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Dr. Manuel Alcántara: Politicians

April 25th, 2013
5:00pm

Location
Greenleaf Conference Room

Please join us for a lecture by Dr. Manuel Alcántara, Professor of Political Science at the University of Salamanca and former Distiguished Richard E. Greenleaf Visiting Professor Chair of Latin American Studies at Tulane University. Dr. Alcántara will be presenting his latest book, El Oficio de Político. A reception will follow.

Politics has always implied a set of individuals devoted to its practice. These individuals have practiced a trade whose nature and ‘€œrules of the game‘€ have evolved to reflect a changing society. Today politicians must reconcile an uneasy tension between the logic of democratic representation, with its elections and accountability mechanisms, and the drivers of personal action, like ambition, vocation, vanity, altruism, and self-interest. While not mutually contradictory these juxtapositions generate the kinds of ambiguities that are common to the exercise of power. Those who devote themselves to politics enter its realm not solely thanks to elections. While these are the source of legitimacy par excellence, they do not cover all the nooks and crannies that engage a politician‘€™s trade. In fact, elected officials are a minority in the universe of politics.

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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.