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November 3, 2023

Chile After 50 Years

Showing the Chile After 50 Years Video

The Center for Latin American Studies and Georgetown Americas Institute are pleased to host a panel with Arturo Valenzuela, emeritus professor of government and foreign service at Georgetown University, Guillermo Larrain, associate professor at the Universidad de Chile, Karin Rosemblatt, professor and director of the Nathan and Jeanette Miller Center for Historical Studies, at the University of Maryland and Diana Kapiszweski, associate professor of government and director of the Center for Latin American Studies at Georgetown University, moderating, to discuss the evolution of Chile’s economic model, political system, and society in the half century since the coup, and the conflicting positions of Chileans today about the implications of the coup for the country’s present and future. 

A light breakfast will be served and the event will start at 10:00 a.m.

This event is sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies and the Georgetown Americas Institute.


Guillermo Larrain is an associate professor at the University of Chile. He was president and vice president of BancoEstado. From 2007 to 2010, he was superintendent of Chilean Securities and Insurance. He was also superintendent of pensions between 2003 and 2006. He was director of studies at Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA) between 2000 and 2003 and coordinator of macroeconomic policy at the Chilean Ministry of Finance between 1997 and 2000. Guillermo has a doctorate in economics from the School of Higher Studies in Social Sciences, France.

Karin Rosemblatt is professor and director of the Nathan and Jeanette Miller Center for Historical Studies at the University of Maryland. She is a historian of twentieth-century Latin America and is interested in the transnational study of gender, race, ethnicity, and class and their relation to policy making. Rosemblatt’s most recent book is The Science and Politics of Race in Mexico and the United States, 1910-1950 (2018). Rosemblatt is also co editor of an anthology on Race and Nation in Modern Latin America (2003). She has held fellowships from Fulbright and the National Endowment for Humanities and been a fellow at New York University and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. 

Arturo Valenzuela is emeritus professor of government and foreign service at Georgetown University.  He is the founding director of the Center for Latin American Studies in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, and he directed the Latin American Studies Program, and then the center, from 1987 to 2009. President Obama appointed Dr. Valenzuela as assistant secretary for Western Hemisphere affairs in the United States Department of State, a position he held until August 2011. During President Clinton’s second term in office, Dr. Valenzuela served at the White House as special assistant to the president and senior director for inter-American affairs at the National Security Council. As part of his scholarly work he has served as an advisor on political and constitutional reform in Bolivia, Chile, Brazil, Mexico, and Colombia.

Diana Kapiszewski (moderator) is an associate professor and director of the Center for Latin American Studies at Georgetown. Her research interests include comparative politics, public law, and research methods. Her current projects explore institutions of electoral governance in Latin America, and the architecture of accountability in Latin America; she also directs SIGLA (States and Institutions of Governance in Latin America). Kapiszewski has published several books with Cambridge University Press, and multiple articles in journals including Comparative Politics, Latin American Politics and Society, Law and Social Inquiry, Law & Society Review, Perspectives on Politics, PS: Political Science and Politics, and other peer-reviewed outlets.