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 different Latin American themes in depth. Topics have included art, women, immigration, Latin@s, food, health, Cuba, social policy, the Internet, environment, education, and economy. And increasingly, readers had been asking, “How can you call something with such substance a newsletter? And how do you pronounce that name anyway?”
After endless contests, constant consultations, and lots of soul-searching, we came up with the name ReVista. Our talented designer Kelly McMurray invented the slightly different look to reflect ReVista’s in-depth and highly visual content.
ReVista is a pun in Spanish, meaning booth Seen Again or magazine. In English, we hope it conveys the sense of a multiplicity of panoramas, a plethora of perspectives. Here, in this issue on Mexico, you’ll find those different viewpoints from the fields of history, government, political science, international development, economics, anthropology, sociology, education, religion, biology, zoology, and health. The authors are professors, visiting scholars, doctoral students, undergraduates, governmental and non-governmental officials, and journalists.
With ReVista, we hope to create a magazine-style Latin American review that will create dialogue and understanding among its readers. We also hope that ReVista, as the thematic publication of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, will help build community, linking those who are interested in Latin American issues at Harvard and beyond.
Spring 2008, Volume VII, Number 3
Cuba may be the only country on the planet that sports statues of John Lennon and Vladimir Lenin. Uruguay may be the first in planning a full-fledged monument to the victims of the Covid-19 pandemic.
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. And then it happened.
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.