Category Archives: Academia

RIP – José Ibrahim

José Ibrahim, a labor leader who was arrested for challenging Brazil’s military dictatorship in 1968 and who was the only labor leader to be released in 1969 in exchange for the US ambassador, has passed away at the age of … Continue reading

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Help Guatemala’s Archives

Mike points us to a worthy cause: The Historical Archive of the National Police (NP) was discovered by chance in July 2005.  Tens of millions of documents, including papers, books, photographs and floppy disks, were piled from floor to ceiling, … Continue reading

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Around Latin America

-A report suggests that, in Mexico, at least 64 indigenous dialects are facing a “high risk” of extinction. -In Brazil, police arrested eighteen people connected to the murder of Guaraní leader Nisio Gomes, who was murdered last November after his … Continue reading

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Around Latin America

-In an issue that could shape the presidential election in the US, a new poll suggests that Florida voters overwhelmingly support President Barack Obama’s announced immigration reform policy. –Workers at Brazil’s GM plant went on a 24-hour strike over reduced … Continue reading

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100,000 Students March in Chile’s Second (and largest) Protest of the Year

Yesterday, Wedensday, May 16, 100,000 students and supporters marched in Santiago in the protest organized by the Confederation of University Students of Chile (Confech). Confech spokesperson  and president of the Student Federation of the Universidad de Chile (FECh) Gabriel Boric … Continue reading

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Student Protests and Pinochet’s Will: Public and Private Memory of Neoliberalism

On Wednesday, April 25, two important and interrelated events occurred in Chile: the former dictator Augusto Pinochet Ugarte’s revised last will and testament was opened, and around 60,000 students marched in protest of the economical and social disadvantages ingrained in … Continue reading

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The Chronicle Gets Rid of Schaefer Riley

Last week, rightful anger and indignation erupted after the Chronicle of Higher Education published Naomi Schaefer Riley’s contemptible hit-job. The Chronicle has responded by doing the right thing: We now agree that Ms. Riley’s blog posting did not meet The Chronicle’s basic editorial … Continue reading

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On Blackness Studies and the Despicable Attempt to Destroy Students’ Careers

This week, The Chronicle of Higher Education ran a blog post by former Wall Street Journal editor Naomi Schaefer Riley, titled “The Most Persuasive Case for Eliminating Black Studies? Just Read the Dissertations” (and like others, I’m not going to generate traffic … Continue reading

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Book Review – “Democratic Brazil Revisited”

My review of Peter R. Kingstone and Timothy J. Power’s edited volume Democratic Brazil Revisited is up on H-Net. Upon Dilma Rousseff’s inauguration in January 2011, the Brazilian and international press made much of her importance as the first woman … Continue reading

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On Life as a Professor/Commodity

As a first-year faculty member, I’ve been thinking a lot about how higher education operates in the United States, the directions it’s heading not only in terms of technology, but in the basic overall structure of the university system, what … Continue reading

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