Exploring Latin America’s Shift to the Left

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The Office of University Communications
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Mar. 15, 2012

Exploring Latin America’s Shift to the Left

Trinity University’s Álvarez Seminar to look at “Democracy and the Left in Latin America”

By Yue "Rella" Zhang '13

SAN ANTONIO - Within the last decade, countries from Bolivia to Venezuela have elected leaders from the political left changing the landscape of government in Central and South America. Trinity University's Mexico, the America's, and Spain (MAS) Program will look at what affect this has had in an Álvarez Seminar titled "Democracy and the Left in Latin America."

The goal of this year's Álvarez Seminar is to provide a diverse interpretation of the political movement in Latin American governments, especially how it has impacted the most underrepresented sectors of Latin American society, including women and indigenous people.

All events in the seminar are free and open to the public.

The seminar will include:

March 21 - "Feminism and the New Left in Ecuador: From Neoliberalism to the Buen Vivir", a presentation by Amy Lind, associate professor at the University of Cincinnati, at 7 p.m. in Northrup Hall Room 040.

March 26 - South of the Border, a film by Oliver Stone, will be shown with an introduction and discussion led by Francisco Durand, professor at the University of Texas, San Antonio, at 7 p.m. in Northrup Hall Room 040.

March 28 - "Evo Morales and the Rise of the Left in Bolivia," a lecture by Raúl l. Madrid, associate professor at University of Texas, Austin, at 7 p.m. in Northrup Hall Room 040.

April 2 - "Semi-Authoritarianism and 'Participatory Cancer' in Venezuela," a lecture by Javier Corrales, professor at Amherst College, at 7 p.m. in Chapman Center Room 126.

Through a variety of activities, Trinity's MAS Program enriches the bilingual, bicultural campus environment, provides students with significant learning opportunities locally and internationally, prepares students for leadership roles in the global culture and economy, and establishes Trinity as a major resource and cultural center for San Antonio and south Texas.

The Álvarez Seminar is made possible with support from Carlos and Malú Álvarez to the MAS Program.

For more information on the Alvarez Seminar, visit http://web.trinity.edu/x4139.xml

Text provided by Yue "Rella" Zhang, a junior majoring in marketing at Trinity University. She is an intern in the Office of University Communications.