The New Central American Crisis: Conversation with Sergio Ramírez and Luis Guillermo Solís

The inaugural lecture of the Cátedra Ernesto Cardenal at LLILAS Benson is proud to present a conversation between Sergio Ramírez, winner of the 2017 Cervantes Prize in Literature and former vice president of Nicaragua (1985–90), and Luis Guillermo Solís, former president of Costa Rica (2014–18). The two will be joined by Gordon Dee Smith, founder and CEO of Strategic Insight Group, a private intelligence company.

The conversation will touch on issues such as the crisis of democracy in Nicaragua under the Ortega regime, challenges and opportunities in relations between the Central American nations and their neighbors to the north, and the continuing conflicts of social inequality and crime in the region, which have propelled massive waves of migrants. The forum will allow time for audience questions.

The Cátedra Ernesto Cardenal is an initiative of LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and its director, Virginia Garrard, designed to promote the study of Central America. 

Seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. RSVP here.

For more information, contact Paloma Diaz.

Co-sponsored by the Latin America Initiative at Texas Law, the Strauss Center for International Security and Law, and the President's Office at the University of Texas at Austin.

Wednesday, January 30 at 4:30pm to 6:00pm

LBJ School of Public Affairs, Bass Lecture Hall

Event Type

Arts & Humanities, Policy & Law, Diversity & Social Justice


College of Liberal Arts

Target Audience

Students, Faculty, Alumni, General Public



Free and open to the public; limited seating

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