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Focus on Bolivia: New Perspectives on Past and Present

Monday, March 20, 6:00 p.m.

King Juan Carlos Center, Auditorium, 53 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012 (map)


Bolivia’s indigenous and popular mobilizations in the new millennium have brought about major political and economic shifts and have inspired a new body of work in history and the social sciences.  This session brings together three scholars whose studies of natural resources and capitalist development, nationalism and imperialism, and popular and democratic governance represent a new generation of engaged research.

Kevin Young
“Anti-Imperialism in Bolivia: The Promise and Peril of Resource Nationalism”
Kevin Young is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He is the author of Blood of the Earth: Resource Nationalism, Revolution, and Empire in Bolivia (University of Texas Press, 2017).

Sara Hines

“Cochabamba, Bolivia’s 2000 Water War in Historical Perspective”

Sarah Hines is Visiting Assistant Professor of History and Latin American and Latino/a Studies at Smith College. Her book project is titled, Dividing the Waters: How Power, Property and Protest Transformed the Waterscape of Cochabamba, Bolivia, 1879-2016.


Gabriel Hetland

“Ruling by Obeying? Participatory Urban Governance in Evo's Bolivia”

Gabriel Hetland is Assistant Professor of Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latino Studies, and affiliate faculty in sociology, at the University at Albany, SUNY. His work examines politics, protest, and participation in Latin America and the US, with a focus on participatory urban governance.


The session will be moderated by Sinclair Thomson, Associate Professor of Latin American History at NYU.  He is the co-author, with Forrest Hylton, of Revolutionary Horizons:  Past and Present in Bolivian History (Verso, 2006).

Co-sponsored by the Department of History at NYU.

This event is free and open to the public. ID is required to enter the building.