Course Concept: One of the central goals of the Institute is to create "new" knowledge and to inform new ways of thinking about knowledge. There are several challenges. First, limited access to academic materials in general impedes scholarly research in much of Latin America. Our courses and archive try to make these materials available. Second, performances function as vital acts of transfer, transmitting social knowledge. Third, the hope that globalization would prove a democratizing and 'equalizing' force in global information services has paled as globalization re-creates many of the inequalities that have long characterized relations in the Americas. In our limited way, we contest current models of long distance learning (those creating a product that will be consumed by 'clients' in other countries) by developing a collaborative, interactive, multi-sited web-based project that allows scholars, activists and artists and students the opportunity and the means of learning from and contributing to a shared archive.