Other Events


Andres Oppenheimer

Venezuela: State of the Crisis, Crisis of the State

November 13, 2017

A five-expert panel discussion on the current state of affairs in Venezuela, followed by audience Q&A. Event sponsored by the University of Miami's Venezuelan Student Association, the Latin American Studies Program, and the University of Miami Institute for Advanced Study of the Americas.


The Perfect Storm: Understanding the Crisis in Puerto Rico

November 13, 2017

Professors Yolanda Martinez-San Miguel, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, and William Pestle, Department of Anthropology and Latin American Studies shared a teach-in session on the current crisis of Puerto Rico after hurricane Maria. The event was sponsored by the University of Miami Employee Alliance and the University of Miami Institute for Advanced Study of the Americas. 


Latin American Challenges: The Role of the European Union

November 3, 2017

A seminar and publications organized by the Jean Monnet Chair of the University of Miami European Union Center, and co-sponsored by the Miami-Florida European Union Center-a partnership with Florida International University, the Jean Monnet/Erasmus Program of the European Union, and the University of Miami College of Arts and Sciences, Department of International Studies, and Institute for Advanced Study of the Americas.

The seminar addressed the Venezuelan crisis and its impact on the community of Latin American and Caribbean States plans, the consequences of the Lima Declaration and the suspension-delay f the EU-CELAC summit, the future of Latin American security and economics, as well as regional integration and the role of the European Union.


Bending the Arc

November 1, 2017

Thirty years ago, a group of improbable heroes came together on a mission that was both medical and moral, and, by everyone’s estimation other than their own, highly unlikely to succeed. Their goal was simple but daring: to make high quality healthcare available to everyone, even in the world’s poorest countries. Fighting entrenched diseases, political and bureaucratic machinery, and the charity-industrial complex itself, these crusaders forced the international community to embrace the idea that health care must be a basic human right in every society, and went ahead to provide it. In doing so, they have changed the lives of millions of people across the globe.

Told through interviews, rare archival material and on-the-ground contemporary footage featuring Dr. Paul Farmer (legendary founder of Partners In Health), Dr. Jim Yong Kim (maverick President of the World Bank), and Dr. Agnes Binagwaho (controversial Health Minister of Rwanda), the film is an emotionally charged, dramatic and inspiring journey with these brilliant and headstrong heroes.



Corporate Sustainability Symposium: Green Finance

October 18, 2017

As we continue to realize the impact of a more values-based approach to public savings and private investment, the globalization of green finance has become integral to the development of a sustainable financial system. While financial services are critical to economic growth, profits alone are not enough to meet our basic needs. Green finance complements the tradition of socially responsible investing to create a dynamic sector within the wider context of corporate sustainability.

The event was organized by the University of Miami School of Business Administration at the Storer Auditorium where a panel of local and industry experts discussed green finance.


Americas Conference Series with Andres Oppenheimer

June 30, 2017

Andres Oppenheimer conversed with two key ministers from Argentina: Treasury Minister Nicolas Dujovne and Transportation Minister Guillermo Dietrich. In separate dialogues with Oppenheimer and the audience, both were asked, among other things, about the Argentine economic situation, the investment prospects, the October legislative elections, and the possibilities of implementing the economic agenda of President Mauricio Macri after the legislative elections.


Latin American Forum: Advancing Access to Healthcare

June 9, 2017

This one-day forum was hosted by the Center for Health Sector Management and Policy at the University of Miami School of Business Administration along with the University's Institute for Advanced Study of the Americas, and was sponsored by Boston Scientific. The forum followed a series of similar conferences focused on improving the access and delivery of health care in Latin America. The 2017 meeting was designed as a one -day specialized educational program, bringing together thought leaders, from both public and private health agencies, to discuss key topics, challenges and opportunities affecting access to health care in Latin America.


Americas Conference Series with Andres Oppenheimer

May 30, 2017

A conversation with Mexico’s Foreign Affairs Secretary and former Finance Secretary, Luis Videgaray Caso, a key figure in Mexico’s NAFTA negotiation, and in the efforts of the Organization of American States to restore democracy in Venezuela. He was asked about trade, immigration, Venezuela, and Mexico’s 2018 presidential elections. The Americas Conference® Series with Andrés Oppenheimer features high-level business and government leaders discussing economic, political and public policy issues facing the U.S. and Latin America.


Women in Contemporary Cuba
Challenges and Opportunities during Times of Changes

April 20, 2017

This special presentation showcased the untold stories of Cuban women and addressed the challenges and opportunities they face in everyday Cuban society. The audience heard from Yoani Sanchez about women who do not only grapple with domestic violence and gender inequality but who also seize the moment through entrepreneurial ventures and other endeavors. Moderated by Dr. Felicia Marie Knaul, director of the University of Miami Institute for Advanced Study of the Americas.


Culture as Resource Symposium in Honor of Dr. George Yúdice

April 7-8, 2017

This event was co-sponsored by the University of Miami Institute for Advanced Study of the Americas, the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, the Joseph Carter Memorial Fund and the College of Arts and Sciences.


Open House at Pick Hall

December 2, 2016

With welcome remarks from Director Dr. Felicia Marie Knaul, Dean Leonidas Bacchas, and President Julio Frenk, the Pick Hall location of the institute was officially inaugurated to become a research hub of the University on hemispheric issues.


Hemispheric Crossings Series
Gisèle Pineau in conversation with Aleksandra Perisic

November 16, 2016

Pineau is a French-born Guadeloupian writer and former psychiatric nurse. She writes novels, children's literature, essays, and coffee table books. Her works often deal with issues of racism and intolerance from the perspective of Caribbean women. Her work has been translated into multiple languages. She will talk about postcolonial French writing with Aleksandra Perisic (Assistant Professor, MLL). This conversation took place in collaboration with the Consulate Generals of France and of Guadeloupe in Miami, and was co-sponsored by the Program in American Studies and Hemispheric Caribbean Studies.


Hemispheric Crossings Series
Mayra Santos-Febres in conversation with B. Christine Arce

November 14, 2016

Puerto Rican novelist, poet, and radio and television personality Mayra Santos-Febres is Professor in the humanities division of the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras. She specializes in African, Caribbean, and feminist literature. Her most recent collection of short stories, El exilio de los asesinos y otras historias de amor was published by Miami’s Pereza Ediciones. Her work has been translated into English, French, German, and Italian. She read selections from her new book and discuss diasporic identity, female sexuality, and language use in the Caribbean with B. Christine Arce (Assistant Professor, MLL). This conversation took place in collaboration with Miami’s Pereza Ediciones, and was co-sponsored by the Program in American Studies and Hemispheric Caribbean Studies.


Hemispheric Crossings Series
Abosede George and Aimee Meredith Cox in conversation with Donette Francis

November 7, 2016

Historian Abosede George (Barnard College) and anthropologist Aimee Meredith Cox (Fordham University) discussed their recently published books on Black Girlhood in Lagos, Nigeria and Detroit, USA with Donette Francis (Associate Professor of English, and Director of the American Studies Program). Black girlhood has emerged as a distinct analytical focus of recent social science scholarship. Creative writers and literary critics have historically attended to writing about black girlhood. Within a black feminist genealogy, how does this renewed emphasis depart from or extend earlier framings? What is the analytical distinction that black girlhood marks and why does the category matter? And, all the more so, why now? This conversation was moderated by Professor Francis with attention to how the Caribbean and literary studies complement these new works. The American Studies Program secured funding for this event and Hemispheric Caribbean Studies co-sponsored it.

2016 Annual Energy Security Conference
Consequences of the Fall: Energy, Security, Sustainable Development and Global Warming

October 27-29, 2016

The conference examined continued impacts of the 2014-2015 decline in the price of oil. Participants examined the economic, environmental, social, and political consequences of states and regions, along with their responses.