Learning From Venezuela’s History – Part 1

History is a cycle only if we refuse to learn from it.   Talk to almost any Venezuelan today and they will complain to you bitterly about the state of their country and the animosity they feel towards their current leader, Nicolas Maduro. Who could blame them? Inflation is over 1 million percent. The average […]

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Reblog: Mexico’s (Almost) Forgotten Holiday

Today is Feb. 4 and a holiday in Mexico.  Today’s holiday celebrates the declaration of the country’s Magna Carta.  The constitution was declared in 1917, seven years after the outbreak of the Mexican Revolution.  The Revolution itself would continue for a couple more decades but the declaration of this constitution marked a turning point in […]

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Friday Canción: Gente de Zona – La Gozadera

It’s viernes de nuevo. Welcome to another Friday Canción. Hispanic Heritage Month ended on October 15 but I still want to share this song with you today. After all at Over The Andes we celebrate Hispanic and Latino culture all year through! Today’s canci´on de viernes is La Gozera by Gente de Zona “La Gozadera” […]

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Hispanic and Latino: What’s the difference?

You’ve heard the terms Latin American, Hispanic and Latino.  Some might believe that they’re pretty much the same… they are NOT.  So what is Latin America? And where does the term “Hispanic” fit in? Take a look at this… A Haitian or person of Haitian descent can be called a Latin American.  A Brazilian or […]

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The Gender Constructs of Marianismo and Machismo and the Roles of La Malinche and the Virgen de Guadalupe (Part I)

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One of the topics we cover in Intro to Latin American Studies is Gender in Latin America.  Of course, this is a huge topic, upon which many research studies, books, thesis papers and projects have been based.  To break down the subject matter a little, we usually address four concepts and, around them, fit in […]

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