In the present, Colombia is facing an important conjuncture, largely shaped by the peace negotiation, taking place between the government and the FARC-EP (and most recently the ELN). The current moment is a dispute over the meaning of the past, present and future of Colombia, with hemispheric implications, that includes a discussion about the type of society that each actor imagines. Consequently, the actual moment is defined by a series of political, cultural and ontological struggles locally and regionally. While political, economical, and cultural elites seem resistant to pursuing significant changes beyond the demobilization of the guerrillas and small reforms to the system; civil society, social movements (indigenous, afro-descendants, and peasants in particular), intellectuals, and some politicians are yearning for a historical moment that challenges the unequal social arrangements of Colombian society.

JP Faguet – Instrumental Incoherence in Institutional Reform: Decentralization as a Structural Solution to Political Exigency Professor Faguet works at the frontier between economics and politics, using quantitative and qualitative methods to. investigate the institutions and organizational forms that underpin rapid development. Specific fields include political economy, comparative politics, development economics and public economics. Faguet is interested in decentralization and […]

Each spring, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University Consortium in Latin American Studies sponsors an academic conference inviting Duke and UNC graduate students, faculty, and national and international visiting scholars to participate. Click for The Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies official site The UNC – Duke Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies […]

The Languages Across the Curriculum (LAC) Program integrates the study and use of languages into a wide variety of disciplines. LAC provides teaching opportunities for graduate students interested in leading discussion sessions in a target language (e.g., Spanish). The program will host an information session next week: INFORMATION SESSION Languages Across the Curriculum (LAC) Thursday, February 11, 5:00-6:00 pm FedEx […]

Cuba: Then and Now A Workshop for Educators For additional information please contact: Emily Chávez UNC-Duke Consortium Outreach Coordinator, | (919) 681-3982       FEATURING PRESENTATIONS BY: Louis Pérez,Ph.D | J.Carlyle Sitterson Professor of History and the Director of Institute for the Study of the Americas,UNC-Chapel Hill Holly Ackerman,Ph.D | Librarian for Latin American,Iberian, and Latino/a Studies in the Duke Libraries, Department of International […]