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Tulane University

Book Launch and Reception for "Scholars, Policymakers & International Affairs: Finding Common Cause."

March 25th, 2015
3:00 PM

Location
100A Jones Hall, Greenleaf Conference Room

Please join us for the book launch of Scholars, Policymakers & International Affairs: Finding Common Cause (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014), by Dr. Abraham F. Lowenthal, USC, and Mariano E. Bertucci, CIPR, Tulane. RSVP requested.

Scholars, Policymakers & International Affairs shows how to build mutually beneficial connections between the worlds of ideas and action, analysis and policy. Drawing on contributions from top international scholars with policy experience as well as senior policymakers, Lowenthal and Bertucci make the case that scholars can both strengthen their research and contribute to improved policies while protecting academia from the risks of active participation in the policy process. Many scholars believe that policymakers are more interested in processes and outcomes than in understanding causality. Many policymakers believe that scholars are absorved in abstract and self-referential debates and that they are primarily focused on crafting theories rather than developing solutions to pressing policy issues.

The book’s contributors discuss how these obstacles can be overcome. Case studies illustrate how scholars have helped reduce income inequality, promote democratic governance, and enhance inter-American cooperation. These success stories are balanced by studies on why academic analysts have had little positive impact on counternarcotics and citizen security policies. The conclusion identifies best practices and provides concrete recommendations to established scholars, junior faculty and graduate students, as well as to senior university officials, academic departments and centers and think tanks.

Abraham F. Lowenthal, professor emeritus of the University of Southern California and president emeritus of the Pacific Council on International Policy, was founding director of both the Inter-American Dialogue and the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Latin American Program. Mariano E. Bertucci is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Inter-American Policy and Research at Tulane University.

To RSVP or for more information contact cipr@tulane.edu or visit CIPR’s website.

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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.