IRC Book Club: Forgotten Continent: A History of the New Latin America
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The IRC Book Club gives participants the opportunity to discuss foreign affairs, global topics, authors' perspectives, historical events, and their current local relevance in a respectful, engaging setting. With political and economic realities continuing to shift, Latin America will be the focus of the next Book Club meeting. This program is free and open to the public, though reservations are requested to help with planning. Please join us!

8/15/2018
When: Wednesday, August 15, 2018
6:30-8 p.m.
Where: Kauffman Foundation Conference Center
4801 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, Missouri  64110
United States
Contact: Jack McLaren
816-868-4933


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About the Book Club
The IRC Book Club gives participants the opportunity to discuss foreign affairs, global topics, authors' perspectives, historical events, and their current local relevance in a respectful, engaging setting. Convened by seasoned Great Decisions leader Jack McLaren, the group meets every six to eight weeks to dig into a different author's work.


Next Meeting
Wednesday, August 15, 2018 – 6:30-8 p.m.
Kauffman Foundation Conference Center (4801 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, MO 64110)
Session Leader: TBA
This is a free program that is open to the public, though reservations are requested to help with planning.
For those who would like to continue the discussion after 8:00, the group may move to some place like the Brooksider.


About the Facilitator

Professor Viviana L. Grieco studies the political economy and political culture of the Spanish Empire. Her research focuses on the Viceroyalty of Rio de la Plata in the eighteenth century. She is the author of The Politics of Giving in the Viceroyalty of Rio de la Plata. Donors, Lenders, Subjects and Citizens (The University of New Mexico Press, 2014). Promoteo Libros of Argentina purchased from the University of New Mexico Press the rights to translate The Politics of Giving in the Viceroyalty of Rio de la Plata. The Spanish version is scheduled to come out in the fall of 2018. Dr. Grieco is currently working on a second monograph tentatively titled Conflict and Voice. Additionally, she has started a new research project on the global commerce of ephedrine, a commodity traded in both legal and illegal networks. Dr. Grieco teaches courses on Colonial and Modern Latin American History; Women, Gender and Sexuality in Latin America; and Historiography and Methods for graduate students.

Dr. Grieco was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She earned her B.A. at the Universidad de Buenos Aires in Argentina and her M.A. and Ph.D. at Emory University. Before joining UMKC, she taught at the Universidad de Buenos Aires and held a visiting position at Emory University. Her courses contribute to the general education curriculum, the non-Western requirement in History, and the Latin American and Latinx Studies Program.

Currently Reading
Forgotten Continent: A History of the New Latin America
by Michael Reid – 440 pages

Available for purchase (hardback, paperback, or e-reader): Amazon »
We encourage you to visit local booksellers: Rainy Day Books »
Local libraries have copies of the book and audiobook available.

Description: Ten years after its first publication, Michael Reid’s best-selling survey of the state of contemporary Latin America has been wholly updated to reflect the new realities of the “Forgotten Continent.” The former Americas editor for the Economist, Reid suggests that much of Central and South America, though less poor, less unequal, and better educated than before, faces harder economic times now that the commodities boom of the 2000s is over. His revised, in-depth account of the region reveals dynamic societies more concerned about corruption and climate change, the uncertainties of a Donald Trump-led United States, and a political cycle that, in many cases, is turning from left-wing populism to center-right governments. This essential new edition provides important insights into the sweeping changes that have occurred in Latin America in recent years and indicates priorities for the future.

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