"The camera is the eye of history." Matthew Brady

U.S. Civil War

"The commemorative murals could be said to be looking back in order to look forward. These murals argued that 25 years was enough." Bill Rolston

The Troubles

"There were people in Cuba who truly had substantial things to gain from revolution. There were people who had things to lose in the revolution. I think they're all allowed to have their memories of what happened." Rachel Kushner

Cuban Revolution

"Hay que mostrar la realidad y el dolor, y contar lo que pasó. Pero además, hago terapia con esto. Nosotros tenemos que hablar, por los nuestros, por los que ya no tienen voz." Horacio Pietragalla Corti

Dirty War in Argentina

"Our reality will transform once we allow uncomfortable truths to lodge deep down inside of our bones." Brittany Caine-Conley

2017 Charlottesville Protests

"Fantasy, abandoned by reason, produces impossible monsters; united with it, she is the mother of the arts and the origin of marvels." Francisco de Goya

Spanish Civil War

"That against the worst odds, Chile has a spirit of joy and ability to overcome the worst circumstances. And I think this is part of the return of some sort of joy to Chile. And we deserve it. Our people deserve it." Ariel Dorfman

1988 Chilean National Plebiscite


New Course:



  • Prof. Evelyn Hu-DeHart (evelyn_hu-dehart@brown.edu)
  • Prof. Daniel Rodriguez (daniel_a_rodriguez@brown.edu)
    Department of History, Brown University

In view of the abrupt disruption of CASA study abroad programs last semester and suspension of Study Abroad programs this fall, CASA is pleased to offer a new Independent Study course on the global pandemic, specifically tailored to CASA students. What ties all the CASA host countries together is their common experience battling Covid-19, providing students and scholars with an unprecedented opportunity to explore the social, cultural, economic, political and public health impacts of the current pandemic.

Taught by Brown University History professors Daniel Rodriguez and Evelyn Hu-Dehart, this semester-length online course meets twice weekly, first as a full group (Weeks 1-4) and then as site-level subgroups (Weeks 5-9). At the end of the semester, students will complete their research and present their findings to the full class (Weeks 10-12).

Brown University students will receive Independent Study credit from the History department. Students at other universities are encouraged to identify a faculty member at their home institution who could approve Independent Study for the course; you may wish to contact CASA or your institution's study abroad office if you need guidance seeking credit for this course. Students may also choose to participate in the course for enrichment purposes only, provided they can commit to the full semester.

Contact: Erin Goodman
Coordinator, CASA Research Initiatives