Third Annual Lozano Long Conference Explores Theme of Fear and Understanding Violence in Latin America

March 1, 2010

Event: "Republics of Fear: Understanding Endemic Violence in Latin America Today"

When: Thursday and Friday, March 4-5, registration begins at 8:30 a.m., with opening remarks at 9 a.m.

Where: Santa Rita Room, Texas Union 3.502

Background: The third annual Lozano Long conference will host panels on topics such as gender violence, human trafficking, forced migration, discrimination and the responses to violence by the media, in literature, films and public discourse. Researchers have only begun to respond to these new challenges to democracy, development and human well-being in Latin America. The conference will bring together research from different disciplines, methods and viewpoints, all united around a concern for the peoples of the region and the circumstances they face.

"Endemic violence—which runs the gamut from systematic state repression, to drug wars, to common crime and often blurs those boundaries—has become a profound humanitarian and political crisis in many parts of Latin America," says Charles Hale, the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (LLILAS) director. "Our conference will offer scholarly answers to the basic questions: Why did this crisis emerge? What forces drive it? How are people affected? Equally important, we will assess the efficacy of various political and policy solutions."

Sponsored by the LLILAS, the Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice, and the Center for Women's and Gender Studies.

Download the conference program.

For more information, contact: Michelle Bryant, College of Liberal Arts, 512 232 4730; Paloma Diaz, LLILAS, 512-232-2415.