“Tchile”, “Chile”, or “Shile”? The Linguistics of Inequality

If there is one thing that I learned this summer, it is that Chile is a much more interesting country than it seems from the outside. For example, while being one of the wealthiest and most “developed” countries in Latin America, it continues to struggle with inequality having the second highest GINI coefficient in the … More “Tchile”, “Chile”, or “Shile”? The Linguistics of Inequality

Dear Future CLAS Students Traveling to Chile

Dear future CLAS summer abroad students, When researching for your upcoming trip to Chile, start with this blog. Without a doubt, the faculty at the Center for Latin American Studies will ensure that both your academic and internship experience will benefit your future goals. As a United States government employee, I have learned that post-trip … More Dear Future CLAS Students Traveling to Chile

Battlefields: The Center-Left Contradiction of Chile

2017 is an election year for Chile, meaning that the majority of Chileans that are self-admittedly politically unmotivated are forced to at least engage in some conversation about the country’s political direction. As an outside observer, the topic of the Chilean elections is fascinating, especially with the opportunity we are given in this program to … More Battlefields: The Center-Left Contradiction of Chile

Musings from the Military: A Glimpse into Chile’s Army

In Latin America, some scholars argue that it is impossible to learn and teach about the intricacies of politics without focusing on the armed forces.[i]  This is definitely the case in Chile as Augusto Pinochet’s military regime ruled the country from 1973 to 1990. Since then, political and social changes have transformed the military. As … More Musings from the Military: A Glimpse into Chile’s Army

The First Refugee Crisis: The International Response to the exodus of Chileans During the Years of Dictatorship

My final project at the Museum of Memory and Human Rights consists of an investigation into the consequences of the massive exodus of Chileans during the dictatorship, with respect to international relations, immigration policy, and the ultimate international condemnation of the military regime.  I wanted to frame the immigration crisis from Chile during the seventies … More The First Refugee Crisis: The International Response to the exodus of Chileans During the Years of Dictatorship

The Arts in Chile

Chile has a great arts scene. There is always something going on: an art show, a play, a musical, people singing or dancing on the street, you name it. I had the opportunity to experience some of Chile’s art scene and it was awesome. I had the opportunity to go to the theater a couple … More The Arts in Chile

La misión del Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos (MMDH)

Despite being nearly thirty years into its democratic transition after seventeen years under the authoritarian military regime of Augusto Pinochet, Chile is still in the midst of a transition nonetheless.  Although Chileans are not always eager to talk about the abuses committed against human rights during the years of dictatorship (for example, my host parents … More La misión del Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos (MMDH)

“Where were you when the Blizzard Hit?” : A Very Snowy ‘Summer’ in Santiago

As an icebreaker in the orientation session into CLAS last August, our cohort of students were asked to show one thing that we had with us that was emblematic of our personality.  I proudly displayed my State of Michigan driver’s license.  This was because – as anyone who knows me will attest – I am … More “Where were you when the Blizzard Hit?” : A Very Snowy ‘Summer’ in Santiago