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Latin America TOday

Latin America TOday

Date: Fri. 8 Mar, 2019 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The Latin American Studies Program at the University of Toronto
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Latin America TOday

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Join us for our third annual day-long symposium dedicated to analyzing the state of affairs in the continent! The presentations by local academic experts are meant to spark a conversation on topics related to current issues affecting the Americas.






Schedule of Presentations

Note: Doors open at 12:00 PM for light refreshments.

12:15 PM - The first 100 days of Andrés Manuel López Obrador´s tenure as President of Mexico, with Alejandro Garcia Magos.

1:00 PM - The Central American migrant caravan, with Jerry Flores.

1:45 PM - The Venezuelan refugee crisis, with Victor Rivas.

2:30 PM - The aftermath of Hurricane Maria and the recovery efforts in Puerto Rico, with Joseph Klemens

3: 15 PM - The first 60 days of Jair Bolsonaro's tenure as President of Brazil, with Juan P. Marsiaj

 About the Presenters
Alejandro García Magos is a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at the University of Toronto. His dissertation examines the Mexican democratic transition and the ways in which political actors adapted to it. He is the author of "López Obrador in Democratic Mexico" included in the Oxford Encyclopedia of Mexican History and Culture. He regularly blogs in Spanish for Global Brief Magazine.
Jerry Flores is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Toronto. He earned a Ph.D in Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2014. Professor Flores is currently conducting two projects. The first will investigate the use of force in police-citizen interactions. The second project will investigate the continued disappearance of First Nations women in Canada. His areas of interest include: studies of gender and crime, prison studies, alternative schools, ethnographic research methods, Latina/o sociology and studies of race and ethnicity.
Victor Rivas is a Lecturer for the Latin American Studies Program and the Department of Spanish & Portuguese at the University of Toronto. He earned a Ph.D. at the University of California at Berkeley. Some of his research interests include: Contemporary Latin American literary, film, and cultural studies; Nineteenth-century Latin America and the ideological legacy of Simón Bolívar; Cultural resistance, non-canonical, subaltern, and testimonial literature; Comparative US and Canadian Latino/a texts; The politics of culture and media.
Joseph Klemens is a Ph.D. candidate in the Center for Comparative Literature. His research interests include: contemporary Latin American literature, orality and performance in prose, contemporary poetry and poetics, and small press publishing.
Juan P. Marsiaj is currently a professor in the Department of Political Science at Glendon College, York University, and has also been a Lecturer for the Latin American Studies program. He has taught courses on the politics of development, Latin American politics, and sexual diversity politics. He earned a Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of Toronto. His dissertation examines the impact of social movements on the democratization process in Brazil, with a particular focus on the lesbian, gay, bisexual and travesti (LGBT) movement in that country, and received a honorable mention for the Best Social Sciences Dissertation Award by the Brazil Section of the Latin American Studies Association.

After the symposium, there will be a semi-formal social event specially for students of Latinx / Latin American background brought to you by UofT student clubs, in collaboration with LAS and OVPI.
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Event Registration

Registration Start: Wed. 23 Jan, 2019
Registration End: Wed. 6 Mar, 2019