CLACS Alum Participates in LASA Recent History and Memory Section

Memory, gender and Chilean social movements inspired Hillary Heiner’s research as a CLACS M.A. student in 2004. Through CLACS she was awarded a Tinker Field Research grant, which enabled her to do research in Chile. After completing her M.A., she decided to remain in Chile to pursue a PhD at the University of Chile. SheContinue reading “CLACS Alum Participates in LASA Recent History and Memory Section”

Runa Simi pantachiqkunamanta – About the Forgers of Runa Simi

Odi Gonzales is professor of Quechua at New York University. Below is his trilingual blog post, in Quechua, Spanish and English, about Runa Simi. Runa Simi is the original term used by indigenous people in the Andes for the language now known as Quechua. Runa Simi pantachiqkunamanta / Odi Gonzales Manaraq españolkuna chayamuqtinku, lluy tawantinsuyuContinue reading “Runa Simi pantachiqkunamanta – About the Forgers of Runa Simi”

NYU Student Launches Haiti Memory Project

Last summer, Claire Payton—inspired by the post-earthquake chaos she saw unfolding in Haiti—bought an audio recorder, packed her bags, and booked a flight to Port-au-Prince. Despite having studied Haiti extensively, her motivation to travel to Haiti was purely personal. She wanted to help tell people’s stories. Soon after arriving in Port-au-Prince, she developed contacts andContinue reading “NYU Student Launches Haiti Memory Project”

Saqrakuna: Quechua Television in Peru

Uno nunca debe desestimar el poder de la imagen, su magia, su potencial dentro del proceso de comunicación. Ese es el caso de SAQRAKUNA un programa de TV producido por Tarpurisunchis. Una nueva television en lengua materna (Quechua) es más que una prueba fehaciente de ese potencial. ¿Qué es Saqrakuna? Constituye un esfuerzo único yContinue reading “Saqrakuna: Quechua Television in Peru”

New Documentary Investigates Gentrification in Spanish Harlem

“El Barrio,” the predominantly Latino neighborhood in East Harlem, has long been a cultural center for the New York Latino community. Latinos began emigrating to El Barrio in the 1920s, with a large wave of Puerto Ricans immigrants arriving after World War II. In addition to its cultural heritage, El Barrio has also overcome significantContinue reading “New Documentary Investigates Gentrification in Spanish Harlem”

Evo Morales Proclaims the Rights of Mother Earth

Bolivian President Evo Morales spoke to a diverse crowd of supporters at the Unitarian Universalist Community Church of New York on Tuesday, September 21st. President Morales’s talk was titled: “Nature is not for sale: The Rights of Mother Earth.” When talking with attendees in a line that wrapped around the block, I learned that theirContinue reading “Evo Morales Proclaims the Rights of Mother Earth”

Bolivian President Evo Morales Visits New York City

Instead of going to class on Monday, September 21, Hunter student Alex Hamblet stood in line outside the College’s Kaye Playhouse. He was there to “get an unbiased look” at a president who he says “tends to get a little misrepresented” by the US media. In Latin America, “we’ve had indigenous presidents in the past,”Continue reading “Bolivian President Evo Morales Visits New York City”

Bolivia: Reckoning with US Relations and Regional Rifts

Morales and Obama at the 5th Summit of the Americas in April 2009 (Source: Radiomundial.com.ve) Between Evo Morales’s election into office in December 2005 and the final months of the Bush administration, US-Bolivian relations – already fragile from a history of failed neoliberal policies, US support of dictators in the region, and a quagmire ofContinue reading “Bolivia: Reckoning with US Relations and Regional Rifts”

Natural Resources and Bolivia: The Populist’s Predicament

Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia: COMIBOL In a speech at the United Nations General Assembly this past September, Bolivian President Evo Morales spoke out against capitalism in the context of climate change: “The origin of this (climate change and financial) crisis is the exaggerated accumulation of capital in too few hands. It is the permanent removalContinue reading “Natural Resources and Bolivia: The Populist’s Predicament”

Erasing Traumatic Memories

Photo credit: Hillary C. Schiff, Phd Candidate in Neuroscience at NYU Tonight is the last lecture in the CLACS Program Seminar Series titled Hauntings: Memory, Patrimony and the Contested Past. Andreas Huyssen will visit us from Columbia University, and speak about “Uses of the Past in Transnational Memory Debates.” For those who have not attended,Continue reading “Erasing Traumatic Memories”