ICS Lecture—“Mothers and Mediators: Las Gobernadoras and the Politics of Conciliation in the Dominican Republic”


The Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS) at the University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras (UPR-RP) invites the academic community and the general public to the next Conferencias Caribeñas (CC21) lecture: “Mothers and Mediators: Las Gobernadoras and the Politics of Conciliation in the Dominican Republic, 1966 – 1978,” by Dr. Elizabeth S. Manley (Department of History, Xavier University, New Orleans, Louisiana). Dr. Luz del Alba Acevedo Gaud (Department of Political Science, UPR-RP) will be the commentator. The activity will be held on Tuesday, January 30, 2018, from 1:00 to 3:00pm at REB 238 (Room 238 of the Ramón Emeterio Betances Building), School of the Social Sciences, UPR-RP.

Description: Between 1966 and 1978 twenty-six women ruled as governors in every single province in the Dominican Republic. During the period of the Doce Años, President Joaquín Balaguer skillfully engaged women—particularly through the gobernadoras—to legitimize his rule of continuismo, transition the country out of a thirty-year dictatorship, and demonstrate “democracy in action” to the world. The women who assumed these posts were no mere pawns in an authoritarian power play. They were crucial mediators between local needs and national plans for progress and development, and they skillfully employed their perceived maternal strengths as conciliators, not only helping to maintain Balaguer in power for three terms but also demonstrating their skills as savvy negotiators in a masculinized political world.

This presentation will be broadcast LIVE online through the UPR-Rio Piedras web site at http://uprrp.edu

Comments and suggestions on this presentation will be very welcome at iec.ics@upr.edu

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[Photo above: Emma Balaguer, General Enrique Pérez y Pérez, and Joaquín Balaguer.]

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