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Kalman Silvert: Engaging Latin America, Building Democracy

Abraham F. Lowenthal and Martin Weinstein, editors
Kalman Silvert: Engaging Latin America, Building Democracy
ISBN: 978-1-62637-554-3
ISBN: 978-1-62637-555-0
ISBN: 978-1-62637-581-9
2016/195 pages/LC: 2016016377
"Offers an insightful window into Kalman Silvert's emergence as a broad-gauged scholar of Latin America who looked beyond the academic frameworks of his day to emphasize context, individuality, leadership, and, above all, democracy in the fullest sense of the term."—David Scott Palmer, Boston University

"A must-read for Latin Americanists, illuminating why our association's lifetime achievement award is named for Kalman H. Silvert."—Cynthia McClintock, George Washington University


Kalman Silvert highlights the extraordinary career of an extraordinary man—one of the founding architects of Latin American studies in the United States, a major builder of the inter-American scholarly community, and an influential figure in US-Latin American relations.

Thirteen distinguished Latin Americanists discuss Silvert's role as scholar, teacher, mentor, colleague, public intellectual, institution builder, and philanthropist. They also emphasize his contributions at the Ford Foundation, where he served as senior program adviser from 1967 until his death in 1976. Coeditors Abraham Lowenthal and Martin Weinstein frame the retrospective, underlining the integration of Silvert's multiple contributions and the continuing relevance of his legacy.


Abraham F. Lowenthal is professor emeritus of international relations at the University of Southern California. He was the founding director of both the Wilson Center's Latin American Program and the Inter-American Dialogue. Martin Weinstein is professor emeritus of political science at William Paterson University of New Jersey.


  • Kalman Silvert: An Appreciation—R. Lagos.
  • Silvert's Wide-Ranging Contributions and Legacy—A.F. Lowenthal and M. Weinstein.
  • Silvert's Probing and Committed Scholarship—C. Mitchell.
  • Silvert's Approach and Methods—D.H. Levine.
  • Silvert and Democratic Theory—J. Jutkowitz.
  • Mentoring a Generation—M. Weinstein.
  • Nurturing a Transnational Scholarly Community—J. Balán.
  • Striving to Improve US–Latin American Relations—A.F. Lowenthal.
  • Bringing Vision, Mission, and Values to Philanthropy—P.S. Cleaves and R.W. Dye.
  • Combining Ideas and Action—J. Cotler.
  • Silvert and the "American Dream"—L.W. Goodman.
  • Silvert as Public Intellectual—M. Blachman and K. Sharpe.
  • Epilogue: Kalman Silvert and Latin American Studies Today—G.M. Joseph.