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2016 WOLA-Duke Book Award: Call for Nominations

WOLA-Duke Book AwardThe Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) and Duke University announce the ninth annual WOLA-Duke Book Award for Human Rights in Latin America. The award honors the best current fiction or non-fiction book published in English on human rights, democracy, and social justice in contemporary Latin America.

The winner of the award will be announced in December 2016.  The winner will receive a $1,000 prize and an invitation to present thier work at Duke University and WOLA.

To be eligible, books must meet the following criteria:

• An original fiction or non-fiction book related to issues of human rights, the rule of law, social and/or economic justice, or democracy in contemporary Latin America. Books should pertain to events that took place in roughly the past 25 years.

• Published in the English language by a commercial, university, or non-profit publishing house. Books written originally in other languages and translated into English are eligible. Self-published books are not eligible.

• Books published in 2015 and 2016 will be eligible for the 2016 prize. Books published during or before 2014 are not eligible.

• Scholarly and popular books are eligible. Edited anthologies are not eligible.

• All non-fiction books are eligible, including scholarly and journalistic books, memoirs, testimonials, and biographies. Edited anthologies are not eligible. Fiction books with a contemporary human rights theme are also eligible.

The deadline for entries is Friday, September 16, 2016.

Judges will be looking for books that offer important contributions to research on Latin America while also enriching the general public’s understanding of Latin America. The winning book will reflect the standards of originality, high-quality research, and clear writing to which WOLA aspires in its own publications. Judges are drawn from WOLA’s staff and Board of Directors, Duke University, and the academic community at large.

Please fill out the nomination form and email it to Larissa Ong at Nominators are also encouraged to send one copy of the book, although this is not required for nomination. No additional supporting materials or reviews are necessary. For books due to be published in 2016 after the entry deadline, nominators should send a pre-publication copy, indicating the publication date.

Please send copies of books to: WOLA-Duke Book Award c/o Larissa Ong Washington Office on Latin America, 1666 Connecticut Avenue NW Suite 400 Washington, DC 20009

For more information, contact: Larissa Ong, Washington Office on Latin America 202-797-2171 or

Patrick Stawski, Duke University 919-660-5823

New Acquisition: The Robert J. Cox papers

The Human Rights Archive recently acquired the papers of journalist and human rights activist Robert J. Cox.

Born in England, Cox arrived in Argentina in 1959 to begin work at the English language Buenos Aires Herald where he would eventually rise to the position of Publisher and where he would remain until his exile in 1979. During his tenure at the Herald, Cox witnessed and reported on the turbulent events of Argentina’s modern history including the growth of left wing guerrilla groups such as the Montaneros and right wing paramilitary groups such as the AAA, the short-lived but tumultuous presidency of Isabella Peron, and the massive human rights abuses of the military dictatorship which ruled the nation from 1976 to 1983.

To read more about the papers and see examples from the collection visit our blog post.