Laura E. Pérez
Chair, Latinx Research Center
“Authors Meet Critics” discussion focused on Professor Laura Eliza Pérez’s book Eros Ideologies: Writings on Art, Spirituality, and the Decolonial:
Riot or Uprising: A Conversation with Pierre Labbossiere on the Haitian Crisis
Haiti has seen a series of demonstrations since September of 2019 that were triggered by a fuel shortage. Shortly after, demonstrators started demanding the resignation of President Jovenel Moise. Media outlets have depicted these demonstrations as riots. In this podcast, we hear from Pierre Labossiere, co-founder of the Haiti Action Committee, and look at the history of Haiti, to determine whether these demonstrations are in fact riots or whether they are part of an uprising that stems from Haiti’s long history of resistance towards oppressive forces.
Language and Violence in Brazil with Dr. Daniel Silva
In this podcast we work through several themes including social media’s role in Brazil, especially through whatsapp, in constructing false narratives of political figures and events. We talk about Jair Bolsonaro and his use of language and its relationship with physical violence. We try to hash out what is novel about information today including the speed of information spreading and the vastly diverse amounts of information available to the public. We also discuss popular resistance in Brazil and the case of Marielle Franco. Lastly, we discuss the ideal future of how to deal with the rise of hateful language seen in Brazil. Is legal action appropriate? Is it constitutional? Ethical? Or, is there a responsibility for communities and people to stigmatize hateful language? And, how can this be done?