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Posted May 6 , 2013

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Conference of the Canadian Association for Latin American and Caribbean Studies Kicks Off at Carleton

Ottawa - This morning, Carleton launched the 2013 Conference of the Canadian Association for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CALACS) with a panel on corporate and governmental mechanisms for the governance of Canada’s resource investments overseas featuring Canadian MPs. The theme of this year’s conference is Canada and the Americas: Travelling Knowledges-Peoples-Solidarities.

“The discussions at this meeting will stimulate new ways of thinking about the history, economy, politics, and culture of our Americas,” said conference co-chair Laura Macdonald, a professor in the Department of Political Science and director of the Institute of Political Economy at Carleton. “This congress will reflect on the legacy of interactions between Canada and other nations and peoples of the Americas. It is an excellent opportunity to explore new forms of relationships between Canada and Latin America and the Caribbean.

Highlights of the day’s activities include a roundtable on Haitian reconstruction featuring the ambassadors of Brazil, Ecuador and Haiti at 4:45 p.m. A keynote speech on Canada’s partnerships and priorities in the Americas is to be delivered by Bob Dechert, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, at 6:30 p.m.

Further keynotes will be delivered on Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5 by Sergio Aguayo, professor at the Centre for International Studies of El Colegio de México; Adrián Bonilla, general secretary of the Latin American School of Social Sciences (FLACSO); and Julia Sánchez, president and CEO of the Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC).

This evening, Carleton will announce the launch of its new undergraduate minor in Latin American and Caribbean Studies, which is set to commence in September 2013.

The conference continues through May 5, featuring more than 85 panels, 240 presentations and roundtables with scholars, members of the diplomatic community and MPs, as well as representatives of non-governmental organizations.

For more information, visit calacscongress2013.org.

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