NYU will host Jorge Castañeda, a Global Distinguished Professor at NYU, and journalist Pedro Cayuqueo for a discussion of Cayuqueo’s writings on his native Chile on Thurs., Sept. 25, 6 p.m. at NYU’s Hemmerdinger Hall.


Juan Gabriel Valdés, Chile’s ambassador to the United States, will deliver the evening’s opening remarks. The event will be in English and Spanish, with English translation.

Much of Cayuqueo’s work centers on the Mapuche, a group of indigenous inhabitants in Chile and Argentina whose quest for autonomy within South America has been marked by both progress and strife. Cayuqueo, a Mapuche, has recently authored Esa ruca llamada Chile (“That Hut Called Chile”), which calls for greater national dialogue on this issue.

Castañeda and Cayuqueo will be joined by Juan Gabriel Valdés, acting director of NYU’s
Hemispheric Institute, Macarena Gómez-Barris, an associate professor of American Studies, ethnicity, and sociology at the University of Southern California, and Nilo Cayuqueo, a
Mapuche leader from Argentina and member of the United Nations Notable Indigenous Elders’ Council.

The event is free and open to the public; RSVP to cultural.eeuu@minrel.gov.cl. For more information, please call 212.998.8686.

Reporters wishing to attend must RSVP to James Devitt, NYU’s Office of Public Affairs, at 212.998.6808 or james.devitt@nyu.edu. Photo ID required for entry. Space limited to availability.

The event has been organized by NYU’s Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS), the Office of the Dean of Faculty of Arts and Science at NYU, and the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, and in conjunction with the Embassy of Chile in the United States and Editorial Catalonia.

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