Rafael Correa, President of Ecuador (2007-2009, 2009-current)
September 23, 2011

correalaRafael Correa gave a public lecture at the New School for Public Engagement on Friday, September 23, 2011 titled, “A Concrete Alternative From Ecuador in the Midst of Climate Rhetoric: Yasuní-ITT.” The Yasuní National Forest is located in the eastern most region of Ecuador’s biodiversity-rich Amazon Rainforest and is also a known reservoir for about 20 per cent, or 840 million barrels, of Ecuador’s oil, valued at over USD$6 billion. The Yasuní-ITT initiative (Yasuní Ishpingo-Tambococha-Tiputini) aims to collect USD$100 million from the global community by the end of December 2011 and USD$3.6 billion over a 13 year period in order to forego drilling for oil indefinitely. Read more

cristina fernndez at the new schoolCristina Fernández de Kirchner, President of Argentina (2007-2011, 2011-current)
September 19, 2006 (then-Senator)

Then Senator and President of the Commission on Constitutional Affairs at the Senate of Argentina, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, participated at the panel “Expectations and Experiences from Latin America”, together with David Choquehuanca Céspedes, Foreign Minister of Bolivia; Marco Aurelio García, Presidential Advisor of the President, Brazil; Heraldo Muñoz, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Chile to the United Nations; Bernardo Álvarez Herrera, Ambassador of Venezuela to the United States. Read more

Ollanta Humala, President of Peru (2011-current)
October 21, 2010 (then-Presidential candidate)

p1010079In the public lecture, Humala stressed the importance of Peru forging a nationalist identity as well as the role of the state in preparing all Peruvians, through the provision of health care, education, and jobs, to enter a globalized, competitive market. Humala discussed his experience as a political candidate as well as his time in the military. He described the importance and necessity of leaders to fight for human rights in Peru and in so doing to focus on policies which would strengthen the opportunities for education, health, and the creation of jobs (new opportunities for the work force). Read more


Néstor Kirchner, President of Argentina (2003-2007)
September 27, 2010 (then-Secretary-General of UNASUR)

The Secretary-General of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) and former president of Argentina, Nestor Kirchner, gave a public lecture at the New School University to explain the policy priorities of the organization emphasizing democratic values and the need to promote integration in Latin America. Read more


Tabaré Vázquez, President of Uruguay (2005-2010)
September 20, 2009

In the last year of his term, President Tabaré Vázquez of Uruguay gave an overview of the economic and social policies that have been implemented during his term as President. He also discussed the process of integration in Latin America. Read more