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CIPR/Inter-American Dialogue joint seminar series features Kevin Casas-Zamora, Constantino Urcuyo and Manuel Orozco

February 6th, 2014
8:30am

Location
Inter-American Dialogue, Washington, D.C.

The Inter-American Dialogue and the Center for Inter-American Policy and Research at Tulane University are pleased to introduce another round table discussion on critical political and economic developments in Central America. We will convene on Thursday, February 6 from 8:30-10:00am at the Dialogue for an extended exchange on the results and implications of the first round of Costa Rica‘€™s elections.

Our featured gusts are OAS secretary for political affairs Kevin Casas-Zamora, former vice president of Costa Rica, and Constantino Urcuyo, academic director of the Centro de Investigación y Adiestramiento Político Administrativo and a non-resident fellow at Rice University‘€™s Baker Institute. Both have written widely about Costa Rican politics.

On February 2, Costa Rica will hold the first round of its presidential and parliamentary elections. According to recent polls, the three top contenders for president, San José Mayor Johnny Arraya of the ruling National Liberation Party, José María Villata of the Broad Front Party, and Otto Guevara of the Libertarian Movement Party, are locked in an extremely close race. No candidate appears likely to gain enough votes to claim victory, so the likelihood of a run off is high. The elections come at a particularly troubled time for Costa Rica. Although the economy has been growing at a robust pace, unemployment remains high, inequality has increased in recent years, and crime has become a serious concern. Furthermore, public apathy and distrust of government has become increasingly widespread.

The event will take place at the Inter-American Dialogue in Washington D.C. on February 6, 2014 from 8:30am-10:00am.

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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.