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Feb 27 2014

The Helguera Collection and the Dean’s Fellow Program

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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