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Tulane University

Spring 2013 at a Glance

April 5th, 2013 - April 30th, 2013

January 29, 2013
“A reforma da legislação florestal no Brasil: o governo, os proprietários rurais e a sociedade civil: enganos, omissões e acertos”
Author of Direito Ambiental Brasileiro
Professor of Environmental Law at the Universidade Metodista de Piracicaba, Brazil
Co-sponsored with the Tulane Law School’s Payson Center for International Development
Talk will be in Portuguese

February 21, 2013
Living on the Streets in Four Global Cities: A Comparative Study of Homelessness in Los Angeles, Paris, Sao Paulo and Tokyo
Professor of Sociology at University of California, Irvine
Co-sponsored with Tulane’s Department of Sociology
Click here for more information.

February 25, 2013
Member of DPU Associates
Professor at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy in Cambridge, Massachusetts
Part-Time Lecturer at the Development Planning Unit of University College London
Co-sponsored with Tulane Law School’s Payson Center for International Development
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Salvador Marti
Professor of Political Science at the University of Salamanca

Carmelo Mesa Lago
Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus on Economics and Latin American Studies, University of Pittsburg
Visiting Professor and Greenleaf Chair on Latin American Studies, Tulane University, Fall 2009
March 18th, 12:00pm
Raul Castro’s Economic and Social Reforms in Cuba
In 2007 Raul Castro inherited from his brother Fidel, economic and social-welfare systems in shambles and since then has been enacting reforms to improve both. The lecture will explain the causes of such reforms, their wide discussion by scholars and the press, and evaluate their effects based on Cuban data and other information. Among the key reforms: distribution of unused state land to farmers, dismissal of one million unneeded state workers, expansion of private jobs in self-employment and cooperatives, tax reform, more flexibility for Cubans to travel, and authorization to sell-buy homes. Mesa-Lago is the author of the book Cuba en la era de Raul Castro: Reformas economico sociales y sus efectos (Madrid: Editorial Colibri, 2012), there will be copies for sale and he will sign them.

March 19th, 5:00pm
The Return of the State to Privatized Pension Systems
In 1980-2007, 23 countries in Latin America and Eastern Europe, totally or partially privatized their former public pension systems; such structural reforms, however, endured serious flaws. Since 2008, four countries (Chile, Argentina, Bolivia and Hungary) implemented ‘€œre-reforms‘€ that either shut down the private systems returning them to the public sphere or substantially increased the role of the state in them. The lecture will evaluate how the re-reforms have coped with such flaws based on several key social security features: coverage of the labor force, benefit sufficiency, social solidarity, gender equity, efficiency and administrative costs, workers‘€™ participation in management, and financial sustainability. Mesa-Lago is the author of Re-Reforms of Privatized Pensions in the World: A Comparative Study of Argentina, Bolivia, Chile and Hungary (Munich: Zeitschrift für ausländisches und internationales Arbeits-und Sozialrecht, 2013). 

Constantino Urcuyo
Academic Director of the Centro de Investigación y Adiestramiento Político Administrativo (CIAPA)


Latin American Political Economy Scholarship- April 11, 2013
For more information, click here.

Olivier Dabene
Director of Political Science Department and Professor of Political Science
Political Observatory on Latin America and the Caribbean (OPALC) Paris, France

Manuel Alcántara
Professor of Political Science at the University of Salamanca
April 25, 2013: 5:00pm, 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. More information can be found here.

More events and details will be posted as they are confirmed.

Please email or call the Center for Inter-American Policy and Research at 504.862.3141 for more information.