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Book Talk: Alan McPherson

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Book Talk: Dr. Alan McPherson
Professor of History, Temple University
“Ghosts of Sheridan Circle: How a Washington Assassination Brought Pinochet’s Terror State to Justice” (UNC Press, 2019)
On September 21, 1976, a car bomb killed Orlando Letelier, the former Chilean ambassador to the United States, along with his colleague Ronni Moffitt. The murder shocked the world, especially because of its setting–Sheridan Circle, in the heart of Washington, D.C. Letelier’s widow and her allies immediately suspected the secret police of Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, who eliminated opponents around the world. Because U.S. political leaders saw the tyrant as a Cold War ally, they failed to warn him against assassinating Letelier and hesitated to blame him afterward. Government investigators and diplomats, however, pledged to find the killers, defying a monstrous, secretive regime. Was justice attainable? Finding out would take nearly two decades.
With interviews from three continents, never-before-used documents, and recently declassified sources that conclude that Pinochet himself ordered the hit and then covered it up, Alan McPherson has produced the definitive history of one of the Cold War’s most consequential assassinations. The Letelier car bomb forever changed counterterrorism, human rights, and democracy. This page-turning real-life political thriller combines a police investigation, diplomatic intrigue, courtroom drama, and survivors’ tales of sorrow and tenacity.
Sponsored by the Department of History and Latin America in a Globalizing World
Books will be available for purchase

Portuguese Program Speaker Series

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The Johns Hopkins University Portuguese Program presents the Fall 2019 Speaker Series:
September 23, 2019
1:30pm-2:45pm
Hodson Hall 305
“Professor A.J.R. Russell Wood and the Study of History”
Dr. Franklin Knight, Leonard and Helen L. Stulman Professor of History, Johns Hopkins University
October 7, 2019
1:00pm-2:30pm
Levering – Great Hall
Carlos Alberto Wahnon de Carvelho Veiga, Cape Verde’s Ambassador to the United States
October 14, 2019
1:00pm-2:30pm
Levering – Great Hall
Dr. M’bare N’gom, Dean, College of Liberal Arts, Morgan State University

Portuguese Program Speaker Series

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The Johns Hopkins University Portuguese Program presents the Fall 2019 Speaker Series:
September 23, 2019
1:30pm-2:45pm
Hodson Hall 305
“Professor A.J.R. Russell Wood and the Study of History”
Dr. Franklin Knight, Leonard and Helen L. Stulman Professor of History, Johns Hopkins University
October 7, 2019
1:00pm-2:30pm
Levering – Great Hall
Carlos Alberto Wahnon de Carvelho Veiga, Cape Verde’s Ambassador to the United States
October 14, 2019
1:00pm-2:30pm
Levering – Great Hall
Dr. M’bare N’gom, Dean, College of Liberal Arts, Morgan State University

Panel Discussion: Racism, Immigration, and Populism in the Americas

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Racism, Immigration & Populism in the Americas a discussion with Thea Riofrancos, Assistant Professor, Political Science Providence College and George Ciccariello-Maher, Visiting Scholar, Decolonizing Humanities Project, William & Mary
Monday, 10/14 at 6pm
Hodson 213
What is “populism,” exactly, and how can it describe such disparate phenomena as left-wing social movements and xenophobic anti-immigrant policies? Our speakers will analyze how the term is used today and provide a critical perspective grounded in Latin American politics, past and present. Moderated by Bécquer Seguín, Johns Hopkins University.
Sponsored by LAGW and the Program in Racism, Immigration and Citizenship

Brazilian Movie Nights

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The Portuguese Language Program presents: Brazilian Movie Nights
September 19, 2019
Bald Mountain
1980. Two friends Juliano (Juliano Carazzé) and Joaquim (Júlio Andrade) leave São Paulo looking for a gold dream. They arrive in Amazon Jungle like millions of other men, full of dreams and illusions. But the obsession for the richness and power in the mining change their lives. A history about the gold fever, greed and violence in the biggest open gold mining in the world, Serra Pelada.
October 17, 2019
Laerte-se
After living as a man for nearly 60 years, Laerte Coutinho, one of Brazil’s most brilliant cartoonists, introduces herself to the world as a woman.
November 14, 2019
All the Reasons to Forget
After having broken up a long-term relationship, Antônio has no doubts he will quickly get over Sofia, his ex-girlfriend, but nothing is as simple as it seems, actually, it never is… And when Antônio realizes it is impossible to control his own feelings, he starts refusing them, using all kinds of modern palliative measures, to get rid of memories of his ex-girlfriend, such as: cognitive psychoanalysis, controlled substances, Tinder, among others, leading him to several tragicomical situations.

Colloquium: Communities Engaging in Export Capitalism: South Asia and Southern Mexico in a World of Change, 1850-1950

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Colloquium: Communities Engaging in Export Capitalism: South Asia and Southern Mexico in a World of Change, 1850-1950
Sponsored by the Georgetown Americas Initiative

Portuguese Program Pizza Lunch

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Join the Portuguese Language Program and the Program in Latin American Studies for a Pizza Lunch, October 23 at noon in the Great Hall.  There will be food, games, and information about the Portuguese Program at Johns Hopkins.

Public Plenary: Latin America & the Crises of the Liberal International Order

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Thursday, November 14   5–7 pm   Gilman Hall 132, Johns Hopkins Homewood Campus
Latin America and the Crises of the Liberal International Order
The rise of Trump, the Brexit vote, and the resurgence of populist politics around the world have produced anxieties about the decline of a “Liberal International Order.”
As part of an international research conference on the origins, nature, and possible futures of the Liberal International Order, this public plenary session will offer historical and contemporary views from a region often overlooked in the debates: Latin America.
Featuring
Daniel Deudney
Professor of Political Science, Johns Hopkins
Tom Long
Associate Professor of Politics, University of Warwick
Margaret Keck
Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Johns Hopkins
Max Paul Friedman
Professor of History, American University
Arlene Tickner
Profesora Titular de Ciencia Política, Universidad del Rosario
Part of the Latin America in the Liberal World Order Conference, convened by
the Latin America in a Globalizing World Initiative, Johns Hopkins University
and the Center for Latin American and Latino Studies, American University

Brazilian Movie Nights

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The Portuguese Language Program presents: Brazilian Movie Nights
September 19, 2019
Bald Mountain
1980. Two friends Juliano (Juliano Carazzé) and Joaquim (Júlio Andrade) leave São Paulo looking for a gold dream. They arrive in Amazon Jungle like millions of other men, full of dreams and illusions. But the obsession for the richness and power in the mining change their lives. A history about the gold fever, greed and violence in the biggest open gold mining in the world, Serra Pelada.
October 17, 2019
Laerte-se
After living as a man for nearly 60 years, Laerte Coutinho, one of Brazil’s most brilliant cartoonists, introduces herself to the world as a woman.
November 14, 2019
All the Reasons to Forget
After having broken up a long-term relationship, Antônio has no doubts he will quickly get over Sofia, his ex-girlfriend, but nothing is as simple as it seems, actually, it never is… And when Antônio realizes it is impossible to control his own feelings, he starts refusing them, using all kinds of modern palliative measures, to get rid of memories of his ex-girlfriend, such as: cognitive psychoanalysis, controlled substances, Tinder, among others, leading him to several tragicomical situations.

Conference: Latin America in the Liberal International Order

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This conference will ask: What can we learn about the LIO and asymmetries of power by studying the Latin American experiences with the order? What role have Latin American actors played in theorizing, implementing, and criticizing the shape of the Liberal International Order? How has Latin American contention—rather than the region’s presumed acquiescence—changed the nature of the norms and practices that constitute the LIO? What does the Latin American experience tell us about both the temporality and the spatiality of the Liberal International Order? What do historical and present deviations from the norms of the LIO—such as economic nationalism, military dictatorships, or persistent violence—tell us about the concept and its application not only in Latin America, but perhaps more importantly, in the historical core of the LIO?
For full conference details, visit: https://krieger.jhu.edu/plas/conference-latin-america-lio/ 
Co-sponsored with the Center for Latin American and Latino Studies, American University