Category: Themes

Migration of Unaccompanied Migrant Youth

  Photo: Eric Gay, AP Néstor Rodríguez The University of Texas at Austin In recent days, the news media has increased the reporting on the large-scale arrival of unaccompanied migrant youth (younger than 18) from Central America at the Texas-Mexico

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Violence, Indigeneities and Human Rights

Arturo Arias The University of Texas at Austin      Picture Courtesy of James Rodríguez       Juan de León Tuyuc Velasquez (Kaqchikel Maya), was killed on January 15, 2014 in Sololá by unknown gunmen. Velasquez was the brother of Rosalinda

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Making Waves

By Kurt Weyland Often, events in one country inspire people in other countries; just this year, the downfall of Ukraine’s corrupt, authoritarian regime encouraged protesters in Venezuela to challenge their own corrupt and increasingly authoritarian government. These demonstration and contagion

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Violence at the Urban Margins: A Workshop and Now a Book

Violence at the Urban Margins, a new book edited by Javier Auyero, Philippe Bourgois, and Nancy Javier Auyero, Nancy Scheper-Hughes and Philippe Bourgois The 2013 workshop titled “Violence at the Urban Margins,” held at The University of Texas at Austin, brought

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The Need to Reach Broader Audiences: Scholars Working with Journalists and the Success of Beca Anfibia

Gabriela Polit How can scholars tell appealing stories about the research we do? How can we translate the language of our theoretical interpretations into a discourse that is easier to understand? The idea behind these questions is not to give

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Honoring Professor Bryan Roberts

By Raúl Madrid Bryan Roberts, the C.B. Smith Chair in U.S.-Mexico Relations, has been a mainstay of our Latin American studies program for nearly three decades. Since his arrival here in 1986, he has supervised 53 dissertations, taught countless courses, published

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NO OLVIDAR PARA PODER CONSTRUIR: Memoria y Derechos Humanos

 Mi nombre es hebreo, mi apellido es polaco, mi familia emigró a Argentina desde Ucrania y vivo en los Estados Unidos. Hablo castellano con acento italiano, e inglés con acento ruso. No como tacos ni bailo salsa, ni tengo la tez

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Border Fence has Disparate Impact on Minorities

Denise Gilman, Clinical Professor Co-Director, Immigration Clinic University of Texas School of Law http://www.utexas.edu/cola/insts/llilas/faculty/dlg662 In this video, Professor Denise Gilman discusses the human rights impact of the fence along the Texas–Mexico border. According to the DallasNews Watchdog blog, “Late last

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Central American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin

Professor Virginia Garrard Burnett (Dept. of History) speaks about her research on Central American studies, the LLILAS BENSON’s efforts to expand Central American scholarly resources at UT Austin, and the significance of the 2014 Lozano Long Conference: Archiving the Central American

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Recovering Lost Footprints: The Emergence of Contemporary Indigenous Narratives in Abya Yala

Arturo Arias Indigenous literature is, for the most part, a rediscovery of learning as spirituality and nurture. If this knowledge is not available discursively it is only because Western genocidal practices erased it in the first place, and contemporary indigenous

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