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CIPR/Inter-American Dialogue joint seminar features Ebrahim Asvat and Marco Gandásegui

June 24th, 2014

Inter-American Dialogue, Washington D.C.

The Inter-American Dialogue and the Center for Inter-American Policy and Research at Tulane University is pleased to introduce another round table discussion on critical political and economic developments in Central America. We will meet on Tuesday, June 24th at the Dialogue for an extended exchange on the results and implications of Panama’s election of Juan Carlos Varela.

Our featured guests are two exceptionally distinguished Panamanian analysts. Dr. Ebrahim Asvat is the host of a popular television show and former editor of La Estrella and El Siglo. Dr. Marco Gandásegui is a professor at the Universidad de Panama. Following their opening remarks, we will hold a lively, wide-ranging exchange with the audience.

Panama‘€™s new president, Juan Carlos Varela, assumes office on July 1st. Elected vice president four years ago, Varela split with then President Ricardo Martinelli, and defeated Martinelli‘€™s handpicked candidate in this year‘€™s presidential race. He now confronts a complicated political landscape that has been dominated by his predecessor, whose party continues to maintain a majority in Congress. Although Varela is expected to sustain the country‘€™s current economic policy directions, which have produced the fastest growth in Latin America, but he campaigned on a platform promising to battle government corruption and focus new attention on issues of poverty and inequality. The expansion of the Panama Canal is expected to be completed during this coming period.

The event will take place at the Inter-American Dialogue in Washington D.C. on June 24, 2014.


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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.