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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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Apr 04 2013

CLAS Welcomes La Camioneta Filmmaker

In January, CLAS welcomed its alum Mark Kendall (M.A. 2009), filmmaker and producer of La Camioneta: The Journey of One American School Bus. The documentary tells the story of buses which leave the United States on a south-bound migration to Guatemala, where they are repaired, repainted, and resurrected as the brightly colored camionetas, and carry [...]

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Apr 04 2013

Brent Savoie Appointed as CLAS Affiliated Faculty

Dr. Brent Savoie is a physician and legal scholar with more than a decade of experience working with rural health programs and conducting health and human rights research in Guatemala. Brent is the president of the Inter-American Health Alliance (IAHA); in this role he has helped develop a successful partnership with CLAS, collaborating on programs [...]

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Apr 04 2013

Faculty Profile – Emanuelle Oliveira-Monte, Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Associate Professor of Luso-Brazilian Literature Emanuelle Oliveira-Monte studies Afro-Brazilian literature, race relations, the relationship between literature and politics, and popular culture. She teaches Portuguese language and literature courses, as well as seminars on Brazilian cinema and popular Brazilian culture. Originally from Rio de Janeiro, Oliveira did her doctoral study at UCLA and has been at [...]

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Apr 04 2013

2013 Brazilian Culture and Portuguese Language Intensive Summer Program

The Summer in Brazil intensive academic program is organized by Vanderbilt, Tulane, and Emory universities with the Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo (PUC-SP). The program offers immersion in the Portuguese language as well as coursework on Brazilian culture and a number of excursions. In summer 2013, the program will be held from June 15–July [...]

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Apr 04 2013

MAESTRA: CLAS Black History Month 2013

In February 2013, in honor of Black History Month, CLAS offered a series of events around the documentary Maestra. Catherine Murphy, director and producer, visited Vanderbilt February 18–21. The documentary, which premiered in the U.S. in 2011, tells the story of the Cuban Literacy Campaign of 1961, when 250,000 volunteers taught 700,000 people to read [...]

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Apr 04 2013

CLAS Welcomes New FAO Student Jessica Turner

Jessica Turner is from Payson, Utah, and is a captain in the United States Army. She is fulfilling her dream of becoming a Latin American Foreign Area Officer (FAO) and came to Vanderbilt in January 2013 as part of the military’s FAO training program. Jessica spent the past year living in Panama, working at the [...]

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Apr 04 2013

Mexican Studies Group

MSG is co-sponsored by the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities and the Center for Latin American Studies. In its third year, this group brings together faculty and graduate students from history, political science, literature, sociology, art, anthropology, music, pedagogy, and Latin American studies. On January 28, Lance Ingwersen (Ph.D. student in history) gave [...]

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Apr 04 2013

Graduate Students Take Part in Teleconference with Universidad del Valle

Three graduate students in the Department of Anthropology participated in a conference in Guatemala using the Polycom system available at Vanderbilt. The conference was part of IV Colloquia on Anthropology and Sociology, organized by the Universidad del Valle in Guatemala. The students presented preliminary data collected last summer in Guatemala, research supported by the CLAS [...]

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Apr 04 2013

Américas Award 2012

The Américas Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature, a book award co-coordinated by Vanderbilt and Tulane and sponsored by CLASP (Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs), was presented at the Library of Congress on October 5, 2012. The award honors authors and illustrators who produce quality children’s and young adult books which best portray [...]

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Apr 04 2013

Anthropology Speaker Series

CLAS co-sponsored two lectures organized by the Department of Anthropology as part of their Fall Speaker Series featuring visiting speakers Charles E. Orser and Axel Nielsen. Orser (New York State Museum) discussed quilombos in Brazil and peasant Irish settlements in Ireland in his lecture, “Strategies Toward an Archaeology of Self-Liberation.” Nielsen (Instituto Nacional de Antropología [...]

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Apr 04 2013

Project Nicaragua Chapter Founded at Vanderbilt

The Vanderbilt University Chapter of Project Nicaragua, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the quality and accessibility of health care in Nicaragua, is in its first year as a student service organization at Vanderbilt. The founding executive board members will make their first trip to Nicaragua for two weeks in May to determine [...]

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Apr 04 2013

Department of Spanish and Portuguese Speakers Fall 2012

CLAS also co-sponsored several visitors hosted by the Spanish and Portuguese department in fall 2012. Writer Conceição Evaristo (Universidad Federal Fluminense) spoke about the exclusion of Afro-Brazilian women writers in literature and Eduardo de Assis Duarte (Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais) discussed critiques of Afro-Brazilian literature. Professor Santiago Morales Rivera from the University of California [...]

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Apr 04 2013

Coming Up at CLAS

February 19–22 Maestra Film Screening, Panel Discussions, Teacher Workshops March 1–June 23 Exploring Art of the Ancient Americas: The John Bourne Collection at Frist Center for the Visual Arts March 7–10 SALSA 2013 Conference (see page 7) May 5 Music City Baroque Performance at Benton Chapel, 3 p.m. June 9–13 CLAS K–16 Summer Institute, Exploring [...]

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Apr 04 2013

Nearly 200 Students Volunteering in Latin America during Spring Break 2013

The number of students choosing to spend their spring break conducting service learning in Latin America continues to increase. In 2013, a record number of 197 Vanderbilt students will travel to Latin America during spring break week. Manna Project has dramatically increased its spring break service learning trips from four trips in 2009 to 13 [...]

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Apr 04 2013

Director’s Corner: Edward F. Fischer

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 [...]

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Apr 04 2013

Faculty Publications

Katharine Donato (Department of Sociology) “Variation in the Gender Composition of Migrant Populations: An Introduction”; Social Science History (2011) 36:2 and “Shifts in the Employment Outcomes among Mexican Migrants to the United States, 1976–2009” with Blake Sisk in Research in Social Stratification and Mobility (2011) 30:1. Leonard Folgarait (Department of History of Art) Mexican Muralism: A [...]

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Apr 04 2013

Faculty News

Arthur Demarest (Department of Anthropology) received a $90,000 research grant from the Alphawood Foundation for the Vanderbilt Cancuén Regional Archaeological Project. Located on the Passion River in northern Guatemala, Cancuén was an important trade route and has one of the largest and richest royal palaces known in the Maya world. Demarest recently won a National [...]

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Apr 04 2013

Dr. Doug Morgan Keeps His Focus on Stomach Cancer in Central America

Doug Morgan recently joined the Vanderbilt School of Medicine faculty as an associate professor in the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition. His primary interest is cancer epidemiology and prevention in Hispanic-Latino populations, with a particular focus on stomach cancer in Central America. Globally, gastric cancer is the second leading cause of cancer mortality, and [...]

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Apr 04 2013

Graduate Student News

Courtney Campbell (Department of History) is currently on a IIE Graduate Fellowship for dissertation research in Brazil. Her research focuses on regional identity formation and globalization, and she has travelled to historical and cultural archives in Pernambuco, Paraíba, Ceará, Rio Grande do Norte, Maranhão, Piauí, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, and Bahia. Daniel Zizumbo [...]

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Apr 04 2013

CLAS Alumni Updates

Hamilton Bowman (M.A. 2003), a Latin American studies and Owen School of Management graduate, is the chief operating officer at EnableComp in Franklin, Tennessee. He and his wife of nine years have two beautiful daughters. Jason Howard (B.A. 1999) is an agricultural commodity broker at American Commodities Brokerage Company in New York City. He works [...]

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