Founded in 1982 with the advice and support of the late Albert Bildner (1915-2012), the Bildner Center for Western Hemisphere Studies brings together scholars, policymakers, and other stakeholders to further understanding and fostering of how best to address the well-being of peoples in the Americas.
The Center focuses on organizing and promoting academic activities and the creation of networks of specialists to clarify the complexities of social, economic, political, cultural, and ecological life in the Western Hemisphere. It pays particular attention to reforms and transitions, development processes, democratic governance and human rights in Latin America – with emphasis on Cuba, Brazil, Mexico, South America, and relations with the United States. The Center advances its mission through research, publications, public lectures, seminars, conferences, film screenings, and through its online presence.
The Bildner Center operates with the generous support of The Lin and Albert Bildner Foundation and other donors. It acknowledges past support from the Christopher Reynolds Foundation, The Ford Foundation, The Tinker Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, The Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and other sources.