Latin American Studies George Mason University

Latin American Studies George Mason University Latin American Studies is an interdisciplinary program that explores the politics, society & culture of one of the most fascinating regions in the world.

Contemporary Latin America is the product of a long and turbulent history of conquest, resistance, and cultural mixing. The result is a rich and unique amalgam of African, indigenous, and European cultures. In this era of globalization, understanding the complex societies of Latin America has never been more crucial than it is today. Latin American Studies is a unique interdisciplinary program that provides Mason students an opportunity to deepen their knowledge of a this fascinating and important region of the world. Students may pursue a major or a minor in Latin American Studies.

Mission: To connect people in and around the Mason community to the exciting events and scholarship the Latin American Studies program supports.

Looking for courses on Latin American Studies for Spring 2020? Consider Prof. Burt's course on Human Rights and Transiti...
12/20/2019

Looking for courses on Latin American Studies for Spring 2020?

Consider Prof. Burt's course on Human Rights and Transitional Justice in Latin America (GOVT 444 004).

Course Description
In the 1980s, as several countries in Latin America transitioned from military dictatorships responsible for massive human rights violations toward new forms of democratic rule, a new concept emerged to describe the efforts of those societies to grapple with the legacy of past violence: transitional justice. The mechanisms of transitional justice include truth commissions, criminal trials, reparations programs, memorials and memorialization, vetting programs, and institutional reforms, among others. The concept of transitional justice quickly gained relevance beyond Latin America and has since developed into a rich and multifaceted field of interdisciplinary research and praxis premised on the objectives of providing redress for victims and their families and building more democratic, just and inclusive societies. This course will introduce students to the study of human rights and transitional justice through an in-depth examination of several case studies in Latin America, including Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, El Salvador, Guatemala, Peru, Colombia and Mexico. We will explore the theoretical foundations of human rights that inform the key concepts of transitional justice and will critically engage the core debates within the field of transitional justice theory and practice.


About the instructor:
Dr. Burt is Associate Professor at the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University and a Senior Fellow at the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA). For the past 30 years she has researched and written about political violence, state-society relations, and human rights in Latin America. She has also has a wealth of policy and advocacy experience on human rights and victims’ rights and access to justice. She has engaged in collaborative research projects with international human rights and local human rights organizations in Latin America, and she has served as an expert witness in human rights cases before the Inter-American Court of Human. Rights, the National Criminal Court in Peru, and in U.S. immigration and asylum cases. In 2002-2003 she was a researcher for the Peruvian Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Over the past decade she has monitored human rights trials in Latin America, and served as an international monitor to the criminal trials of former heads of state accused of crimes against humanity and genocide in Peru and Guatemala. She continues to monitor human rights trials in Guatemala for International Justice Monitor.

Guatemala Human Rights Commission USA - Comisión de Derechos Humanos EE.UU.
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Guatemala Human Rights Commission USA - Comisión de Derechos Humanos EE.UU.

Guatemala Human Rights Commission USA - Comisión de Derechos Humanos EE.UU.

Last year, the Guatemalan Human Rights Commission awarded Maya K’iche lawyer Jovita Tzul Tzul and the Indigenous Peoples Law firm the Alice Zachmann Human Rights Award for their commitment to promoting respect for human rights. “I received so much criticism for receiving the award: because I’m woman, I’m young, and there are other lawyers who deserve it more. But there are very few Indigenous women litigating on human rights in Guatemala. I hope other women see this and realize that they can do it too. Women can change the direction of justice in Guatemala."
Check out her profile in Rebel Girls Boundless
https://rebelgirlsboundless.com/warriors/mayan-lawyer-jovita-tzul-tzul-defends-human-rights-in-guatemala

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The Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA)

FYI: Job Opening at WOLA: Assistant Director for Communications

The Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) seeks a talented, creative, and detail-oriented Assistant Director for Communications to assist WOLA’s Vice President for Communications and Marketing with our press strategy and rapid response efforts. The Assistant Director for Communications will propose, research, and produce timely analyses of issues in Latin America. S/he will have excellent writing and editing capabilities, a detailed understanding of the latest developments in Latin American politics and U.S. foreign policy towards the region, as well as the ability to communicate effectively in both English and Spanish. Multimedia skills are a plus. This position is an opportunity for a committed individual to help advance the debate in the human rights and foreign policy communities in Washington, DC and Latin America.

WOLA is an organization where everyone is self-motivated, goal-oriented, and passionate about their work. We are committed to what we do. Our leadership works hard to support us with a culture of innovation, collaboration, and excellence. WOLA was twice recognized by Washingtonian Magazine as one of DC’s “Best Places to Work” and by The Washington Post as one of DC’s best-managed nonprofits.

WOLA has a full-time staff of approximately 27, plus seven interns, and seven senior fellows.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
Work with the Vice president of Communications and Marketing to devise strategies to enhance WOLA’s position as the leading research and advocacy organization advancing human rights in the Americas and highlight our staff as the go-to experts in their field
Propose, research, and write timely analyses of current events in Latin America and U.S. foreign policy towards the region.
Collaborate closely with senior program staff to produce content relevant to their work. Draft and/or edit commentaries, reports, fact sheets, and other written products with a view towards maximizing their readability, appeal, content accuracy, and adherence to WOLA’s style guide.
Repackage our information and present it under a new light or provide a more timely hook.
Copy editing; making and checking corrections.
Work with staff to oversee/undertake the production of multimedia content including videos, podcasts, infographics, interactives, etc.
Collaborate with WOLA’s Assistant Director for Digital Marketing to promote WOLA’s content in creative and strategic ways.
Work with WOLA’s Assistant Director for Digital Marketing to produce content for our online platforms and social media.
Ensure our website is up to date with cutting-edge content and analysis.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Required:
A demonstrated commitment to and interest in human rights and social justice.
Bachelor's degree and 5+ years of experience in a similar field.
English and Spanish fluency.
Exceptional writing and editing skills (in English).
Awareness of current events in Latin America, as well as an ability to understand and analyze the international news and political environment in which WOLA operates.
Strong capability to work well under pressure in a very fast-paced environment.
Extreme attention to detail and the ability to see the big picture while functioning in the details.
Problem-solving skills, critical thinking, good judgment, and troubleshooting abilities are essential.
Ability to think creatively and outside the box.
Proven experience of being a team player and working with others in an effective manner.
Have a love for storytelling.
Preferred:
MS or MA in communications, marketing, public relations, or related field.
Knowledge of video editing software such as Premier, Final Cut, or Avid.
Knowledge of audio editing software such as Protools.

SALARY: Commensurate with experience. 100 percent employer-paid health, dental, vision, and life insurance; four weeks annual vacation.

APPLICATIONS DUE BY: Applications reviewed on a rolling basis, open until filled.

APPROXIMATE START DATE: March 1, 2018

TO APPLY: Please submit electronically, in English, the following in a single PDF document to [email protected].
1. Cover letter.
2. Resume.
3. Two-page English-language writing sample.
4. A list of two references with email addresses and daytime telephone numbers.
5. Links to multimedia content, including videos, infographics, interactives.

For more information, please visit www.wola.org.

-No phone calls please-

WOLA values a diverse workplace and encourages minority candidates to apply. WOLA is an equal opportunity employer, and does not discriminate based upon race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family responsibilities, or any other status protected by applicable law. We regret that we are unable to sponsor applicants for any kind of work visa for this position and can only hire candidates currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis.

WOLA is a leading research and advocacy organization advancing human rights in the Americas. We promote policies that protect human dignity and justice.

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01/17/2018

Join Professor of Political Science and Latin American Studies at George Mason University for a Facebook LIVE chat about the upcoming visit of Pope Francis to Peru in the aftermath of the pardoning of former dictator Alberto Fujimori.

LIVE on Facebook, January 18th at 10 a.m. EST: WOLA Senior Fellow Dr. Jo-Marie Burt explains the importance of Pope Francis’ visit to Peru in the aftermath of the pardoning of former dictator Alberto Fujimori.

Dr. Burt was heavily involved in monitoring Fujimori’s landmark trial and conviction in 2009.

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VALHEN 2018-2019 Scholarship Application

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IIE: The Power of International Education

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The Boren Awards comprise undergraduate scholarships and graduate fellowships for study or research abroad of less commonly taught languages in countries underrepresented in study abroad. Maximum award amounts are $20,000 for undergraduates and $30,000 for graduate students.

Details:
Boren Scholarships and Fellowships
Institute of International Education (IIE)
1400 K Street NW, 7th Floor, Washington, DC 20005
Phone +1.800.618.NSEP
[email protected] | www.iie.org

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Tienes hasta el 30 de septiembre para aplicar. Descarga los términos de referencia en: http://www.cristosal.org/employment
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The Latin American Studies Association rejects the rescinding of DACA and calls on Congress to pass the DREAM Act and pa...
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The Latin American Studies Association rejects the rescinding of DACA and calls on Congress to pass the DREAM Act and pass comprehensive immigration reform.

PLEASE READ & SHARE
LASA's Executive Council Statement on #DACA

"We further urge Congress to enact a comprehensive immigration reform policy that welcomes immigrants to our shore"
http://bit.ly/2wV1rYn

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