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In April 2016, 11.5 million documents were leaked from the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca providing information on tax evasion and money laundering by rich and powerful people all over the world, including but not limited to heads of state like Russian’s president, Vladimir Putin. These documents became known as the Panama Papers. Once again, Panama is reduced in the U.S. media to a banana republic, where corruption and scandal are endemic.

This presentation will examine some aspects of the complex historical connection between the U.S. and Panama, including the ways that racist discourse in the U.S. has contributed to how countries like Panama are represented in the media. Finally, it will paint a fuller picture of Panama by giving a brief overview of its people, geography, and biodiversity.

Presenter: Arline Garcia, Faculty, Spanish

Location: Building 3, Room 102