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CLACS and NYU Faculty experts discuss the recent results from elections in Chile, Nicaragua, Venezuela and the protests in Cuba. The faculty panel moderated by Global Distinguished Professor Jorge Castañeda (CLACS) features Ada Ferrer (Dept. of History/CLACS), Patricio Navia (Liberal Studies/CLACS), and Alejandro Velasco (Gallatin/Dept. of History).
Co-sponsored by North American Congress on Latin America (NACLA) and the NYU John Brademas Center.
About the Presenters:
Ada Ferrer, is Julius Silver Professor of History and Latin American and Caribbean Studies at New York University, where she has taught since 1995. She is the author of Insurgent Cuba: Race, Nation, and Revolution, 1868–1898, winner of the Berkshire Book Prize for the best first book by a woman in any field of history, and Freedom’s Mirror: Cuba and Haiti in the Age of Revolution, which won the Frederick Douglass Book Prize from the Gilder Lehrman Center at Yale University as well as multiple prizes from the American Historical Association. Born in Cuba and raised in the United States, she has been traveling to and conducting research on the island since 1990.
Patricio Navia, is a professor of Liberal Studies and an adjunct professor at the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at New York University. He is also a professor of political science at Universidad Diego Portales in Chile. His research interests include democratization, electoral rules and democratic institutions in Latin America. Dr. Navia has published numerous scholarly articles and book chapters and been a visiting professor at Princeton, New School University, and Universidad de Salamanca and Universidad de Chile. Several of his books, including Diccionario de la politica chilena, El discolo, conversaciones con Marco Enríquez-Ominami, and Las grandes alamedas: El Chile post-Pinochet, have been best sellers in Chile. He is currently a columnist for El Líbero. He has previously penned columns for La Tercera, Revista Capital and Que Pasa.
Alejandro Velasco, is an assistant professor of Latin American history in the Gallatin School at New York University whose research and teaching interests are in the areas of social movements, urban culture, and democratization. His book, Barrio Rising: Urban Popular Politics and the Making of Modern Venezuela (University of California Press, 2015), couples archival and ethnographic research to examine how residents of Venezuela’s largest public housing community pursued full citizenship during the heyday of Latin America’s once-model democracy.
Jorge Castañeda (Moderator) was Foreign Minister of Mexico from 2000 to 2003. In 1997, he was appointed Global Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Latin American Studies at New York University. He has been a Member of the Board of Human Rights Watch since 2003. In April 2008, Castañeda was elected Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and International Member of the American Philosophical Society. He has more than 15 books published in the United States and elsewhere, including Compañero: The Life and Death of Che Guevara