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From Tulane News and Chicago Tribune: Tulane professor David Smilde explains the role of 'colectivos' in Venezuela

March 18th, 2019

This story originally appeared in Tulane News and the Chicago Tribune entitled Maduro’s muscle: Motorcycle gangs known as ‘colectivos’ are the enforcers for Venezuela’s authoritarian…  read more

From the Washington Post: Tulane sociologist David Smilde comments on opposition leader Juan Guaidó's return to Venezuela

March 7th, 2019

This story originally appeared in Tulane News and the Washington Post entitled Guaidó says he’ll be returning to Venezuela for nationwide protests Monday on March…  read more

From Tulane News and Gulf Times: Current Venezuela protests different from past ones

March 6th, 2019

This story originally appeared in Tulane News and the Gulf Times entitled Current Venezuela protests different from past ones on March 1, 2019. A recent…  read more

Dr. Smilde published in New York Times: El Grupo de Contacto Internacional: la mejor oportunidad de Venezuela

February 13th, 2019

El Grupo de Contacto Internacional: la mejor oportunidad de Venezuela Por: DAVID SMILDE y GEOFF RAMSEY La semana pasada, el Grupo de Contacto Internacional (GCI)…  read more

From NPR: Sociologist David Smilde comments on allegiance of Venezuelan armed forces

February 4th, 2019

Dr. David Smilde, the Charles A. and Leo M. Favrot Professor of Human Relations at Tulane University, recently spoke with the NPR and commented on…  read more

The Latin American Library Announces the 2018-2019 Richard E. Greenleaf Scholars

January 15th, 2019

The Latin American Library is proud to announce the recipients of the 2018-2019 Richard E Greenleaf Fellowships. All four scholars will arrive during the spring…  read more

From The Hill: Tulane sociologist David Smilde argues against military intervention in Venezuela

January 8th, 2019

Dr. David Smilde, the Charles A. and Leo M. Favrot Professor of Human Relations and Senior Associate Fellow at the Center for Inter-American Policy and…  read more

Research Group MEGA Published in European Review of Latin American and Caribbean Studies

December 18th, 2018

The European Review of Latin American and Caribbean Studies has published their Special Collection which includes eight articles by members of the Research Group MEGA,…  read more

Dr. Nora Lustig publishes in Brookings blog: Making the global financial system work for all

December 5th, 2018

Making the global financial system work for all: A message for the G-20 By: Nora Lustig From, November 30 to December 1, world leaders will…  read more

Students participate in the XVI annual Tulane University Student Conference on Latin America (TUSCLA)

December 3rd, 2018

On Saturday, December 1, Tulane University undergraduate and graduate students presented their research on Latin America at the XVI Annual Tulane University Student Conference on…  read more

From Tulane School of Liberal Arts Newsletter: At the Intersection of Media, Politics, and Democracy

November 29th, 2018

This story originally appeared in Tulane School of Liberal Arts Newsletter titled At the Intersection of Media, Politics, and Democracy on November 29, 2018. Story…  read more

Opening for CIPR Post-Doctoral Fellows

November 5th, 2018

The Center for Inter-American Policy and Research (CIPR) invites applications for four (4) research fellowships for the Academic Year of 2019-2020, two with program administration…  read more

XUTULAC students discuss gentrification with filmmaker Kurt Orderson

November 1st, 2018

Student participants in the Xavier-Tulane Partnership for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (XUTULAC) were among the audience of over 70 people who attended the Altman…  read more

Dr. Menaldo spoke on Authoritarianism and the Elite Origins of Democracy

October 30th, 2018

Dr. Victor Menaldo, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Washington, presented his book, Authoritarianism and the Elite Origins of Democracy, as part…  read more

Tulane Professor of Economics Nora Lustig co-edits new book "Decling Inequality in Latin America: A Decade of Progress?"

October 23rd, 2018

Latin America is often singled out for its high and persistent income inequality. Toward the end of the 1990s, however, income concentration began to fall…  read more

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Latin American Writers Series: Alberto Barrera Tyszka

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Ecuadorian writer and Tulane Visiting Scholar Gabriela Alemán interviews Venezuelan writer Alberto Barrera Tyszka about his life, interests, and influences. Their discussion will be followed by an open Q&A and an informal reception. This event will be held in Spanish.

About the Latin American Writers Series

This series brings together Latin America’s most representative creative voices and the editorial entrepreneurs that publish them. By way of interviews conducted by renowned Ecuadorian writer Gabriela Alemán and presentations of various editorial missions, the guests will shed light on a literary world shaped by the contemporary issues of the continent. Moving forward, their conversations will comprise the centerpiece of a digital archive that introduces their ideas to a global audience.

Este serie reúne a los autores más representativos de la escritura continental y los editores que los publican. A través de entrevistas con la reconocida escritora ecuatoriana Gabriela Alemán y presentaciones de proyectos editoriales, los invitados explorarán los vínculos entre el mundo literario y la realidad continental. Sus conversaciones se convertirán después en el eje de un archivo digital que busca llevar estas ideas a un público global.

About the Author

Born in Caracas, Alberto Barrera Tyszka has published over a dozen works of poetry, short story, chronicle, novel, and biography. His most recent publications include the novels Patria o Muerte (2015) and Rating (2011), the poetic anthology La inquietud (2013), the collection of chronicles Un país a la semana (2013), and the short story collection Crímenes (2009). In 2005, he collaborated with Cristina Marcano to write the definitive biography of Hugo Chávez, Hugo Chávez sin uniforme: una historia personal (2005). Patria o muerte won the 2015 Premio Tusquets de Novela, and his novel La enfermedad, translated into English as The Sickness (2010), received the 2006 Herralde Award. Barrera also writes for television and has scripted soap operas for Venezuelan, Mexican, Colombian, and Argentinian networks.