CLACS Students’ Articles Appear on Digital News Networks

A boy plays soccer on a beach in Arnapala, Honduras. Photo by Danielle Mackey, MA '14

A boy plays soccer on a beach in Arnapala, Honduras. Photo by Danielle Mackey, MA ’14

Three Latin American and Caribbean Studies and Journalism dual-degree students had articles published on major digital news outlets this week.

Nicki Fleischner’s article, titled “Alternatives to Detention Leave Some Honduran Immigrants in ‘Schackles appears on the Latin America News Dispatch. In her piece, Fleischner follows a Garífuna woman living in the Bronx who is forced to wear an electronic monitoring device since arriving in the city.

Dusty Christensen examines “Why Innocent People Plead Guilty,” which appears on AlterNet. Christensen’s article addresses the many ways in which defendants are pushed to agree to plea bargains in pre-trial negotiations.

Danielle Mackey, who recently completed her MA Studies in Latin American and Caribbean Studies and Journalism, has written a piece that appears on The New Republic, titled “‘I’ve Seen All Sorts of Horrific Things in My Time. But None as Detrimental to the Country as This.’” Her article explores “charter cities,” the Honduran government’s newest development plan, which sprouts from an idea from New York University economist Paul Romer, and has been deemed “a dangerous economic experiment.”

Nicki Fleischner and Dusty Christensen are currently enrolled in the Latin American and Caribbean Studies and Journalism joint-degree program. Danielle Mackey is a 2014 graduate of the LACS/Journalism joint-degree program. 

When Governments Kill Their Students: México Now

Scholars, artists, students, activists, and the public gathered for a Teach-In to explore the current crisis in México––and the role that U.S. policy has played in its creation.

Invited participants included Reverend Billy & The Stop Shopping Choir, The Illuminator Collective, Greg Grandin, Macarena Gomez-Barris, Gerardo Renique, Diana Taylor, Christy Thornton, María Josefina Saldaña-Portillo, Isabel Gil Everaert, Rossana Reguillo, Antonio Zúñiga, Juan Carlos Ruiz, Marcial Godoy-Anativia.

This event was co-sponsored by the Hemispheric Institute of Performance & Politics, the Critical Tactics Lab (CTL), the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) at NYU , and the North American Congress on Latin America (NACLA).

Photos by José RAúl Guzmán CLACS MA Candidate

Remembering Juan Flores

Professor Juan Flores at CLACS during the Fall 2013 Afro-Latin Soundscapes Colloquium Series with Joe Bataan

Juan Flores at CLACS,Fall 2013, Afro-Latin Soundscapes Colloquium Series with Joe Bataan

It is with great sadness that we learned last week of the passing of our beloved colleague, Juan Flores, professor of Latino Studies in the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis at NYU and affiliated faculty at the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. At NYU, we have been so fortunate to share in the last years of his distinguished career: he was an inspirational teacher, a tireless mentor, and a brilliant colleague. Our thoughts are with his wife and Executive Director of the AfroLatin@ Forum Miriam Jiménez Román, his family, colleagues, and students.

Professor Flores was a renown scholar of Latino Studies, and great advocate of Puerto Rican culture and music. His research on Puerto Rican and Latino diasporas in the U.S. as well as on Afro-Latin music and culture have built a rich legacy of scholarly work that will benefit generations of students to come.

His body of work includes Insularismo e ideología burguesa en Antonio Pedreira (1980); Divided Borders: Essays on Puerto Rican Identity (1993); From Bomba to Hip-Hop: Puerto Rican Culture and Latino Identity (2000); Companion to Latino Studies (2007); The Diaspora Strikes Back: Caribeño Tales of Learning and Turning (2009); Bugalú y otros guisos: ensayos sobre culturas latinas en Estados Unidos (2010); and The Afro-Latino Reader (2011).

Among his many distinctions were two Premios de la Casa Las Americas (1980 and 2009) and the Smithsonian Latino Legacy Award (2008).

We mourn his passing, and celebrate his life.

A memorial service for Professor Juan Flores will be held
Saturday, December 20, 2014
NYU – Kimmel Center, Eisner & Lubin Auditorium
70 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012
For more information, please visit afrolatin@ forum

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Photos by CLACS MA Candidate José Raúl Guzmán.

Álvaro García Linera, Vice President of the Plurinational State of Bolivia Visits CLACS

The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies warmly welcomed the Vice President of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, Álvaro García Linera, as he discussed the process of building Bolivia’s political progress over ten years with Jorge Castañeda, NYU Global Distinguished Professor of Politics, having moderated the event.

Álvaro García Linera has been Vice President to Evo Morales, Bolivia’s first indigenous President, since 2006. A mathematician, empiric sociologist, former leader with the Ejercito Guerrillero Tupaj Katari (Guerrila Army Tupaj Katari, or EGTK0), and former political prisoner, García Linera has dedicated his career to the struggles of indigenous peoples and the working classes of Bolivia. He is author of numerous books, including Identidad boliviana: nación, mestizaje y plurinacionalidad (2014), Plebeian power: collective action and indigenous working-class and popular identities in Bolivia(2014), and Geopolítica de la Amazonía: poder hacendal-patrimonial y acumulación capitalista (2014).

Photos by CLACS MA Candidate José Raúl Guzmán.

The Bolivian Federal War: The Legacy of a Broken Alliance

Jailed Aymara soldiers.

Jailed Aymara soldiers.

In the course of history, alliances can dissolve into betrayal, injustice and violence. This is the case that NYU PhD. in Latin American and current Visiting Assistant Professor of History at Northwestern University, Forrest Hylton detailed in his presentation “They Should Rule and Take Over Everything”: The Mohoza Insurgency, “Race War,” and State Formation in Bolivia’s Federal War, 1899-1905. In his presentation, Mr. Hylton informed CLACS guests, students and faculty of the unique alliance between Zarate Willka, Aymara leader of a pan-regional confederation and the the Liberal insurgency led by José Manuel Pando in late 19th Century Bolivia. This alliance was based on an agreement between the two groups. The Aymara confederation would join the Liberals with the understanding that once in power, they would restore communal Aymara lands seized by the Conservative leadership and a allow indigenous groups to practice self governance.

The alliance dissolved following the events of the Mohoza Insurgency. Here Mr. Hylton presented highly sensationalized and racialized archival news accounts of an event where a group of indigenous insurgents came into conflict and killed what was reported as 100 Conservative and white townspeople of Mohoza. The Mohoza “massacre” and subsequent trial enraptured the Bolivian press and populace and helped to reinforce stereotypical conceptions of Aymara barbarity. The trial resulted in the sentencing of nearly all the indigenous participants of Mohoza, although a large amount had already died in prison. The vicious language employed by both the Defense and Prosecution to describe the Aymara people provided the pretext that the now President Pando and the Liberals needed to directly expropriate Aymara lands; a complete reversion of their initial agreements.

Mr. Hylton posits that the Bolivian Federal War can reveal some of the many ways that racism was reified through the transition to liberal forms of federalism. The effects of this transition continue to be lived in the political, economic and discursive fields by millions of indigenous Bolivians today. Despite the many negative outcomes the Bolivian Federal War and the Aymara insurgency, Mr. Hylton notes that the legacy of Zarate Willka and the Aymara pan-regional confederation can be found in the the most promising elements of the pluri-national Bolivian Constitution of 2009. With this new constitution, the alliances between indigenous Bolivians and state actors now have the potential to live up to the promise that started with the Bolivian Federal War.

Forrest Hylton Bio here.

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Raúl Miranda and MINIMALE


Raúl Miranda works at the intersection of live performance, interpretations of memory and the visual and audio visual. In a panel discussion, “MINIMALE: de la apropiación visual a la minificción documental,” held on Thursday, October 23rd on behalf of NYU’s Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics between Mr. Miranda, Managing Director of the Institute, Marcial Godoy-Anativia and architect and NYU Performance Studies PhD. Rodrigo Tisi Paredes, Mr. Miranda presented the theoretical basis for his work along with examples of his digital shorts.

Mr. Miranda described the theoretical underpinnings of his work and focused on his most recent piece, (A) PROPOSITO. Originally shown in the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de Chile, these 12 short films adapt the poetry, short stories essays and plays of the 1920’s and 30’s to comment on personal conceptions of sadness. Miranda uses the films to construct a visual space for these literary works. This representation is put into greater context through the physical placement of the screenings as part of the installation.

Another focus of Miranda’s was his recent work on the life of Enrique Riveros, La Sangre de Un Actor… Enrique Riveros. Riveros was a Chilean actor who became a star throughout Europe during the 1920’s and 30’s appearing in over 15 movies with some of Europe’s most famous directors of the day. Riveros was the lead in Jean Cocteau’s first film The Blood of the Poet, thought of as one of the heights of surrealist film. Riveros returned to Chile prior to the start of World War II to raise his family prior to meeting an untimely death in 1954 at the age of 48.

Miranda’s work, La Sangre de Un Actor…Enrique Riveros, is a documentary that attempts to revive the legacy of Riveros in Chilean by delving deeper into his life, films and through interviews with his living descendants.

Find out more about Raúl Miranda and his Minimale project here.

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Raphael Folsom ’00 Publishes Book

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Raphael Folsom received his MA from CLACS in 2000, and recently authored The Yaquis and the Empire: Violence, Spanish Imperial Power, and Native Resilience in Colonial Mexico, published by Yale University Press.

His groundbreaking new study examines the history of the Yaqui people and their interactions with the Spanish Empire. In his book, Folsom examines three ironies of this relationship: how the Yaquis both resisted yet eventually came to value their link to the empire; that the processes of violence and negotiation were ongoing and intertwined throughout the colonial period; and how the empire, though weak in manpower and distant from its military bases, was surprisingly effective in its aim to transform the Mexican northwest. Folsom relies on extensive and newly unearthed documents from archives in Mexico, Spain, the United States, and Italy, and illuminates the dreams, struggles, and tragedies of all participants in the drama of this encounter.

CLACS sincerely congratulates Raphael on his impressive achievement.