CLALS White Paper is Released - Religion and Violence
CLALS is pleased to announce the release of its first white paper, one in a series produced for the multi-year project of research and structured dialogue on religion and violence in Latin America.
Authored by Steven Dudley, co-director of InSight Crime with reporting by Oscar Martínez of El Faro, the paper examines the role of the Catholic Church in the March 2012 truce brokered between rival gangs in El Salvador. Click here to read The El Salvador Gang Truce and the Church: What was the role of the Catholic Church? white paper.
Cuba Initiative Activities
With support of the Center's Cuba Initiative, funded by the Christopher Reynolds Foundation, AU Kogod School of Business professor Sonya Grier spent one month (January-February 2013) in Havana, Cuba conducting research on the development of social marketing initiatives around health promotion objectives. Learn more about Grier's visit and other activities of the Cuba Initiative here.
First CLALS Project-Sponsored Book Publication Released
Scholarly articles resulting from a multi-year project co-organized by CLALS and the University of British Columbia’s Andean Democracy Research Network, have been combined in a volume, edited by Maxwell Cameron of UBC, Eric Hershberg, of CLALS, and Ken Sharpe, of Swarthmore College. The book is published by Palgrave Macmillan in English, New Institutions of Participatory Democracy: Voice and Consequence, and by FLACSO-Mexico in Spanish, Nuevas instituciones de democracia participativa en América Latina: la voz y sus consecuencias. Both are available for purchase online.
2012 Tinker Field Research Grants:
CLALS is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2012 Tinker Field Research Grants: Brian D'Haeseleer, Ph.D candidate,CAS/History - El Salvador; Adam Fenner, Ph.D candidate, CAS/History - Honduras; Milagros Haro, MA candidate, SIS/ID - Guatemala; Douglas Keillor, JD/MA, WCL - Mexico; Lindsey Murphy, MA candidate, CAS/LFS - Chile; Jennifer Yelle, Ph.Dcandidate, SPA/Government - Mexico; Sonia Saini, MA candidate, SIS/GEP - Cuba; Paula Silveira Orlando, Phd candidate, SOC - Brazil; Justine Strom, MA candidate, CAS/LFS - El Salvador; Marcela Torres, Ph.D candidate, SPA/Government - Peru & Bolivia; Tatiana Ware, Ph.D candidate , SIS/IR - Cuba & Brazil; Lydia White, MA candidate, SIS/CRS—Mexico
Latin Pulse Listeners Expand Exponentially
“Latin Pulse” the podcast from the School of Communications, distributed by Link TV and iTunes continues growing with the support of the Center for Latin American and Latino Studies (CLALS) and its affiliates. The program now reaches more than 8500 listeners weekly around the world (not just in the U.S. and Latin America, but also in Europe, Asia, Australia, and Africa including China, India, Russia and Turkey, and more than 60 other countries). Since the program debuted in September, it has featured interviews with 11 affiliates of the Center and highlighted experts and other programs connected to CLALS.
Latinos and the 2012 Elections
February 13, 2012
In coordination with the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies and the Women & Politics Institute, CLALS convened a luncheon, with keynote speaker, Ruy Teixeira, and a panel discussion on the role of Latinos in the upcoming US elections. The event is now available as a podcast on iTunes and was featured in American University's AU Today. (Learn more)
NCLR-CLALS Discrimination Workshop
November 10, 2011
In light of scholarship pioneering new approaches to how we understand discrimination, CLALS and the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) jointly convened leading researchers and advocacy professionals for a structured workshop in Washington, DC. (Learn more)
Hemisphere in Flux: First Workshop
October 13-15, 2011
As part of the Hemisphere in Flux project, CLALS hosted the workshop “International Relations, Multilateralism and Prospects for Democratic Deepening of Inter-American Affairs” between Oct 13th and 15th at American University. (Learn more)
Report Release: Latino/a Development Beyond the School Day
October 12, 2011
CLALS and SETH's Collaborative for Urban Education, Research and Development are pleased to announce the release of a report: Supporting Latino/a Youth Development beyond the School Day: A process evaluation of Studio R.O.C.K.S..
Scholarships to the Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition
May 22-27, 2011
CLALS provided funding to the winners of the AU Washington College of Law, 16th Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition held from May 22-27.
Hemisphere in Flux
March 25, 2011
The Center initiative, "Hemisphere in Flux", was the focus of a March 25 panel discussion organized by the Embassy of Canada, with presentations by Andres Serbin and CLALS Director, Eric Hershberg.
Economics, Politics and Violence in Contemporary Mexico
March 3, 2011
On March 3, CLALS convened leading experts from the DC area and Mexico to present their research on economics, politics, and violence in contemporary Mexico, with a keynote address by Carlos Hurtado, General Manager for the Southern Cone Countries at the Inter American Development Bank. View the flyer.
CLALS Establishes Partnership with CentroNia
CLALS Releases Three Reports on Cuba
February 21, 2011
With support from the Christopher Reynolds Foundation, CLALS releases three studies of basic needs provision in Cuba. (Learn More)
CLALS Represented in Argentina and Cuba
In December, CLALS Director Eric Hershberg participated in two panel discussions: the first, at Centro Argentino de Relaciones Internacionales, analyzing the impact of the 2010 mid-term elections on US Latin America policy and second on the study of politics and development in Latin America at the Universidad Nacional de San Martin, in Buenos Aires. He also delivered a keynote address at the Universidad de la Habana conference on Cuba and the Caribbean.
Graduate Student Lunch
October 28, 2010
Twenty AU graduate students in all Schools and Colleges with interests in Latin America or issues related to Latinos in the U.S. convened for the CLALS Graduate Student Lunch. Eric Hershberg, Director of the Center, provided a brief overview of the Center and sought student feedback concerning several strategies to support the work of graduate students.
AU Faculty Research Workshop
September 10, 2010
AU Latin Americanist faculty from diverse disciplines presented conference papers emerging from their current research. Topics included: implications of NAFTA; structural violence in Honduras; indigenous politics in Bolivia; geopolitics of Antarctica; the Salvadoran civil war as considered in contemporary poetry; and competing development paradigms in South America.
Participation and Representation in Latin America
June 21-23, 2010
In June of 2010, scholars from seven Latin American countries, the US and Canada examined the tensions and complementarities between democratic representative institutions and emerging mechanisms of direct participation, and identified opportunities for strengthening democracy in the region. (Learn More)
CLALS Inaugural Reception
March 16, 2010
AU faculty, staff and students, as well as guest from other academic institutions, policymaking bodies, community organizations, and NGOs, attended the Center for Latin American and Latino Studies launch reception on Tuesday, March 16 at the Katzen Center for the Arts. (Learn more)