Ignacio Martín Baró Prize Lectureship




Applications for the 2015-16 Ignacio Martín Baró Prize Lectureship will open on February 16, 2015.






Gregory 'Duff' Morton | Anthropology
Social Rights and the New Social Democracies in Latin America
Tu/Th 10:30-11:50 |Spring 2014

This course will not focus narrowly on governmental rights claims, but will strive to engage with the post-neoliberal moment as common historical reality and shared dilemma for many sorts of people throughout Latin America. It will open with an examination of rights and legal practice at key points in Latin America’s past. It will look, in particular, at three issues: the legal apparatus that accompanied Spanish conquest, the troubled relationship between liberalism and slavery, and the resurgence of social rights during the populist moment in the mid-twentieth century. After considering the history behind the current moment, we will investigate at length the economy and culture of contemporary post-neoliberalism. It will then move to consider the voicings involved in speaking from an indigenous position. Next we will inquire how social democracy engages with new subjects: the subjects of participation and citizenship. This will lead us to an analysis of new social programs (with conditional cash transfers as our key example) and the debates about economic rights that they inspire. The course will conclude by assessing contemporary points of crossing between the collective and the universal.


Each year CLAS invites advanced doctoral students from all divisions and disciplines  to apply for an Ignacio Martín Baró Prize Lectureship in Latin American Studies. This award supports the teaching of a one-quarter undergraduate course of your own design, focusing on a major Latin American political issue or question pertaining to human rights in Latin America. Priority is given to course proposals appropriate for cross-listing in Human Rights. Pending funding, one lectureship will be awarded, with a salary of $5,000. To be eligible, the student must have defended the dissertation proposal, or have scheduled the dissertation proposal defense for no later than the quarter in which the course is to be taught.

The Ignacio Martín Baró Program was established to honor the memory of slain colleague and distinguished member of the University of Chicago community, Father Ignacio Martín Baró, who lived a life committed to the human values of democracy, social justice and service to the poor, silenced, and dispossessed. Ignacio Martín Baró was an ordained Jesuit priest, born in Spain in 1942. Upon joining the Jesuit order, Martín Baró was sent to El Salvador where he studied psychology. He came to the University of Chicago in 1976 to pursue graduate studies and three years later received his doctorate in Social Psychology. Upon returning to El Salvador, he found himself in the midst of a violent civil war, which had been ravaging the country for more than a decade. Despite many death threats and brutal acts of repression suffered by colleagues, students and friends, Father Martín Baró continued to pursue a brilliant teaching and research career as pastor of a rural parish on the outskirts of San Salvador. On the morning of November 16, 1989, Father Martín Baró, along with five Jesuit brothers, their housekeeper, and her daughter, became victims of their commitment to the dispossessed of El Salvador. That morning armed soldiers took them away and executed them. The Ignacio Martín Baró Endowed Program was created by then-President of the University of Chicago Hannah Holborn Gray to honor the life and memory of this extraordinary individual. The endowment is administered by the Center for Latin American Studies and supports an annual Lectureship awarded to an advanced graduate student to teach a course of his/her design related to politics and human rights in Latin America.



Jamie Gentry




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Erica Simmons | Political Science
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João Felipe Gonçalves |  Anthropology
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Patrick Iber | History
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Sarah Osten | History
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João Felipe Gonçalves | Anthropology
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Aaron Ansell | Anthropology
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