Authoritarianism is a reoccurring trend in Latin American history. As long as institutions cannot be established on a permanent basis, dictators keep surging, presently not through coup d’états, but through elections. Are we condemned to repetition? Has populism come to stay? Can we hope for democracy in the future?
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Sergio Ramírez is a Nicaraguan writer who participated in the revolution that overthrew the Somoza family dictatorship in 1979. He later served as vice president of Nicaragua from 1985-1990. Ramírez has published more than 50 books, including novels, short stories, essays, and chronicles that have been translated into 20 languages. He has received various literary awards, most notably the Cervantes Prize in 2017. Since 2021 Ramírez has lived in exile in Madrid.
Miguel Centeno, Sociology, Princeton University
Open to Princeton students and faculty, and specially invited guests. A "to-go" lunch will be provided at the conclusion of the event.