Past Issues

Displacements (Winter 2017)

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The sweet pure tones of a violin emanated through my grade school auditorium. Ten-year- old Florika, a refugee after the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, was turning the warmth of once- living wood into a powerful source of communication....continue reading the editor's letter 

El Salvador (Spring 2016)

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I had forgotten how beautiful El Salvador is. The fragrance of ripening rose apples mixed with the tropical breeze. A mockingbird sang off in the distance. Flowers were everywhere: roses, orchids, sunflowers, bougainvillea and the creamy white izote flower...continue reading editor's letter.

Territory Guarani (Spring 2015)

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DRCLAS receptions are bustling affairs, sparkling with ample liquor, Latin American tidbits and compelling conversations. It was at one of these receptions that Jorge Silvetti and Graciela Silvestri first approached me casually regarding an issue about the Guarani...continue reading editor's letter

Fiestas! (Spring 2014)

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At the Oruro Carnival, a few hours from La Paz, the heavy-set blue-skirted women swirl past me in a dizzying burst of color and enviable grace. The trumpeters, some with exotically dyed hair, blare not too far behind. I remember that as a young man President Evo Morales had been a trumpeter in this very carnival... continue reading editor's letter

Mining (Winter 2014)

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At the Oruro Carnival, a few hours from La Paz, the heavy-set blue-skirted women swirl past me in a dizzying burst of color and enviable grace. The trumpeters, some with exotically dyed hair, blare not too far behind. I remember that as a young man President Evo Morales had been a trumpeter in this very carnival.…   continue reading editor's letter

Panamá (Spring 2013)

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Five hundred years ago this fall Spanish explorer Vasco Núñez de Balboa became the first European to see the Pacific Ocean. Climbing alone to the high peak of a mountain, he saw a glimmer of what was then called “the South Sea.” Four days later, he and his men reached the ocean and claimed all of what was to become the nation of Panamá for Spain....continue reading the editor's letter

Universities (Fall 2012)​​​​​​​

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I learned about universities on the barricades. Well, not exactly. I was a philosophy student at Barnard—the women’s college at Columbia University—when the uprising began in 1968. Students, including my boyfriend and several classmates, took over buildings to protest a gym planned for nearby Morningside Heights....continue reading the editor's letter

Organized Crime (Winter 2012)

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The couple had fled their Salvadoran homeland to North Carolina during the brutal war of the 1980s. They learned English, worked hard, started a successful business and became U.S. citizens. They sent money back home monthly, although not much...continue reading the editor's letter

Journalism (Spring | Summer 2011)

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I always assumed Róbinson Rojas was Dominican. For decades now, I’ve been carrying around his words or posting them on my walls. I was given these inspiring words by my dear friend, the photojournalist Ramón DeJesús Lora, then...continue reading the editor's letter

Architecture (Spring | Summer 2010)

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Many a year ago, when I first came to work at DRCLAS, I hosted a summer intern from South Carolina. She was even newer to Cambridge than I was. On her first day at work, I sent her to mail a FedEx package, instructing her that…continue reading the editor's letter

The Sky Above (Spring 2009)

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Professor Don Pfister came to my office the other day to discuss this issue of ReVista. I was wearing one of my favorite pieces of jewelry, a black-and-white speckled necklace from Colombia.…continue reading the editor's letter

Venezuela (Fall 2008)

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Long, long ago before I ever saw the skyscrapers of Caracas, long before I ever fished for cachama in Barinas with Pedro and Aída, long before I ever dreamed of ReVista, let alone an issue on Venezuela, I heard a song…continue reading the editor's letter

Violence (Winter 2008)

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Suddenly, I was seeing violence everywhere. Just after I started thinking about this issue of ReVista, I went to a sweet documentary film about Cuban photographer Alberto Korda, who captured the famous iconic image of Che Guevara…continue reading the editor's letter

Brazil (Spring 2007)

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Brazil is different. Brazil is huge. Brazil is colorful. Brazil is magic. In Brazil, the people speak Portuguese instead of Spanish. I’ve written a variation of these phrases some five times over, trying to decide if they are clichés. I’ve only visited Brazil four times...continue reading the editor's letter

Social Enterprise (Fall 2006)

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The red and orange leaves of autumn drift past my window. It’s hard to believe that more than two months have gone by since I returned to ReVista from a year’s sabbatical on a Fulbright Fellowship in Colombia. The view out my ...continue reading the editor's letter

Flora and Fauna (Winter 2005)

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The blue New England sky shed a diffuse light through the leaves of the trees in the ample DRCLAS yard at 61 Kirkland. I was scurrying from the office, intent on going wherever I was going. Noel "Missy" Holbrook, a member of the DRCLAS ....continue reading the editor's letter

The Children (Winter 2004)

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A blue whale spurts water joyfully into an Andean sky on my office door. A rainbow glitters among a feast of animals and palm trees. Geometrical lightning tosses tiny houses into the air with the force of a tropical hurricane....continue reading editor's letter

Colombia (Spring 2003)

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When I first started working on this ReVista issue on Colombia, I thought of dedicating it to the memory of someone who had died. Murdered newspaper editor Guillermo Cano had been my entrée into Colombia when I won an Inter American Press Association fellowship in 1977....continue reading editor's letter

Human Rights (Fall 2003)

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During the day, I edit story after story on human rights for the Fall issue of ReVista. During the evening, I work on my biography of Irma Flaquer, a courageous Guatemalan journalist who was disappeared in 1980...continue reading editor's letter

Tourism (Winter 2002)

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As tourists to Mexico, we were watching the fuzzy black-and-white television image of Neil Armstrong when he became the first man to set foot on the moon July 20, 1969...continue reading editor's letter

Mexico in Transition (Fall 2001)

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You are holding in your hands the first issue of ReVista, formerly known as DRCLAS NEWS. Over the last couple of years, DRCLAS NEWS has examined...continue reading editor's letter

Art in the Americas (Winter 2001)

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Is there such a thing as Latin American art? Can the energies of thousands of creative visionaries, expressed in every kind of medium over a period of centuries and across a geography as varied as any in the world, be considered in a single category...continue reading introductory essay

Health and Equity (Fall 2000)

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The state of health of the Western Hemisphere, I am pleased to say, is improving, distinguished readers. Every country in the Americas is experiencing a decline in child mortality, a decrease in fertility rates and increased life expectancy in the last decade...continue reading introductory essay

Education (Spring 1999)

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Whenever one asks about ways of struggling against impossible odds in Latin America, one is told not to worry because no "hay mal que dure cien anos" (no evil lasts one hundred years). The saying points in the direction of passive resistance since....continue reading introductory essay

The Internet (Winter 1999)

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This issue of the DRCLAS News is devoted to the Internet's effect on Latin America. As the person in charge of all Harvard News Office Web sites and the editor of a daily newspaper produced in May 1998 for the Second International Harvard Conference on the Internet and Society...continue reading introductory essay

On Social Justice (Spring 1998)

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This issue of DRCLAS NEWS focuses on the theme of social justice, a theme inextricably linked with our children and the future of Latin America. So often we who study the lives of children or work with them as, say, teachers or nurses or doctors...continue reading introductory essay

The Biology of Culture (Fall 2016)

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I’m about to go out to lunch with some friends from Washington (yes, the Venezuelan  place again). I just know they will ask me what the next issue of ReVista is. My friends and colleagues are used to hearing about offbeat themes: garbage, sports, the Internet, the sky above and the earth below, natural disasters...continue reading editor's letter.

Music (Winter 2016) 

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When I was nine or ten, I learned to pick out two songs on the piano. One was “Jingle Bells.” The other was “Que Sera Sera.” My mother hummed that song a lot, and I always associated it with the tales of tropical breezes and colonial forts of my parents’ honeymoon....continue reading editor's letter

Garbage (Winter 2015)

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Everyone in Bogotá was talking trash that Christmas season. Pure garbage. The streets—at least most of them—had just been cleared of the bags and bags of trash that had lingered on the sidewalks for days, but the smells lingered in the air. My friend Adriana whipped out her Smartphone...continue reading editor's letter

Peru (Fall 2014) 

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I’m long past the point of being a tourist in Peru, although I’ve never lived there. I first arrived by bus in 1977 on an Inter American Press Association fellowship and I’ve been going back ever since. I’ve explored its cities, mountains, jungles, lakes and beaches, been invited to countless hospitable homes, been robbed twice, enjoyed its ceviche and pinchos...continue reading editor's letter

Memory (Fall 2013)

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Irma Flaquer’s image as a 22-year-old Guatemalan reporter stares from the pages of a 1960 Time magazine, her eyes blackened by a government mob that didn’t like her feisty stance. She never gave up, fighting with her pen against the long dictatorship, suffering a car bomb explosion in 1970, then being dragged by her hair from her car one October ten years later and disappearing... continue reading the editor's letter

Water (Winter 2013)

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When I’m feeling a bit blue on dark winter days, words about water flow into my head: John Masefield’s “I must go down to the sea again” or the 23rd Psalm’s quiet rhythms, “He leadeth me beside still waters.” A walk down Riverside Drive or a stroll along the beach in Cartagena or Coney Island...continue reading the editor's letter

Sports! (Spring 2012)

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I hate sports. As a little girl, I was always stuck on the softball outfield—the practical way of including a chubby, clumsy kid in the mandatory physical education class. I’d rather have been inside reading my favorite poet Edna St. Vincent Millay......continue reading the editor's letter

Bolivia (Fall 2011)

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I’d almost forgotten about Che. Well, not the triumphant Che of Havana, but the Che who fought unsuccessfully in Bolivia—even though I’d been moved by Steven Soderbergh’s Che: Part II a while back. But in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, my host Nigel Asquith from Natura Bolivia...continue reading the editor's letter

Guatemala (Fall 2010 | Winter 2011)

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The diminutive indigenous woman in her bright embroidered blouse waited proudly for her grandson to receive his engineering degree. His mother, also dressed in a traditional flowery blouse—a huipil, took photos with a...continue reading the editor's letter

Film (Fall 2009)

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For me, movies are magic. And movie going is an emotional experience or maybe I should say, two types of emotional experiences. I also delight in going with friends, passing the popcorn and engaging in the lively debate of a shared experience afterwards...continue reading the editor's letter

The Sixties (Winter 2009)

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My boyfriend Jim and I were watching television in a smoky working-class bar in Cuernavaca, Mexico, that July 20, 1969. I can't remember Neil Armstrong's words...continue reading the editor's letter

Puerto Rico (Spring 2008)

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I'm often asked what was the first country I ever visited in Latin America. I stumble and have to think before answering. That’s not because I have a bad memory. I'm just not sure what counts as Latin America. Outside of my predominantly...continue reading the editor's letter

Dance! (Fall 2007)

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We were little black cats with white whiskers and long tails. One musical number from my one and only dance performance—in the fifth grade—has always stuck in my head. It was called "Hernando’s Hideaway," a rhythm I was told was a tango…continue reading the editor's letter

Natural Disasters (Winter 2007)

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My very first reporting trip to Latin America was to cover the aftermath of a natural disaster. Hurricane Fifi had smashed into Honduras in the fall of 1974, and my neighbro Angela Acosta-Wagner had mobilized our community in Lakeland....continue reading the editor's letter


Elections (Spring 2006)

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A quarter century ago, ReVista could not have published a special issue devoted to analyzing open and competitive elections in Latin America. ReVista did not exist then (it was founded in 2000), but even if it had existed, an elections...continue reading the director's letter

U.S. Foreign Policy (Spring 2005)

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This was supposed to have been the anniversary issue. The only problem was that with the temporary cutback in ReVista’s schedule from three to two times a year, it is no longer the anniversary year of 2004: 25 years since the Sandinista Revolution....continue reading the editor's letter

Chile (Spring 2004)

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I was hesitant to do an issue on Chile when I had other topics broader and richer in content. Although in a way Chile seems like an obvious choice because of the DRCLAS Regional office there, I felt there were other priorities in terms of substance....continue reading editor's letter

Cityscapes (Winter 2003)

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I have to confess. I fell passionately, madly, in love at first sight. I was standing on the edge of Bogotá's National Park, breathing in the rain-washed air laden with the heavy fragrance of eucalyptus trees. I looked up towards the mountains over the red-tiled roofs...continue reading editor's letter

Giving and Volunteering (Spring 2002)

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The floods were raging in the rivers near author Maria Eugenia Choque's home in La Paz, Bolivia. ReVista writers suffered viruses, both of the technological and biological types....continue reading editor's letter

Democracy (Fall 2002)

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Ellen Schneider's description of Sandinista leader Daniel Ortega in her provocative article on Nicaraguan democracy sent me scurrying to my oversized scrapbooks of newspaper articles. I wanted to show her that rather than being perceived as a caudillo...continue reading editor's letter

Food in the Americas (Spring 2001)

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As a correspondent in Latin America for 14 years, I covered revolutions, elections, hurricanes, and a wide variety of other events. Yet, the single story that produced the most reaction was an op-ed feature for the Wall Street Journal describing how I learned to cook amidst the...continue reading editor's letter

Discovering Latin@s (Spring 2000)

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In California hospitals today, the name most often given to baby boys is Jose. No wonder there is talk of Mexico's reconquista of that vast area of the Southwest that it had lost to the United States in 1848. The treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo that officially transferred...continue reading introductory essay

Cuba Today (Winter 2000)

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Cuba is in. Things Cuban are fashionable and in vogue-what Bonnie Raitt suggested in her lyric "Cuba is Way Too Cool." Cuban recorded music has once more claimed its place as a dominant presence in the U.S. market. Irakere, Los Van Van, Cubanisimo...continue reading introductory essay

The Economy (Fall 1999)

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Latin America can take a punch. Its endurance of a whole series of rather large shocks in the last two years is a tribute to the region's extensive structural reforms. The consequences a decade ago would likely have been much worse. However, this resilience also reflects...continue reading introductory essay

Women in Latin America (Winter 1998)

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We drove up into the residential hills of Villa Hermosa, overlooking the city of Guatemala, searching for the house amongst the many white-stucco, high-walled mansions. I asked the taxi-driver to wait to make sure this was the address the colonel's secretary....continue reading introductory essay

The Environment (Fall 1998)

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This issue of the DRCLAS NEWS deals with some of the environmental problems of Latin America, one of the priorities of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies. The challenges, as evidenced by the diversity of articles in this newsletter...continue reading introductory essay