The University of Iowa

Latin American Studies Seminar Speaker Series Spring 2008

"Continuity and Rupture in Bolivian History"

Date: Wednesday, March 25
Time: 3:30 pm
Location: 302 Schaeffer Hall (The Commons)
Presenter: James Dunkerley, University of London

The event will be workshop style, with both a talk on the current situation in Bolivia and a discussion of James Dunkerley’s article “Evo Morales, the ‘Two Bolivias’ and the Third Bolivian Revolution,” Journal of Latin American Studies, 39:1 (February 2007), pp. 133-166 (available in full text via Infohawk).

James Dunkerley is Professor of Politics at Queen Mary University of London and former Director of the Institute for the Study of the Americas. He is also the former Director of the Institute of Latin American Studies at the University of London. Dunkerley is one of the world’s leading scholars of Bolivia writing in English. His numerous books include: Rebellion in the Veins: Political Struggle in Bolivia, 1952-82 (1984; Spanish editions 1988 and 2003); Orígenes del Poder Militar en Bolivia: Historia del ejército, 1879-1935 (1987 and 2003); Power in the Isthmus: A Political History of Modern Central America (1988); Americana: The Americas in the World around 1850, or "Seeing the Elephant" as the Theme for an Imaginary Western (2000); three collections of essays: Bolivia: Revolution and the Power of History in the Present: Essays (2007), Political Suicide in Latin America and Other Essays (1992), Warriors and Scribes: Essays in the Political History of Latin America (2000); and the edited volume Studies in the Formation of the Nation-State in Latin America (2002). Dunkerley is also a past editor of the Journal of Latin American Studies.

Sponsored by the Latin American Studies Program (LASP)


Instrucciones para cruzar la frontera
legally or not: una conversación with border writer Luis Humberto Crosthwaite

Date: Thursday, March 27, 2008
Time: 3:30 pm
Location: 128 Phillips Hall

The reading will be in Spanish, the conversación will be bilingual, Spanish/English.

Luis Humberto Crosthwaite, a native of Tijuana, is the author of nine books, including the novels La luna siempre será un amor difícil, El gran preténder, and Idos de la mente: la increíble y (a veces) triste historia de Ramón y Cornelio; the collections of short stories, Marcela y el rey, al fin juntos, Mujeres en traje de baño caminan solitarias por las playas de su llanto, No quiero escribir, no quiero, Estrella de la calle sexta, and Instrucciones para cruzar la frontera; and the testimonio, Lo que estará en mi corazón. He has also co-edited the collection Puro Border: Dispatches, Snapshots & Graffiti from the US/Mexico Border, and was the principal editor and publisher of a small press dedicated to writing from northern Mexico, ediciones Yoremito. Currently an editor at the San Diego Union-Tribune, he also writes frequently on life at the US/Mexico border for periodicals in Mexico and the United States.