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Photo of the military coup in Chile on Sept. 11, 1973, provided by Penn's Latin American and Latino Studies (LALS) program. 

The University of Pennsylvania is hosting an art exhibit focused on the overthrow of former Chilean President Salvador Allende on September 11, 1973, and the event's impact on society.

In Search of the Maya World: From Central America to Philadelphia

 06/27/2017 - 14:26
Gallery of archaeological pieces of Mayan culture exhibited at the Museum of Archeology and Anthropology of the University of Pennsylvania. Photo: Supplied UPEnn

One of the most intriguing mysteries of Latin American culture is what happened to the Maya civilization. How come after over 3,000 years of history, from about 2, 500 BC to 950 AD, most of the glorious Maya centers in Mesoamerica were abandoned? Before the arrival of the Europeans in the 1500’s magnificent cities like Tikal in Guatemala and Copán in Honduras had all but disappeared; left uninhabited, they were covered by thick jungle growth, hidden throughout the mountains and the lowlands. 


[OP-ED]: Voter Participation – Dismal Indicator of Democracy

 05/19/2017 - 10:31
Somalis hold demonstration in London on May 18, 2017 across from the Downing Street residence of the British Prime Minister seeking better respect through exercising their democratic right to protest. LBWPhoto

The same week that America’s federal government plunged deeper into a governance crisis from misconduct by President Trump and members of his professed Law-&-Order administration, many Philadelphians took a big step towards restoring the vitality of democracy with their participation in the primary election.


Philadelphia examines crisis in Puerto Rico

 08/01/2016 - 17:34
Protests in Philadelphia continue.

In a packed auditorium inside of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, community leaders, activists and guests lined up to attend the special event, Latino Politics: Philadelphia and Puerto Rico. During the impressive panel discussion, notable community leaders discussed the rich and unique history shared between Puerto Rico and Philadelphia.

Plain Text Author: 
Jamila Johnson

Philly and PA leaders join legal briefs in support of Obama’s immigration action

 04/07/2015 - 17:44
Commissioner Charles Ramsey and Mayor Michael Nutter. Photo: AL DÍA Archive

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, Commissioner Charles Ramsey, Congressman Robert A. Brady and Chaka Fattah, organizations like Esperanza and The Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition, and law professors from Penn, Drexel, Villanova, Temple and Penn State showed their support for Obama’s immigration action.

Plain Text Author: 
Arturo Varela

Esta química latina de Philly realmente tiene sabor

 09/18/2014 - 09:13
"Nile red 01" por Kuebi = Armin Kübelbeck - Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Nadia Aymone Berenstein recuerda el lugar donde se enamoró por primera vez con la química de sabores. Fue en un mercado agrícola, y se metió una uva Concord a la boca. El sabor era dulce, casi de manera dominante. Esa dulzura hizo que su cabeza empezara a maquinar.

Plain Text Author: 
Sabrina Vourvoulias