Troubleshooting Brazilian Technophilia

Brazil has connected to the network – but with its costs. Law-abiding citizens have indulged in Internet usage with limited knowledge of its manipulations. With 54.2 percent of Brazilians online, the first challenge is to create a risk-aware culture where citizens understand the dark arts of the virtual domain. Furthermore, digital empowerment has fallen into the … More Troubleshooting Brazilian Technophilia

Welcome Back

It’s a new semester, a new year, and a new start for everyone at Georgetown. As we’re trying to figure out if we can manage all the classes we’re expected to take along with everything else we have to juggle in our academic, professional, and personal lives, Kandya, Denisse and I have chosen to take … More Welcome Back

Q&A on the Hill Recap: Thoughts and Advice on Doing Latin America on the Hill

As a member of LAGO, I recently had the pleasure of helping to organize a Q&A on the Hill. This gave me the opportunity to return to where I worked before starting my masters and even to reconnect with my former supervisor, a senior staff member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Students got to … More Q&A on the Hill Recap: Thoughts and Advice on Doing Latin America on the Hill

Calaveritas

In Mexico, on the Day of the Dead, we write small poems about Death (La Catrina, La Flaca, La Calaca, etc) interacting with loved ones, often in dramatic or humorous ways. We held an event on Thursday where students came together and wrote Calaveritas about two of our professors in the Center for Latin American … More Calaveritas

“El camino no es la paz, la paz es el camino”

Title quote by Vera Grabe. My time in Colombia allowed me to learn about society and the aftereffects of the conflict in a way that is simply not possible via articles or various news outlets—something that academics hardly realize. A combination of the four week long course, “Fragmentos de la historia del conflict armado colombiano,” … More “El camino no es la paz, la paz es el camino”

The 2015 Summit of the Americas: What Wasn’t Said

Most reports about the Summit of the Americas, held two weeks ago in Panama, coincided regarding one issue: it was historic. The reconciliation of the United States and Cuba signaled the return of the latter to this hemispheric forum. Aside from that, there wasn’t enough time or consensus to talk about other pressing issues in … More The 2015 Summit of the Americas: What Wasn’t Said

The Fire Rages On

This blog entry was written towards the end of my stay in Chile, when a fire broke out in Valparaíso. I explore themes of religion, privilege, and identity. To me, there is a marked difference between my first blog entry upon arriving in Chile and this one – hopefully an indication of my personal transformation … More The Fire Rages On