Colombian Surprise: Women, War & Peace

 “The War We Are Living” follows two powerful Afro-Colombian women as they protect their community’s land rights. It airs on your local PBS station Tuesday, November 1. Check local listings.Colombian Surprise: Women, War & Peace...more

Femme fatale: Fatal to feminism?

"Erotic Love in Spanish American Literature." Or, my final undergraduate Spanish class. It's not as raunchy as it sounds — no porn (yet), and so far the course focuses mostly on the historical context of each book we've read (i.e. post-revolution Mexico in Arráncame la vida and crime-riddled 1980s Colombia in Rosario Tijeras. ...more

What's the truth behind the violence in Mexico -- and what do we do about it?

Here's the headline everyone agrees on: in Mexico, drug cartels are wreaking havoc on a grand scale. They have infiltrated the political parties, the police, and the military. They invade hospitals. They have murdered thousands of people who have tried to stand against them -- especially journalists who dared to report on their misdeeds. But try to understand why it's happening and what to do about it, and things get complicated. ...more

Let's Not Forget About Colombia

I turned on the TV this morning expecting news from Colombia. I should have known better than to count on the TV for unbiased, up-to-date news... Regardless, I was saddened to hear of the news about Bhutto. This cowardly, terrorist act effects the lives of so many hopeful citizens in Pakistan. ...more