In this episode, Drs. Erika Edwards, Jackie Sumner, and Dave McLaughlin join Steven to discuss such challenges of academia for junior faculty as experiencing the pressures of insecure employment, navigating tenure requirements, and building lives off campus.
Dr. Jürgen Buchenau joined Steven at the Cervecería Untertürkheim in Buenos Aires to discuss the convincing victory of Andrés Manuel López Obrador in Sunday’s Mexican presidential election. Jürgen also talks AMLO’s roots, his course as a politician over the past quarter century, and what his presidency may mean for Mexico and its future.
Since mid-April, Nicaragua has been in the midst of a severe and sustained political crisis that also features intense political violence. Various sectors of civil society are now in dialogue with the government of Daniel Ortega in search of a path to diminish the violence and return to democratic rule.
Tim Rogers, Latin America editor for Fusion, speaks with Steven Hyland to unpack what is going on and why.
In an extra time conversation, Steven also talks to Steven Bunker, associate professor of history at the University of Alabama and SECOLAS member who is currently in Nicaragua, about what he is experiencing on the ground.
In this hot take edition of Historias, Dr. Steven Taylor of Troy University talks with Steven to unpack Ivan Duque’s win in Colombia’s presidential runoff election this past Sunday. They also talk about its impact on the peace process and the challenge of the humanitarian crisis and political instability in Venezuela.
What do heroes and superheroes tell us about Latino and Latina social reality, identity, and belonging in the United States?
Dr. Mauricio Espinoza joined Dave McLaughlin to discuss how the figures of the Latino and Latina hero and superhero are used within multiple genres (film, graphic novel, Netflix, etc) to trouble notions of legality and illegality within the U.S. imaginary. Mauricio’s current book project discusses the process and offers vignettes from his research that illuminate how Latina and Latino identities have often been erased or downplayed at the expense of highlighting other characteristics that perpetuate certain myths about what it means to be and look “American.” He also discusses his work as a poet and editor and an upcoming bilingual edited volume he is organizing of selected works by Ohio poets writing in Spanish.
What do the results of yesterday’s presidential elections in Colombia reveal about this country attempting to exit decades of civil war?
Dr. Abbey Steele, an assistant professor in the department of political science at the University of Amsterdam, joined Dave and Steven to discuss the results in this hot take edition of Historias. Dr. Steele’s book Democracy and Displacement in Colombia’s Civil War (Cornell, 2017) explores the violent, tragic consequences of democratic elections and the forced migration of folk in the countryside.
Migration is a signature feature of the contemporary world that preoccupies still the attention of scholars and the concern of policymakers and the broader public.
Dr. Lily Balloffet sits down with Steven to discuss her research on eastern Mediterranean migrants to Argentina, her public outreach, and her interaction with the Museo de la Inmigración in Buenos Aires. In addition, Dr. Balloffet explains her introduction to Digital Humanities and its impact on her work and her pedagogy.