Bringing Venezuela Back from the Brink

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Buckman Hall, 108
Contact person: Kimberly Stevenson

How did a middle-income, oil-producing democracy transform into a humanitarian crisis with the world’s worst hyperinflation, a refugee crisis and authoritarian regime?
 
Dr. Jennifer McCoy is Distinguished University Professor of Political Science at Georgia State University. She has served as Director of the Global Studies Institute at GSU and Director of the Carter Center’s Americas Program. Dr. McCoy is a specialist on democratization and polarization, mediation and conflict prevention, elections, and Latin American politics. Her current research focuses on the causes and consequences of polarized politics around the world, including Venezuela, Turkey, Hungary, Egypt, Thailand, Hungary, Greece, Bangladesh, and the United States.

Dia de los Muertos Celebration

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Contact person: Christy Waldkirch

Please join us in a celebration of this Pre-Hispanic cultural tradition. Experience altars made by your friends along with papel picado. Learn to construct paper flowers and have your picture taken in the photo booth. Join us for Pan de Muerto and delicious Mexican food.

The Good Life/Ted Fischer

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Prof. Fischer’s book, The Good Life: Aspiration, Dignity, and the Anthropology of Wellbeing (Stanford University Press, 2014), analyzes notions of wellbeing in different cultural contexts.  It examines how middle-class consumers in Germany and farmers in Guatemala use the market in pursuit of the “good life” and define wellbeing beyond material standards of living. Ted Fischer is Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Center for Latin American Studies at Vanderbilt University.