Apr 04 2013

Director’s Corner: Edward F. Fischer

Published by chelsea at 10:21 pm under Newsletter,Spring 2013 Newsletter

The Center for Latin American Studies is an important source of support for teaching and research on Latin American topics at Vanderbilt. We fund graduate students, subsidize language instruction in less and least commonly taught languages, and support events and activities across campus. Our many outreach programs for educators and the general public may be less visible, but are no less important. Under the direction of our Assistant Director for Outreach, Claire González, we host several K–12 teacher workshops each year, both on and off campus, on topics ranging from Brazil 101 to the Panama Canal to Afro-Latin American cultures. We also develop summer institutes for K–12 teachers—and this summer, working with the University of Georgia and Tulane University, we will offer a Portuguese for Spanish teachers institute to encourage Portuguese instruction at the secondary level.

Our outreach program also includes close partnerships with the Nashville Public Library,   the Nashville Symphony, among others. This spring, we are working with the Frist to organize lectures and other events around their upcoming Exploring Art of the Ancient Americas exhibit. We collaborate closely with Cheekwood to develop educational programs around their annual Día de los Muertos festival. And this fall will see the premier of a major new puppet show we developed with the Nashville Public Library over the past couple of years.

We are grateful to those of you who give generously of your time to help support these outreach efforts, and want to remind you of their importance. We annually reach thousands of students and teachers and the general public with our off-campus outreach programs, helping spread the knowledge that we work so hard on-campus to develop.

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