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El Boom y el Fracaso de los Intelectuales: Cien Años de Soledad y Conversación en la Catedral

Wednesday, February 17, 2016 - 13:00

El debate en torno al papel de los intelectuales tiene un lugar central en el Boomde la Literatura Latinoamericana. Por un lado, porque es un momento en que los escritores saltan a la esfera pública e intervienen en ámbitos que exceden o literario. Por otro, porque ha sido uno de los temas que ha ocupado a la crítica en su afán de adscribir el fenómeno al mercado o a las circunstancias políticas de América Latina.

In The After: Reflections on El Salvador’s Long Postwar

Tuesday, February 16, 2016 - 13:00

After years of mainstream media silence El Salvador is back in the news. Heralded as a success story in the early 1990s, El Salvador was celebrated as a model of a “negotiated revolution” (Karl 1992) with the signing of United Nations brokered Peace Accords on January 16, 1992 between the right wing Salvadoran government and the insurgent Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN). More than twenty years later, a different story erupted. By the summer of 2014, U.S.

Alternative Approaches to Community-Based Development in the Global South

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 13:15

The term “development” is highly contested and means very different things to different people.  Despite the ambiguity surrounding the concept, scholars of development have identified patterns in the way people imagine, talk about, and pursue development goals.  Among the most common definitions of development in use today are those associated with a perspective known as “neoliberalism”, which asserts that human well-being can best be advanced by the promotion of strong private property right

Miguel Tinker Salas Presents his Book "Venezuela: What Everyone Needs to know"

Wednesday, February 3, 2016 - 13:30

The first thing most people outside of Venezuela know about the country is its former president, Hugo Rafael Chávez Frías, one of the most charismatic and controversial leaders in the Western Hemisphere in the last one hundred years, whose death in 2013 traumatized the nation.

When Tourism Collides with Local Livelihoods: Artisanal Fisheries in Playa Gigante, Nicaragua

Wednesday, January 27, 2016 - 14:00

Recently, the news about the approval of the construction of the Nicaragua Interoceanic Canal have caught the attention of news media and people around the world. Concerns about the detrimental environmental consequences of the megaproject are coupled with unease about the socioeconomic impacts to local communities that could result from their direct displacement and from the lost of access to the resources that support their livelihoods.

Latino Mix-Up at the Golden Globes Reveals Deeper Issues

Thursday, January 21, 2016 - 14:30

Last weekend the Golden Globes awards ceremony featured most of Hollywood’s elites and many famous Latinos. Among them were Eva Longoria and America Ferrera. The pair announced the category of best actor in a TV drama but not before they made some sharp quips towards the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, sponsor of the awards ceremony. Earlier in the season The Golden Globes twitter account mistook America Ferrera for Latina actress and star of Jane the Virgin, Gina Rodriguez during the nominations ceremony.

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