelan opposition is seeking to hold primaries on the heels of a decision to eliminate the interim government. Meanwhile, human rights conditions have worsened. A recent report by the U.N. Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela found that the regime “relies on the intelligence services and its agents to repress dissent in the country. In doing so, grave crimes and human rights violations are being committed, including acts of torture and sexual violence.”

In addition to human rights concerns, Venezuela is quickly becoming an epicenter of illegal gold mining and deforestation in the Amazon. Illegal mining provides income to the regime, finances armed groups, and damages sensitive ecosystems. A report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development warned that “all gold originating within Venezuela should be considered high-risk.”

Please join our conversation on Friday, March 24 at 9 a.m. (ET) to discuss the situation in Venezuela and its implications for U.S. interests throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.


Tiempo Suspendido Film Screening

Friday, March 24, 2023
3:00 - 4:30 PM ET
Location: Walsh Building 495

Join LAFAA this Friday for the documentary screening of Tiempo Suspendido which tells the story of Laura Bonaparte, a founding member of Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo and an activist who fought for justice against the crimes committed during the Argentinian military coup; 3 of her children and her partner were victims of systemic forceful disappearance in the hands of the military.

The Venezuelan Migration and Refugee Crisis: A discussion with three refugees 

Monday, March 27th, 2023
5:00-6:30 PM ET
Location: ECR Room - 7th Floor ICC Building 
RSVP/Zoom Link

Join MRPI for a discussion on the Venezuelan migration and refugee crisis, the largest refugee crisis in the Americas, from the lens of three Venezuelan refugees. To date, over 7.1 million people have fled the country, due to violations in human rights, a collapse of basic services, and insecurity. Making it the largest exodus ever seen in the Americas. At the event, panelists will reflect on their unique experiences living in and fleeing Venezuela, as well as share their insights into the causes and hardships migrants and refugees experience daily.

A reception with food and drinks will follow. 


The García Luna Case: 
Dirty Money and the War on Drugs

Monday, March 27, 2023
5:00-6:30 PM ET
Location: Copley Formal Lounge, Reception to Follow
Moderator: John Tutino, Director Americas Forum

In 2006 former Mexican president Felipe Calderon declared a “War on Drugs,” a government strategy intended to curb drug-related violence by using military force to crack down on major drug lords in the country. However, the strategy only served to provoke cartel leaders, resulting in an increased number of deaths related to drug violence. At the same time, investigative reporting has shown that many benefited monetarily from the War on Drugs, including “politicians, suppliers, brokers, spies, security companies, security advisors, police commanders, military chiefs, and arms and smoke merchants” according to Emmy award-winning bilingual investigative journalist Peniley Ramirez. 


In her latest book Los millonarios de la Guerra: El expediente inédito de García Luna y sus socios (2020), Ramirez gives a detailed reconstruction of the rise of former Mexican official Genaro García Luna. He served in the country’s security establishment, culminating in his role as minister of public security in the cabinet of President Calderon from 2006 to 2012. Ramirez will discuss her latest book and her perspectives on the War on Drugs in a conversation moderated by John Tutino, director of the Americas Forum.

This event is organized by the Americas Forum and co-sponsored by the Georgetown Americas Institute at Georgetown University.

For more information, please visit the event page.

The Politics of Cholera:
The Americas in the 1830s

Wednesday, March 29, 2023
4:00-5:30 pm
Location: Intercultural Center (ICC) 462, Reception to follow.
Moderator: John Tutino, Director Americas Forum

Alfredo Ávila is a Researcher and Professor of History at the National University of Mexico (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico, UNAM), where he earned his Ph.D. Long recognized as a leading analyst of the politics of Mexican Independence, he is author of En nombre de la Nación: La formación del gobierno representative en México, 1808-1824 (Taurus, 2002), to many still the leading synthesis of Mexico’s struggles for independence, and Para la Libertad: Los republicanos en tiempos del imperio, 1822-1823 (UNAM 2005)—an essential study of the fall of Mexico’s early experiment in monarchical rule.

Father de Roux speaks with a blue and grey curtain behind him

Seeking Truth: The Challenges and Achievements of Colombia’s Truth Commission

Tuesday, April 11, 2023
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. EDT
Location: Mortara Center Building Conference Room

In 2016 the Colombian government signed a historic peace accord with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerillas, ending half a century of conflict. As part of the agreement, Colombia created a Commission for the Clarification of Truth, Coexistence, and Non-Repetition, charged with investigating and clarifying major human rights violations and shedding light on the causes and origins of the conflict. Rev. Francisco De Roux, S.J., led a group of 11 commissioners and a staff of 3,000 in compiling the commission’s final report, presented in the summer of 2022. 

The Georgetown Americas Institute and the Keough School of Global Affairs at the University of Notre Dame are pleased to welcome Rev. Francisco De Roux to talk about his experience as chair of the commission; the findings, challenges, and successes during his five years leading the effort; and his personal reflections on the role of truth commissions in countries torn by conflict. The conversation with Rev. De Roux will be moderated by Georgetown Americas Institute Managing Director Denisse Yanovich and Founding Director Alejandro Werner. 

This event is co-sponsored by the Georgetown Americas Institute at Georgetown University and the Keough School of Global Affairs at the University of Notre Dame.

Student Opportunities

Convocatoria de investigación para equipos
Deadline: March 27, 2023
América Latina y el Caribe están viviendo una época de gran inestabilidad y cambios políticos, donde se manifiestan los límites y problemas de las democracias tal como las conocemos en las últimas décadas. A su vez, la región vive una coyuntura de protestas masivas, revueltas populares, así como de protagonismo de diversos tipos de movimientos sociales que –desde su especificidad– se oponen a las diversas violencias del neoliberalismo.

Desde CLACSO promovemos el despliegue de Plataformas para el Diálogo Social, concebidas como espacios de trabajo, intercambio y propuestas multiactorales y multidimensionales, por ello lanzamos la convocatoria “Movimientos sociales y activismos en América Latina y el Caribe. Su lugar en la actual coyuntura: experiencias y proyecciones”. En ella se promueve la postulación de equipos de investigación integrados por investigadoras e investigadores de diversas disciplinas y experiencias, en conjunto con activistas y referentes de movimientos sociales.

El objetivo de esta Convocatoria es comprender las actuales formas de activismo y expresión de los movimientos sociales en América Latina y el Caribe.

More information here


Feminismo, Trabajo y Acción Sindical: Diálogo entre Europa y América Latina 
Deadline: July 17, 2023
El Consejo Latinoamericano de Ciencias Sociales (CLACSO), junto con el Instituto de Estudios Sociales en Contextos de Desigualdades de la Universidad Nacional de José C. Paz (IESCODE – UNPAZ), el Instituto Universitario de Estudios de las Mujeres de la Universidad de Valencia y el Grupo de Trabajo CLACSO “¿Qué trabajo para qué futuro?” organizan la Convocatoria de ensayos “Feminismos, trabajo y acción sindical: diálogos entre Europa y América Latina” con el propósito de incentivar la investigación y reflexión crítica en torno a dinámicas, demandas y marcos normativos resultantes de la confluencia de ideas y prácticas feministas en el ámbito laboral y sindical.
American Literary Translator Association, Call for Fellowship Submissions
Deadline: April 17, 2023

The ALTA Travel Fellowships, which are awarded annually to emerging translators to help them participate in ALTA programming, are open for submissions. Applications this year are open until April 17 at 11:59pm PT via Submittable only. This year, ALTA Travel Fellows will be awarded a monetary prize and will participate in a reading at the ALTA conference in Tucson, AZ in the fall.

For the ALTA Travel Fellowships, an emerging translator is defined as someone who does not yet have a book-length work of translation published or under contract. ALTA considers chapbooks to be book-length publications for the Travel Fellowships. The ALTA Travel Fellowships are open to individual translators (not teams of co-translators).

Among the fellowships is the Peter K. Jansen Memorial Travel Fellowship, which is preferentially awarded to an emerging translator of color or a translator working from an underrepresented diaspora or stateless language. Applicants for the Jansen Fellowship should apply using the ALTA Travel Fellowship application, and check the Jansen Fellowship eligibility box in the application form.

Oye Como Va: Sound, Voice, and Movement in the Americas, Call for Proposals
Deadline: March 24, 2022
The University of Maryland, College Park’s Latin American and Caribbean Studies Center (LACS) and the LACS Graduate Collective call for proposals to participate in the conference Oye Como Va: Sound, Voice, and Movement in the Americas. The 15th Annual Student Conference will be held on May 4th and 5th, 2023, at the University of Maryland and will include a series of public programs, academic panels, workshops, and art-based presentations, and a keynote panel.

The conference committee invites proposals from graduate and undergraduate students, emerging scholars, established faculty, artists, activists, and every person interested (including those outside of traditional academic spheres) presenting in English, Portuguese, Spanish, and/or French. We encourage contributions that propose solidarities between disciplines and types of knowledge.
Internship, Latin America Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
All who are selected to participate in CFR’s Blavatnik Internship Program and Robina Franklin Williams Internship Program receive training in the field of foreign policy and international affairs as well as skills training in writing, research, program planning and much more.
The Latin America program analyzes the dynamic relationships between the United States and the nations in the Western Hemisphere. Current projects address the causes and effects of widespread phenomena such as democratization, globalization, migration, and economic development on domestic politics, foreign relations, and transnational ties within the Western Hemisphere.

Apply here

Professional Opportunities

 The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is a private, nonprofit foundation dedicated to the growth and strengthening of democratic institutions around the world. Each year, NED makes more than 2,000 grants to support the projects of non-governmental groups abroad who are working for democratic goals in more than 100 countries.

Grants Officer, Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC)
We seek a motivated, energetic, organized, and resourceful Grants Officer, Latin America, and the Caribbean who is a mission-oriented team player, and who would be excited to join a fast-paced Grants LAC team.  This position is based in Washington, D.C.
Job Posting

Program Officer, Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC)
The Program Officer will work with the LAC team leadership to manage the Endowment’s LAC Regional program, particularly initiatives focused on democratic cooperation and solidarity building in the region, including monitoring and assessment of regional projects.
Job Posting

Associate Editor, Journal of Democracy
The Associate Editor’s primary role will be to edit Journal of Democracy manuscripts for print and online, proofread Journal issues, and edit and proofread book manuscripts and special projects. Additionally, the Associate Editor will assist the Senior Editor with managing the Journal’s website; and handle various other editorial tasks.
Job Posting

For a complete list of job postings at The National Endowment for Democracy visit their Careers Page

Program Specialist, Inter-American Foundation
Join the IAF, an independent agency of the U.S. Government which promotes community-led development in Latin America and the Caribbean by awarding grants to local, civil society organizations throughout the region. The incumbent will be responsible for providing program and administrative services necessary for the efficient and effective operation of the Office of Programs.


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