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CIPR Speaker Series Critical Issues in Democractic Governance welcomes Jessica Rich

February 8th, 2019
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Greenleaf Conference Room
110A Jones Hall
Tulane University

Join the Center for Inter-American Policy and Research and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies in welcoming Dr. Jessica Rich as part of the fall speaker series Critical Issues in Democratic Governance, on Friday, February 8, in 110A Jones Hall. Dr. Rich will give a talk titled State-Sponsored Activism: Bureaucrats and Social Movements in Democratic Brazil. AIDS policy in Brazil provides a lens to better understand state-society relations in democratic and post-neoliberal Latin America. Rich finds a new model of interest politics, driven by previously marginalized state and societal actors. Through a rich examination of the highly influential Brazilian AIDS movement, she traces the construction of a powerful new advocacy coalition composed of activist bureaucrats and bureaucratized activists. This research shows that active government involvement in civic mobilization has persisted in contemporary Latin America, with important implications for representation and policymaking.

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Dr. Rich is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and Co-Director of the Marquette Democracy Project at Marquette University. Her research and teaching specializations include Latin American politics, social movements and NGOs, state-building and state capacity, and social policy. She earned her Ph.D. and M.A. degrees from the University of California, Berkeley and was a postdoctoral fellow at Tulane University in the Center for Inter-American Policy and Research. In Spring 2018, Jessica was a visiting fellow at the London School of Economics in the Department of International Development.

Jessica‘€™s publications include articles on social movements, participatory governance, state-society relations, and federalism. Her forthcoming book, State-Sponsored Activism: Bureaucrats and Social Movements in Democratic Brazil (Cambridge University Press), analyzes a new form of political mobilization in Latin America‘€“in which social movements make aggressive policy demands on the state, even while relying on state actors for financial support.


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CIPR Fall Speaker Series

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Please join us Mondays at noon for our Fall speaker Series
Markets, the State, and Democracy in Latin America
October 14, October 21, November 11, and November 18.

In the 2019 fall series, Markets, the State, and Democracy in Latin America, speakers will discuss emerging issues that have surfaced as the result of the opportunities and challenges to democratic governance that markets have brought to the region. Latin America experienced a major influx of investment, particularly in the resource sector, over the past several decades. While this foreign investment helped hasten economic development, it also brought a backlash of resource nationalism and increased calls for redistribution. Moreover, Latin America is now a model in its own right, with other countries in the Global South adopting its state-sponsored development strategies in the resource sector. These presentations will also explore how Latin America is navigating a sea change in geopolitics, with China emerging as a challenger to the United States as the region’s main trade partner and ally.

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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.