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  • Latin American, Spanish and Portuguese Film Series Continues at MoMA

    Friday, December 9, 2011

    This month, New York’s Museum of Modern Art is hosting a two-week program of Spanish- and Portuguese-language films from across Latin America and the Iberian Peninsula. From December 1-15, the museum is screening films by internationally renowned directors and newcomers alike. Tonight at 7:00 pm and on Sunday at 2:00 pm, the museum will present Boleto al Paraíso (Ticket to Paradise), a film by Cuban director Gerardo Chijona about the hopelessness of daily life during Cuba’s “special period” of the early 1990s. (Read a review of Boleto al Paraíso in the spring issue of Americas Quarterly.)

    Other upcoming screenings include El Extraño Caso de Angélica (The Strange Case of Angelica), a tale of impossible love by Portuguese veteran filmmaker Manoel de Oliveira; El Chico que Miente (The Kid Who Lies) by Venezuela’s Marité Ugás, about a young boy coming to terms with his traumatic past; and Los Viajes del Viento (The Wind Journeys), a meditation on music and landscape by up-and-coming Colombian director Ciro Guerra.

    Films were selected for the “Iberoamerican Images” program from the variety of documentaries and fiction films supported by Ibermedia, an inter-governmental organization that facilitates and finances co-productions between member Spanish- and Portuguese-language countries, and offers grants for international distribution and promotion. Since being founded in 1997, Ibermedia has supported more than 500 films in addition to providing training for professionals.

    You can view a full schedule of “Iberoamerican Images” on MoMa’s website.


  • The Economist Predicts the World in 2012

    Wednesday, November 30, 2011

    On December 1 and 3, The Economist Group will hold the third annual “World In” festival, a two-day event in New York dedicated to major trends and predictions about the year ahead. The World in 2012 Festival coincides with the publication of The Economist’s The World in 2012.

    The event’s agenda includes speakers from business, government, culture, and media, among others. “The World in 2012 Festival brings the publication to life with a forward-thinking programme that balances sophisticated discussion with a provocative cultural experience unlike anything else,” says the newspaper.

    On the first day of the Festival—to take place at The Angel Orensanz Foundation for the Arts—attendants will enjoy “an evening of global politics,” as leading political experts discuss the presidential elections set to take place next year in France, Mexico and the United States. Actor Alec Baldwin (30 Rock); Republican strategist Mary Matalin of CNN; Daniel Franklin, Editor of The World in 2012; and the musician Moby will be among the speakers that evening.

    Saturday will be divided into nine panel sessions, covering everything from media, sports and youth to China and innovation. The sessions at the Great Hall in Cooper Union will be led by such notable figures as Ariana Huffington, President and Editor-in-Chief of AOL Huffington Post Media Group; Travis Tygart, CEO of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency; and Robert Rubin, former Secretary at the U.S. Department of Treasury and Chair of the Council on Foreign Relations.


  • 2011 Social Enterprise Boot Camp in New York

    Tuesday, November 15, 2011

    Over the weekend of November 19-20, more than 150 social innovators from across the U.S. will gather in New York to participate in a series of workshops and discussion sessions on social entrepreneurship. The 2011 Social Enterprise Boot Camp, organized by Columbia University, New York University (NYU) and the School of Visual Arts (SVA), has a planned agenda of more than 25 speakers covering key areas for social entrepreneurship such as venture conception, implementation, communication, and evaluation.

    The SE Boot Camp will kick off on Saturday at NYU with opening keynote speaker Jeffrey Hollender, founder of Seventh Generation, and will continue with workshops led by representatives of IDEO, SVA, The Hatchery, B Lab, StartingBloc, and the School of International & Public Affairs at Columbia University, among others. The second day of the SE Boot Camp will take place at Columbia with the opening remarks of keynote speaker Ryan Allis, CEO of Icontact. Other speakers come from Acumen Fund, Change.org, Launcht, Dalberg, TerraCycle and others. The conference culminates on Sunday afternoon with an intensive Social Venture Pitch Competition where participants can win up to $2000 in cash and in-kind prizes. 

    Aware of the need for stronger business and entrepreneurial preparation for innovators from diverse disciplines such as public policy, nonprofit management, international development, social work, and education, graduate students from Columbia and NYU founded the Social Enterprise Boot Camp in 2010. The SE Boot Camp aims to help social innovators with a non-business background develop skills in the possible stages of an innovator’s venture—from the conception of an idea through planning and implementation, to communication across platforms and stakeholders, and finally to measuring results and evaluating outcomes.


  • Venezuelan Opposition Candidates Face Off

    Monday, November 14, 2011

    The five contenders for Venezuela’s opposition candidacy in next year’s presidential election will debate one another at 8:00 p.m. tonight, in a live televised debate. The candidates are: Henrique Capriles Radonski (Primero Justicia), Leopoldo López (Voluntad Popular), Pablo Pérez (Un Nuevo Tiempo), Diego Arria (independent), and María Corina Machado (independent). The winner of the primary election, to be held in February 2012, will go on to represent the Mesa de la Unidad Democrática (Coalition for Democratic Unity- MUD) party in the general presidential election against incumbent Hugo Chávez next October.

    Tonight’s debate was organized by the Student Movement at the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello (UCAB), where it will take place. Jesús María Casal, former dean of the Faculty of Law at UCAB, will moderate the debate, asking candidates to describe their positions on education, security and employment. Candidates will have one minute each to answer questions on the above topics, as well as 30 seconds to introduce themselves and state why they want to become president of Venezuela.

    AQ readers can watch the debate streaming live on news media site La Patilla.


  • PINTA Art Fair Opens in New York

    Thursday, November 10, 2011

    PINTA, a modern and contemporary Latin American art fair, will open its fifth New York edition tonight with a VIP reception in the Lower East Side (by invitation only). The show, to be held at 7 West 34th Street, will open tomorrow and continue through Sunday, November 13.

    PINTA will feature some of the best Latin American art for sale today, at a time when there is increasing interest among museums, dealers and collectors in the region's artistic output. The show includes works by Antonio Manuel, Fernando Botero, Gabriela Machado, and Roberto Matta, to name a few. Abstract and conceptual art figure prominently.

    Organizers invited 50 well-known galleries from the U.S., Latin America and Europe to participate in the PINTA art fair. The event coincides with Christie’s and Sotheby’s Latin American art auctions, as well as other events at museums and cultural institutions in New York City, including a collectors’ forum on Latin American art at the Morgan Library on Saturday, November, 12, and an exhibition of Diego Rivera’s murals that opens at the Museum of Modern Art on Sunday, November 13.


  • New Americas Quarterly Released

    Thursday, October 27, 2011

    Is the development trend du jour, impact investment, the Next Big Thing? According to its proponents, private investment for both profit and social good holds the promise of unlocking billions to address the problems of poverty and inequality. To others it’s just another fad. Read and decide for yourself in the new issue of Americas Quarterly.

    The Fall AQ also features stories—on Chinese mining investment to education reform and security—and marks the signing of the U.S.–Colombia free-trade agreement with an interview with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos.

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  • Latin Films at DocNYC

    Wednesday, November 2, 2011

    DocNYC, a New York-based festival dedicated exclusively to documentary films, gets underway today. Over the course of nine days, it will screen more than 90 short and feature-length films with perspectives from around the globe. Included in is a special series of Latin-American interest films: Ingrid Betancourt: Six Years in the Jungle, a feature about the former hostage held by FARC guerrillas in Colombia; Perdida, an investigation of the Calderón media moguls in Mexico; and Shorts: Latin American Visions, three short films with ecological themes. Visit DocNYC for more details and a full schedule of events.


  • Buying Art to Help Underprivileged Colombian Children

    Monday, October 24, 2011

    With the support of Colombia’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Nestor Osorio, and the Fondation Aide Aux Enfants, the American Friends of the Bambi Homes Colombia will hold Be Part, an auction of Colombian art in NY on October 26 at the Gabarron Foundation. Bambi Homes is a non-profit organization providing shelter and care to children in need since 1985. Through eight foster homes in Colombia, Bambi has cared for more than 10,000 children. American Friends of the Bambi Homes Colombia is the U.S. affiliate of the Swiss non-profit Bambi based in Geneva.

    Artists like Maripaz Jaramillo, Yosman Botero, Mateo López, Cristina Ochoa Franco, and Leo Matiz—among a group of other 33 well known and emerging painters—donated their pieces for the auction which aims at raising funds for the acquisition of the necessary supplies for a new foster home in a marginal area of Bogotá. The facilities will have the capacity of welcoming 250 kids, mainly those affected by the recent floods in the country.

    The first auction was held in 2009 and attracted select personalities from the Latin American and Geneva communities in New York. Last year 150 participated in the event.


  • The Economic Effects of Local Immigration Policy

    Wednesday, October 19, 2011

    Thursday, October 20, 2011
    5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
    Registration: 5:30 – 6:00 p.m.
    Presentation: 6:00 – 7:15 p.m. Reception: 7:15 – 8:00 p.m.

    AS/COA
    680 Park Avenue
    New York, NY
    Map of location

    On Thursday, Americas Society will host a public program on the citywide economic effects (including on job creation and business growth) of restrictive versus non-restrictive immigration laws. In addition to a panel discussion, the program will launch Americas Society’s just-published white paper, The Economic Impact of Immigrant-Related Local Ordinances, which compares how each type of policy impacts the average business environment in cities across the country.

    Policy makers, academics, businesspeople, and representatives of community organizations from all over the U.S., including Nashville, New Orleans, New York, Portland, Atlanta, and Omaha, will participate in Thursday’s discussion. Roderick Royal, president of the Birmingham City Council, Alabama; Ronnie Steine, member-at-large of the Metropolitan City Council of Nashville and Davidson County, Tennessee; and Melissa Mark-Viverito, council member and co-Vice Chair of the Black, Latino and Asian Caucus in the New York City Council, will speak during the program.

    *This event has now passed. View the event summary or watch a video of the program for additional information.


  • Hispanic New York Film & Video Fest Opens Wednesday

    Tuesday, October 11, 2011

    On Wednesday, October 12, Instituto Cervantes will host the opening night of the sixth-annual Hispanic New York Film & Video Fest. This year’s festival, curated by filmmaker Frances Negrón-Muntaner and writer Claudio Iván Remeseira, both of Columbia University, will include five film screenings and Q&A sessions on October 12, 13 and 19. Events will take place at Instituto Cervantes and Columbia University.

    The opening-night film, Subterráneos (“Subways”), tells the story of five musical groups from South and Central Mexico who eke out their living by playing music on New York City subways. The film screening will be followed by a Q&A with the directors and a live musical performance by the group Fuerza Norteña. Other events to look forward to include a screening of Los Que Se Quedan (“Those Who Remain”), about the relatives left behind by those who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border, and Recordando el Mamoncillo (“Remembering the Mamoncillo”), about lovers of Cuban music who have assembled at the Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden in Queens, New York every July for 30 years to celebrate a uniquely Cuban tradition.

    The Hispanic New York Film & Video Fest is organized by Instituto Cervantes, Columbia University’s Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race (CSER), and the Hispanic New York Project. For a full program listing and additional information, visit the blog of the Hispanic New York Project.


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