Greetings from the humid and very welcoming city of Atlanta! I have decided to conduct research and devote the next ten weeks working as an intern at the Carter Center’s Americas Program.
The Carter Center focuses on giving a new angle towards what Humanitarianism and Development look like. As their mission statements says, “[The Carter Center is guided by a fundamental commitment to human rights and the alleviation of human suffering. It seeks to prevent and resolve conflicts, enhance freedom and democracy, and improve health.” As such, the Center does not try to duplicate work; rather, it tries to reach and analyze new issues affecting various regions of the world. The Center has done a stellar job trying to partner with different organizations, political and social groups, so it has nonpartisan approach.
There has been significant presence of the Carter Center in the region in means to observe the protection of human rights, democracy, and fairness. There has been a historic presence of the Center in Venezuela, Colombia, Bolivia, and other parts of the region.
My work within the Americas Program has so far been spectacular. Looking at the history and the different initiatives the Program supports throughout Latin America has been really interesting to analyze. Last April, the Carter Center helped organize a discussion in Lima, Peru about the concept of media in the country, as well as to discuss the concentration of media ownership over freedom of expression, freedom of the press, and ultimately over democratic governance.
In my free time and on weekends, I have been enjoying some of the sites the City has to offer. The current weather averages a high of 87 degrees with a low of 66 or 67, depending on the day. The humidity here can be felt as soon as you walk into the streets, people are usually sweating within 10 minutes. However, people from the area are so used to it, that people notice right away if you are an “out-of-towner.” Public transportation is privately owned, so unless, you have a car, you have to wait awhile to get from point A to point B.
The houses and neighborhood are so diverse that the long trips and the heat make it worth it! The city itself has restored houses in every neighborhood, so you can see former estates dating back to 1700s. The old mansions that some could see in “Gone with Wind” are definitely a common sight.
Posted by Vania Loredo-MA Candidate in Latin American Studies at NYU.