I teach courses in international political economy and Latin American studies and am the director of the Master of Arts in International Studies (MAIS) degree program at JKSIS. My interests include the developmental impacts of mining and commercial agriculture and their implications for the health and survival of rural communities. They also extend to the efforts by these communities to combat the deleterious effects, and the human rights issues at stake. Most recently these interests have taken me to the Lower Aguán Valley and Garifuna Coast in Honduras, Cajamarca in Peru, and Chiapas in Mexico.
Below you'll find some material on mining and the travel course in Chiapas which I'll be teaching in the fall with Professor Lorena Gaibor at DU's Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW).
Along with several other professors, I piloted a travel course last fall with a great group of students from Korbel and members of the Denver Justice and Peace Committee (DJPC). This fall, the course will take students from Korbel and the Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW) to Chiapas to learn firsthand how metal mining affects rural communities, how migration in these areas increases due to displacement, and how militarization has intensified throughout the region.
The following documentaries are available on You-Tube:
Open Pit: This documentary by Gianni Converso tells the story of the ruinous effects of gold mining in Peru for the land, water, and health of the people.
In Defence of Life: This film follows the struggles of four communities in different places of the world -- South Africa, the Philippines, Romania, and Colombia -- against the ravages of mining.
I had the good fortune to meet Bertha Oliva (center left), director of The Committee of Families of the Detained and Disappeared in Honduras (COFADEH), and an internationally recognized advocate for human rights in that country. The organization had registered over a thousand human rights violations since the coup took place in 2009. Many of these violations have been carried out against small farmers seeking to retain their land against takeovers by commercial agricultural interests and mining companies.
Below: Sunset outside COFADEH headquarters near Tegucigalpa.
“The Lonely Resistance: Protesting Chinese Resource Exploitation on the Tibetan Plateau,” with Dukthen, Kyi, Carnegie Council for Ethics and International Affairs, March 14, 2016
“The Dangerous Path Toward Mining Reform in Honduras,” third of a three-part series on mining restrictions in Central America, Washington Report on the Hemisphere, Council on Hemispheric Affairs (COHA), December 18, 2015
“The Aging of the Cuban Embargo and the Coming Era in U.S.-Latin American Relations,” Carnegie Council for Ethics and International Affairs, November 10, 2015
“For the Love of Water: The Ban on Mining in El Salvador,” second of a three-part series on mining restrictions in Central America, Washington Report on the Hemisphere, Council on Hemispheric Affairs (COHA), September 2, 2015
“The Open Pit and the Great Green Macaw in Costa Rica,” first of a three-part series on mining restrictions in Central America, Washington Report on the Hemisphere, Council on Hemispheric Affairs (COHA), August 3, 2015
“Sticks and Stones and Names That Can Hurt You: Cracking Down on Dissent in Peru,” Washington Report on the Hemisphere, Council on Hemispheric Affairs (COHA), June 17, 2015
“The Rise to Power and Construction of Drug Trafficking as a Foreign Threat in the United States,” Journal of Trafficking, Organized Crime and Security, Vol. 1, No 2 (2015)
“In the Highlands of Peru: One Woman Stands up to the Largest Gold Mine in South America,” Center on Rights Development (CORD), Josef Korbel School of International Studies, February 2015
“Cuba’s Pivotal Role on the World Stage,” Carnegie Ethics in International Affairs: Carnegie Ethics Online, January 11, 2015
"Humala's Right Hand Turn in Peru," Washington Report on the Hemisphere, Council on Hemispheric Affairs (COHA), September 2, 2014
“The House on the Mountain: How Mining Corrodes Democracy in Peru,” Washington Report on the Hemisphere, Council on Hemispheric Affairs (COHA), July 30, 2014
“Children at the Border: Are They Refugees from the Drug War?" International Affairs Forum, July 9, 2014
“Why Repression Continues in Honduras,” Foreign Policy in Focus, Institute for Policy Studies, June 24, 2014
“The Lower Aguán in Honduras and the Deadly Battle Over Land Rights,” Carnegie Ethics and International Affairs: Carnegie Ethnics Online, May 16, 2014
“The Politics of Deportation and the Restrictionist Movement in the Post-9/11 Era,” Contemporary Justice Review, May 21, 2014
This portfolio last updated: Jul 25, 2017 4:34:50 PM