Message from Acting Director Javier Guerrero

Wednesday, Feb 6, 2019
by Javier Guerrero

Dear Colleagues and Students,

Welcome back to a new semester! For the Spring term, I will be Acting Director of the Program in Latin American Studies (PLAS), while Gabriela Nouzeilles enjoys a much-deserved sabbatical.

I am pleased to announce the appointment of our fellows this semester. Long-term fellows Cristina Freire, Professor and Curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art of the University of São Paulo, and Leonardo Cardoso, Assistant Professor of the Department of Performance Studies at Texas A&M University, will be teaching and conducting research at Princeton. And postdoctoral fellows Ben Gerlofs and Ryan Edwards will continue their research and teaching. And a number of short-term fellows will be visiting from Brazil, Cuba, and Venezuela. A complete list of PLAS fellows can be found at:

We will continue our very successful lunchtime talks, returning to Wednesdays this semester. We have put together a rich and varied series of lunchtime lectures by scholars and artists visiting from Latin America, Europe, and various locations in the U.S. Guest speakers include the internationally lauded Mexican writer Cristina Rivera Garza, Chilean photographer Paz Errázuriz, Venezuelan sociologist Verónica Zubillaga, Argentine art historian Andrea Giunta, and Columbia University Professor of History Pablo Piccato, among many others. 

We are especially proud to present our fellows as they share their research in lunchtime talks. We start our series this Wednesday with Ben Gerlofs’ talk, Así No (Not Like This): Resisting Postpolitics on Mexico City's Avenida Chapultepec”, and we end the first part of the semester with Cristina Freire’s “Decolonize the Museum: Utopia?” on March 13.

I would like to invite you all to our lunchtime talks and special events. PLAS is an interdisciplinary program dedicated to the convergence of scholars, students, and community members interested in Latin America and its global impact. We come together to build an intellectual community based on inclusive and democratic values.

We hope that you enjoy our programming.

A full calendar of our events is available at: