Archive for the 'Fall 2013 Newsletter' Category

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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Oct 09 2013

Affiliated Faculty New Publication

    Hinote, Brian P. and Pace, Richard (CLAS Affiliated Faculty). Amazon Town TV: An Audience Ethnography in Gurupá, Brazil. May 2013. University of Texas Press. This pioneering study examines television’s impact on an Amazonian river town from the first broadcasts in Gurupá in 1983 to the present.

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Oct 09 2013

Alumni Spotlight

Carolyn Naifeh (M.A.1984) After completing her M.A., Carolyn worked for 13 years in Washington, D.C., in international broadcasting at Voice of America—initially on VOA’s broadcasts in Spanish, Portuguese, and Creole, then as a Latin America regional editor and assignments editor in the central newsroom, to later helping set up a business development office, and finally [...]

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Oct 09 2013

CLAS Summer Awards Programs

CLAS administers several summer awards available to graduate and undergraduate students pursuing research projects in Latin America. The call for applications is posted on the CLAS website (vanderbilt.edu/clas) each December and applications are due in early February. Latin American Studies Field Research Grants Awards are for approximately $2,000 each and are intended primarily to support [...]

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Oct 09 2013

M.A. Latin American Studies New Student Profile

Jessica Edwards received an academic year FLAS fellowship from CLAS for 2013–14 to study Portuguese. Since 2013, Jessica has been pursuing a master’s in international education policy and management at Peabody College with a focus on Latin America. Her specific interests include development and economics as well as race and gender disparities in education. Jessica [...]

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Oct 09 2013

Faculty Publications

Celso Thomas Castilho (History), “Performing Abolitionism, Enacting Citizenship: The Social Construction of Political Rights in 1880s Recife, Brazil,” Hispanic American Historical Review 93:3 (August, 2013): 377-409. Earl Fitz (Spanish and Portuguese), “Native American Literature and Its Place in the Inter-American Project” Comparative American Studies: An International Journal, edited by Antonio Barrenechea and Heidi Moertl. Peter [...]

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Oct 09 2013

LAS Faculty Recipients of Discovery Grants

The Discovery Grant program was initiated in 1998 by the Office of the Provost and occurs annually. The program specifically focuses on providing seed funding for research to increase its potential to attract external funding. Recent recipients and their research include: • Bill Fowler (Anthropology): “Archeology of the Early Church at Ciudad Vieja, El Salvador” [...]

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Oct 09 2013

CLAS Alumni News

Patrick Aucoin (M.A. 2012) is living in Brooklyn, New York, where he works as an analyst focusing on Latin America for Selerity, a real-time financial information and media company. Kevin Carlucci (M.A. 2006) lives in Austin, Texas, where he works for Climate Change & Urban Service. Kevin’s role in the organization has transitioned from proposal [...]

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Oct 09 2013

Grad Student News

Jennifer Zovar was awarded the Department of Anthropology 2012 Award for Excellence in Anthropological Scholarship. She received a monetary award and her name was engraved on the wall plaque in the department office. Jessica Edwards traveled in May to Quito as a site leader for Vanderbilt’s Office of Active Citizenship and Service’s Ecuador Experience. The Ecuador [...]

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Oct 09 2013

Américas Award

The Américas Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature is sponsored by the Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs and co-coordinated by Vanderbilt CLAS and Tulane SCLAS. Up to two awards are given each year to authors who produce quality children’s and young adult books that portray Latin America, the Caribbean, or Latinos in the [...]

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Oct 09 2013

Vanderbilt Guatemalan Field Station New Interdisciplinary Hub

Last spring, with significant support from the Center for Latin American Studies, Vanderbilt expanded commitment to research and sustainable development in Guatemala by opening a field station that is home to 13 projects. The field station, located at the Moore Pediatric Surgery Center, provides support for diverse programs ranging from pediatric surgery to study of [...]

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Oct 09 2013

SALSA Conference

Eighty-five Amazonia specialists from thirteen countries gathered in Buttrick Hall March 7–10, 2013, for the international conference of the Society for the Anthropology of Lowland South America (SALSA), hosted by President Beth Conklin, chair of the Department of Anthropology. Scholars presented papers in nine panels that examined topics ranging from shamanism and cosmology to climate [...]

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Oct 09 2013

Library News

In April and May, LAS Bibliographer Paula Covington made three book purchasing trips to Latin America (Guatemala, Bolivia, Ecuador, and Peru). She was able to review and purchase portions of a special collection in Bolivia of retrospective Andean materials. Most purchases on these trips were new and older materials relating to the library’s Guatemalan and [...]

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Oct 09 2013

Yeu-Matchuc Brings Native Dance Celebration to Nashville

Led by Associate Director Helena Simonett, CLAS collaborated with the Tennessee Arts Commission to invite a group of indigenous Yoreme dancers from Sinaloa, Mexico, for two public performances in Nashville in June 2013. The Yeu-Matchuc group performed ancient songs and dances on Vanderbilt University’s Library Lawn. The highlight of the performance was the ancient deer [...]

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Oct 09 2013

LAPOP News

Every two years LAPOP conducts the most extensive survey of public opinion throught the Americas. The resulting LAPOP AmericasBarometer gives incredible insights into individuals’ experiences of democracy, security, and other topics across the region. In 2012, the project’s special focus was on marginalized groups, and LAPOP analyses have formed the foundation of numerous presentations and [...]

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Oct 09 2013

Frist Workshops

Annabeth Headrick Visit In April 2013, CLAS invited Annabeth Headrick (University of Denver) to Nashville to give a lecture at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts as a part of our collaboration on the Frist’s “Exploring Art of Ancient America” exhibit. Headrick’s public lecture was titled “Fighting for Water: War and Agriculture in Mesoamerica,” [...]

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Oct 09 2013

CLAS Outreach: Festa Junina

Festa Junina! In March, students from Fisk and Vanderbilt donned traditional Brazilian costumes to celebrate Festa Junina. The annual celebration, also known as Festa de São João, has historically been related to the European Midsummer that takes place in the beginning of the Brazilian winter. It is celebrated in many parts of Brazil, but is [...]

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Oct 09 2013

CLAS Outreach: MAESTRA

MAESTRA In February, CLAS invited film director Catherine Murphy to Vanderbilt and Tuskegee universities for a series of events surrounding her documentary Maestra. The film presents background and testimonials from the 1961 Cuban Literacy Campaign initiated by newly governing Fidel Castro with the goal of eradicating illiteracy in Cuba. Over 250,000 volunteers enlisted to participate—over [...]

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Oct 09 2013

CLAS Summer Institute at UG-Athens on Exploring Brazil: A Window into the Language and Culture of a Country on the Rise

Portuguese is currently the seventh most widely spoken language in the world, and due to the growth of the Brazilian economy, the demand for Portuguese speakers has risen. Preparations for the World Cup and Olympics have put Brazil on the world stage. In an effort to encourage Portuguese instruction at the secondary level, CLAS offered [...]

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Oct 09 2013

Fall 2013 Teacher Workshops

Saturday, September 14 Live, Laugh and Love to Learn Languages: Great Ideas for Your Elementary World Language Classroom • Vanderbilt Campus • 9 a.m.–Noon Monday, September 23 Americas Award Teacher Workshop • Georgetown University • 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Americas Award Ceremony • Library of Congress • 3:30 p.m. Friday, October 4 or Saturday, October 5 [...]

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Oct 08 2013

Other CLAS Events

September 4 International Lens Presents Wasteland. Presented by Mel Ziegler. September 13 Brown Bag Lunch Talk with Arturo Santamaría Gómez (Professor of Sociology, Universidad Autónoma de Sinaloa, Mazatlán), “Futbol y patria: y la nueva identidad mexicana.” Sponsored by the Mexican Studies Group (CLAS and Warren Center). September 23–27 BRAZIL WEEK Monday: Sarau: A Night of [...]

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