Archive for the 'Spring 2013 Newsletter' Category

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Society for the Anthropology of Lowland South America (SALSA)

2013 meetings will be held at Vanderbilt, from March 7–10, 2013. This gathering of Amazonian anthropologists is being hosted by Vanderbilt, with Beth Conklin of Vanderbilt’s Department of Anthropology responsible for general conference organization and Carlos D. Londoño Sulkin of the University of Regina responsible for the academic program. Academic paper panels, workshops, and film [...]

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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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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

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

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

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

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

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

Vanderbilt and Universidad de los Andes Sign Memorandum of Understanding

In November, Bart Victor (Owen Graduate School of Management), Peter Martin (School of Medicine), and CLAS Director Ted Fischer travelled to Bogotá to meet with Universidad de los Andes officials to explore areas of mutual interest. Vanderbilt’s ties to los Andes currently include the Institute for Coffee Studies and LAPOP, which recently received a grant [...]

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Apr 04 2013

Guatemala Focus of CLAS Booth at Celebrate Nashville

CLAS took part in the Celebrate Nashville Festival on October 6 in Centennial Park by hosting a booth on Guatemala. The most popular in the global village, the booth had people lined up throughout the day waiting to find out the meaning of their birthdate in the Mayan calendar. Pakal B’alam and his family organized [...]

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Apr 04 2013

CLAS Educates with Altars, Butterflies, and Crafts at Día de los Muertos at Cheekwood

For the second half of October, a colorful altar adorned with yellow and orange flowers, photographs, incense, food, and perhaps most memorably, sugar skulls, greeted everyone who passed through the main stairwell of Buttrick Hall.  CLAS staff and graduate students constructed the altar for the annual Día de los Muertos Festival, held at Cheekwood on [...]

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Apr 04 2013

Peter Kornbluh of the National Security Archive Visits Vanderbilt

CLAS invited Peter Kornbluh, a senior analyst for the National Security Archive, to Vanderbilt in November to discuss his work declassifying government documents. His area of focus is Latin America with a special emphasis on Chile and Cuba. Kornbluh delivered a public lecture to a full house, “Saving the World from Armageddon: The Secret Diplomacy [...]

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Apr 04 2013

CLASP Meeting at Vanderbilt

In October, CLAS hosted the annual meeting of the executive committee of the Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs (CLASP). Eleven representatives from Centers for Latin American Studies across the country traveled to Vanderbilt for the two-day meeting. The committee discussed the launch of the organization’s commissioned paper series, collaborative initiatives for outreach, and strategies [...]

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Apr 04 2013

Wines of Chile and Argentina with Sister Cities of Nashville, Midtown, and CLAS

CLAS, Sister Cities, and Midtown Wine hosted a wine tasting on February 7, featuring wines from Argentina and Chile. Phil Rasico (Department of Spanish and Portuguese), Pablo Piccolo of Catena Wines, and Larry Soble of Global Vineyard Importers spoke on Argentine wines and winemaking. The event was last held in 2009, the year that Mendoza, [...]

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Apr 04 2013

Exploring Art of the Ancient Americas: A CLAS and Frist Collaboration

CLAS has partnered with Nashville’s Frist Center for the Visual Arts to organize lectures, gallery talks, teacher workshops, and a dinner in conjunction with the exhibit Exploring Art of the Ancient Americas: The John Bourne Collection. The exhibit opens at the Frist on March 1 and will be on display until June 23, 2013. The [...]

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Apr 04 2013

Gilberto Gil Plays Schermerhorn Symphony Center

Vanderbilt was well represented at the Gilberto Gil concert on November 5 presented by the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Gil is an acclaimed Brazilian singer, songwriter, activist, and one of the founders of Brazil’s Tropicalia movement. From 2003–2008, he served as Brazil’s minister of culture. Marcio Bahia (Department of Spanish and Portuguese) worked with Schermerhorn to [...]

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Apr 04 2013

LAPOP News

On December 1, 2012, the Latin American Opinion Project released the AmericasBarometer 2012 survey data. The fifth round of AmericasBarometer tackles the tremendous gaps in opportunities experienced by and resources available to the region’s citizens. The data, collected in the majority of countries with smart phones, includes 41,632 interviews collected from 26 countries in the [...]

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