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Leverhulme Lecture II - Roberto Gargarella on: Two Centuries of Constitutional Debates in the Americas

Start: May 6, 2014 6:30:00 PM
End: May 6, 2014 8:30:00 PM

Professor Roberto Gargarella (Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, Argentina), is the 2014 Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professor at UCL Institute of the Americas (UCL-IA). During his six-month Visiting Professorship (January-June 2014) Professor Gargarella will engage in a range of activities, including lectures, workshops, seminars, and skills exchange visits to UK universities. The full schedule of events is available here.

Lecture: The Politics of Coalitional Presidentialism in Latin America

Start: May 7, 2014 5:30:00 PM
End: May 7, 2014 7:30:00 PM

Tim Power (Oxford) - Elections in Latin America frequently produce presidents whose parties do not command a majority in the legislature, thus forcing these executive to fashion multiparty coalitions in order to govern. This presentation examines the tools which presidents use to form and maintain interparty coalitions in Brazil, Chile and Ecuador, while assessing the impact of these same tools on governance and on democratic quality.

Open Day at UCL-Institute of the Americas

Start: May 8, 2014 2:00:00 PM
End: May 8, 2014 6:00:00 PM

UCL - Institute of the Americas will be holding an Open Day on Thursday 8th May 2014 from 2pm to 6pm. The Open Day is an opportunity for prospective students or offer holders of our Master’s degrees, to find out more about the Institute and your programme of interest, and to visit UCL's campus.

Methods Workshop: The Study of Democracy, International Human Rights Courts and Punishments in Latin America

Start: May 28, 2014 2:00:00 PM
End: May 28, 2014 5:30:00 PM

UCL-Institute of the Americas hosts and co-organises together with the London Transitional Justice Network (LTJN).

Book Launch: 'Mestizo Genomics: Race Mixture, Nature and Science in Latin America'

Start: May 28, 2014 5:30:00 PM
End: May 28, 2014 7:30:00 PM

Introduced by co-author Peter Wade (Manchester). In genetics laboratories in Brazil, Colombia and Mexico, scientists have been mapping the genomes of local populations, seeking to locate the genetic basis of complex diseases and trace population histories. As part of their work, geneticists often calculate the European, African and Amerindian genetic ancestry of populations and some scientists link their findings explicitly to questions of national identity, racial-ethnic difference and (anti-)racism, bringing their science to bear on issues of politics and identity.

Lecture: New Histories of the Old PRI

Start: Jun 4, 2014 5:30:00 PM
End: Jun 4, 2014 7:30:00 PM

This event will serve to launch two recent books on twentieth-century Mexican history, Thomas Rath's Myths of Demilitarization in Postrevolutionary Mexico, 1920-1960 (University of North Carolina Press, 2013), and Paul Gillingham and Benjamin Smith's edited volume, Dictablanda: Politics, Work, and Culture in Mexico, 1938-1968 (Duke University Press, 2014).

Americas Plural Lecture: Marie Arana on 'Bolivar: American Liberator'

Start: Jun 16, 2014 6:45:00 PM
End: Jun 16, 2014 8:30:00 PM

Drawing on her new biography of the revolutionary leader, novelist and journalist Marie Arana discusses the colourful and dramatic life of Simon Bolivar.  In 1813, he launched a campaign for the independence of Colombia and Venezuela, commencing a dazzling career that would take him across the rugged terrain of South America. From his battlefield victories to his ill-fated brief marriage and legendary love affairs, Bolivar emerges as a man of many facets: fearless general, brilliant strategist, consummate diplomat, passionate abolitionist, and gifted writer.