Art and Culture

Queer Museum Brings Uncomfortable Truth About LGBT+ Expression in Brazil

September 3, 2018

Brazil, like other Latin American countries, is multifaceted when it comes to LGBT+ rights. As a country bursting with art and culture it provides unique opportunities to showcase queer identity through art and celebrate the pride of the community. São Paulo hosts the largest gay pride parade in the world, and the Ipanema neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro is known for being a popular gay destination.

A New 'Indigenismo'?: The Revival of Indigenous Culture and Pride in Latin America

March 27, 2018

Historically, ever since Spanish ships touched shore in the Bahamas in 1492, indigenous people in Latin America and the Caribbean have been subject to severe consequences ranging from discrimination to forced labor to outright genocide. As soon as Europeans first came into contact with the indigenous people with dark skin and unknown languages, they automatically deemed themselves biologically superior and the indigenous people savages. However, in recent years, indigenous people in Peru, Bolivia, Guatemala, Mexico, and other countries have taken it upon themselves to reverse the historical trend and turn what was once a handicap—their indigenous identity—into a tool to condemn their oppressors and express their ethnic pride.

What should we be asking about the new discovery of advanced ancient Maya civilization?

March 14, 2018

In February, a team of researchers in the jungles of northern Guatemala uncovered a secret which has been buried for thousands of years under its dense forested cloak.  According to the exclusive released by Tom Clynes from National Geographic, their mission revealed ruins of over “60,000 houses, palaces, elevated highways, and other human-made features” previously unbeknownst to scientists and scholars who study Maya history.  

Resiliencia académica, nuevas perspectivas de interpretación del aprendizaje en contextos de vulnerabilidad social/Academic resilience, new perspectives of interpreting learning in contexts of social vulnerability

February 26, 2018

Los países latinoamericanos tienen en común la persistente diferencia entre los resultados académicos de los estudiantes según su clase social. El presente ensayo se refiere a la relación entre el concepto de resiliencia y el aprendizaje en contextos de vulnerabilidad social. Se argumenta que este concepto permite comprender y analizar este fenómeno en su profundidad, de manera de contribuir a la búsqueda de mejores oportunidades de aprendizaje para todos.

Gendered Language: Tradition or Barrier to Equality?

February 20, 2018

Sometimes there are certain aspects of our lives that we simply do not question.  Children, who are often the only people courageous enough to go against the grain, grow accustomed to hearing the phrase, “it’s just the way it is.”

Language tends to be one of these unquestioned pieces of our behavior.  We may know nothing about the origin of the words we use everyday, or why we have to follow certain rules, but we usually adhere to what we have been provided.  

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