The New School Observatory on Latin America (OLA) and Universidad Nacional de San Martín (UNSAM) will host the President Néstor Kirchner Fellowship (PNK) Public Lectures on November 15, 2016 at The New School. The annual public lecture will be given by the 2016/2017 President Néstor Kirchner Fellows Isabella Esquivel Ventura (Mexico) and Sergio Miranda Hayes (Bolivia), both of whom will address different aspects of the main theme of Fighting Social Justice in Latin America.
Isabella Esquivel Ventura is a professor at the Master’s Program on Public Policy and Gender at the her alma mater, the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO). She also works as the Executive Director of Organizational Architecture for Administrative Improvement for the Mexico City Government, as well as a public policy consultant.
Entitled Preventing Masculine Violence Against Women in Mexico City, Ms Esquivel’s lecture will be related to her work on gender-based violence in Mexico which argues for the importance of incorporating men when working to prevent violence against women. She analyses the specificities of masculinities in Mexico City, where evidence suggests a common belief that violence is a prerogative for gender identity, contextualizing her argument in national and international legal frameworks.
Sergio Miranda Hayes holds a Master’s Degree in Governance and Human Rights from the Autonomous University of Madrid and a Masters in Law from the Central European University in Budapest. He has worked in the Constitutional Court of Bolivia and with the University of Francisco Xavier in Bolivia. He currently works as a pro bono lawyer for indigenous organizations.
Mr Hayes’ lecture is entitled Indigenous Rights and Legal Pluralism in Bolivia, Colombia, and Ecuador. He will discuss a comparative study that reviews the unique constitutional systems recognizing indigenous rights and legal pluralism in Bolivia, Ecuador, and Colombia that counter a Western-dominated knowledge environment.
David van Zandt, President of The New School and Ambassador Sacha Llorente, Permanent Representative of Bolivia to the United Nations, will give opening remarks and introduce the speakers.
The PNK Fellowship, inspired by the legacy and achievements of former Argentinian President Néstor Kirchner who went on to become the first Secretary General of the Union of South America Nations (UNASUR) in his post-Presidency, focuses on the training of young leaders in Latin American and Caribbean countries. It is organized by OLA (New York) and UNSAM (Buenos Aires).