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LASP 2017-2018 EVENTS

Latin American Studies Program (LASP) is excited to announce our events for this academic year! We invite you to attend the lectures and symposiums and engage with us throughout the semester. The...

Chile Telescope Building Team

Breakthrough telescope to be built in Chile

Scientists announced this week that a consortium of U.S., German and Canadian academic institutions led by Cornell University will begin construction of Cerro Chajnantor Atacama Telescope-prime (CCAT...

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"Clandestine Cattle and Community Forestry: Unraveling the Conservation Paradox in Guatemala's Maya Biosphere Reserve" VIDEO Recording by Jennifer Devine, Latin American Studies Program (LASP) Seminar Series on 6 March

A spatial paradox characterizes 25 years of conservation in Guatemala’s Maya Biosphere Reserve. In the western half of the 8,300 square mile reserve, high deforestation rates plague national parks...

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Maya Biosphere Reserve--People Power and Sustainable Forestry Keep Deforestation at Bay in Guatemala--Viviana Ruiz-Gutierrez, Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Quick question: Where’s the best place in the world to find a Magnolia Warbler? Is it the great boreal forest of Canada, where an estimated 38 million of these gorgeous songbirds breed? Or perhaps it...

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"The Politics of Conservation in the Galápagos Islands” by Renu Saini, VIDEO Recording of the Latin American Studies Program Lecture, 13 Feb 2017

Renu Saini was our first guest speaker for LASP's Spring 2017 Seminar Series. The event took place on Monday, February 13th. Renu Saini is a Program Officer for the Helmsley Charitable Trust’s...

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LASP Fall '16 Seminar: "Challenges of Party-Building in Latin America" by Steve Levitsky, VIDEO Recording, 14 Nov 2016

More than three decades after the onset of the Third Wave of democratization, parties remain weak in much of Latin America: parties have collapsed in much of the region, and most new party-building...

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"Decentralizing Payments for Ecosystem Services Programs on Coupled Human and Natural Systems in Mexico " by Mariana Nava, LASP Seminar VIDEO Recording, Oct 31 2016

Use of payments for watershed services (PWS) programs as a policy tool for enhancing water quality and supply has gained momentum in recent years. One of the oldest PWS programs, Mexico’s Federal...

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'Real Tobacco for Real People: Lacandon Maya Nicotine Trade in the Lowland Frontier" by Joel Palka, LASP VIDEO Recording Monday, Oct 24th

Lacandon Maya engaged in brisk trade with outsiders in the lowland rainforest frontier of the burgeoning colonial powers in Petén, Guatemala, and Chiapas, Mexico. Documents describe Lacandon economic...

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"Impeachment in Brazil: Coup or Accountability?" by Anibal Perez-Liñan, LASP Seminar VIDEO Recording, Monday, September 26

The Impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff in Brazil has ignited a debate. Is impeachment the functional equivalent of old-fashioned military coups or is it an effective mechanism for presidential...

LASP Seminar Lecture: "Muisca Sounds: Indigenous Politics of Recognition in Multicultural Colombia"

LASP Seminar Lecture VIDEO: "Muisca Sounds: Indigenous Politics of Recognition in Multicultural Colombia" by Beatriz Goubert, Columbia University, 19 Sep 2016

Through an emphasis on the Andean musical practices of the Muisca community, this talk analyzes the conflictive production of an indigenous identity within the indigenous politics of recognition in...