On this episode, the LMC proves that you can find Latinos in the most unlikely of places. Catherine Travis, Professor of Modern European Languages in the School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics at the Australian National University in Canberra, speaks with the LMC about the small Latino diaspora in Australia. A community of between 90k to 180k comprised of Chileans, Uruguayans, Argentinians, Colombians, even Salvadorans.
Amid the political crisis rocking the administration of Puerto Rican governor Ricardo Rossello, the LMC speaks with Fernando Tormos about long-time efforts by various administrations to privatize the PR school system. With all the offensive leaked messages and indictments of government officials for money laundering, at the heart of the scandal is the privatization of Puerto Rican public resources for private profit. Fernando Tormos is a post-doctoral fellow for the Scholars Strategy Network @ the University of Missouri in St Louis.
Corporate media focuses so much on the doom and gloom in El Salvador that it almost erases the beauty and the artistic identity of the Salvadoran people. So the LMC decided to take back the narrative by dedicating this episode to the artistic legacy of El Salvador’s greatest artist, Fernando Llort. For this show, we speak with Salvadoran artist Veronica Melendez and Kimberly Benavides. They are the co-creators of La Horchata Zine, a seasonal publication dedicated to Salvadoran artists and poets in Washington DC.