The American Presidential Election of 2016 (so far): Sore Losers and Glass Ceilings

Start: Sep 8, 2016 5:30:00 PM
End: Sep 8, 2016 7:00:00 PM

Professor Andrew Rudalevige
Professor Andrew Rudalevige (Bowdoin College) - Eminent US political scientist gives an assessment of the US presidential election to date, explains why Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump won their respective party’s nominations, and evaluates their prospect for the presidential election.  He also offers thoughts on the current state of American politics and the challenges facing the 45th president when he/she takes office.  This is bound to be a fascinating talk and anyone with an interest in US politics is welcome to attend. 

How Will Society Survive to the 22nd Century?

Start: Sep 15, 2016 6:00:00 PM
End: Sep 15, 2016 7:30:00 PM

How Will Society Survive to the 22nd Century?

Join some of UCL’s leading researchers for a free event in which they will answer the question. The interactive panel debate will bring together a variety of UCL researchers including:

Disappearances in Mexico Two Years After Ayotzinapa

Start: Sep 21, 2016 6:00:00 PM
End: Sep 21, 2016 8:00:00 PM

Disappearances in Mexico Two Years After Ayotzinapa
On the night of the 26th of September, students from the Rural Teaching College of Ayotzinapa, Guerrero in Mexico were attacked by the police. 43 of them were forcibly disappeared, 3 of them were killed along with 3 bystanders, and dozens more were wounded. This case brought by a wave of national and international condemnation while shedding light on a broader crisis on human rights in general and enforced disappearances in particular. Two years after the attack, and as part of a series of events taking place in London to commemorate that date, this discussion panel will analyse a broad range of issues from different perspectives in order to understand the impacts of the Ayotzinapa case and the current human rights situation in Mexico.

On the Road with the American Presidents

Start: Oct 20, 2016 5:30:00 PM
End: Oct 20, 2016 7:00:00 PM

Marisa Futernick - 13 Presidents

Marisa Futernick - In the run-up to the U.S. Presidential election, Professor Iwan Morgan and artist Marisa J. Futernick discuss the role of personal narrative, biography, and place in the American Presidency. This event coincides with the publication of Futernick’s new book of short stories and photographs, 13 Presidents, which features each President from Herbert Hoover to George W. Bush as a protagonist. Weaving together fact and fiction, Futernick forms a vision of America that is both invented and true.

Vigilante Mobilization and Local Order: Evidence from Mexico

Start: Nov 15, 2016 6:00:00 PM
End: Nov 15, 2016 7:30:00 PM

UCL Institute of the Americas
Livia Schubiger (LSE) - Why do some communities engage in armed mobilization in response to disorder and insecurity, while others do not? Can these communities improve local order in the absence of a strong and impartial state? This talk will present a study of the sources of self-defense mobilization in Mexico and how these groups affect contemporary levels of crime.

High Courts and Socio-Economic Rights in Latin America

Start: Nov 24, 2016 5:30:00 PM
End: Nov 24, 2016 7:00:00 PM

UCL Institute of the Americas
Sandra Botero (Willamette University) - In recent decades, citizens in democracies of the global south have increasingly turned to courts seeking to solve political disputes and to enforce rights. Some scholars have a cautious view of the potential of courts to advance rights and view them as inconsequential or even detrimental. Others have a more optimist assessment of the role for courts in these arenas. Under what conditions can courts in developing democracies produce political and social change? More specifically, why do some rulings have a significant impact on socioeconomic rights while others have very little?