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Here below you will find a selection of videos, podcasts and blogs of some of the events recently organized or hosted by UCL-Institute of the Americas (UCL-IA).






UCL Lecturecast




Lecture: Principled Agents: Human Rights and Regulatory Politics in Latin America

Thomas Pegram (UCL) - Formal human rights institutions can provide powerful venues for affecting the outcome of political processes. National human rights institutions (NHRIs) have emerged across countries and at different times as central players in enhancing citizen scrutiny, participation and state human rights obligations.  However, as this study highlights, while some Latin American NHRIs have successfully advanced human rights protection, others have actively sought to undermine human rights protections. 

Starts: May 4, 2016 5:30:00 PM

IHR North American History Seminar Series

Margaret Jacobs (Pitt Professor of American History and Institutions, University of Cambridge) - UCL Institute of the Americas is pleased to host this seminar 'American Indian Child Removal and the Elusiveness of Reconciliation', part of the Institute of Historical Research North American History Series.

Starts: May 5, 2016 5:30:00 PM

'El Acoso' at 60: Celebrating Carpentier

Alejo Carpentier (1904-1980), a Cuban novelist, essayist, and musicologist was perhaps Cuba’s most important intellectual figure of the twentieth century. El Acoso is one of the best well known of Carpentier’s literary works. All the action takes place within the forty-six minutes it takes to perform Beethoven’s third symphony, Eroica. More...

Starts: May 5, 2016 6:00:00 PM

The Political Consequences of Latino Civic Incorporation: Americanizing Latinos, Latinoizing America

Join the Institute of Advanced Studies and the Institute of the Americas to hear Professor Rodolfo O. de la Garza, Eaton Professor of Administrative Law and Municipal Science in the Department of Political Science and School of International and Political Affairs at Columbia University's lecture on The Political Consequences of Latino Civic Incorporation: Americanizing Latinos, Latinoizing America.

Starts: May 6, 2016 5:30:00 PM

Seminar: Language rights and indigenous people in Peru: new articulations of hegemony?

Rosaleen Howard (Newcastle) - Legislation and policy in support of linguistic human rights for Peru's indigenous people have gathered new momentum in the last five years. Despite repeated efforts in the last decades of the twentieth century, only now have laws been passed that officially allow indigenous languages to be spoken, and provide for use of translators and interpreters, in public service settings and other spaces of formal interaction with representatives of the state, the latter usually being monolingual speakers of Spanish.

Starts: May 11, 2016 5:30:00 PM

Seminar: 'Stop Asking the Women to Workshop You': Cultures of Inequality in Higher Education

Say Burgin and Kate Dossett from the University of Leeds will discuss the framing of equality and diversity issues in British Higher Education around questions of race and gender exclusion. Drawing on both national conversations around gender inequalities in the wake of reports on inequalities by the Royal Historical Society and the Runnymede Trust and our local work on inequalities in higher education we will focus on three particular problems: narratives of progress; the need to collect ever  more ‘proof’ that inequalities exist; and the framing of inequalities around individual behaviours. Analysing these narratives and the academy’s investment in them opens up space to discuss who does the work of addressing inequalities and where. More...

Starts: May 12, 2016 5:30:00 PM

Discussion: Justice in Mexico? The ABC Tragedy of June 2009

Julio Cesar Marquez (Queretaro Human Rights Commission, Mexico) and Daniel Gershenson (social entrepreneur); chaired by Ben Smith (Warwick) - For the last several years, Mexico has become a place where inconceivable crimes without punishment are commonplace; where one can easily become immune to the prevailing corruption and impunity that corrode the very existence and well-being of its inhabitants, as well as the country’s private and public institutions. More...

Starts: May 16, 2016 5:30:00 PM

Seminar: What Future for Caribbean-EU Relations? Some Reflections on a Challenged Partnership

HE Ambassador Dylan Vernon (Belize ambassador to the EU) - The strong traditional bi-regional ties that the Caribbean and the European Union have maintained will be severely tested in the next five years as both regions pivot to adapt to new regional and global realities. In particular, the European Union is now engaged in critical reviews of its global strategic policies that will certainly have far-reaching consequences for Caribbean-EU relations in areas of political dialogue, trade and development cooperation. I will share my critical reflections on current developments in Brussels on the future of these relations and possible implications for the Caribbean, with a specific focus on independent Caribbean states in CARICOM and CARIFORUM. The key questions I will address include: 

Starts: May 18, 2016 5:30:00 PM

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