Ignacio Martín Baró Prize Lectureship

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Each year CLAS invites advanced doctoral students from all divisions and disciplines  to apply for the Ignacio Martín-Baró Prize Lectureship in Latin American Studies. This award supports the teaching of a one-quarter undergraduate course of the recipient's 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. Each year, 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.


Applications will open February 1 with a March 15 deadline




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.

2016-17 Prize Lectureship Course

LACS 26618
“Empire of Liberty”: Two centuries of U.S. intervention in the Americas   
Marco Torres, History
Spring 2017, MW 3:00-4:20PM

The United States has accompanied all of its many foreign interventions with rhetoric of liberty and promotion of self-rule.  In this course we will examine several moments in the history of US aggression toward Latin America. We will pay close attention to the United States’ own interests and political rationale for such interventions as well as the social conditions and political perspectives of the Latin American Countries involved—countries such as Mexico, Cuba, Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Chile. This course is not a survey of US-Latin American relations. Instead, it will explore certain key junctures in order to gain a deeper understanding of the historically specific conceptions of freedom, empire, and nation involved in imperialist intervention and anti-imperialist resistance. 



Contact Jamie Gentry
jagentry@uchicago.edu | 773.702.8420