Fall 2016

WHIMSY: From Mistral's "La Bailerina"

Lines from Mistral's "La Bailerina," with a photo by Hernán Piñera.

POETRY: Beyond the Mythic Mistral

70 years ago, Gabriela Mistral won the Nobel Prize for Literature. Soledad Falabella sheds light on Mistral's mastery of poetic form and commitment to social and ethical causes.

RACE & ETHNICITY: The Limits of Inclusion

Sociologist Tianna Paschel examines the creation of black political subjects in Colombia and Brazil. She traces how black social movements succeeded in changing legislation to recognize certain rights of black communities, and questions how those political developments translate to real change on the ground.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: Bearing Witness to a Modern Genocide

The 1937 massacre of Dominicans of Haitian descent is arguably the largest mass murder in the Americas that targeted people of African descent in the 20th century. Historian Edward Paulino exposes the history of this event and his responsibility to respond to it as part of the Dominican diaspora.

EL SALVADOR: The Right to Truth

Sociologist Angelina Snodgrass Godoy has poured through declassified archives to find information about people who were disappeared during the Salvadoran armed conflict. She writes about her research process and how "recognition can come to constitute a form of reparation." 

URBAN DESIGN: Working With the Lay of the Land

80% of people in Latin America live in cities. Architect René Davids provides an account of how the topographical settings and pre-Colombian use patterns of these cities have influenced modern urban infrastructure.

HONDURAS: Unquiet Waters

Civil society and human rights have been systematically dismantled in the wake of the 2009 military coup. Rosemary Joyce and Russell Sheptak discuss the deaths of LGBTQ, women's rights, and environmental activists, most notably Berta Cáceres.

LAW: Judicial Independence as a Political Virtue

Judicial independence is necessary to limit corruption and ensure a functioning constitutional democracy. Javier Couso analyzes characteristics of autonomous courts in Latin America.

COLOMBIA: The Turbulent Path to Peace

In October of 2016, Colombian citizens rejected a referendum to ratify a peace accord with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia. Lauren Withey explores the background and perspectives of both sides of the vote.

COLOMBIA: Building Places for Peace to Grow

How to build hope in a war-torn region where "every Colombian alive has suffered violence"? Sociologist James Geraldo Lamb profiles Colombian politican Sergio Fajardo's mission to restore peace to his country.

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