Latin America and the Global Economic Crisis

TAMPA, Fla. (Feb. 20, 2009) – The University of South Florida Department of Government and International Affairs presents internationally renowned economist Martin Grandes Feb. 24, 2 the Education Building’s TECO Room.  His topic is “Latin America and the Global Economic Meltdown.”


Grandes is the managing director of the Center for Financial Stability, a Latin American think tank based in Buenos Aires.  The Argentinean economist holds a PhD in Economics from the “Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales,” in Paris, France and has written extensively on Latin America and Southern Africa.


“Martin Grandes is one of the most knowledgeable and thoughtful people commenting on how Latin American policy makers are responding to the global financial crisis,” said Janna Merrick, a professor in  “This is a rare opportunity to connect with an expert of his stature and to learn more about our neighbors in this hemisphere.”


This event is free and open to the public is sponsored by the College of Arts & Sciences, the Center for International Affairs, Department of Government and International Affairs, and the Provost's Office.


For more information, call (813) 974-2384.


The University of South Florida is one of the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of 39 community-engaged, four-year public universities as designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. USF was awarded more than $360 million in research contracts and grants in FY 2007/2008. The university offers 219 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. The university has a $1.8 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 46,000 students on institutions/campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.