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Seminar: Interrogating Race and Achievement: Racialised Facilitative Capital and the Underachievement of Afro-Trinidadian Boys

Start: Oct 1, 2014 5:30:00 PM
End: Oct 1, 2014 7:30:00 PM

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Ravi Rampersad - In Trinidad, dominant discourses on race and education often simplistically labels Afro-Trinidadian boys as the lowest academic achievers.  This underachievement is viewed as pathological and linked to deficient cultural values and single female-headed homes. To interrogate this dynamic, this paper employs a theoretical model that takes into account the nuances of the intersecting trajectories of race, social class and gender in Trinidad. It explores the nature and operation of 'racialised facilitative capital' (RFT) in two Trinidadian state primary schools; one highly acclaimed as a centre of excellence and the other stereotyped as a typical failing urban school. The research emphasises the role of RFC where the 'right' capital can be the difference between social advancement and social stagnation.  It also points to the salience of RFC as a model in examining intersecting issues of race, social class and gender in postcolonial societies such as Trinidad.

Seminar: 'Qallunajatut (Urban Inuk): illuminating the histories, tensions and futures of Montreal Inuit'

Start: Oct 6, 2014 6:00:00 PM
End: Oct 6, 2014 7:30:00 PM

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Dr Mark Watson (Concordia University, Montreal) - Why is it that Inuit in Ottawa have access to Inuit specific services (ranging from low cost housing and a community centre to addictions rehab and health services - all Inuit specific and in Inuktitut) whereas Inuit in Montreal, just two hours away, have little or none? This is the main question being addressed by a project funded by a five year SSHRC Insight grant entitled 'Out of place in nunalijjuaq: effecting social change with Montreal Inuit through participatory action research' (nunalijjuaq means 'big place where people live' in Inuktitut).

Seminar: A New Path for Mexico? Interim Assessments of the Peña Nieto Administration And Recent Constitutional Reforms

Start: Oct 8, 2014 1:30:00 PM
End: Oct 8, 2014 3:30:00 PM

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UCL- Institute of the Americas in collaboration with El Colegio de México is pleased to host this roundtable discussion that will examine major recent reforms in Mexico concerning energy policy, education, fiscal matters, and security policy. Speakers will also assess the implications of the reform process for the administration of President Enrique Peña Nieto and the future directions in Mexican politics.

Book Launch: 'Argentina since the 2001 Crisis: Recovering the Past, Reclaiming the Future'

Start: Oct 8, 2014 5:30:00 PM
End: Oct 8, 2014 7:30:00 PM

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UCL-Institute of the Americas is pleased to host the launch of Argentina since the 2001 Crisis: Recovering the Past, Reclaiming the Future (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) edited by Cara Levey, Daniel Ozarow and Christopher Wylde

Seminar: ‘You Do Realize It's Ours, Right?’ Ideas About the Canadian Arctic and Their Influence on Dispute Resolutions

Start: Oct 13, 2014 6:00:00 PM
End: Oct 13, 2014 7:30:00 PM

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Danita Catherine Burke (University of Aberystwyth) - This presentation is on research that highlights the evolution of the predominant ideas about the Arctic in Canada – romantic, economic and security-related –since the 1960s and how they influence the Government of Canada’s approach towards its unresolved disputes. By examining the circumstances in which the Government of Canada and the Canadian public have come to perceive the Arctic region a better understanding is formed about how the Government has come to approach disputes in the Arctic region and the sort of issues that it must account for when negotiating dispute resolutions.

The Struggle for a Better Life: A Context for Understanding the Enforced Disappearance of Rural Students in Guerrero, Mexico

Start: Oct 15, 2014 5:30:00 PM
End: Oct 15, 2014 7:30:00 PM

Enforced Disappearance of Students in Mexico
On September 26 2014, 6 people, among them 3 students from the rural teaching-training school (Escuela Normal Rural) of Ayotzinapa, in the Mexican state of Guerrero, were killed by police. In this event, 43 students from the same school were allegedly kidnapped, also by members of the police force. This enforced disappearance has caused a national and international outrage, and people in over 100 cities around the world have condemned the events and demanded the return of the disappeared. This panel will address the history of the Escuelas Normales Rurales, the different struggles of the normalista students, and the context in which the repression took place.

Seminar: Evo's Bolivia: Continuity and Change

Start: Oct 23, 2014 6:00:00 PM
End: Oct 23, 2014 8:00:00 PM

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Linda Farthing - When Evo Morales came to power in 2006, expectations were high that Bolivia's first indigenous president would transform the country. Based on a forthcoming book written with Ben Kohl, Farthing’s talk will examine how well Morales and his movement towards Socialism has done in achieving goals of greater equality and inclusion in South America's poorest country.
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