Director, Institute of Latin American Studies and Lecturer in History. Ralph Newmark has been the Director of ILAS since 2008 and was co-editor of the international refereed journal JILAS~Journal of Iberian and Latin American Studies for over a decade. He is also the developer and convenor of the ILAS Summer and Winter Schools. He appears in the media on a regular basis discussing Latin American affairs and also conducts a fortnightly radio program discussing the relationship between history and music in Latin America and the Caribbean. Over the past decade he has developed the concept of Aural History which uses music and popular culture in innovative ways to teach history. He is a specialist in Brazilian history especially the Getulio Vargas era.