Latin America

Health

New Research on Zika Virus Demonstrates Lingering Challenges

School of Public Health professor Marcia C. de Castro presented preliminary research that found that birth rates in Latin America have not fallen since the Zika epidemic.

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College

For Cuban Americans at Harvard, Mixed Feelings After Castro’s Death

Among Harvard’s Cuban-American students and faculty, Castro’s death inspired reactions ranging from jubilation to ambivalence.

Latinidad in the Election
Ethnic or Cultural Groups

Latinidad in the Election

Students in Spanish 126: Performing Latinidad process through the yard costumed as a taco truck as a part of a performance piece exploring latinx experiences in the United States. The procession made stops around Harvard Yard for a poetry reading, a coordinated spoken word piece, and other acted performances commenting on anti-latinx discourse in the 2016 presidential election.

Student Life

Ash Center Fellow Links Democracies in the Americas

In a talk titled “U.S. Policy and the State of Democracy in the Americas,” Peter Quilter addressed current political situations in Latin America and the effects of U.S. involvement in the region.

Music

Nonprofit Celebrates 50th Anniversary with Grammy-Winning Musician

Latin Grammy award-winning pianist Gabriela Montero fused art and politics at a 50th anniversary celebration Monday for Laspau, a Harvard-affiliated nonprofit that promotes higher education in the Americas.

Hispanic Heritage Month
Student Groups

Hispanic Heritage Month

Dozens gather at the "Aquí Estamos" (We are Here) Art Installation unveiling and reception in celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month at the Kennedy School Monday evening. According to exhibit materials, the project aims to elevate the voices of Latin American students and staff.

Lorgia Garcia-Peña
Faculty

Lorgia H. García Peña

García Peña is a professor of Latino studies, one of the first ever to be hired at Harvard—a role that she describes as both a responsibility and an opportunity for innovation.

College

Brazilian Billionaire Funds Financial Aid

The Lemann Foundation, a philanthropic organization created by Brazilian billionaire Jorge P. Lemann ’61, will give additional financial aid money to Harvard students from Brazil.

Talking To Elliott
Central Administration

Talking To Elliott

Vice Provost for International Affairs Mark C. Elliott displays a speech he wrote in Portuguese for his recent trip to Brazil and Peru.

Talking To Elliott
Harvard in the World

International Affairs Provost and Scholar of China Visits Latin America

​Mark C. Elliott, Harvard’s new Vice Provost for International Affairs, is well known across the University for his scholarship in Chinese history. However, during his first few months in the role, Elliott has spent much time studying Latin America in order to prepare for his visit to Brazil and Peru this past week.

Latina/o Studies Working Group Meeting
College

Latina/o Studies Working Group Meeting

People mingle after a talk on “Transgender Genealogies” by University of Michigan professor Lawrence M. LaFountain-Stokes ‘90, pictured left.

Che at the Plaza Revoluciónario
Latin America

Che at the Plaza Revoluciónario

Che at the Plaza Revoluciónario
Latin America

Che's Cuba

Though Che’s body may be decaying, his dashing face is still everywhere.

Books

Wright’s Novel Glitters, But It's Not All Gold

"The Gold Eaters" paints a vivid picture of 16th-century Peru, with convincing perspectives from both the Spanish and the native side. But despite its accomplished tone of historical realism, as a novel it is somewhat lacking in plot depth and character maturity.

Spring Break in Cuba
College

Embassy Open, Student Interest in Traveling to Cuba Spikes

Following the historic thawing of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States, Harvard students have voiced renewed interest in traveling to Cuba.