Seminars Abroad Latin America - Instructors

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Human Rights and Democracy in Chile & Peru 

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Michael Lazzara 

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Michael Lazzara has been traveling to Chile regularly for the past 25 years, speaks fluent Spanish, has lived in the Chile for extended periods of time, has taught Summer Abroad there seven times, has extensive contacts in country, and has dedicated the majority of his research to recent Chilean history and culture. He has been a Fulbright scholar in Chile, worked for the State Department at the U.S. Embassy in Santiago, and authored several books on Chilean issues. His most recent book, Civil Obedience: Complicity and Complacency in Chile since Pinochet, was published in May 2018 by the University of Wisconsin Press. He has worked in Peru and is currently working with Professor Walker on a translation and critical edition of José Carlos Agüero’s Los rendidos, a book by the son of two Shining Path militants that is causing a stir in Latin American studies circles.

Charles Walker


Charles Walker is the MacArthur Foundation Endowed Chair in International Human Rights, professor of history, and director of the Hemispheric Institute on the Americas. He has published widely on Peruvian history and is currently writing a book on the Shining Path insurgency. In 2017, he published with Carlos Aguirre a selection of texts and images on Lima, The Lima Reader (Duke University Press). He has lived and researched in Peru for over ten years and has taught for a decade the UCD Summer Sessions International course in Cusco. He is the recipient of teaching prizes from ASUCD and the Academic Senate.