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Birds of Passage

March 22nd, 2019 - 7:00PM-9:05PM

Location: Willard Straight Theatre

2018 > Colombia > Directed by Cristina Gallego, Ciro Guerra With Natalia Reyes, Carmina Martínez, Jose Acosta A fresh take on the familiar drug war genre, told from the perspective of the indigenous Wayuu people of Colombia, Birds of Passage details the rise of the Colombian drug trade during the two-decade period known as "la Bonanza Marimbera," when narco trafficking...

LASP Seminar: "Understanding socio-ecological resilience: examples from tropical forested landscapes," by Laura Schneider

March 25th, 2019 - 12:15PM-1:10PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: 153

Laura Schneider will present a socio-ecological framework to study the effects of environmental disturbances on forest regrowth in Yucatan, and the provision of ecosystem services in silvopastoral systems in Ecuadorian Amazon. She will mention at the end some recent results from a paper published in Nature on the effect of the peace treaty on deforestation around protected areas in Colombia....

ILR Special Presentation: Adrián Félix: Specters of Belonging: The Political Life Cycle of Mexican Migrants

March 27th, 2019 - 4:30PM-6:00PM

Location: Ives Faculty Building

Room: 281 Doherty Lounge

As the U.S. hardens its border with México, how do Mexican migrants make transnational claims of citizenship from the margins of both nation-states? Drawing on a wide array of sources—from political ethnographies of citizenship classes and transnational ethnography with cross-border migrant activists—Adrián Félix examines the political lives (and deaths) of Mexican...

Writing a Winning Fulbright Proposal

March 27th, 2019 - 4:30PM-6:00PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G08

Primarily for undergraduates, this session offers guidance on how to write a winning proposal for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. The session will be led by two Fulbright advisors with years of experience. Applying for a Fulbright? We encourage you to attend!...

"Lessons of the Left Turn in Latin America: Bolivia and Venezuela," a LASP Public Issues Forum, with David Smilde and Santiago Anria

April 8th, 2019 - 4:30PM-6:00PM

Location: Goldwin Smith Hall

Room: Kaufmann Auditorium

David Smilde is a Sociologist and the Charles A. and Leo M. Favrot Professor of Human Relation and Senior Associate Fellow at CIPR (Center for Inter-American Policy and Research) at Tulane University. He serves as a Senior Fellow of the Washington Office on Latin America and specializes in religion, politics and protest in Venezuela, as well as qualitative methods. Santiago Anria teaches c...

LASP Seminar: Short Film--"Empowering Ecuador's Extraordinary Ecosystems: Action research opportunities with community-engaged conservation and development initiatives in Ecuador" (re-scheduled from 3/4/19)

April 15th, 2019 - 12:15PM-1:10PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: 153

Ecuador is among the world's most biodiverse countries and is the first to include the 'Rights of Nature' in its Constitution (2008). Despite this the government has granted oil and mining concessions in over 40 protected forest reserves and indigenous territories without prior and informed consent of local communities as required by the Constitution. As one example, Ecu...

Bisbee '17

April 15th, 2019 - 7:00PM-7:00PM

Location: Willard Straight Theatre

2018 > USA > Directed by Robert Greene An old mining town on the Arizona-Mexico border finally reckons with its darkest day: the deportation of nearly 2000 immigrant miners (primarily Mexican and Eastern European) in 1917. Radically combining collaborative documentary, western and musical elements, the film follows several members of the close-knit community as they attempt to process thi...

LASP Public Issues Forum: "Brazil's Role in a Changing Global Economy," with Lourdes Casanova and Heloisa Guimarães Menezes

April 16th, 2019 - 4:30PM-6:00PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G08

Brazil is at a crossroads. Brazil was the darling of emerging markets during the first decade of the new millennium, since 2014 the country has slowed down. Following a boom in the previous decade, Brazil’s economy experienced a slow down after 2014. The perfect storm of the decline of commodity prices, corruption and political turmoil have not let Brazil perform as it should by the size of...

Territorio w/ filmmaker Alexandra Cuesta in person!

April 17th, 2019 - 7:00PM-8:06PM

Location: Willard Straight Theatre

2016 > Ecuador > Directed by Alexandra Cuesta Territorio is a poetic portrait of Ecuadorians shot in their environs. Deriving its structure from the travel journals of avant-garde poet Henri Michaux, the film follows Michaux's journey across Ecuador, observing its citizens in independent, subtly-composed static shots. It's considered, open gaze is reminiscent of what James Benning...

Joint CICER and EMI Emerging Markets Research Day

April 19th, 2019 - 9:00AM-4:30PM

Location: Sage Hall

Room: B10

The  Cornell Institute for China Economic Research (CICER) brings together scholars from Cornell and elsewhere to conduct cutting-edge economic research and understand the most important socio-economic issues in China and their global impact. The Emerging Markets Institute (EMI) provides thought leadership on the role of emerging markets - and emerging market multinationals - in the global ec...

LASP Seminar: “20th Century Latin American Abstraction and Petroleum," by Rachel Price

April 22nd, 2019 - 12:15PM-1:10PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: 153

Drawing from a larger project titled Abstraction and Extraction, Price will examine the ways in which philosophies of natural resource extraction intersect with aesthetic theories of abstraction, and how the two have converged and diverged in Latin American art and literature. Special focus will be on the work of mid-century Cuban concrete artist Sandú Darié, and the continuities bet...

Berger Lecture: "Pachamama (Mother Earth): from object to subject, Nature's rights in the Ecuadorian Constitution," by Justice Ramiro Avila Santamaria, Constitutional Court of Ecuador

April 24th, 2019 - 4:30PM-6:00PM

Location: Myron Taylor Hall

Room: 182

In 2008, the new Constitution of the Republic of Ecuador included, for the first time, some non-western institutions. Among these global south inspired institutions are: the Sumak Kawsay (the good way of living), the intercultural democracy, the plurinational state, and the rights of the Pachamama. The later is the one that most attention has attracted from the international community, for it is a...

LASP Special Seminar: "Partisan politics and corruption: Evidence from Mexico," Viridiana Rios, Visiting Assistant Professor, Government, Harvard

April 25th, 2019 - 12:15PM-1:10PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: 153

Viridiana Rios will discuss the unsettled debate as to how the structure of government institutions is a determinant of the levels of corruption. Some scholars argue that corruption increases when several institutional bribees are independent of one another because all of them try to simultaneously extract bribers’ marginal utilities, others argue that corruption decreases because there is g...

LASP Seminar: "Socialist Domestic Infrastructures and the Politics of the Body: Bucharest and Havana" by Iulia Statica

May 6th, 2019 - 12:15PM-1:10PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: 153

Iulia Statica's presentation explores the role of domestic infrastructures in the constitution of gendered subjectivities through the concrete examples of two socialist cities: Bucharest and Havana. It investigates, through comparative study, the ways in which the socialist state aimed to reinvent domesticity and to constitute a new socialist subject—the Socialist Man and Woman— th...

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