Students will get a chance to learn about the struggles of Latin American politics with tonight's Ready for the World lecture.

Called "Indigenous Politics of the Andes," the lecture will take place at 7 p.m. today in the UC. Students will have the opportunity to see how politics play out in Latin America.

UT's Ready for the World initiative was created to help students gain international and intercultural knowledge they will need for working and competing in the 21st century, according to the program's website.

The Latin American and Caribbean Studies department and the Global Studies Program sponsored the lecture. The lecture will feature Dr. Luis Tuaza, who is currently on a postdoc at the University of Kentucky. Tuaza is an expert on the politics of Latin America. He earned his Ph.D. from FLACSO-Ecuador and is also a lecturer there.

Jana Morgan, chair of the Latin American and Caribbean Studies department and leader of the of the lecture's organization, vouched for Tuaza's credibility.

"He has published several articles and books. His most recent book was titled 'Ethnicity, Religiosity, and Politics in the Central Andes of Ecuador,'" Morgan said.

"We hope students will have the opportunity to learn about how traditionally marginalized people struggle to influence the political world that has historically mistreated them," Morgan explained. "We also hope students will learn about political, social, and ethnic dynamics generally, and in Latin America in particular."

Andrew Ray, graduate student in modern foreign languages and literatures and a graduate teaching associate, agreed with Morgan.

"I hope to learn more about Ecuador and about how other forms of knowledge, such as indigenous concepts of life, are being used in Ecuador's government," Ray said. "The more that I learn from others, especially from people that are from other parts of the world, the broader vision I have, which helps out in so many ways: education, cultural awareness (and) job opportunities."

"I think it would be interesting to see how other countries run compared to ours," said Laura Ritch, senior in communication studies.

Ray agreed.

"It is refreshing to hear ideas that aren't centered around a 'myworld.com' mentality. That is to say, we are the nation that constantly sends out a message to ourselves and to the rest of the world that everyone is an individual consumer that exists only in the present tense. We are so much more than that," said Ray. "We are part of something larger, and it is important to hear what other people have to say because our globalization comes off as a monologue, but in reality, we live in a global dialogue."

Missy Buice, graduate student in political science and a graduate teaching associate, is also excited about the lecture.

"I am excited that UT is bringing such exciting lecturers to discuss very diverse topics," she said.

For more events like this, students can visit Ready for the World's website at utk.edu/readyfortheworld.