Latin America: The Temptation of Authoritarianism
Program in Latin American Studies, Sergio Ramírez, Former Vice President of Nicaragua; Visiting Lecturer, Spanish and Portuguese & PLAS 216 Burr Hall (PU students, faculty and special guests only)
September 21, 2022 · 12:00 pm—1:20 pm · 216 Aaron Burr Hall
Authoritarianism is a recurrent trend in Latin American history since independence. As long as institutions can not be established on permanent bases, dictators keep coming surging, presently not through coup d’états, but through elections. Are we condemned to repetition? Has populism come to remain? Can we hope for democracy in the future?
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Sergio Ramírez is a Nicaraguan writer (1942) who participated in the revolution that overthrew the Somoza family dictatorship in 1979. He was vice president between 1985 and 1990. He has published more than 50 books including novels, short stories, essays and chronicles, translated into 20 languages. He has received various literary awards, including the Cervantes Prize in 2017. He is living in exile in Madrid since 2021.
Miguel Centeno, Sociology, Princeton University
Open to Princeton students and faculty, and specially invited guests. A “to-go” lunch will be provided at the conclusion of the event.