ICAR Lecture Highlights Latin American Diversity

Posted: December 12, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Fran Rensbarger

Visiting scholar Denise Shomaly’s brown bag lecture, snowed out last Thursday, will be held today at the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (ICAR). She focuses on Latin America and her native Chile. She asks why a region that consists of 22 countries, each of them quite different from the others, is often treated as a single entity. Shomaly will present “Chile and Globalism: Best Standing Economy and Democratic System in the Midst of Latin American Turmoil–Why?”

Shomaly will show how her homeland is unique. “I want to present Chile with its distinctive characteristics that make it, at present, the most prosperous country in the region, and the most stable politically,” says Shomaly. “Also, it is the most globalized economy–including technologically–of all Latin American nations.” She will examine some reasons for this phenomenon through a micro-historical background, statistics, and the current performance in the international arena.

A Visiting Fulbright Scholar, Shomaly has worked in the communications field for 20 years, teaching at various universities, consulting, and advising.

The discussion is part of ICAR’s series of informal lectures on the research and practice of conflict resolution and is held at noon in the ICAR Main Conference Room, A401, located at 4260 Chain Bridge Road in Fairfax. For more information, call (703) 993-1300.

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