Special Courses at CLAS

Sergio Fajardo teaching a CLAS seminar, spring 2006. (Photo by CLAS staff.)
Sergio Fajardo teaching a CLAS seminar, Spring 2016. (Photo by CLAS staff.)

From time to time, CLAS organizes short courses with visiting scholars and professionals about their research and interests.

COMING UP SPRING 2019

Colombia's Sergio Fajardo Teaches Special Seminar

Past highlights include courses taught by two former presidents, a First Lady of Brazil, and writers, journalists, and scholars from across Latin America.

PAST COURSES AT CLAS

2016
Sergio Fajardo
, Education as the Engine of Social Transformation
Sergio Fajardo was the governor of Antioquia, Colombia, from 2012-2015. He previously served as mayor of Medellín from 2003-07.
Javier Couso, The Clash Between Liberal and Radical Constitutionalism in Contemporary Latin America
Javier Couso is a professor and expert on constitutional law at the Universidad Diego Portales in Chile.

2013-14
Bob King
, Labor and the Global Economy
Bob King was the President of the United Auto Workers from 2010-14.
Gabriela Cabezón Cámara, El ritmo de la violencia, a writing workshop
Gabriela Cabezón Cámara is an author and the long-time Arts & Culture Editor of Argentina's Clarín.

2012-13
Ricardo Lagos
, Latin American Development After the Crisis: The Emerging Middle Classes
Ricardo Lagos served as President of Chile from 2000-06.

2011-2012
Alma Guillermoprieto
, Reflections on Latin America: El Salvador, Mexico and Colombia
Alma Guillermoprieto is a Mexican journalist and author, known for breaking the story of the El Mozote massacre in El Salvador.
Horacio Salinas, La Nueva Canción and Popular Movements in Latin America
Horacio Salinas is a Chilean guitarist and composer, and served as the director of the musical group Inti-Illimani.

2010-11
Michelle Bachelet, Democratic Governance, Development and Global Women’s Rights
Michelle Bachelet served as President of Chile from 2006-10 and from 2014 to present.
Sergio Aguayo, Rescuing Mexican Democracy: The Role of Civil Society
Sergio Aguayo is a Mexican academic and human rights activist, and has been a professor and researcher at El Colegio de México since 1977.

2009-10
Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas
, The Promise & Legacy of the Mexican Revolution: 1910 – 2010
Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas has been a candidate for president of Mexico three times, and served as Head of Government for the Federal District from 1997-99.

2008-2009
Alma Guillermoprieto
, Reflections on Latin America: Central America, Colombia, and Venezuela
Alma Guillermoprieto is a Mexican journalist and author, known for breaking the story of the El Mozote massacre in El Salvador.
Kirsten Sehnbruch, Latin America's Development and Labor Markets
Kirsten Sehnbruch is the Director of the Center for New Development Thinking at the Universidad Diego Portales in Chile.

2007-08
Juan Gabriel Valdés, Where is Latin America Heading?
Juan Gabriel Valdés has been Chile's Ambassador to the United States since 2014. He served as Ambassador to the United Nations from 2000-03.
Sergio Aguayo, Mexico 2006: The Presidential Election and Its Consequences for Democracy
Sergio Aguayo is a Mexican academic and human rights activist, and has been a professor and researcher at El Colegio de México since 1977.

Ricardo Lagos meets with a student from his CLAS seminar, spring 2006. (Photo by CLAS staff.)
Ricardo Lagos meets with a student from his CLAS seminar, Spring 2006. (Photo by CLAS staff.)

2006-07
Daniel Coronell, Contemporary Colombia
Daniel Coronell is a Colombian journalist, and is President of News for Univision in the United States.
Ricardo Lagos, Democracy and Development in Latin America
Ricardo Lagos served as President of Chile from 2000-06.
Kristen Sehnbruch, Employment Policy in Latin America
Kirsten Sehnbruch is the Director of the Center for New Development Thinking at the Universidad Diego Portales in Chile.

2005-06
Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas, 1988: The Mexican Transition to Democracy
Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas has been a candidate for president of Mexico three times, and served as Head of Government for the Federal District from 1997-99.

2004-05
Mariclaire Acosta Urquidi, Democratic Change and Human Rights in Mexico
Mariclaire Acosta is a Mexican academic, writer, and human rights activist.
Sabina Berman, Mexican Theater Workshop
Sabina Berman is considered Mexico's most acclaimed and commercially-successful playwright.
Horacio Salinas, La Nueva Canción and Popular Movements in Latin America
Horacio Salinas is a Chilean guitarist and composer, and served as the director of the musical group Inti-Illimani.
Kristen Sehnbruch, Employment Policy in Latin America
Kirsten Sehnbruch is the Director of the Center for New Development Thinking at the Universidad Diego Portales in Chile.
Peter Smith, Democracy and Democratization in Central America
Peter H. Smith is the Simon Bolivar Professor of Latin American Studies at University of California in San Diego.

2003-04
Sergio Aguayo, Mexico: What Lies Ahead?
Sergio Aguayo is a Mexican academic and human rights activist, and has been a professor and researcher at El Colegio de México since 1977.
Jorge Arrate, Argentina and Chile - Democracy and Integration
Jorge Arrate was a minister of various departments in the Chilean government under Presidents Allende, Aylwin and Frei.
Diamela Eltit, Author's Writing Workshop
Diamela Eltit is a Chilean writer and academic.
Jorge Wilheim, Urban Planning: Innovations from Brazil
J
orge Wilheim was an architect and urban designer who worked on the planning of many of Brazil's major cities.

2002-03
Nancy Applebaum, Race, Region, and Nation: Colombia in Comparative Latin American Context
Nancy Applebaum is currently the director of the Latin American and Caribbean Area Studies Program at Binghamton University. 
Antonio Barros de Castro, Brazil in Transition
A
ntonio Barros de Castro was an economist specializing in Brazilian development policy.
David Bonior, Revolution From the Left and Right in Central America, 1979 to 1994: U.S. Congressional Involvement
David Bonior was was a leading voice in the U.S. House of Representatives during the debate over Central American policy in the 1980s and NAFTA in the 1990s.
Enrique Dussel Peters, Maquiladoras in Central American and Mexico: Conditions and Challenges
Enrique Dussel Peters is a professor at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.
Lorenzo Meyer, The U.S. and Mexico: A Never-Ending Quest to Accommodate Conflicting Agendas
Lorenzo Meyer is professor at El Colegio de México A.C. and is on of the foremost historians and political analysts in Mexico.
Sandy Tolan, Politics and Petroleum
S
andy Tolan is an award-winning author and associate professor of journalism at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at USC

2000-01
Ruth Cardoso, Youth in Brazil: Social Situation, Culture and Public Policies 
Ruth Cardoso was a Brazilian anthropologist and professor at the University of São Paulo, and served as Brazil's first lady during Fernando Henrique Cardoso's presidency.