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Communication for Change: Mass Media, Rural Development, the Catholic Church and the Cold War in Colombia’s Radio Sutatenza/ Cultural Popular Action Network, 1947-1974 by Mary Roldán, LASP Seminar Series, 19 March

Radio Sutatenza/Cultural Popular Action (ACPO) was Latin America’s largest, transnational, Catholic-affiliated, anti-communist, mass media based education and community development network (1947-89=. This talk explores the complex and shifting dynamics of transnational technical expertise exchanges, ideology, financing, secular/religious collaboration, the use of mass media technologies for the promotion of rural economic development (including gender-based, family planning and educational campaigns) and anti-communist propaganda during the Cold War in Colombia and Latin America.

Agrarian Politics and the 2016 Rousseff/Temer Coup in Brazil, by Sérgio Sauer, Monday, May 7, 4:30 PM, Uris G-08

The ongoing strength of rural caucus in Brazil has helped upend the PT-Partido dos Trabalhadores (Workers Party). This caucus constitutes the strongest block in the country against progressive change.

Sérgio Sauer, has a PhD in sociology from the University of Brasilia (2002) and is professor at Brasília, at the University of Planaltina (FUP) and in the graduate programs in the Environment and Rural Development (PPG-Mader) and sustainability with traditional peoples and lands (MESPT /CDS). He is a master in philosophy of religion by the School of Mission and theology-Faculty of Arts/University of Bergen, Norway (1996), graduated in theology by the Higher School of Theology (1986) and in philosophy from the Catholic University of Goiás (UFG). He was professor of the Catholic Universities of Goiás (PUC-Goiás) and Catholic University of Brasilia (UCB) as well as being a parliamentary advisor in the Federal Senate.

He has experience and conducts research in sociology, philosophy and political sciences, with an emphasis on rural sociology, political sociology and government policies, acting primarily in issues such as land struggle, agrarian reform, land and territory, agriculture social movements and public policies for the field of agriculture.


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 LASP Seminar Series is held on Mondays, from 12:15-1:10 PM in 153 Uris Hall. All events are free and open to the public and event locations are wheelchair accessible.

Public Ritual, Temple Construction, and the Origins of Maya Civilization, May 1, 206 Stimson Hall, 12:15 p.m.

Throughout their history, including the modern and colonial times, the Maya people have strongly emphasized public ceremonies, in which political authorities have played central roles. In this talk, I will trace this tradition back to the Preclassic period around 1000 BC when sedentary communities were initially formed. Our research at the Maya site of Ceibal, Guatemala, has revealed evidence of temple constructions at the beginning of a sedentary village. The importance of public ritual and its close connection to political authorities significantly shaped the later course of Maya society.

Takeshi Inomata is professor and Agnese Nelms Haury Chair at the School of Anthropology, University of Arizona. He has been directing archaeological investigations at the Maya sites of Augateca and Ceibal, Guatemala. His publications include the Aguateca Archaeological Project monograph series (University of Utah Press), The Classic Maya (Cambridge University Press), as well as articles in journals, such as Science, PNAS, Current Anthropology, and American Anthropologist.

"Can Intrastate Accountability Reduce Local Capture? Evidence from a Field Experiment in Mexico", Ana de la O, Yale University, LASP Seminar Series

Improving accountability in public service provision is one of the most pressing challenges that young democracies face. One of the most difficult challenges is ensuring efficient and effective spending at the local level. Presenting results from a field experiment conducted in Mexico, Dr. de la O shows how central government oversight of local expenditures induces local governments to reallocate spending to programs which are harder to audit.

The Latin American Studies Program (LASP) Annual Lecture: ¨The Shining Path and the Ripple Effects of Violence: Peru, 1980-2016" by Charles Walker, U.C. Davis

The Latin American Studies Program (LASP) Annual Lecture:

¨The Shining Path and the Ripple Effects of Violence: Peru, 1980-2016," by Charles Walker, U.C. Davis

Tomorrow! March 29, 2017
4:30pm to 6:30pm, A.D. White House, Guerlac Room

The leader of the Shining Path in Peru, Abimael Guzmán, promised to create a new society in Peru, one deeply egalitarian and homogenous, a Maoist utopia. They failed and during the uprising more than 70,000 people were killed. This talk considers the challenges of telling the story of that period and its violence nearly twenty-five years after Guzmán's capture, particularly the brutal irony that the uprising only deepened inequalities and ultimately reflected Peru's diversity.

Charles Walker is Professor of History and the Director of the Hemispheric Institute on the Americas at UD Davis. He holds the MacArthur Foundation Endowed Chair in International Human Rights. He has published widely on Peruvian history, truth commissions, and historiography, in English and Spanish. His 2014 Harvard University Press book, The Tupac Amaru Rebellion, was named one of the best books of the year by the Financial Times and also won the Hundley Prize from the Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association.

"Presidential Elections and Democracy in Latin America in the Trump Era" by Patricio Navia TODAY, Friday, March 24

The effect of Donald Trump’s victory in 2016 in the U.S. will have consequences on presidential campaigns and democratic practices elsewhere in the world. In this talk, I will discuss some of those effects and how they have already affected presidential elections in Ecuador and presidential campaigns in Chile, Brazil and Mexico.
Patricio Navia is a professor of Liberal Studies at New York University and Profesor Titular de Ciencia Política at the Universidad Diego Portales, Chile.

LASP History professor, Ernesto Bassi, publishes new work on Caribbean history

Ernesto Bassi's new book describes the "configuration of a geographic space [...] simultaneously Spanish, British, French, Dutch, Danish, Anglo-American, African and indigenous".Uncovering and understanding this region, says Bassi, is impossible if looked at through the exclusive lens of nation-states, empires or other conventional world-regionalization schemes. People’s lives transcended these geographical units, whose borders were far more porous than is typically perceived.

Few other places in the world were as geopolitically complex as the Caribbean in the transformative period of the mid-18th to mid-19th century, the span of Bassi’s book. Five European empires had claims in the region and many independent republics were forming. But despite war being a consistent element, sailors’ interactions across imperial borders were friendly and based on trade, says Bassi. Because sailors exchanged information and goods at so many ports, they drew less-mobile individuals into the transimperial milieu as well.

"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 Conservation Program. In this role, she develops and implements grantmaking strategies in Madagascar and Galápagos, and the Marine portfolios. She also contributes to program-wide strategic planning, monitoring, and evaluation of all the program’s geographic focal areas- Madagascar, Galápagos, Myanmar and Mexico.