Democracy and Indigenous Movements in Latin America

Date:  Sunday, February 26, 2006
Speaker:  Kenneth P. Jameson, Ph.D.

Kenneth P. Jameson is a professor of economics at the University of Utah, where he has served as President of the Academic Senate, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Chair of the Department of Economics. He was formerly at Notre Dame where he was Chair of the Latin American Studies Program. He is fluent in Spanish and has worked in Latin America since 1964. Recently, he conducted seminars on issues in Higher Education for faculty, Deans and University Presidents at the Catholic University, the Central University and at the National Institute of Higher Studies in Ecuador. He was also an observer of the Venezuelan recall election with the Carter Center. He has consulted for U.S. and Latin American government agencies and non-profits, conducting field research in most of Latin America, concentrating primarily on Ecuador, Bolivia, and Peru.

“Electoral democracy in Latin America has not confronted their underlying structural problems, which trace back to colonization. Revitalized indigenous movements in Mexico, Peru and particularly in Ecuador and Bolivia bring a new dimension to the politics of those countries, which could result in profound democratic change and increased civil strife. The presentation will explore these issues.”

 Speaker Suggested References and Resources:
Article on the newly elected “indigenous” President of Bolivia, Evo Morales: http://www.alternet.org/story/30457
Selverston-Scher, Melina. 2001. Ethnopolitics in Ecuador: Indigenous Rights and the Strengthening of Democracy. Miami: North South Center Press.
Berry, Albert. 2004. “Participation, Violence, and Development in Four Andean Countries. Latin American Research Review 39#3 (October 2004): 185-204.
Solimano, Andres, ed. 2005. Political Crises, Social Conflict and Economic Development: The Political Economy of the Andean Region. Northampton, Mass.: Edward Elgar.
Sen, Amartya. 2006. Identity and Violence. W.W. Norton.

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Restorative Justice/Therapeutic Justice

Date:  Sunday, February 12, 2006
Speakers:  Sam Gill, Professor Erik Luna, and Dr. Allan Rice

Sim Gill is currently the Chief City Prosecutor for Salt Lake City. He has prosecuted with Salt Lake County District Attorney’s office, Salt Lake City and Layton City. Most recently he has been involved in the issues of therapeutic justice and criminal prosecution. He is a graduate of University of Utah B.A. History and Philosophy and a Graduate of Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon where he received his J. D. and Certificate of specialization in Environmental and Natural Resources Law. Sim also serves as the Chair of the Salt Lake Area Safe at Home Coalition; co-chair of the Salt Lake County Criminal Justice Advisory Committee; Mayors Coalition on Alcohol, Tobacco and Substance Abuse, Salt Lake Community College’s Advisory Board on the Community Writing Project.

Dr. Allan Rice is employed by Valley Mental Health and is currently the Clinical Director for the Third District Court Mental Health Court. He received both his MSW and PhD from the University of Utah where he is a lecturer and adjunct faculty member. Dr. Rice has been instrumental in developing treatment services for mentally ill and substance abusing offenders during his tenure as Clinical Supervisor for Valley Mental Health’s Forensic Unit and as Program Manager for Valley Mental Health’s Jail Unit which provided psychiatric services for the Salt Lake County Jail. He has published articles and presented widely on the topic of developing and providing mental health services for criminal justice clients and mentally ill offenders.

 Professor Erik Luna is the Hugh Brown Presidential Endowed Chair in Law at the University of Utah. He received his J.D. from Stanford Law School in 1996. He was a prosecutor in the San Diego District Attorney’s office and a fellow lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School. Professor Luna was a senior Fulbright Scholar at New Zealand’s Victoria University Law School, where he taught and conducted research on restorative justice. Professor Luna serves on the board of directors for the Rocky Mountain Innocence Center and the Salt Lake Legal Defenders Association. His primary interests are in criminal law, criminal procedure, and constitutional law.

“Restorative Justice/Therapeutic Justice have become ideas that can be heard in criminal justice circles. What are they? How are they important to our current criminal justice system? What are the needs of our criminal justice system and what systemic challenges must be addressed under our current system of criminal justice? This presentation will be a mix of both philosophical and practical application of the principles of restorative/therapeutic justice that should broaden your perspective on criminal justice, social responsibility and community.”