Latin America Forum

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Currently Latin America is evolving in unprecedented ways with dramatic political changes and a rethinking of its economic and social development models. Combining these shifts with Latin America’s multicultural character and diverse history provides for an interesting time in the region. These many transitions taking place in Latin America and the Caribbean had sparked the interest of several GPIA students and in Spring 2006 they created Latin America Forum.

Latin America Forum emerged from a group of students who envisioned these exciting events as a great opportunity to stimulate and facilitate the discussion on the wide range of issues related to Latin America and the Caribbean.

Latin America Forum is here to serve students, faculty and practitioners by enhancing their experiences and providing a space for networking and research on international issues related to Latin American countries.

We would like to know your thoughts and ideas and invite you to participate in the upcoming semester! Latin America Forum has many exciting opportunities and events coming soon!

You can contact us at


Permanent Event: LAF Social

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Come join the Latin America Forum's language group in an informal and social practice space. Increase your conversational Spanish and Portuguese language ability, meet other Spanish and Portuguese-speaking students from GPIA and students going to Argentina and Brazil next summer, and hang out with friends.

All skill levels are welcome and encouraged; this is a space to develop your skills.

Only one rule: completely in Spanish and some Portuguese...though Portunhol and Spanglish are tolerated

When: Every Thursday - starting at 10 pm! Where: Spain Restaurant, 113 West 13th Street (near 6th Avenue)

Upcoming Events

Past Events

"Screening of Santiago"

GPIA & Latin America Forum present a screening of Santiago

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By João Moreira Salles (Brazil, 2006)

Friday, Apirl 18th 6 - 8 p.m. 66 W 12th Street, Room 404

free event! refreshments will be served Followed by a discussion with: Carlos Gutierrez - Cinema Tropical Simone Duarte - GPIA Documentary Film Series Peter Lucas - Professor of Human Rights at the New School

João Moreira Salles is one of Brazil's foremost documentary filmmakers. In 1992 he began shooting a film about Santiago, the butler in his childhood home who left an indelible mark upon the family. Santiago was an educated man who, in addition to his work, produced some 60,000 pages of stories documenting his surroundings as well as tales of aristocratic lifestyles, including that of the house in which he himself served. Through his personal voice-over, Salles sheds light on his family and childhood, and on the reasons why the film took so long to complete. The result is an elegant mosaic with two parallel narratives, dealing with universal topics such as memory, identity, and documentary filmmaking. Santiago has been screened at some of the most important documentary film festivals and recently took the Grand Prize at Cinéma du Réel in Paris.

"Fiesta Primavera"

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Fiesta Primavera

Latin America Forum presents...

Fiesta Primavera!

Join us for a night of music, dancing, photography, food & drink...

Latin America style: Salsa, Merengue, Rock en Español, Samba, Funk, Reggaeton, Dancehall & more

When: Friday, April 11 6:30 PM - 10 PM

Where: 66 W 12th Street Room 510

FREE event, refreshments will be served

"Religion and politics in Argentina"

Observatory on Latin America (OLA) & Latin America Forum - with the support of HelpArgentina


Religion and politics in Argentina from Catholic hegemony to plurality of the religious field

The relationship between religion and politics in Argentina has historically been characterized by the strong presence of the Catholic Church. Marked by moments of conflict and agreement with the government, the ecclesiastic hierarchies not only intervene in religious matters; they also externalize their pretension of regulating other social spaces: policy, family, economy. But the field of beliefs has been radically transformed during the past 30 years: the faithful have become nomads going from one religious group to another, from a religious commitment to a social and political one and vice versa. The Catholic Church faces the challenge of competing religious groups, as well as of a growing current of religious indifference in the large urban centers. This also represents a difficult challenge for other religious institutions, which must re-articulate the manner of relating to the public authorities.

A conversation with

Veronica Gimenez Beliveau is a researcher in Social Sciences at the CONICET, and adjunct associate professor at University of Buenos Aires Faculty of Social Sciences. She is a Sociologist from University of Buenos Aires and she received her PhD from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (Paris- France) in 2004.

Dr. Gimenez Beliveau’s research falls at the nexus of religion and politics in the globalization era. Her most recent work focuses on transnational sociabilities and the modalities of construction of social community spaces inside and between national states. Her current fieldwork is in the border area between Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil. She is the author of *La Triple Frontera, Globalización y construcción social del espacio*, published in Buenos Aires in 2006.

When: Wednesday, February 27, 2008 6-8 pm Where: Room 406, 66 West 12 St., 4th Floor


"Iracema: Uma Transa Amazonica"

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Iracema: Uma Transa Amazonica

A classic Brazilian film from director Jorge Bodanzsky, featuring commentary and discussion led by Peter Lucas

Friday, February 22nd

6 pm to 8:30 pm

Room 404

4th Floor, 66 West 12th Street

New School University

See flyer for additional information

"BUS 174"

A Brazilian Documentary from director José Padilha, with a slide show and discussion led by Peter Lucas

Friday, October 5

6:30 pm – 9 pm

Room 406

4th Floor, 66 West 12th Street

New School University

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Peter Lucas discusses The Mural of Pain

BUS 174 is a careful investigation of the hijack of a bus in Rio, based on an extensive research of stock footage, interviews and official documents.

The hijack took place in June 12, 2000 (Valentines Day in Brazil) and was broadcast live for 4 and a half hours. The whole country stopped to watch the drama on TV.

The film tells 2 parallel stories. Not only does it explain the dramatic events that unfolded as the police tried, and failed, to handle the hijack situation; but it also tells the amazing life story of the hijacker, revealing how a typical Rio de Janeiro street kid was transformed into a violent criminal because society systematically denied him any kind of social existence.

Both stories are interwoven in such a way that they end up explaining why Brazil, and other countries with similar social and economic problems, are so violent.

This gripping documentary is a must see!

After the screening of the film, New School Professor Peter Lucas will present a slide show of the aftermath of these horrific events in which a peace campaign broke out. Mr. Lucas has interviewed the girls who survived and published several articles on the events of June 12, 2000.

"Art Exhibition: El Vivir del Hombre"

April 27, 2007

The art exhibition, "El Vivir del Hombre,” portraying the everyday life of informal labor in the Dominican Republic through the eyes of artist Wylber Familia.

"Discussion on Argentina's Recovered Factories"

March 30, 2007

Screening of “The Take” featuring a GPIA student panel discussing their research on Argentina’s worker recovered factories.

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"La Sierra"

A documentary by Scott Dalton and Margarita Martinez (2004) with remarks to follow by Aldo Civico on paramilitary demobilization in Colombia

Friday March 16, 2007

6:30 pm to 9:00 pm

The New School, 66 West 12th Street,

5th Floor, Room 510

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La Sierra is an intimate, meditative exploration of violence, youth, and community. A small neighborhood in Medellín, Colombia, La Sierra is ruled by a group of young men, mostly teenagers, affiliated with Colombia's illegal paramilitary armies. Over the course of a year, the documentary follows the lives of three young people (two of them paramilitary members themselves) and their experiences of war, death, and love."

Aldo Civico, a Research Associate at Columbia University's Center for International Conflict Resolution (CICR), will lead a discussion after the film on his field work with demobilizing paramilitaries in Medellín, a subject of great relevance to the film and Colombia's political present. His research interests are mainly related to democracy, state, sovereignty, political violence, human rights, conflict, refugees, resistance, and civil society. Since 2003 he has being conducting fieldwork in Colombia. For CICR, he designed and conducted several conflict resolution workshops in Colombia and Haiti.

"La Mayor Estafa al Pueblo Argentino"

A documentary by Diego Musiak (2004)

Friday March 2, 2007

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6:00 pm to 9:00

The New School, 66 West 12th Street, 5th Floor, Room 510

The Latin America Forum and El Foro Argentino de la Deuda Externa (Sede New York), presented "La Mayor Estafa al Pueblo Argentino" (in Spanish).

The documentary presents the circumstances that lead the Argentine State to contract a large external debt during the military dictatorship (March 1976 – December 1983).

Mario Cafiero will lead a discussion after the film. Mario Cafiero was a National Deputy for the Province of Buenos Aires and member of various parliamentary committees focusing on issues such as human rights, freedom of speech, non-profit organizations and science and technology (1997 – 2005).

"Bridiging the Global South"

A Panel and Discussion on the State of South-South Relations with:

Adriana Abdenur (Brazil/South Africa, The New School for International Affairs)

Juan Obarrio (Africa/Argentina, Columbia University)

Vyjayanthi Rao (India, The New School for Social Research)

Friday, December 8, 2006

5.00 - 7.00 p.m.

66 West 12th Street, Room 404

Though thousands of miles apart, the exchange of peoples, cultures, and commodities between the regions of the global South has existed for centuries. Project Africa and the Latin America Forum invite you to attend our first collaborative event, Bridging the Global South, a panel on the historical and contemporary ties that hold Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean together, and the possibilities the regions have to create productive collaborations. The panel will be followed by an open discussion.

The event is the first in a series co-created by a new working group of the Latin America Forum and Project Africa to examine South-South relations and the global arena from the perspective of Asian, Latin American, African, and Caribbean peoples.

For more information or to get involved, please contact the Latin America Forum at

"Our Brand is Crisis"

A documentary by Rachel Boynton (2005)

Friday November 17

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

The New School, 66 West 12th Street, 5th floor, room 510

Synopsis: For decades, U.S. strategists-for-hire have been quietly molding the opinions of voters and the messages of candidates in elections around the world. They have worked for presidential candidates on every continent (in Britain, Israel, India, Korea, South Africa, Venezuela, Brazil, to name a few…) Without the noise of tanks or troops, these Americans have been spreading our brand of democracy from the Middle East to the middle of the South America. OUR BRAND IS CRISIS is an astounding look at one of their campaigns and its earth-shattering aftermath in the Andean nation of Bolivia.

With flabbergasting access to think sessions, media training and the making of smear campaigns, we watch how the consultants’ marketing strategies shape the relationship between a leader and his people. And we see a shocking example of how the all-American art of branding can affect the “spreading of democracy” overseas.

Forrest Hylton will lead a discussion after the film. Forrest Hylton is a researcher in history at New York University. He is an editor of and contributor to Ya es otro tiempo el presente: Cuatro momentos de insurgencia ind*gena, 2nd edition, and the co-author, with Sinclair Thomson, of Revolutionary Horizons: Indigenous and National-Popular Politics in Bolivia. He is the author of the recently released Evil Hour in Colombia (Verso, 2006) and is currently writing a book on urban poverty with Mike Davis.

"Plan Colombia"

October 27, 2006

Screening of the documentary “Plan Colombia” followed by a discussion involving Renata Segura, an academic from the NSSR, and Patricia Dahl, a human rights activist from Colombia Support Network. The event dealt with the failed drug eradication policies of Colombia and The Unites States.

Core Members: Past and Present

Although the Latin America Forum is a collaborative project, there are some people that are pivotal in the construction, development, and continuation of the Forum:

Monica Paz

Alejandra Davidziuk

Lisa Guaqueta

Martin Mercado

Jesse Willard

Teo Ballve

Jared Dahl

Max Ashwill

Marc Mousky

Jenny Irizarry

Alejandro Alvarez

Diana Medina

Cinthya Marquez

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