Carnival

Brazil is renowned for many things, from the Amazon Basin to the samba. One of the most famous and exciting aspects of Brazilian culture is the celebration of Carnival. Carnival, the period just before the Christian observance of Lent, is a joyous celebration that contrasts starkly with the solemnity and sacrifice of the period thatContinue reading “Carnival”

Weekly Digest 8/3/2020

The coronavirus pandemic continues to wreak havoc in Latin America and the Caribbean, with the disease spreading faster than in any other part of the world. However, other news from the region has also cropped up for this week, with a tropical storm barreling through the Caribbean, and a new study challenging understandings of theContinue reading “Weekly Digest 8/3/2020”

The South American Dreadnought Race

I have a soft spot for naval history, as I’ve always had a fascination with the sea. Today’s post is my first foray into writing about military warships, and I’ve chosen one of the more unique and overlooked aspects of naval history as my topic. In the modern age, battleships are mostly a relic ofContinue reading “The South American Dreadnought Race”

Weekly Digest 7/27/2020

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to dominate headlines in Latin America and throughout most of the world. This week, stories about the public health and economic impact of the pandemic continue, with another natural disaster receiving coverage as well.  Latin America has passed a worrying milestone, passing the United States and Canada as the region hardestContinue reading “Weekly Digest 7/27/2020”

An Overview of Latin American Literature

The literature of Latin America has undergone a steady process of change and development over the last several centuries. The history of Latin American literature begins with the oral traditions of indigenous peoples of the pre-Columbian Americas and continues through the e-books and electronic newspapers of the present day. The topic is far too broadContinue reading “An Overview of Latin American Literature”

Weekly Digest 7/20/2020

Many of this week’s news items relate directly or indirectly to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Economic and public health repercussions remain important, but another newsworthy item from last week is a cartel’s strong challenge to the authority of the Mexican government.  In Brazil, COVID-19 infections have crested the two-million mark, cementing the country’s confirmed casesContinue reading “Weekly Digest 7/20/2020”

The Building of the Panama Canal

The Panama Canal is not the longest manmade waterway in the Western Hemisphere, but it is the most important, as it bridges the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Additionally, its construction is one of the most impressive feats of human engineering in history. Numerous political leaders bandied about plans for connecting East and West through PanamaContinue reading “The Building of the Panama Canal”

An Overview of Sports in Latin America

The cultures found within Latin America are highly varied, and what is popular in one part of the region might have no following in another. Despite these differences, sports are an important way for people and countries of diverse backgrounds to come together, and a huge number of Latin Americans love sports. Throughout much ofContinue reading “An Overview of Sports in Latin America”

In Defense of the Liberal Arts

I credit my liberal arts education with playing an important role in making me the well-rounded person I strive to be. In undergrad, I had the privilege to attend a liberal arts university, and while I graduated with two majors, I also took a variety of additional courses outside of those disciplines. I spent mostContinue reading “In Defense of the Liberal Arts”

Weekly Digest 7/13/2020

   In what will be a recurring theme, there are plenty of news items from Latin America this week. Below are a few highlights from media coverage throughout the region. COVID-19 was slower to spread to and through Latin America than North America and Europe, but the peoples and countries of the region are now facingContinue reading “Weekly Digest 7/13/2020”