The Helena Lewin Chair in Latin American
Studies at the University of Haifa aims to bring to light focal issues
belonging to the social, political, environmental, and indigenous
areas and themes in Latin America. By initiating a number of international
projects and conferences related to these themes, the Chair aims to
further develop public awareness over these past and present issues.
In this spirit, back in 2002, this Chair initiated an international
symposium that dealt with Impunity and Human Rights in Latin America,
from the legal angle in which leading jurists from Latin America and
Spain participated. Our next symposium deals with the Amazon Forest
and the human repercussions of its over-exploitation. For the past
ten years, the Helena Lewin Chair has promoted a Latin American Studies
program, based on existing courses as well as newly created courses
for BA and MA, and is currently engaged in the preparation of newly-developed
courses on Mesoamerican pictography, together with the Department
of Art History.