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

La literatura chilena y el “impuesto libro”

No me llevaba mucho tiempo en Chile por la segunda vez cuando recordé que realmente, comprar un libro en Chile es una cosa de adinerados.  Para algiuen como yo, a quien siempre le ha gustado coleccionar libros cada vez que haya viajado al extranjero, el precio altísimo de los libros en Chile me sorprendió bastante … More La literatura chilena y el “impuesto libro”