Category: Americas Society/Council of the Americas

Event, “Book Launch: Ambassador Jorge Argüello, Diálogos sobre Europa”, to be held at AS/COA in NYC this eveni...


The event, “Book Launch: Ambassador Jorge Argüello, Diálogos sobre Europa” will be held at AS/COA (of which Interlitq is a Collaborating Institution) in NYC this evening, 08 June, 2015, at 6pm:

The book Diálogos sobre Europa analyzes Europe’s recent history and current political and economic situation. The work incorporates interviews with leaders of the region, including UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon, former Prime Minister of Spain Felipe González, leaders of rising Spanish political party Podemos, former Prime Minister of Italy Romano Prodi, and former President of Portugal Mario Soares. Diálogos sobre Europa also references Latin America, with personalities such as former President of the Inter-American Development Bank, Enrique Iglesias and Argentine economist and former Ambassador to France Aldo Ferrer contributing to the preface of the book.

Author Jorge Argüello has served as the ambassador of Argentina to Portugal and Cape Verde since 2013. He is former ambassador to the U.S. and former permanent representative to the U.N.


  • Jorge Argüello, Ambassador of Argentina to Portugal
  • José Antonio Ocampo, Professor, Professional Practice of International Affairs, Columbia University
  • Anwar Shaikh, Professor of Economics, The New School for Social Research

Registration fee: This event is complimentary for all registrants. Prior registration is required.

Event Information: Mercedes Laxague | | 1-212-277-8382
COA Corporate Membership Information: Monica Vieira || 1-212-277-8344
Press Inquiries: Adriana La Rotta | | 1-212-277-8384
Cancellation: Please contact Juan Serrano-Badrena at before 3:00 p.m. on Friday June 5, 2015

Event: "Out and Discriminated Against? LGBTQ Rights in the Workplace" to be held at Americas Society/Council of ...

(Image: Les Chatfield)
(Image: Les Chatfield)


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Event: “Out and Discriminated Against? LGBTQ Rights in the Workplace” is to be held at AS/COA, of which Interlitq is a collaborating institution, in NYC on 06 November, with registration at 6pm.

The Americas have made strides in LGBTQ rights—a taboo until recently. Buenos Aires has become one of the world’s most popular gay destinations, while Brazil broadcast its first-ever gay male kiss in a prime-time series earlier this year. In the past decade, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, and Uruguay passed national same-sex marriage legislation.
As the region moves toward more equality, much work remains to be done in regards to LGBTQ rights in the workplace. Most countries in the region lack legislation preventing LGBTQ workers from discrimination, as do most U.S. states. As a result, employees can be fired based on their sexual identities. Four in 10 gays in the United States have faced harassment or other forms of discrimination in their workplace. In Mexico and Colombia, openly serving in the military is still a challenge.
Join the YPA and the Princeton University’s Bisexual, Transgendered, Gay, and Lesbian Alumni Association (BTGALA) for a panel discussion on LGBTQ rights in the workplace. Panelists will discuss the challenges in advancing LGBTQ rights in professional settings as well as how to navigate the work environment as an LGBTQ.
Keynote Speaker:

  • Susan Neisloss, President, Big Bite, Inc.


  • Shawn Cowls, President, FFR/Princeton BTGALA
  • Imani Keith Henry,  Principal, OD for the People
  • Ross Murray, Program Director, GLAAD
  • Alexandra Parker, Managing Director, Corporate Finance Group, Moody’s
  • Brian Sims, State Representative, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Registration Fee: $10
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Event: ARGENCON: "The Future of Argentina – Successfully Serving Global Clients", to be held at AS/COA in ...

Event: ARGENCON: “The Future of Argentina – Successfully Serving Global Clients”, is to be held at AS/COA, of which Interlitq is a collaborating institution, in NYC on 05 November at 6pm.
Argencon is a private member organization that works to develop Argentina’s export services industry as one of the key global players in creating value for clients worldwide. The organization focuses on promoting public policies, talent development, and international positioning. Its member companies have been successfully providing services to 70 major companies worldwide for more than ten years with a wide range of services in sectors such as: IT services, business process management, engineering services​, and media, which, taken ​together, represent $6.3 billion. CEOs and experts from international and Argentine companies will present this promising organization by sharing their experiences, challenges, and insights for the future in a public presentation.

  • Manuel Aguirre, Managing Director Latam, CH2M Hill
  • Roberto Alexander, President, IBM Argentina
  • Roberto Alvarez Roldan, Former Regional Executive, Accenture; President, ARGENCON
  • Mariano Dolhare, President, Hewlett-Packard Company, Argentina
  • Sergio Kaufman, President, Accenture Argentina
  • Gabriel Martino, President, HSBC Argentina
  • Sebastian Mocorrea, Vice President, IBM Latin America
  • Beatriz Nofal, Former President of Argentina’s National Agency for Investment Development; Argentine Economist
  • Susan Segal, President and CEO, Americas Society/Council of the Americas
  • Juan Waehner, President, Telefe Argentina
  • Roberto Wagmaister, President & CEO, Grupo ASSA

Note: This event is free of charge. Prior registration is required.
Event Information: Virginia Guevara | | 1-212-277-8376
COA Corporate Membership Information: Monica Vieira | | 1-212-277-8344
Press Inquiries: Adriana La Rotta | | 1-212-277-8384
Cancellation: Please contact Juan Serrano-Badrena before 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Event "Book Launch: In Search of the Brazil Dream" to be held at AS/COA in NYC on October 15, 2014 at 8.30am


Join AS/COA for a discussion with Lourdes Casanova, co-author of The Political Economy of an Emerging Global Power: In Search of the Brazil Dream:
The book discusses whether Brazil’s rise on the global stage is barely beginning or whether it has already hit a plateau because of domestic challenges and the external constraints of the global governance system. The authors argue that the country’s hard power capability is greater than often believed and that this power largely rests on its energy, food, and financial reserves. But Brazil’s biggest strength lies in soft power with its culture, values, and policies. The book describes how Brazil is developing its own model of growth and development while including some features of state capitalism and innovative forms of welfare. The authors examine the role played by the state in the private sector and ask whether the “Brasilia consensus” could be an alternative to the old “Washington Consensus.” Finally, the authors assess the country’s domestic challenges and the ways in which these may prevent Brazil from becoming an effective global power. The book also includes key findings of a survey conducted by the authors between July and October 2013 with 45 opinion leaders, experts, and representatives from government, business, civil society, and academia on the country’s recent accomplishments and priorities looking ahead.
Registration fee: This event is complimentary for all registrants. Prior registration is required.
Event Information: Diogo Ide | | 1-212-277-8352
COA Corporate Membership: Monica Vieira | | 1-212-277-8344
Press Inquiries: Adriana La Rotta | | 1-212-277-8384
Cancellation: Please contact Juan Serrano-Badrena at before 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 14, 2014

“Peru’s Underground/American Avant-Garde: Kloaka and the Beat Generation” to be hosted by Americas Socie...


Poet Anne Waldman. Photo by MDCarchives
Poet Anne Waldman. Photo by MDCarchives

Details of the event “Peru’s Underground/American Avant-Garde: Kloaka and the Beat Generation” to be hosted on March 21st, 2014 at 7pm by the Americas Society/Council of the Americas (of which Interlitq is a collaborating institution) are as follows:

This opening event for the Americas Society’s Spring 2014 Literature season will feature Peruvian poets Mariela Dreyfus and Roger Santiváñez and U.S. poet Anne Waldman—associated with the Beat writers, and who worked closely with Allen Ginsberg—who will read from their latest books. The reading will underscore the counterpoint of two poetry movements—the American Beat Generation of the 1950s and the Peruvian Kloaka movement of the 1980s—in order to understand the influence of both on their respective cultures and to create a poetic synergy for the present and beyond. Scheduled for the Spring Solstice, the program will celebrate poetic culture as an expression of non-violence and, in particular, the respective new titles by all three poets—Dreyfus’s Pez/Fish (Nirala), Santiváñez’s Roberts Pool Crepúsculos (Hipocampo), and Waldman’s Gossamurmur (Penguin). Translators E.M. O’Connor and Elsa Costa will also participate. A book-signing will follow the reading, in collaboration with Posman Books. In English with bilingual readings.

We thank the following institutions for helping publicize this event: Columbia University; the Hispanic New York Project; Hunter College, CUNY; InterAmericas®; The International Literary Quarterly; McNally Jackson Books; New York University; St. Marks Poetry Project; Words without Borders; and the Unterberg Poetry Center of the 92nd Street Y.

Event Information: Jose Negroni | | 1-212-277-8353
Press Inquiries: Adriana La Rotta | | 1-212-277-8384
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The Beat Movement, also called the Beat Generation, is an American social and literary movement originating in the 1950s and centered in the bohemian artist communities of San Francisco’s North Beach, Los Angeles’ Venice West, and New York City’s Greenwich Village. Its adherents, self-styled as “beat” (originally meaning “weary,” but later also connoting a musical sense, a “beatific” spirituality, and other meanings) and derisively called “beatniks,” expressed their alienation from conventional, or “square,” society by adopting an almost uniform style of seedy dress, manners, and “hip” vocabulary borrowed from jazz musicians. Generally apolitical and indifferent to social problems, they advocated personal release, purification, and illumination through the heightened sensory awareness that might be induced by drugs, jazz, sex, or the disciplines of Zen Buddhism. Apologists for the Beats, among them Paul Goodman, found the joylessness and purposelessness of modern society sufficient justification for both withdrawal and protest.

Beat poets sought to liberate poetry from academic preciosity and bring it “back to the streets.” They read their poetry, sometimes to the accompaniment of progressive jazz, in such Beat strongholds as the Coexistence Bagel Shop and Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s City Lights bookstore in San Francisco. The verse was frequently chaotic and liberally sprinkled with obscenities but was sometimes, as in the case of Allen Ginsberg’s Howl (1956), ruggedly powerful and moving. Ginsberg and other major figures of the movement, such as the novelist Jack Kerouac, author of the iconic novel On the Road (1957), advocated a kind of free, unstructured composition in which the writer put down his/her thoughts and feelings without plan or revision—to convey the immediacy of experience. By about 1960, when the notoriety of the movement had begun to fade, it had produced a number of interesting and promising writers, including Ferlinghetti, Gregory Corso, Philip Whalen, and Gary Snyder, and had paved the way for acceptance of other unorthodox and previously ignored writers, such as the Black Mountain poets and the novelist William Burroughs.

The Kloaka Movement was founded in Lima, Peru in 1982 by poets Mariela Dreyfus and Roger Santiváñez, who both decided to initiate a state of poetic revolt by creating a new language for Peruvian poetry and, if possible, for Latin American poetry as a whole. The two writers were heavily influenced by what Octavio Paz called “the tradition of rupture.” In addition, they were shaped by Rimbaud, Surrealism, European avant-garde movements, Colombian nadaísmo, Mexican infrarealismo nadaísmo, the rebirth of Anglo-Saxon modernism, the Beat movement, hippiedom and punk rock. The Kloaka Movement also explored the roots of Andean Quechua culture.

“…Naked, wounded, poignant…this masterful poem…”
—Raúl Zurita (on Mariela Dreyfus’s Pez)

“One of today’s most important Latin American poets.”
Apiary magazine (on Roger Santiváñez)

“In Gossamurmur we see a master poet in the throes of the performance of a lifetime.”
—Eileen Myles (on Anne Waldman’s Gossamurmur)

Mariela Dreyfus (Lima, 1960) is the author of six volumes of poetry, including Morir es un arte (2010), Cuaderno músico (2014), and Pez (2005; Fish, 2014). She has recently translated the anthology An August Snow and Other Poems/Nieve de agosto y otros poemas (2014) by Daniel Thomas Moran. She teaches poetry and literary translation at the MFA program in Creative Writing in Spanish at New York University.

Roger Santiváñez (Piura, 1956) is a Peruvian-born poet who received his Ph.D. at Temple University. He currently belongs to the Neo-Baroque movement of Latin American Poetry. Santiváñez is the author of the poetry collections Amaranth (2010) and Virtu/Roberts Pool Crepúsculos (2013). He teaches at Temple University, Drexel University and Immaculata University.

Anne Waldman was born in 1945 and grew up in Greenwich Village. World-renowned for her high-energy poetry performances, she is the author of over 40 books of poetry. She is the co-founder and director of The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. Her most recent publications are Gossamurmur (2013) and Jaguar Harmonics: Person Woven of Tesserae (2014). Waldman is a Guggenheim Fellow for 2013-14.