Latin America News

Catastrophes in our Midst

Mar 11, 2010
The Latin American Program joins the people and governments of Haiti and Chile in mourning the staggering losses from recent earthquakes.

Brazil Institute Seeks Summer Interns

Mar 05, 2010
Undergraduate and graduate students with an interest in Brazil can apply for the Brazil Institute Summer Internship 2010. Deadline: July 15.

Alfredo Achar and Miguel Mancera honored at Woodrow Wilson Center Awards Ceremony in Mexico City

Mar 03, 2010
On March 2, 2010, Alfredo Achar Tussie, founder and chairman of Comex, and Miguel Mancera Aguayo, former governor of the Bank of Mexico, received the internationally prestigious Woodrow Wilson Awards at a ceremony held in Mexico City. Two of Mexico's most distinguished and deserving leaders, they join a select international circle of recipients from government, business, science, the arts, and beyond, who have worked tirelessly to improve the quality of life of those in their own communities and beyond. Mexico Institute Advisory Board Member Eduardo Cepeda served as dinner chair. More information can be found here.

Mexico Institute Visiting Scholars

Feb 24, 2010
The Woodrow Wilson Center's Mexico Institute announces the arrival of scholars in Washington, DC.

Piñera Won. Will He Uphold Chile's Post-Pinochet Moral Legacy?

Jan 19, 2010
Chileans have elected a president from the political Right for the first time in more than a half-century. Senior Scholar Alex Wilde explores what this means for Chile in an op-ed in the Christian Science Monitor.

Brazil Institute Mourns the Death of Dr. Zilda Arns

Jan 13, 2010
It is with sorrow that the Brazil Institute and the Latin American Program of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars learned this morning about the tragic death of Dr. Zilda Arns Neumann in the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti on Tuesday. The sad news was confirmed by her brother, Paulo Evaristo Arns, the former cardinal of São Paulo, and by the Brazilian government. Dr. Arns was 75. "She died in the cause she has always believed," said Cardinal Arns in a statement. According to news reports, 14 Brazilian soldiers of the U.N. mission in Haiti are also among the dead.

Woodrow Wilson Center-Washington Post Fellows Featured in Newspaper

Dec 22, 2009
The Washington Post is featuring articles about Latin America by the 2009 class of Woodrow Wilson Center-Washington Post Fellows. The program brings professional journalists from Latin America to Washington for a three-week exchange of dialogue and professional development.

Brave New Migrant World: The Case of Peru

Dec 03, 2009
As jobs become scarcer in Peru, many Peruvians seek work abroad and send remittances back home. Some global institutions consider remittances a solution to Third World problems, but Wilson Center Fellow Karsten Paerregaard argues that remittances are symptomatic of a larger problem and do not create the jobs they're supposed to.

Leslie Bethell is the Senior Scholar of the Brazil Institute

Oct 02, 2009
The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars is pleased to announce that Professor Leslie Bethell has joined us as Senior Scholar attached to the Brazil Institute. His term will last from September 2009 until May 2012. Bethell is the Emeritus Professor of Latin American History and Honorary Research Fellow of the Institute for the Study of the Americas, University of London; Emeritus Fellow of St Antony's College, Oxford University; former Director of the University of Oxford Centre for Brazilian Studies; and Senior Research Associate, Centro de Pesquisa e Documentação de História Contemporânea do Brasil, Fundação Getulio Vargas, Rio de Janeiro. He is also co-author and editor of the Cambridge History of Latin America. Bethell was a Public Policy Scholar in residence at the Wilson Center from December 2008 to February 2009.

President Lula to Receive Woodrow Wilson Public Service Award

Sep 21, 2009
The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars of the Smithsonian Institution will present the Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service to His Excellency Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, President of the Federative Republic of Brazil, at a dinner to be held on September 21, 2009, at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel in New York City. Rex W. Tillerson, chairman and CEO of Exxon Mobil and Eike F. Batista, chairman and CEO of the Brazilian EBX Group will serve as the dinner co-chairs for this prestigious event. "President Lula personifies the attributes we seek to honor at the Woodrow Wilson Center. He is a political leader who contributed decisively to bringing about the end of military rule and reopening the road to democracy in his country. This award is a tribute to a statesman who has strengthened Brazil immensely domestically and elevated its global standing," said Lee H. Hamilton, president and director of the Woodrow Wilson Center.

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