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Table of Contents
        Page 1
    Director's Corner
        Page 2
    75th anniversary celebration
        Page 3
    55th annual conference
        Page 4
    Faculty news and notes
        Page 5
    New center faculty and staff
        Page 6
        Page 7
    Fulbright visiting scholar
        Page 8
    UF at LASA
        Page 9
        Page 10
        Page 11
    Faculty books
        Page 12
    2005-06 graduates, fellowships
        Page 13
    Field research grant recipients
        Page 14
    Field research clinic
        Page 15
    Outreach news
        Page 16
    Student news
        Page 17
    Alumni news and notes
        Page 18
    Giving to the center
        Page 19
    Back Cover
        Page 20
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University of Florida Center for Latin American Studies I Volume 37, Number 1 I Spr/Sum 2006

The First Conference of the Institute Of Inter-

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A (Front row, from left): Dixie Beggs, Rollin Atwood, Victor Belaunde,
Wilmon Newell, John J. Tigert, B. A. Tolbert, and James N. Anderson.

he Institute of Inter-American Affairs, forerunner of the Center
for Latin American Studies, was the brainchild of John J.Tigert,
third president of the University of Florida (UF). President
Tigert came to the UF in the fall of 1928 having previously served as
U.S. Commissioner of Education under presidents Coolidge
and Hoover.
A faculty committee to create an Institute of Inter-American Affairs
was organized in the spring of 1930 and issued its report to President
Tigert on April 10th. Among other activities, the committee
recommended an eleven day Inter-American affairs conference be held
in February 1931. The committee also urged Tigert to seek out
someone with an international reputation as the Institute's first
director. As the realities of Depression Era finances set in, the
conference was scaled back to four days, and the head of the faculty
committee, Assistant Professor of Geography Rollin S. Atwood, was
named the Institute's interim director.
The Institute was established on June 2, 1930 as part of the spring
commencement ceremony. Cuba's ambassador to the United States,
Orestes Ferrara, was the commencement speaker and his speech was
carried on radio station WRUE Plans for the February conference
were also announced. The original intention was to make the
conference an international meeting, but budget constraints made it
impossible to bring in many foreign speakers or guests.

American Affairs

The activities surrounding the organization of the conference gave
rise to other Latin American initiatives at UE It was at this time that
the library embarked upon an intensive campaign to acquire and
catalog Latin American materials. The Institute's birth also marked the
university's first student exchange program. At the urging of the
Pan-American Union, the university eliminated tuition fees for Latin
American students and created an Inter-American Section in
Buckman Hall. Within a few years, cooperative agreements with
several Latin American universities were in place.
In the end, the conference would serve a three-fold purpose: it
would establish the Institute as one of the university's first non-
agricultural research centers; it would serve as an occasion to mark the
university's 25th year in Gainesville; and, finally, it would dedicate the
university's quadrangle as the Plaza of the Americas.
The four-day meeting opened in the University Auditorium on
February 10, 1931 with a panel that included William John Cooper,
Tigert's successor as Commissioner of Education, John C. Merriam,
President of the Carnegie Institution, and Wallace W. Atwood,
President of Clark University and father of Rollin Atwood. The theme
on the first day was "The Place of Education in the Development of
Understanding Among Peoples." The second day was devoted to
Inter-American cooperative agricultural education and research and
included the only Latin American participant, Dr. Victor Andres
Belaunde of the University of Lima in Peru. Belaunde, a signatory to
the 1945 Letter giving birth to the United Nations and uncle of
subsequent Peruvian president, Fernando Belaunde Terry, was joined
on the panel by David Fairchild, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's
leading expert on tropical and semi-tropical plants.
Conference attendees met on the third morning to discuss the scope
and purpose of the Institute's program. Rollin Atwood outlined the
work of the Institute. He noted that the Institute would engage in
intensive research, but Atwood also placed equal significance on the
need to disseminate the results of that research to an international
public. In particular, he stressed the importance of popular and
commercial media in the dissemination process. In the afternoon,
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The Center for Latin American Studies celebrated its 75th anniversary this
year with two major events: a February celebration honoring the Center's
emeriti faculty that included a lecture by Dr. Arturo Valenzuela of Georgetown
University and a reception; and a reception for alumni, faculty, students and
friends at the Latin American Studies Association Congress in San Juan,
Puerto Rico in March.
Both events provided the opportunity to contact many UF Latinamericanist
alumni. A Latinamericanist Alumni Board was created last fall and one of its
Dr. Carmen Diana Deere first activities was to write the 300 and some graduates of the MALAS (Master
of Arts in Latin American Studies) program for whom we had addresses. A
second letter, this time to all those who had written a Master's thesis or Ph.D. dissertation on a Latin
American theme, was sent out this winter. It has been gratifying how many alums have responded,
pledging their support to help us reach our goal of consolidating the Center as one of the premier
centers for the study of Latin America, the Caribbean, and Latinos in the United States.
We also hope to establish contact with those who over the years have completed an undergraduate
Certificate or Minor in Latin American Studies. This is a more difficult task, since Certificates do not
appear on student transcripts, and the Alumni Office does not keep track of Minors. We hope to begin
the process of matching our records with those of the Alumni Office over the next year, in order to
continue to expand our network of Latinamericanist Gators.
This spring the Center was able to award a near-record $70,000 for summer field research to 36 UF
graduate students from 13 departments to carry out thesis and pre-dissertation research in 17 Latin
American and Caribbean countries. This large number was made possible by a grant from The Tinker
Foundation which was matched by the UF Vice President for Research, in addition to income from the
Charles Wagley and A. Curtis Wilgus endowments. The Center's Tropical Conservation and
Development (TCD) program awarded summer grants with funding from its Ford Foundation-State
Endowment as well as a grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.
Six UF graduate students will be pursuing language study this summer with Title VI Foreign
Language and Area Studies (FLAS) summer fellowships. Three awards were made for the study of
Brazilian Portuguese, one in the Florida Consortium for Latin American and Caribbean Studies'
language and culture program in Rio de Janeiro and two for the Center's language and business
program in Rio; two were made for the study of Haitian Creole at the Consortium's Haitian Creole
Institute in Miami; and another for the study of Yucatec Maya through a summer institute sponsored by
the Duke-UNC Consortium.
We recently learned that the Florida Consortium (where we partner with the Latin American and
Caribbean Center at Florida International University) was renewed by the Department of Education,
Title VI program for FLAS Academic Year and Summer fellowships for 2006-2010. We were awarded
$376, 000 for each of the next four years, a substantial increase from our previous funding level. This
funding will allow the Center to increase the number of Academic Year fellowships granted to UF
students from four to seven and increase the number of summer fellowships awarded as well. The
results of the Title VI National Resource Center competition have yet to be announced.


Volume 37, Number 1
Spring/Summer 2006

Center for Latin American Studies
319 Grinter Hall
PO Box 115530
Gainesville, FL 32611-5530

Center-Based Faculty and
Professional Staff
Carmen Diana Deere Director
Hannah Covert Executive Director

Efrain Barradas (LAS/RLL)
Emilio M. Bruna (LAS/WEC)
Jonathan Dain (LAS)
M. Cristina Espinosa Associate Director,
Academic Programs
Meredith Fensom (LAS/Law)
Victoria G6mez de la Torre
Program Coordinator
Karen Kainer (LAS/SFRC)
Sue Legg Research Director, PGL
Elizabeth Lowe Assodate Director,
Distance Learning & Program Development
Ana Margheritis (LAS/Political Sdence)
Terry McCoy (LAS/Political Science)
Mary Risner Outreach Coordinator and
Assistant Director, LABEP
Janet Bente Romero Associate Director
Helena Rodrigues (LAS/Political Science)
Marianne Schmink (LAS/Anthropology)
J. Richard Stepp (LAS/Anthropology)
Welson Tremura (LAS/Music)
Menno Vellinga (LAS)
Charles H. Wood (LAS/Sodology)

1 Inter-American Affairs Conference
S3 75th Anniversary Celebration
S4 55th Annual Conference
py 5 Faculty News & Notes
6 New Center Faculty & Staff
S7 Events
8 Fulbright Visiting Scholar
O 9 UF at LASA
r 12 Faculty Books

12 Research & Training Programs
13 2005-06 Graduates, Fellowships
14 Field Research Grant Recipients
15 Field Research Clinic
16 Outreach News
17 Student News
18 Alumni News & Notes
19 Giving to the Center
20 2007 Annual Conference



Dr. Arturo Valenzuela Lectures at the Center for Latin

American Studies 75th Anniversary Celebration
Dr. Arturo Valenzuela, Director of the Center for Latin American Studies at Georgetown University, was the keynote speaker at the Center for
Latin American Studies' 75th anniversary celebration on February 16, 2006. Valenzuela was formerly Senior Director for Inter-American
Affairs at the National Security Council as well as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Inter-American Affairs in the State Department under the
Clinton Administration. The lecture, titled "The U.S. and Latin America in the Post Cold-War Era: More of the Same?" focused on the key issues
influencing relations between the United States and Latin America currently and in the past.
Valenzuela began by highlighting the dramatic changes the region has undergone in the past several decades. The authoritarian regimes of the
1980s created a very different picture than what we see today. Between 1930 and 1980, 40 percent of the changes in government in the region were a
direct result of military coups. While there has been an improvement in the return to democracy throughout the region, this has not been without its
share of challenges. Among them is the high degree of inequality in Latin America, which is among the highest in the world.
Valenzuela emphasized two major and flawed assumptions that have led to equally flawed policymaking in the region. The first is that the
establishment of democracy through elections would bring its consolidation. While elections are necessary, they are not sufficient. The consolidation
of democracy and of the democratic process is much more complex and far more difficult. In the past, he stressed, the answer to the problems of
democracy was a military coup, which did not leave time for the learning process necessary to consolidate democratic processes.
Another assumption that proved wrong is on the economic front. Valenzuela argued that it is flawed to assume that if countries simply opened up
their markets by lowering trade barriers and implemented privatization, etc., institutions would get stronger and democracy would flourish.
According to Valenzuela these reforms were also necessary but not sufficient to strengthen democracy in the region.
With respect to U.S. policy toward Latin America, Valenzuela stressed that central to the Clinton administration's policy was working through
multilateral channels and institutions so that change was not imposed or linked solely to the U.S., but rather viewed as a joint effort between the U.S.
and governments of the region.
Valenzuela argued that it initially looked like the Bush administration was going to take a qualitative step forward in terms of U.S. relations with
Mexico. After 9/11, the primary failure of the Bush administration has been its inability to implement immigration reform. After 9/11 "the
Hemisphere dropped off the radar screen," he added. He also emphasized how the Bush administration lacked a strategy towards the region,
although the U.S. has obvious interests in Latin America. "The question then is," he said, "how come if we have interests we don't have a foreign
policy based on a strategic response? If we had a strategic approach we would be handling foreign policy with Latin America very differently."
-Contributed by Jessica Bachay, MALAS student

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Hortensia 0. Suarez, Christopher Andrew, Peter Hildebrand,
Robert Bryan, Jos6 Alvarez, Hugh Popenoe, Murdo McLeod
(Sitting from left): Paul Doughty, Helen Safa, Carmen Diana Deere,
Bertha Carter, Felicity Trueblood.

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Center's 55th Annual Conference

Alternative Visions of Development:

The Rural Social Movements in Latin America

Tr he Center for Latin
American Studies 55th
Annual Conference was
held on February 23-25, 2006 on
the theme of Alternative Visions of
Development: The Rural Social
Movements in Latin America.
SParticipating in the conference
were rural social movement
Leaders from Bolivia, Brazil,
Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua,
Peru and the United States, in
S w addition to academics and
researchers from Brazil, Canada,
A Martha Valle, representative from Colombia, Mexico and the U.S.
FEMUPROCAN (Federaci6n de In her introductory comments at
Mujeres Productoras de Nicaragua) the opening plenary, Center
speaking at the conference.
Director Carmen Diana Deere
noted that since the early 1990s new national-level rural organizations
have emerged throughout the region representing sectors previously
excluded from the main peasant organizations and rural unions of past
decades, such as the indigenous, landless, environmental, anti- mining
and women's movement. In addition, they have built transnational
associations and networks at the sub-regional, hemispheric, and global
levels. As a result, the rural social movements in Latin America have
emerged as among the best organized as well as the strongest critics of
the neoliberal model of development in the region.
The main transnational organizations are CLOC, the Coordinadora
Latinoamericana de Organizaciones del Campo, and Via Campesina, the
international association that brings together organizations of small and
medium farmers, agricultural workers, rural women and indigenous
communities from four continents. More than 88 peasant organizations
from 25 countries currently belong to CLOC. Via Campesina's last
congress in 2004 was attended by representatives of organizations from
76 countries in the America's, Europe, Asia, and Africa.
The birth of these transnational organizations is related to events
surrounding 1992, the Quincentenary of the discovery of the Americas.
In 1989 at the First Latin American Meeting of Peasant and Indigenous
Organizations in Bogoti, Colombia, the Quincentenary was renamed the
"500 Years of Indigenous and Popular Resistance" campaign. After
subsequent meetings around this campaign the decision was taken to
construct a regional organization and the founding congress of CLOC
was held in Lima in 1994. The origins of the Via Campesina can also be
traced to this same period. It was officially constituted as a global
organization at its first congress in Mons, Belgium in 1993. The majority
but not all of the organizations in CLOC also belong to Via Campesina.

Via Campesina also includes a number of organizations from the
English-speaking Caribbean that are not members of CLOC.
What unites most of the members of CLOC and Via Campesina is i)
their critique of neoliberal policies in agriculture in all of its dimensions,
but specifically, for being anti-peasant; ii) their commitment to develop
an alternative development project around the pillars of integral agrarian
reform, sustainable development and food sovereignty; and iii) their
commitment to social justice, including ethnic, racial and gender equity.
CLOC and Via Campesina have taken a leading role in the World Social
Forums that have been held annually since 2001, and in the
hemispheric-level Social Summits and anti-FTAA meetings and protests.
Participants at the Center's conference included representatives of
organizations that belong to both CLOC and Via Campesina (such as
the MST, the Movimento dos Trabalhadores Sem Terra of Brazil) as well
as representatives of organizations that belong to neither (such as
ANIPA, Asamblea Nacional Indigena Plural por la Autonomia of Mexico
and COPPIP, Conferencia Permanente de Pueblos Indigenas del Peru). A
highlight of the conference was learning about the points that unite
them, as well as the points of disagreement and tension.
The keynote speakers included Daniel Correia, a member of the
National Coordination of the MST, speaking on "Agrarian Reform as a
Path to Development," and Juan Tiney, General Secretary of CLOC,
speaking on "Problems and Perspectives of Small and Medium Farmers
and Rural Workers in Latin America." Unfortunately, a third keynoter,
Leonida Zurita from Bolivia, was unable to attend since her visa was
inexplicably revoked by the U.S. government when she went to board her
flight. Zurita, an alternate senator for the recently-elected MAS
(Movimiento al Socialismo) government in Bolivia, is Executive
Secretary of COCAMTROP (Coordinaci6n Campesina de Mujeres del
continued on page 8

A Conference participants, (from left): David Barton Bray (FIU), Mary Allegretti
(Independent Researcher), Deborah Barry (Visiting Scholar, IFPRI), and
Marianne Schmink (UF).


Faculty Research Project:

Charles W ood's Comparative Study

on Land Use, Cattle Ranching and


n 1999, the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI)
awarded a $650,000 grant to Charles Wood 0 i v.%' .... .. I.._) andhis
partners in Latin America to carry out a comparative study of land use,
cattle ranching and deforestation in Brazil, Ecuador and Peru.
The expansion of cattle ranching is one of the principal causes of
deforestation in lowland tropical areas of South America. Given the close
relationship between cattle ranching and deforestation, a study of the
factors that motivate farmers to become ranchers and an analysis of the
choices landholders make with respect to pasture management are
effective ways to address one of the paramount environmental issues of
our times.
So rapid is the expansion of cattle ranching taking place in the
Brazilian Amazon that concerned analysts coined the term
"pecuarizacio" (cattlelization) to depict the extraordinary increase in the
cattle herd among farmers and ranchers, both large and small. The
expansion of cattle ranching is also underway in Peru and Ecuador,
although more slowly and in response to different social, economic and
political incentives.
The project, which recently concluded, generated 7 book-length
monographs and 57 articles or chapters. The project offered training
opportunities for young scholars by including them in fieldwork and

providing research awards. Direct or in kind support contributed to the
completion of 20 academic degrees at UF and at South American
universities in a variety of disciplines, i, li.1;,i_. ,...l.. ...- Ecology,
Economics, Sociology, Geography, Agrarian Science, Agroforestry,
Political Science and Agronomy. Since the project began the network of
researchers created by the project has successfully competed for
additional resources totaling $2,070,000 to support related studies.

Brazilian M usic Institute at the

University of Florida May 8-13

The UF's Brazilian Music Institute (BMI) recently completed its sixth
year. Sponsored by the Center for World Arts, the Center for Latin
American Studies, the School of Music, and UF Student Government,
the BMI brings outstanding Brazilian musicians together for an
intensive week of instruction with musicians residing in the United
States. This year's BMI (May 8-13) provided a unique opportunity for
guitarists, flutists, and saxophonists to study with two exceptional
Brazilian musicians: Alieksey Vianna (guitar) and Jorge Continentino
(flute and saxophone). Combining classical and popular styles of music,
the week-long institute featured daily rehearsals and group lessons in
Brazilian repertoire, as well as performances featuring students and
faculty. A concluding concert on the evening of May 13 highlighted the
musical prowess of these outstanding musicians.
-Contributed by Welson Tremura, Director, Brazilian Music Institute,
and Assistant Professor, Latin American Studies and Music

Faculty News and Notes

SLeslie Anderson (Political Science) was
awarded a 2006 UF Research Foundation

SEfrain Barradas (LAS/RLL) delivered the
"Dia de la Lengua" lecture at the University of
Puerto Rico, Mayaguez, on April 26. He spoke
on contemporary literary and cultural

*Felix Bolafios (RLL) lectured on "Violence
in the Land of the Muisca: Juan Rodriguez
Freile's El Carnero" at the Department of
Hispanic Studies, University of Kentucky in
Lexington, Kentucky on March 10.

SLarry Crook (Music) was awarded an
International Cultural Exchange Grant for
2005-06 from the Division of Cultural Affairs,

State Department of Florida to support the
Center for World Arts 2006 Latin American
Artist-in-Residence program.

EMeredith Fensom (LAS/Law) and Jon Mills
(Law) received an Internationalizing the
Curriculum Grant for their spring, 2006 Law
and Policy in the Americas course.

U David Geggus (History) spoke in June on
"Print Culture and the Haitian Revolution" at
the American Antiquarian Society conference
on Print Culture, Enlightenment, and
Revolution, in Worcester, Mass., and in Paris
on Francophone research on slavery.

M.J. Hardman (Linguistics) was awarded a
EDiploma de Honor for her valuable
contribution to the Gesti6n Educativa de la

Direcci6n Regional de Educaci6n de Lima
Provincias during the current school year in
Lima, Peru.

*Michael Heckenberger ( ,.il..1...1..- ) was
awarded a 2006 UF Research Foundation
Professorship. He was also featured in the
History Channel's popular series "Digging for
the Truth." He accompanied the entire filming
of the episode "Lost Cities of the Amazon,"
aired on April 24, which focused on his
research in the Upper Xingu region in the
Brazilian Amazon.

MAna S.Q. Liberate (Women's Studies)
conducted a capacity building workshop
entitled "Gender and the Environment" in the
community of Robles, Cali, Colombia in April.
This workshop is part of the community-based


Faculty News and Notes continued

conservation project for institutions working
in and around protected areas of Ecuador
and Colombia, supported by the MacArthur
Foundation and executed by the Tropical
Conservation and Development (TCD) pro-

*Elizabeth Lowe (LAS) gave a lecture,
"Translating the New Voices of McOndo," at
the University of Texas Translation Center.

MAna Margheritis (LAS /Political Science)
was awarded a New Course Development
Grant from the Center for European Studies
for summer 2005 and a Travel Grant from
the International Studies Association in
October 2005. She also presented a paper at
the 47th Annual International Studies
Association Convention, San Diego, CA
in March.

Terry McCoy (LAS) delivered an invited
paper on "The Gulf of Mexico Region as a
Transnational Community" in March at the
State of the Gulf of Mexico 2006 Summit
hosted by the Harte Research Institute for

Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M
University-Corpus Christi. In February he
was a member of a keynote session on the
business consequences of key economic and
political trends of the Channel Focus Latin
America 2006 Conference in Miami and in
January he moderated the forum "Cuba after
Castro" hosted by the Global Connections
Foundation and Daytona Beach Community

ESusan Milbrath (FLMNH) was awarded a
grant from the Foundation for the
Advancement of Mesoamerican Studies for
the project "Mayapan's Effigy Censers:
Iconography, Context, and External
Connections." She was also invited to speak
at the Tezcatlipoca: Trickster and Supreme
Aztec Deity symposium at the University of
London in November 2005, and presented a
paper at the Southeast Conference on
Mesoamerican Archaeology and
Ethnohistory in February.

EP.K. Nair (SFRC) was awarded a Doctoral
Dissei i i ..... i .. i : !, i..,i ii,, lard for


EMax Nickerson (FLMNH) accepted an
invitation to become a Conservation Fellow
of the St. Louis Zoo's Conservation Institute.
Conservation Fellows are a "select group of
distinguished scientists and conservationists"
who assist the zoo in its efforts to conserve
wild animals and wild places.

* Maria Rogal (Art &Art History) received
a Gold Addy for the Wixdrika calendar
project. The calendar will now be considered
in the National Addy competition. She has
also been selected as a Fulbright lecturer in
Mexico for 2006-07. She will research the
visual culture of Mexicanidad in Yucatan, and
teach a design studio course at the
Universidad Aut6noma de Yucatan. Her
article on the design of the 2006 Wixdrika
calendar was featured in the American
Institute of Graphic Arts Journal Voice, as a
featured cross cultural design project.

Wecm Ne Cete Afiiae an Stff

Agricultural &
Biological Engineering
Clyde Fraisse,

Theatre and Dance
Tony Mata,

Counselor Education
Edil Torres Rivera,

Food & Resource Economics
Charles B. Moss,
(Mexico, General)

Public Relations
Belio Martinez, Jr.,
(Dominican Republic,
Colombia, Latinos)

Virginia LoCastro,
(Mexico, Colombia)

Francisco Armas,
IT Specialist

Jessica Caicedo,

UFAc gony

Florida Museum of Natural History
Food and Resource Economics
Latin American Business Environment Program
Latin American Studies
MA in Latin American Studies
Partnership in Global Learning
Romance Languages and Literatures
School of Forest Resources & Conservation
School of Natural Resources & Environment
Wildlife Ecology & Conservation



The First Conference of the Institute of Inter-American Affairs continued from front cover

there was a full dress parade of the ROTC in the stadium and a color guard carried the flags of the twenty-two American republics. The flags were a
gift to the Institute from the student body. The day concluded with a convocation marking the university's 25th anniversary in Gainesville.
The role of the press was reinforced on the final morning in a session entitled "The Place of the Press in the Development of an Inter-American
Educational Program." The panel of speakers included Henry Gratton Doyle, Editor of Pan-American Magazine, James A. Robertson, Editor of the
Hispanic American Historical Review, and Joseph L. Jones, Foreign Editor of the United Press Association. The conference closed with a dedication
ceremony that named the university quadrangle the Plaza of the Americas. Twenty-one live oaks were planted on the Plaza by members of the
student body. A placard with the name of a Latin American republic was placed by each new tree as well as one for the United States by an existing
live oak.
-Contributed by Carl Van Ness, University Archivist

Celebrating 400 years of

Don Quijote

n celebration of the 400th anniversary of Miguel de Cervantes'
masterpiece, Don Quijote de la Mancha, Jaime Riascos, an
internationally known storyteller from Cali, Colombia, presented "Don
Quijote: por la libertad, la risa y la justicia," a storytelling performance
on Don Quijote's major adventures. The event, accompanied with live
music by Michael Sisson, took place on April 4th at the Alachua County A Jaime Riascos performing for children at Ochwilla Elementary School in
Library headquarters in downtown Gainesville, and was a resounding Hawthorne, FL
Jacar6 Guatemala performing with P.K. Yonge fourth graders.
success. Riascos gave two performances the next day on traditional Latin
American oral stories for children at the Ochwilla Elementary School in
Hawthorne, which was attended by about 800 children. Sponsors
included the Center for Latin American Studies, the UF International
Center, the Institute of Hispano-Latino Culture (La Casita), and the
Department of Romance Languages and Literatures.
-Contributed by Felix Bolafios, Associate Professor, Romance
Languages & Literatures

Jacare Guatemala Spring Performance 2006

Jacare Guatemala, a new addition to UF's World Music Ensemble, gave
two concerts in Gainesville on March 3rd and 4th at the P. K. Yonge
Performing Arts Center. This new musical ensemble features the
marimba, a large wooden xylophone widespread throughout Central
America, yet held with a special patriotic feeling by Guatemalans. The
highlight of the program was the participation of two marimba masters
from Chichicastenango, Guatemala: Manuel Mateo Suar and his son,
Pedro Tomis Mateo Velisquez. Besides performances by both Jacare
Guatemala and the guest artists, the two concerts also featured a
collaborative performance with the fourth grade music class of P. K.
Yonge Developmental Research School. In addition, the March 4th
performance included a special presentation by the Corn Maya Marimba
Ensemble from Jupiter, Florida. For two nights, Gainesville audiences
were treated to waltzes, ragtimes, sones guatemaltecos, western classical
repertory, merengues, and other musical styles through the sweet sounds
of the marimba. They also performed on February 24th at the Florida
Museum of Natural History, during the reception hosted by the Center

for Latin American Studies honoring the participants and guests of the
Center's 55th Annual Conference.
Manuel Mateo Suar and Pedro Tomis Mateo Velisquez were invited to
UF as the 2006 Center for World Arts Latin American Artists-in-
Residence, completing a two-month stay at the university that included
rehearsals, master-classes, demonstrations, and performances in
Gainesville and Jupiter, FL. The program was organized and funded
through the support of the Center for Latin American Studies, the
School of Music, the Center for World Arts, and UF Student
Government. Community outreach was a particular focus for the 2006
residency, with rehearsals and demonstrations at P. KYonge
Developmental Research School, Eastside High School, and a
collaborative performance with the Corn Maya Marimba Ensemble at
the annual Fiesta Maya in Jupiter, FL.
-Contributed by Jack Forbes, graduate student, Music


Center's 55th Annual Conference continued from page 4
Tr6pico Boliviano) and former president of the Bolivian Federation of Peasant Women 'Bartolina Sisa'. She was to have spoken on "Peasant Social
Movements in Bolivia: Women at the Crossroads of 21st Century Nation-building."
Panel sessions were held on the rural social movements and alternative globalizations; the landless movement and the demand for agrarian reform;
peasant and indigenous challenges to the state; the environmental movements; development projects as the site of contestation; the rural women's
movements; and on transnational perspectives on organizing for social justice. The conference program and many of the papers presented may be
found on the Center's web site: One of the highlights of the conference was the concert by Guatemalan marimba masters
Manuel Mateo Suar and Pedro Tomis Mateo, UF Latin American Artists-in-Residence, at the reception at the Florida Museum of Natural History.
Co-sponsors of the conference included the Florida Consortium of Latin American and Caribbean Studies a Title VI National Resource Center
linking FIU's Latin American and Caribbean Center and the UF Center for Latin American Studies; the UF Transnational and Global Studies Center;
the UF International Center; the UF Office of the Vice President for Research; the UF Center for World Arts; and Holbrook Travel. A generous grant
from The Ford Foundation will also fund the subsequent publication of the conference proceedings. The organizing committee for the conference
included Carmen Diana Deere (chair), Victoria G6mez de la Torre (LAS conference coordinator), Hannah Covert (LAS), Cristina Espinosa (LAS),
Gabriel L6pez (LAS Visiting Scholar), Anthony Oliver-Smith ( ,.,il, ,..! .....- ', Anna Peterson (Religion), and Fred Royce (IFAS).

Fulbright Visiting Scholar Profile,

Laura Munoz

D during academic year 2005-06, the
Latin American Collection at the
UF Libraries and the Center for Latin
American Studies hosted Laura Munoz
Mata as a Fulbright Visiting Research.
Scholar. Originally slated for work at
Tulane University Library, the Fulbright
Program contacted the UF Latin
American Collection in the weeks
following the Katrina Hurricane disaster
and worked to place her at UF.
Since 1996, Munoz Mata has been a research faculty member at the
Institute Mora in Mexico City. She holds a PhD in history from
UNAM, and has authored a number of books on the history of
relations of Mexico within the Caribbean, including Bajo el Manto del
Libertador : Relaciones de Mexico con Colombia, Panamd y Venezuela,
1821-2000 (2004).
Her research at UF has focused on the European presence in the
Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean following the fall of the Spanish
colonial order, with special emphasis on the role of new political
players, the U.S. and Mexico.
-Contributed by Richard Phillips, UF Latin American Collection
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University of Florida at L A S A

UF Latinamericanists were very well represented at the Latin American Studies
Association International Congress in San Juan, March 15-18, 2006. Twenty faculty
and six graduate students presented papers at the conference, while many others
organized sessions, chaired panels and were discussants.
The Center for Latin American Studies also co-hosted, with the UF Alumni '
Association and the UF International Center, a reception for alumni, faculty, students
and friends. Puerto Rican Gator Club members were invited as special guests. The
short program included welcomes by Center Director, Carmen Diana Deere; Dean
Dennis Jett of UFIC; and Edwin Rios, of the Puerto Rican Gator Club. Two of UF's '
Puerto Rican Studies faculty were introduced: Efrain Barradas (RLL & LAS) and Helen A Efrain Barradas (LAS/RLL) and Welson
Safa (Professor Emerita of.ll,.....l.. and LAS). Entertainment was provided by Tremura (LAS/Music) atthe reception.
professors Welson Tremura (Music) and Charles Perrone (RLL).

Papers Presented at LASA by UF Faculty

Leslie Anderson (Political Science) "Death of a Nobel
Ideal? The Problem with the Argentine Radical Party."

Grenville Barnes (SFRC) "The Evolution of Ejidal Tenure
in Rural Mexico: Challenging the Dominant Property

Efrain Barradas (LAS/RLL) "Lemebel, entire Sarmiento y

Juliana Barr (History) "Ties that Bind versus Ties of
Bondage: The Making and Unmaking of Unions in

Alvaro F6lix Bolaios (RLL) "Don Quijote y la frontera: la
obra maestra del hispanismo en la literature colonial

Carmen Diana Deere (LAS/FRE) "Married Women's
Property Rights in Mexico: A Comparative Latin American
Perspective and Research Agenda."

Lawrence Dodd (Political Science) "Learning About
Democracy in Nicaragua: Reflections on Learning
Democracy in Anticipation of the 2006 Nicaraguan

Paul Doughty (Anthropology) "The Founding Decades of
the Latin American Studies Association."

Meredith Fensom (LAS/Law) "Judicial Reform, Military
Justice, and the Case of Chile's Carabineros."

Tace Hedrick (Women's Studies) "Conserving the
'Spiritual Body of the World': Spiritualism, Mestizaje, and

Queerness in Gabriela Mistral and Gloria Anzaldfia."

Ana Margheritis (LAS/Political Science) "Transnational
Policies and International Migration. Argentines in Spain."

Anna Peterson (Religion) "Peasant Land: The Peasant
Catholic Left in El Salvador."

Thomas Ruppert (Law) "Kuna Land Tenure: Cultural Base
or Commodity."

Marianne Schmink (LAS/Anthropology) "When Social
Movement Proposals Become Policy: Experiments in
Sustainable Development in Brazilian Amazonia."

Jalane Schmidt (Religion) "Cuban National Folklore and
the Fate of Local Religions."

Martin Sorbille (RLL) "Buenos Aires Viceversa: Military
Castration, Disappearances and the Traumatic Gaze in the
Visual Field.'

Welson Tremura (LAS/Music) "The Development of
Brazilian Country Music, F61ia de Reis, and Rural

Philip Williams (Political Science) "Emergent Solidarites
Among Mobile Populations: Mexican Migrants in
Southwest Florida" (with M. Patricia Fortuny Loret de
Mola & Miriam Solis Lizama).

Charles Wood (LAS/Sociology) "Religious Affiliation and
Child Mortality in Brazil."

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University of Florida at L A S A continued

Papers Presented at LASA by UF
Graduate Students
Claudia Garcia (RLL) "Autoformaci6n personal y artistic en El
cojo bueno, de Rodrigo Rey Rosa."

Henri Blanc Hoang (RLL) "Alegorias del mesianismo: el circo, el
tearo y la pantomima en las novelas generacionales de Alejandro

Natalia Jacovkis (RLL) "Subverting Fictions of Mexican Identity:
The Melodramas of Arturo Riptsein."

Gayle Lasater (Religion) "Decentering Religion: Mormonism
Comes to Santo Domingo."

Gregory Markowski (Political Science) "Raising Hell. How the
Indigenous in Ecuador Earned Political Space and Power."

Christina Stokes (RLL) "History Re-written: The Fictionalization
of the Mirabal Sisters."

Sessions Chaired by UF Faculty

Grenville Barnes (SFRC) "Inside the Polygon: The Efficacy of
Community Tenure in the Western Property Paradigm."

F6lix Bolanios (RLL) "Transitos del canon literario
latinoamericano: discursos imperiales, criollos e indigenas."

A Bill Keon, CEO of Pueblo Supermarkets and a member of the
International Center's External Advisory Board, and Dean Dennis Jett
(UFIC) during the Center's reception.

Hannah Covert and Mary Risner (LAS) "Innovative Approaches
to Interdisciplinary Graduate Research and Training."

Carmen Diana Deere (LAS/FRE) "Tumultous Times: LASA in
the 1960's."

David Hackett (Religion) "From Center to Margin: Diaspora
Religions and Missionary Religions in the Caribbean and Latin

Trace Hedrick (Women's Studies) "Queering the Cosmic Race:
Sexualities and Spiritualisms in Latin American, Latina and
Chicana Writers."

Charles Perrone (RLL) "Inter-American Standings."

Helen Safa (LAS/Anthropology) "Redefining the Caribbean."

Martin Sorbille (RLL) "Visioning Trauma and Post-Trauma in
Recent Latin American Cinema."

Manuel VAsquez (Religion) "Brazilians in Deerfield Beach and
Pompano Beach: Building Collective Identities and Reconfiguring
Urban Spaces" (with Lucia Ribeiro de Souza, ISER).

University of Florida at

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A Carmen Diana Deere, Director for the Center for Latin
American Studies, speaks at the Center's reception at LASA.



University of Florida at L A S A continued

A UF alumni Delia Feliciano and Edwin Rios, Board member of the Puerto Rico
Gator Club, share a moment during the reception.

A (Pictured from left): Menno Vellinga, Visiting Senior Lecturer (LAS);
Quintina Reyes, MALAS alumna; Marianne Schmink (LAS and
Anthropology); and Kathy Vellinga, UF alumna.

UF Center for Latin American Studies

* Oldest Latin American Studies program in the U.S. (1930)
0 A USDE National Resource Center in area studies since 1961
@ 20 Center-based faculty and professional staff
* 151 affiliate faculty in 51 departments and 14 colleges/units
* Awarded $10 million in external grants since 2000
0 Endowment Investment Value, $6.7 million (Spring 2006)

Fact figures

Impact on the University of Florida, the State of Florida and the Nation'

@ 11,790 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in 326 LAS courses
* 3,797 students enrolled in Spanish, Portuguese and Haitian Creole language classes
* 447 students graduated with 15 hours in LAS
* 316 students pursuing masters, professional degrees and PhD's related to LAS
@ 45 students completed masters thesis or doctoral dissertation on LAS theme
@ 21 graduate students received Center summer pre-dissertation research fellowships
@ 15 graduate students received Center AY fellowships
* 150+ graduate Teaching Assistants in LAS + languages
* 20+ Latinamericanist graduate students awarded national dissertation fellowships (2002-05) from Fulbright; Fulbright-Hays; NSF;
NSEP; Environmental Protection Agency STAR; NASA Earth System Science; AAUW; and private foundations
@ 110 international linkage agreements in 20 LAC countries
* 300 students studied in 15 LAC countries
0 111 outreach events, reaching an audience of 59,926
0 LAS faculty published 90 books and 409 articles (2001-05)
0 6th largest LAS library collection in US (470,000 volumes)
0 Largest U.S. library collection on the Caribbean

1This data is drawn from the Center for Latin American Studies 2005 funding proposal to the Department of Education, Title VI, National Resource Center competition.
The data refer to the 2004-05 academic year.



Recent Books

A Leslie E. Anderson and Lawrence C. Dodd University of Chicago Press, 2005
Learning Democracy: Citizen Engagement and Electoral Choice in Nicaragua 1990-2001
This book is a study of democratic development in Nicaragua. It examines public opinion surrounding Nicaragua's elections
in 1990, 1996 and 2001. It addresses three critical puzzles. First, why did citizens who had supported the 1979 Sandinista
Revolution reject Daniel Ortega in these three elections and instead support a more conservative contender? Second, what can
public opinion polls of the Nicaraguan electorate tell us about attitudinal reasoning and electoral choice among undereducated,
poor electorates in democratizing nations? And third, what can we learn from the Nicaraguan experience about the capacity for
democratic transition in developing nations? The book concludes that developing nations may be more amenable to democratic
transition than current democratization theories suggest and that disadvantaged electorates may be more capable of democratic
learning and momentous vote choice than current analysts of public opinion and democratic elections have realized.
Moreover, in crisis-plagued developing nations, citizens may actually consider a broader array of concerns and utilize greater
reasoning capacities than is normally seen among electorates in established democracies.

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A Alvaro Felix Bolanos Tulua, Colombia: UCEVA, 2005
Elites y desplazados en el Valle del Cauca
This book is a reading of historical and literary texts about Spanish conquests in
relation with the crisis of displaced people in Modern Colombia. By considering Sebastian de
Benalcazar's conquest of the Cauca river valley as a first wave of displacement of people from
their lands, this essay intends to show a similar pattern of representation of Spanish conquest
in historical and literary texts written during the 16th century and today. The premise is that
this kind of representation naturalizes displacement as an essential step in the formation of the
modern nation.

A Charles H. Wood and Bryan R. Roberts (eds.) Pennsylvania State University Press, 2005
Rethinking Development in Latin America
In 2004, the Center for Latin American studies devoted its annual conference to an assessment of the field of
development studies. The twelve chapters in this volume were written by accomplished social scientists who analyzed how
the social, economic, and political changes over the last forty years led to the erosion of once-dominant paradigms and the
emergence of new perspectives, theories, and methods. The book offers a nuanced appreciation of the historical events and
scholarly trajectories that define the current state of development research on Latin America.

* Tropic al Conservatio.n 1and Development
M.3ri31nne Sc limink. Director
* Latin American Business Environment
Terry M Cov. Direc tor-
* Religion. Immigration .311d Latincll
Plilip W illiams (Politica. l Sclenc e) 3and ManI Iel VdzquLez (ReligionI). co-Director
* Indigenous L.nguages Aymar3
Elizabetll Lowe .3nd M3rtha Hartman (Linguiti s). c -Director.
* LawN and Policy in the Americas
Meredi thl Fenaom (C RILevin College of L.3w). Director
* Crime. L3a 3and Governance
Charles W:,ood. Direc tor
* Center for World Arts (Silchool of Musicl
Larry Cook .311d UJ an FIro-e VVelsin Tre LIur., Center Liaison

Center for

Latin American Studies






The following students graduated with a MALAS degree, an undergraduate minor in LAS and/or a certificate
in LAS during the academic year 2005-06.

Shelbi Day
Edward Johnson
Wendy Pond
Meghan Reynolds
Laurie Rinfret
William Shields
Geraldine Slean
Francisco Souza
Josiah Townsend

LAS Minor & Certificate
Jamila Alarcon (Spanish)
Christopher Caraballo (Accounting)
Anna M. Clark (Spanish)
Eric J. Esteban (Journalism)
Karlan Jawkoski (Political Science)
Susan Medina (Public Relations)
Kenyetta Mullins (Spanish)
Ryan Oistacher (Political Science)
Karla Jean Robertson (Spanish)
Griselda E. Rodriguez (History)
Jonathan Sandbach (Political Science)

LAS Certificate
Rebecca Guerra (Spanish)
Vanessa Landivar (Anthropology)
Lauren Beth Murphy (Political Science/Spanish)

2006 Foreign Language and Area Studies

Fellowship Recipients
The following UF students received U.S. Department of Education Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS)
Fellowships from the Center for Latin American Studies.

Andrea Amaya (PhD History), Portuguese
Allison Hopkins (PhD Anthropology), Yucatec Maya
Tess Kulstad (PhD Anthropology), Haitian Creole
Meghan Reynolds (MALAS), Portuguese
Jacob Schultz (MALAS), Portuguese
Billy Shields (MALAS), Haitian Creole

Academic Year 2006-07
Richard Abbot (PhD Botany), Portuguese
Megan Barolet-Fogarty (MALAS), Portuguese
Gregory Bates (JD/MALAS), Portuguese
Ingrid Giglio (MA Political Science), Portuguese
Heidi Hans Peterson (DPM Plant Medicine),
Haitian Creole
Michelle Knapp (MALAS), Portuguese
Tess Kulstad (PhD Anthropology), Haitian Creole



2006 Field Research Grant Recipients
The following students at the University of Florida were awarded funding from the Center for Latin American Studies and the TCD Program to
conduct field research in the summer of 2006. (MA, MS, PhD refer to the graduate program in which student is enrolled.)

Ane Alencar (PhD SNRE) Spatial Determination of Understory
Fires in Eastern Brazilian Amazon.

Liliana A. Alencastro (PhD FRE) Valuing Environmental
Conservation by Ecotourism Service Providers in the Galapagos.

Diana Alvira (PhD SNRE) Land Use Livelihood Systems and
Strategies: Exploring the Conservation Values of Secondary
Forests in the Foothills of Northeastern Ecuador.

Simone Athayde (PhD SNRE) Weaving power; Displacement,
Indigenous Knowledge and Territorial Control Amongst the
Kaiabi in the Brazilian Amazon.

Mayra D. Avil6s (MALAS) An Ethnographic Study of Huaorani
Identity and Political Consciousness in the Context of Oil
Expansion in the Ecuadorian Amazon.

Jessica Bachay (MALAS) Formalizing Remittances: A Case Study
of Bank of America in Mexico.

Maria F. Bardi (MALAS) The Consequences of Remittances for
Small Businesses in El Salvador: A Case Study.

Rosa M. Castaieda (PhD RLL) Terms of Address in Uruguayan
Portuguese Dialect: Sociopragmatic Issues.

Patrick Cosby (PhD History) Nature, National Identity, and
Community in Nineteenth Century Tepoztlan.

Georgina Cullman (MS SNRE) Institutional Evolution, Tenure
Security, and Natural Resource Management.

Jason Davis (MS SNRE) Evaluating Landowner Motivations for
Establishing Private Reserves in the State of Parana, Brazil.

Mark Donop (PhD Anthropology) Late Ceramic Age Climax to
Collapse in the Eastern Caribbean.

Ana Alice Eleuterio (PhD Botany) A'Taungya' Approach to
Promoting Sustainable Management of Seasonally Dry Tropical
Forests in Lowland Bolivia.

Rocio de la Fuente (PhD Antropology) Ideology in Regional
Power Structures: An Interdisciplinary Comparative Study of Two
Moche Ceremonial Centers."

Sebestidn Galindo-Gonzilez (PhD Agricultural Education and
Communication) Effects of a Group Extension Program for
Livestock Producers on Community's Social Capital in Veracruz,

Kathryn Garland (PhD WEC) Community-Based Conservation
Strategies: An Analysis of Efforts Employed in Baja, CA, Mexico,
& Caribbean Nicaragua.

Jessica Gonzilez (MALAS) A Comparative Review of the
Pedagogical Philosophy of Pontificia Unversidad Javeriana and
Universidad Nacional de Colombia.

Ronald Gordon (PhD FRE) Survey of Firms and Policy Makers
on CARICOM's Impact.

Hollie Hall (MS Soil & Water Sciences) Analysis of the Effect of
Leguminous Cover-Crops on Phosphorus Availability in the
Peruvian Soil.

Vanessa Harper (MS SNR) Farm-Household Livelihood
Strategies in Cuba's Sierra del Rosario Biosphere Reserve in
Ecological and Political Economy Perspective.

Jennifer Holm (MS SNRE) Population Dynamics of the
Amazonian Palm Mauritia flexuosa: Data Collection, Model
Development, and Simulation Analysis.

Cassie Howard (MALAS) Mixing Politics and Religion Among
Latinos in Mississippi: A Case Study.

L. Angelina Howell (MA Anthropology) A Regional Model of
Cultural Development in Northeastern Brazil.

Lauren Justice (MS SNRE) Jamaican Food Security Under
Potential Climate Change Conditions.

Julie Kearney (MS SNRE) Understanding the Effects of
Development on Traditional Ecological Knowledge within a
Fishing Community in Belize.

Marco Lentini (MS SFRC) Assessing the Profitability of Logging
Natural Forests in the Brazilian Amazon.

Derek B. Lewis (MALAS) Cheap is Not Always Cheaper: Credit
Decisions of Dominican Republic Microenterpreneurs.

Dina Liebowitz (MS WEC) Stakeholder Engagement in
Managing Marine Protected Areas: An Analysis of Central Andros
National Park, Bahamas.

Gregory Markowski (PhD Political Science) Indigenous Social
Movements and Political Resistance.



Field Research Grant Recipients continued

Theron Morgan-Brown (MS SNRE) The Impact of Butterfly-
Farming on Conservation in the East Usambara Mountains of

Angelica Saavedra (MA Anthropology & JD) An Investigation of
the Plant Camu Camu in Peru and its Implication on Traditional
Knowledge, Intellectual Property, Rights, and Biopiracy.

Carrie Scupholm (PhD Architecture) Regional Modernism in
Cuba: The Architecture of Max Borges.

Lisa Seales (MS SNRE) Entrepreneurship and Ecotourism in
Costa Rica.

Edward Tennant (PhD Anthropology) Identification of
Nineteenth-Century Heritage Sites in Peru.

Joshua Toney (PhD Anthropology) Tropical Forest Environments
and the Prehistoric Peopling of the Caribbean: An Example from

Dilcia Toro (MS Agricultural Education and Communication)
Educational Needs and Preferences of Hispanic Farm Workers
Related to Pesticide Worker Protection Standards.

Mathew Watson (PhD Anthropology) Producing Palenque,
Consuming the Maya: Aesthetics and Ethics of Mexican Material

Latin American Studies Field Research Clinic

"Reflections and Connections"

Each February the Center for Latin American
Studies showcases graduate students'
research through the annual Field Research
Clinic (FRC). The event, which took place on
February 9, provides a unique forum for
disseminating graduate research on Latin
America to the broader university community. In
addition to generating discussion of Latin
American issues and research findings among
and between students and faculty, the FRC serves
as an important link in a mentoring bridge
between new and veteran students. Through the
poster competition and accompanying workshop
discussions, students who have not yet carried
out field research interact with those who
recently have, thereby gaining valuable advice on
the fieldwork process. Over 100 people attended
this year's FRC including 26 faculty members
from 15 different departments/units. The
four-hour FRC was divided into three distinct
sections, a two-hour, workshop-like discussion
session for students titled "Reflections and
Connections," a one-hour research poster session
for the general public, and a final session
designed to allow the students who prepared
posters to reflect on and evaluate the experience.
Students presenting posters were recipients of
2005 summer research fieldwork grants offered
through the Center. The 2006 research poster

competition winners were selected by a
multi-disciplinary panel of expert judges
including Dr. Helena Rodrigues (LAS/Political
Science), Dr. Welson Tremura (LAS/ Music), and
Dr. Miriam Marmontel, a tropical ecologist and
visiting scholar from Brazil.

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Masters Research category.
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Library Travel Grants

The Center for Latin American Studies, with support from its U.S.
Department of Education Title VI grant made 14 awards for
summer research in the University of Florida libraries. Scholars from
the following universities will be pursuing research at the University
of Florida: Clark University, Howard University, Middle Tennessee
State University, Mississippi State University, Rutgers University,
Tulane University, UCLA, University of Central Florida, University of
Louisiana-Lafayette, University of Massachusetts, University of North
Carolina-Chapel Hill, University of Pittsburgh, University of South
Florida, and Xavier University (Ohio).
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2006. Please check
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Sosiah Townsend
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journal entry of his the new species.
Townsend, Josiah H. and Larry David Wilson. 2006. A new species of snake of the Geophis
dubius group (Reptilia: Squamata: Colubridae) from the Sierra de Omoa of northwestern
Honduras. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington. 119( 1):187-196.
Josiah is also working on two papers describing new species of lizards, one an anole from
northwestern Honduras and the other a gecko from northern Peru. He finished his MA and
is now going to enter the PhD program in the School of Natural Resources and the

LAS Alumni

Identifies Fellow Students from a 1950's Photo

Thanks to Dr. Anthony P. Maingot (BA 1960, PhD 1967), who wrote to us with the
identity of the students in the photograph printed with the 75th anniversary article in
the previous issue of "The Latinamericanist." Here is the photograph again, with a more
appropriate caption. Gracias Dr. Maingot!

4 (Pictured from left):
Anthony Maingot, Consuelo
("Bidi") Stuntz (Anthony's wife
for the past 47 years), Marta
Morris, and Hernan Franco
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Carmen Anhalzer (PhD History, 1992).
Professor of History at the Universidad San
Francisco in Quito, Ecuador.
Charles W. Arnade (PhD History, 1955).
Professor Emeritus of Government and
International Affairs at the University of South
Florida. He has written numerous books on
Bolivia and on Spanish Florida, and is the
editor of The New History of Florida
(University Press of Florida, 1996). He resides
in San Antonio, Florida.
Chris Baker (MALAS, 1966; PhD Political
Science, 1973). Retired as Chief Executive
Officer of the World Council of Credit Unions
in 2000. Consultant in Latin America and
Professor of International Political Economy at
St. Mary's College of Maryland. He lives in St.
Mary's City, Maryland.
Jay S. Brickman (BA with LAS Certificate,
1964). Vice President for Cuba, Dominican
Republic, and Haiti, Crowley Liner Services.

Antoni Castells-Talens (MA, 1994; PhD 2004,
Mass Communications) Associate Professor in the
Department of Communication Sciences at the
University of the Americas, Puebla, MX.
Angela Caudle (MALAS, 1999). Executive
Director for The International Federation of
Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM), in
Bonn, Germany.
David Cook (BA, 1962; MA History, 1964).
Professor of History at Florida International
University. A colonial historian, he has
specialized in early Peruvian history and
demographic and health issues. He has
published 14 books and scores of articles.
Richard Downs (MALAS, 1973). President of
Miami Wireless Associates.

Michael Handelsman (MA, 1973; PhD RLL
with LAS Certificate, 1976). Distinguished
Professor in the Humanities and Professor of
Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures at
the University of Tennessee where he also
chairs the Latin American Studies program.
His book titled, Leyendo la globalizacion desde
la mitad del mundo: identidad y resistencias en
el Ecuador (Quito: Editorial El Conejo, 2005)

received the Isabel Tobar Guarderas Book
Award for the best book published in the
social sciences in 2005 as well as the
Southeastern Council on Latin American
Studies (SECOLAS) 2006 A.B. Thomas Book

Ronald Kephart (MALAS, 1980; PhD
,.,lli,..l...1.._- 1985). Associate Professor of
,l.,l ,..!...1.. at the University of North

Kathryn A. Lynch (PhD,...l,. ....1..i .2001).
Coordinator of the Environmental Leadership
Program at the University of Oregon.
Bonnie M. Lincoln (MALAS, 1966). Retired
Foreign Service officer residing in Fort Myers,
Florida. Her postings in Latin America
included Bogota, Buenos Aires, Port of Spain,
and San Salvador. Her last position was as
Counselor for Economic Affairs at the U.S.
Embassy in San Jose, Costa Rica.
Robert Maguire (MALAS, 1975). Director and
Chair of the International Affairs Program at
Trinity University in Washington, D.C.
Director of the Haiti Program (originally at
Johns Hopkins University, then Georgetown
University, and currently, at Trinity University)
which examines issues related to Haiti, U.S.
Haiti policy, and the Haitian Diaspora in the

Anthony P. Maingot (BA History and
Economics, 1960; PhD Inter-American Studies,
1967). Professor Emeritus of Sociology at
Florida International University (FIU). One of
FIU's founding professors, he is an expert on
the Caribbean and U.S.-Caribbean relations.
He was Founder and Editor of HEMISPHERE,
FIU's magazine on Latin American and
Caribbean Affairs.

Maria Conchita Mendez (BA Political Science,
1974). Director for the Latin America Alabama
State Port Authority in Mobile, Alabama.

Richard Oberdorfer (MA History with LAS
Certificate, 1970). Chair of the History
Department at Norfolk Academy in Norfolk,
Philip T. Parkerson (PhD History with LAS
Certificate, 1979). Independent consultant. He
lives in Florida.

Stephen L. Rozman (MA Inter-American
Studies, 1965; PhD Political Science, 1968).
Professor of Political Science at Tougaloo

College. He is also Director of the Tougaloo
College Center for Civil Engagement & Social
William R. Salisbury (MALAS, 1977). Staff
Attorney with Appellate Defenders, Inc. in San
Diego, CA.
Mitchell Seligson (MA Political Science,
1967). Centennial Professor of Political Science
and Fellow of the Center for the Americas at
Vanderbilt University. Founder and Director of
the Latin American Public Opinion Project
E. Valerie Smith (PhD Sociology, 1986).
Professor of Sociology at Florida Gulf Coast
Veronica Sparks (MALAS, 2004). Spanish
teacher (middle school) in Aurora, Colorado.
Coordinator of the Spanish Club, which
focuses mainly on Latino cultural icons.
Robert Turkovic (PhD H. i., i ..... Ii. with LAS
Certificate, 1981). Expert on "how to-do
business" in Latin America and the Caribbean.
He has been a spearhead for (100+) successful
marketing campaigns in over 35 countries.
Howard J. Wiarda (MA 1962; PhD 1965,
Political Science). Dean Rusk Professor of
International Relations and head of the
Department of International Affairs at the
University of Georgia's School of Public and
International Affairs.

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2007 Annual Conference
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Communications Technologies and the Impacts on Indigenous
Languages and Cultural Identity in the Americas

This conference will focus on the impact and potential of global technologies of communication on indigenous
languages, cultures and identities in the Americas. Increasing invigoration of indigenous communities has
depended on the conscious revitalization of their native languages, their traditional cultures, and the skillful
and widespread use of communications technologies, from sound recordings and video taping to electronic
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