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Puerto Rican Nationalism, Latin American Solidarity, and the 1930s: How Good Was the Good Neighbor Policy?
Discussions of the Good Neighbor Policy typically overlook Puerto Rico because the archipelago was not an independent Latin American nation. Yet, for many Latin Americans, Puerto Rico symbolized U.S. domination in the region and exposed the hypocrisy of Washington’s pledges of noninterference. Hemispheric opposition to U.S. colonialism in the archipelago and Latin Americans’s impassioned demands for the release of the Nationalist political prisoners represent an important critique of the Good Neighbor Policy and evidence of significant hostility to U.S. intervention in the region. This chapter shifts the discussion of the Good Neighbor Policy from Washington and the U.S. officials who formulated it to Latin Americans who questioned it and Washington’s intentions for the region by denouncing U.S. colonialism in Puerto Rico.
Despite protests and requests from Latin Americans, the U.S. government did not grant Puerto Rico independence nor did it release the Nationalist prisoners. U.S. interests, not the petitions of Latin Americans nor the demands of anti-colonial Puerto Ricans, determined U.S. policy toward the archipelago. Puerto Rico was essential to U.S. military defense plans for the Caribbean region, particularly in the face of impending war with Germany and Italy.
Framing the Global Immigrant Challenge: Evidence from Tweets Sent by Elected Representatives
Professor Laitin’s presentation applies text analysis and machine learning tools to an analysis of social media, to determine where migration issues are most salient, whether the messages focus on economic challenges or legal rights, and whether sentiments change with significant events, such as terrorist attacks or mass deaths of drowned asylum seekers. By analyzing the data from millions of tweets sent by elected representatives on issues relating to immigration and refugees, Professor Laitin aims to define a measurable pulse of how elites across the globe represent the immigration issue to their constituents.
- Thursday, October 17th, 2019
- Davide D. Laitin
- 4:00 PM
- Auditorium, National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA)
- 1205 W. Clark Street, Urbana
- Hosted by: Center for Advanced Study
What Factors Drive the Changes in Water Withdrawals in the U.S. Agriculture and Food Manufacturing Industries?
This paper uses a structural decomposition method to understand the factors at the origin of the decrease in irrigated water use in agriculture in the U.S.
Incorporating research conducted in collaboration with Andre F. T. Avelino (National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, CO), Professor Dall’erba will use a structural decomposition method to understand the factors at the origin of the decrease in irrigated water use in U.S. agriculture.
- Tuesday, October 29, 2019
- Sandy Dall,erba
- 12:00 PM Music Room
- Levis Faculty Center, Suite 200
- 919 West Illinois Street, Urbana
- Free and open to the public.
- Hosted by: Center for Advanced Study
Editing Nature: Governance Hurdles and Ethical Holes in Genetic Engineering
Professor Kofler will argue how scientific and value-based knowledge can inform technology decision-making in ways that are both context-dependent and global in scope. The inadequacy of dominant theories in environmental ethics to support such decision-making will also be presented and an alternative ethos proposed: one that respects the interconnectedness of human and environmental health and invites technology into that relationship to augment the flourishing of both.
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