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Feb 27 2014

The Helguera Collection and the Dean’s Fellow Program

Published by chelsea under Spring 2014 Newsletter

Contributed by Rebecca West, M.A. in LAS Candidate and Paula Covington, LAS Bibliographer The expanding J. León Helguera Collection of Colombiana has generated a buzz both at Vanderbilt and around the world. Professor Helguera, Colombian historian, lifelong bibliophile, and professor emeritus of Vanderbilt, continues to add donations to this unique and distinguished collection of the [...]

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Feb 27 2014

Director’s Corner: Edward F. Fischer

Published by chelsea under Spring 2014 Newsletter

Latin American Studies at Vanderbilt has never been as strong. We have remarkable faculty and students working on projects in every school and college on campus. There are so many, most of us are probably only aware of a fraction. Mike Newton at Vanderbilt Law School (and his students) are advising the Peruvian Supreme Court [...]

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Feb 27 2014

The Latest from LAPOP: Democratic Legitimacy Put to the Test in Upcoming Presidential Elections in Latin America

Published by chelsea under Spring 2014 Newsletter

Contributed by Matthew Layton of LAPOP (Latin American Public Opinion Project) Nine Latin American countries will hold presidential elections during the twelve-month period that began in November 2013 (see Table 1). Early news reports suggest that voters will likely re-elect incumbent parties or candidates in Costa Rica, Colombia, Bolivia, Brazil, and Uruguay, but there are [...]

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Feb 27 2014

L.A. Times Journalist and Author Sam Quinones Visits Vanderbilt

Published by chelsea under Spring 2014 Newsletter

In October 2013, CLAS hosted a visit by Sam Quinones, Los Angeles Times journalist and creative author of nonfiction (Antonio’s Gun and Delfino’s Dream and True Tales from Another Mexico: The Lynch Mob, the Popsicle Kings, Chalino, and The Bronx). While in Nashville, Quinones was featured in on- and off-campus events. During a CLAS-sponsored brown-bag [...]

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Feb 27 2014

CLAS Summer Research Awards Support Global Field Experience with the Vanderbilt Vaccine Center

Published by chelsea under Spring 2014 Newsletter

Last summer, CLAS awarded two Simon Collier Summer Research Awards to allow second-year School of Medicine students Leah Vance and Mana Espahbodi to participate in the Vanderbilt Vaccine Center’s global field experience in Argentina. Since 2009, the Vanderbilt Vaccine Center has partnered with Fundación INFANT, an Argentinean nonprofit organization established by Vanderbilt’s Dr. Fernando Polack, [...]

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Feb 27 2014

Dominique Béhague

Published by chelsea under Spring 2014 Newsletter

Dominique P. Béhague is associate professor of Medicine, Health and Society (MHS) and affiliated faculty in the Department of Anthropology at Vanderbilt. Originally trained as an anthropologist, she began her foray into the intersections of global health and anthropology during her master’s work at Bryn Mawr College, where she also completed her bachelor’s degree. She [...]

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Feb 27 2014

Faculty Publications

Published by chelsea under Spring 2014 Newsletter

Marshall Eakin (History), “The Emergence of Brazil on the World Stage,” Latin American Research Review 48:3 (2013): 221-230. Earl Fitz (Spanish and Portuguese), “Lima Barreto and Gender: An Inter-American Perspective” Lima Barreto: New Critical Perspectives, ed. Lamonte Aidoo and Daniel Silva (Lexington Books, 2013). Jane Landers (History), “The Atlantic Travels of Francisco Menéndez and his [...]

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Feb 27 2014

Faculty News

Published by chelsea under Spring 2014 Newsletter

Tom Bogenschild (Latin American Studies, Global Education Office) chaired a panel in November 2013 at the CIEE conference in Minneapolis entitled “Credit Wars: Integration and Dis-Integration in the Study Abroad Curriculum.” Celso Castilho (History) presented a paper in February 2014 at a Rice University Symposium “Race and Nation in the Age of Emancipations: A Symposium [...]

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Feb 27 2014

Graduate Student News

Published by chelsea under Spring 2014 Newsletter

Ashley Larson (Latin American Studies) presented a paper in January 2014 at the Atlantic World Research Network conference “Atlantic World Foodways: The Carolina Lowcountry, Africa, Italy, and Spain.” The title of the paper was “Serving A National Myth: Visions of Gastronomy in Gilberto Freyre’s Brazil.” Matthew Layton (Political Science) was awarded the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation [...]

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Feb 27 2014

Alumni News

Published by chelsea under Spring 2014 Newsletter

Alexa Remis (M.A. 2008) is currently a third-year law student at the University of Texas School of Law in Austin where she also serves as the administrative editor of the Texas Law Review. She spent last summer as a summer associate at Gibson Dunn in Washington, D.C., and she currently interns at the U.S. Attorney’s [...]

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Feb 27 2014

Mexican Studies Group

Published by chelsea under Spring 2014 Newsletter

In Fall 2013, Helena Simonett (CLAS) organized a brown bag lunch talk with Arturo Santamaría Gómez (Professor of Sociology, Universidad Autónoma de Sinaloa, Mazatlán) on soccer and Mexican neo-national identity, titled “Futbol y patria: La nueva identidad mexicana,” and a panel by Marian Mendoza Gómez (Universidad Veracruzana) and Paulo Martínez (Vanderbilt University) on Mexico’s recent [...]

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Feb 27 2014

Brazilian Studies Reading Group

Published by chelsea under Spring 2014 Newsletter

The Brazilian Studies Reading Group welcomed various scholars this past fall to share their research with students and faculty. During Brazil Week, CLAS co-sponsored a discussion with Bianca Freire-Medeiros (Sociology, Center for Research and Documentation on Brazilian Contemporary History [CPDOC] at the Getulio Vargas Foundation, Rio) based on a chapter entitled “Tourism in ‘the largest favela [...]

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Feb 27 2014

CLAS Summer Awards Programs

Published by chelsea under Spring 2014 Newsletter

Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships The Center for Latin American Studies at Vanderbilt University receives funding from the Department of Education to support Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) awards for intensive studies of Portuguese or indigenous Latin American languages. Fellowships provide tuition expenses for the study of Portuguese, Kˈicheˈ Mayan, Quechua, or another indigenous [...]

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Feb 27 2014

Mayan Language Institute: K’iche’ and Kaqchikel Mayan Language and Culture Antigua, Guatemala • June 14–July 27, 2014

Published by chelsea under Spring 2014 Newsletter

The Mayan Language Institute is an intensive, FLAS-eligible, six-week summer immersion language program in Guatemala for the study of K’iche’ Mayan or Kaqchikel Mayan. Students study with both U.S. faculty and native speakers and participate in cultural activities, lectures, discussions, and excursions. Mareike Sattler, who leads Vanderbilt’s academic-year K’iche’ Mayan program will help led the [...]

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Feb 27 2014

Portuguese Language and Brazilian Culture Summer Program in São Paulo June 22–August 1, 2014

Published by chelsea under Spring 2014 Newsletter

This intensive, academic program is organized by Tulane, Vanderbilt, and Emory universities with the Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo (PUC-SP). The program is open to both graduates and undergraduates and is eligible for students with summer FLAS fellowships. Students take a Portuguese language course (two levels are offered) taught by PUC-SP faculty and a [...]

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Feb 27 2014

Spring Break Service Projects in Latin America

Published by chelsea under Spring 2014 Newsletter

Vanderbilt’s spring break volunteer programs to Latin America shattered records last spring with nearly 200 students traveling to the region. The trend continues for spring 2014, with interest in these programs growing steadily. Given the variety of both program description and location, it is not surprising that the programs are attracting more and more students [...]

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Feb 27 2014

Study Abroad Programs to Latin America

Published by chelsea under Spring 2014 Newsletter

Vanderbilt offers a number of programs for undergraduate students to study abroad in Latin America through both semester and summer programs. The Global Education Office (GEO) administers programs to Argentina (Buenos Aires), Chile (Santiago and Valparaiso), Dominican Republic (Santiago), and Brazil (São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro); recently added programs in Fortaleza, Brazil, and in [...]

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Feb 27 2014

Boom Box Bikes: A Collaborative, Urban Sound Intervention

Published by chelsea under Spring 2014 Newsletter

In October, CLAS was co-sponsor of “Boom Box Bikes,” a unique collaborative public performance that culminated with a workshop and art intervention, a form of artistic expression where the public is confronted with art in everyday environments, rather than having art contained within a sanctioned space. Professors Mark Hosford (Department of Art-Vanderbilt) and Mario Ramiro [...]

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Feb 27 2014

K-12 OUTREACH

Published by chelsea under Spring 2014 Newsletter

In fall 2013, CLAS Outreach impacted over 35,000 with programming, including K–12 teacher workshops, educator conferences, curriculum, classroom speakers, films, and cultural events. K–12 teachers took weekly Portuguese classes led by graduate student Steve Wenz (Spanish and Portuguese) that included teletandem sessions with teachers in Brazil. Several presented at the regional World Language Conference on [...]

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Feb 27 2014

CLAS and Center for Second Language Studies Represent Vanderbilt at TFLTA Fall Conference

Published by chelsea under Spring 2014 Newsletter

Vanderbilt was well represented at the TFLTA (Tennessee Foreign Language Teaching Association Conference) held in Nashville in November 2013. CLAS K–12 educators who attended the summer 2013 Portuguese Institute at University of Georgia-Athens led a session entitled “Exploring Portuguese with Your Spanish Class,” where they shared hands-on ideas with their colleagues about how to incorporate [...]

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Feb 27 2014

Glendale Elementary Students Create Their Own Camioneta

Published by chelsea under Spring 2014 Newsletter

Glendale Elementary educators Tina Torbert, Susan Davenport, Melanie Sanabria, and Lindsey Hays have created an integrated thematic unit on Guatemala, based in part on what they have learned at CLAS workshops. The children, all 80 of them, delighted in tasting fruits and coffee from Guatemala and displaying a splendid “camioneta” filled with all types of [...]

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Feb 27 2014

2014 Black History Month Teacher Workshop

Published by chelsea under Spring 2014 Newsletter

CLAS offered a Black History Month workshop for teachers in February 2014 entitled: “Intersections of Black and Latin America: Many Movements, One People.” As many as 25% of Latin Americans have Afro-descendants. In honor of Black History Month, CLAS and MTSU’s Teaching with Primary Sources program collaborated to offer K–12 teachers a workshop examining the [...]

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Feb 27 2014

LAPOP News

Published by chelsea under Spring 2014 Newsletter

LAPOP commenced the sixth round of AmericasBarometer in January 2014, which followed an extensive round of pretesting of the survey instrument in 27 countries in the Americas. Data collection, for the majority of countries, occurs via smartphone—collecting nearly 50,000 interviews across 27 countries. LAPOP is preserving many of its historic batteries for across time comparison, [...]

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Oct 09 2013

CLAS and Nashville Public Library Premiere of Popol Wuj Puppet Show

CLAS and the Nashville Public Library present a new marionette show, The Amazing Twins: Ancient Maya Tales from the Popol Wuj this fall. The project, which will have great impact for CLAS’ Outreach and Curriculum Development Program, is the culmination of several years of collaboration between CLAS faculty and staff and the Nashville Public Library. [...]

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Oct 09 2013

M. Francille Bergquist, Professor of Spanish, Emerita, Retires

Francille Bergquist, acclaimed teacher, administrator, and colleague, retired in May. She joined the faculty of the College of Arts and Science in 1977, and in 1983 she was named the associate dean of academic affairs. She was at the heart of the A&S experience for generations of students, responsible for pre-major advising and monitoring students’ [...]

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Oct 09 2013

VIGH News

The Vanderbilt Vaccine Center and Fundación INFANT are partnering to offer an international field experience involving clinical research training and thorough insight on the health care system in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Open to Vanderbilt undergraduates, School of Medicine students and residents, this program will provide participants with the opportunity to conduct biomedical translational research or [...]

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Oct 09 2013

Director’s Corner

Director’s Corner: Edward F. Fischer A few weeks ago there were no lines in Rand, no wait at the library or at SATCO, no jostling for position on the paths around campus. Despite the little inconveniences the flood of new and returning students now presents, I love the rhythms of the academic calendar, the clear [...]

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Oct 09 2013

Norma Antillón Award

In May, CLAS awarded the first Norma Antillón Award to Ashley Larson. The award honors the first-year student who best exemplifies the can-do spirit and energy of longtime CLAS Program Manager Norma Antillón. Ashley’s name is engraved on a plaque at CLAS and she received a monetary award for the recognition. Norma joined CLAS for [...]

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Oct 09 2013

CLAS Offers New Mayan Language Institute in Guatemala for Summer 2014

The Mayan Language Institute is a FLAS-eligible summer immersion program in Guatemala for the study of K’iche’ Mayan and Kaqchikel Mayan. More than 1.5 million people speak K’iche’ and Kaqchikel, placing them among the most widely spoken indigenous languages in Latin America. The goal of the institute is to help students develop and advance proficiency [...]

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Oct 09 2013

Portuguese Language and Brazilian Culture Summer Program in São Paulo

This intensive academic program in Brazilian Portuguese is organized by Tulane University, Vanderbilt University, and Emory University with the Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo (PUC-SP). São Paulo, the largest metropolis in South America, is an exciting center for fine arts, theater, music, and cultural life. This city is a medley of Brazilians from the [...]

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Oct 09 2013

Vanderbilt’s Institute for Coffee Studies Examines Economic Prospects for Coffee Farmers in Guatemala

Economic prospects improved for small mountain farmers in Guatemala when consumers developed a taste for coffee brewed with beans grown at high altitude, according to a new study from the Vanderbilt Institute for Coffee Studies. A passion for sipping the “Strictly Hard Bean” brew grown above 4,500 feet has led to improvements in the modest [...]

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Oct 09 2013

Mexican Studies Group

In spring 2013, the Mexican Studies Group invited Roderic Camp (Claremont McKenna College) to give a talk, “Can Peña Nieto Change Mexico’s Future? A Discussion on ‘The Pact for Mexico.’” Since Peña Nieto’s recent election, great attention has been given to the return to power of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). The PRI famously held [...]

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Oct 09 2013

CLAS and Music City Baroque Present “Hacemos Fiesta: Let’s Celebrate” Concert

In May, CLAS partnered with Nashville’s professional historical ensemble Music City Baroque to present a concert of early music from the Spanish New World titled, “Hacemos Fiesta: Let’s Celebrate. Baroque Music from the New World.” The Benton Chapel lobby was transformed into a town festival scene, featuring colorful papel picado and gigantes to greet the [...]

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Oct 09 2013

CLAS Announces Brazilian Studies Minor

The Center for Latin American Studies now offers a minor in Brazilian studies. Students must complete 15 hours of approved courses with Brazilian content including LAS 202 and Portuguese 102. In addition, students must complete three additional courses from the areas of study listed below: one course in Area I, one course in Area II, [...]

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Oct 09 2013

Faculty Profile: Tom Bogenschild

Since arriving at Vanderbilt in 2011 from the University of New Mexico, Tom Bogenschild has directed Vanderbilt’s Global Education Office, overseeing Vanderbilt’s student travel abroad programs and advising students interested in international careers. Bogenshield also holds a faculty appointment in Latin American Studies, and in spring 2013 he taught the core LAS 201 course. CLAS [...]

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Oct 09 2013

CLAS Faculty News

Robert Barsky (Department of French and Italian) has been named by the Dutch Royal Academy as a Visiting Scholar to the Free University of Amsterdam School of Law, 2013–14. His affiliation is with the Migration and Diversity Division, where he is consulting with other professors and presenting work from his forthcoming book on undocumented immigrants [...]

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Oct 09 2013

VU Offers New Study Abroad Programs in Chile and Brazil

The Global Education Office has announced the approval of eight new study abroad programs, including two programs in Chile and one in Brazil. Students enrolled in Chile: Comparative Education and Social Change will focus on educational systems in urban in rural areas of Chile and Argentina. By learning from cross-sections of experts from both countries, [...]

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Oct 09 2013

CLAS Hosts Bioethics and Health Disparities Panel

In spring 2013, CLAS, Tuskegee University, and Meharry Medical College hosted a panel in Nashville on bioethics and health disparities to discuss the links between the syphilis studies in the U.S. and Guatemala. Dr. Reuben Warren (Tuskegee National Center for Bioethics in Research and Health Care) spoke about the lapse in bioethics in the context [...]

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Oct 09 2013

New Affiliated Faculty

Gregory Hammond (Ph.D, History, University of Texas at Austin) is an assistant professor of history at Austin Peay State University’s Department of History and Philosophy. His book, The Women’s Suffrage Movement and Feminism in Argentina from Roca to Peròn, examines how and why women won their voting rights when they did in Argentina. Hammond’s present [...]

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Oct 09 2013

New CLAS Faculty

Carwil R. Bjork-James (Anthropology) is a cultural anthropologist whose work focuses on strategies of grassroots autonomy and disruptive protest in Latin America. His primary research project studies the takeover and use of urban space by grassroots social movements in Bolivia, particularly in the city of Cochabamba. Using both anthropological and historical methods, he explores how [...]

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