Voltaire's Coffee: Death in the Andes by Mario Vargas Llosa, hosted by Dr. Henry Dietz, professor of Government and Latin American Studies
Fri, September 14, 2012 • 7:00 PM • Dietz Home (4923 Strass Drive) OR Joynes Reading Room
Death in the Andes by Mario Vargas Llosa, hosted by Dr. Henry Dietz, professor of Government and Latin American Studies
Friday, 14 September at 7pm, Dietz Home (4923 Strass Drive) OR Joynes Reading Room
Death in the Andes is Vargas Llosa’s perception of Peru during the time (1980’s) of the Shining Path movement, when Peru went through an extraordinarily difficult time politically and economically. The book focuses on the extraordinarily deep divisions within Peruvian society – coast vs. highlands, indigenous vs. mestizo, etc. – and it a good introduction to Vargas Llosa, who won the Nobel prize for literature two years ago.
Henry Dietz has been traveling to and working in Peru since the early 1960s, when he was a Peace Corps Volunteer; he received his PhD in Political Science from Stanford University in 1975 and has been at the University of Texas since that same year. Dr. Dietz has worked extensively studying urban Peru and urban poverty and politics, and currently teaches several courses on Latin American politics, including a Plan II junior seminar on democratization in the region. He has won numerous teaching awards, including the Jean Holloway Teaching Excellence Award and induction to the university’s Academy of Distinguished Teachers.