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Latin American Program in the News: "Mexican Drug Kingpin El Chapo Guzmán To Be Protagonist In New TV Narco-Thriller"

In this article discussing Univision affiliate UniMás's purchase of the TV rights to create a serial about the life of Sinaloa Cartel kingpin Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán, Latin American Program Associate Director Eric L. Olson talks about the possibility that the series will glamorize Guzmán and continue a trend of "narco-novelas."

Social and Political Issues in Today’s Russian Theater

Edmita Bulota Lecture Series on Soviet and Post-Soviet Theatrical Arts

This lecture is devoted to important social problems and current political trends of contemporary Russia and their reflection in the modern Russian Theater. The talk addresses not only some of the most significant theater performances in Moscow, but also the professional, human and psychological atmosphere among the leading Russian theater creators and theater managers.

Who's Telling Our Story: Report Studies Pakistani Women in Media

The women's advocacy group Uks has completed a two year research project on the role of women in the media in Pakistan.  Its findings may be accessed in "Who's Telling Our Story," which was recently released and is now available online.  In addition to detailed research into the representation of women, Uks also has revised its Gender Sensitive Code of Ethics, hoping to encourage both print and electronic media to voluntarily adopt these guidelines.

Kyiv Art Space (2013)

Washington, D.C.: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; Kennan Institute Occasional Paper Series #309, 2013. PDF 34 pages. 

Voices from the Canefields: Folksongs from Japanese Immigrant Workers in Hawaii

Folk songs are short stories from the souls of common people. Some, like Mexican corridos or Scottish ballads, reworked in the Appalachias, are stories of tragic or heroic episodes. Others, like the African American blues, reach from a difficult present back into slavery and forward into a troubled future. Japanese workers in Hawaii's plantations created their own versions, in form more akin to their traditional tanka or haiku poetry.

Invisible Transcendence (1993)

Washington, D.C.: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; Kennan Institute Occasional Paper Series #253, 1993. PDF 67 pages

Can Culture be Shut Down? Bosnia's Cultural Institutions and World Heritage

On October 4, 2012, Bosnia’s National Museum in Sarajevo closed its doors. Another six key cultural institutions in Bosnia and Herzegovina likely face the same future, due to uncertain funding and legal status: Multitudes of key valuable works of art, artifacts, and books would be closed to the public and subject to possible theft, vandalism, or deterioration. On March 4, 2013, more than 300 institutions across 40 countries participated in a Museum Day of Solidarity with these seven threatened institutions by “X-ing” out one work of art to the public for one day.