Failed Democracies: Latin America at a Tipping Point
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February 23 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am EST
This session will be led by Associate Professor of Spanish and Director of the Latin American Studies and Spanish programs H.J. Manzari, Ph.D. It will include a panel of four students: Clara Sherwood, Isabelle Kratz, Nickolas Bartel, and Ashley Navarro.
Today a surprising number of Latin Americans would agree that democracy has failed in its region. As Latin America emerged from its wars of independence in the 1800s, governments were improvised, caudillos ruled and underclasses went ignored. Slowly, these newly formed republics found themselves looking North for guidance. Democratic elections would follow and the “idea” seemed to work. Almost 200 years have passed since the first countries of Latin America gained their independence and yet, autocrats have returned to rule, unemployment has skyrocketed and violence remains unbounded. Democracy in Latin America is at a tipping point and it goes beyond the political.
Location: Howard J. Burnett Center, Room 103
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