University of Florida Center for Latin American Studies I Volume 39, Number 1 I Spr/Sum 2008
Dr. Claudio Padua
Distinguished Alumnus Award 2008
T he University of
Dr. Claudio Padua
(MALAS 1987, PhD Wildlife
Ecology and Conservation
1993) with a Distinguished
Alumnus Award for 2008.
Claudio -one of Brazil's
foremost scientists -is
for his local, national, and
international efforts in the
field of biodiversity
conservation. In 2002, he
was selected by Time
Magazine, together with his
wife Dr. Suzana Padua A Claudio Padua speaks at the Keene
(MALAS 1991), as one of Faculty Center.
the planet's "Conservation
Heroes." The Distinguished Alumnus award was presented to Padua at
the 2008 Spring College of Agricultural and Life Sciences'
Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony on May 2, 2008.
Claudio received a degree in Business Administration in 1974 from
the University of Economy and Finances of Rio de Janeiro and worked
in this field until 1980. Unhappy with the loss of biodiversity in Brazil,
Claudio abandoned the business world and decided to study biology
and work for the conservation of Brazil's endangered primates. He
graduated from the University Gama Filho (Rio de Janeiro) in 1982
and in 1984 began his graduate studies at the University of Florida.
Claudio's graduate research focused on the Black Lion Tamarin, a
species of primate long thought to be extinct. His analysis of
population viability was the foundation for establishing protected
areas for this charismatic species, as well as bringing the issue of
biodiversity conservation to the attention of the Brazilian public.
After completing their graduate degrees and returning to Brazil,
Claudio and Suzana co-founded the Institute for Ecological Research
p4 Visions of
p Bahia, Brazil
(Instituto de Pesquisas Ecol6gicas, IPE), which integrates research on
threatened species, environmental education, habitat restoration,
community involvement, and corporate partnerships to promote
sustainable development and biodiversity conservation. Since its
inception, IPE (http://www.ipe.org.br) has become one of the largest
and most respected NGOs in Brazil. IPE's conservation programs in
the highly-threatened Atlantic and Amazonian rain forests, coupled
with its active program of corporate partnership, have made it a
reference point for conservation organizations in Brazil. Its
accomplishments include the conservation and management of more
than 1 million hectares, the creation of conservation programs that
helped to increase the income of more than 1000 people in rural
Brazil, and the planting of over three million trees.
Claudio has received many important national and international
awards in recognition of his conservation and education efforts. These
awards include the Henry Ford Award for Conservation, the Whitley
Continuation Award from the Royal Geographic Society, the
Conservation Award from the American Association of Primatology,
and the Achievement Award from the Society for Conservation
Biology. He is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Brasilia,
Vice-President of the Brazilian Fund for Biodiversity (FUNBIO), an
Associate Researcher at Columbia University (New York), and a
coordinator of the Wildlife Trust Alliance. He has edited two books
and published more than 40 scientific articles and book chapters.
While on campus for commencement, Suzana and Claudio both
delivered public lectures on their experiences working in biodiversity
conservation in Brazil. Suzana, an environmental educator with a PhD
from the University of Brasilia who is the President of IPE, spoke at
Tropilunch, the weekly lecture series coordinated by the graduate
students of the Tropical Conservation and Development Program. She
discussed how IPE's environmental education efforts have evolved in
the past two decades to better integrate social and environmental
needs of communities.
Claudio's lecture at the Keene Faculty Center focused on the
development of IPE as an organization and detailed their innovative
programs for conservation and sustainable development in Brazil's
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p 8 tton Solis
p 8 Interview
p2 1 Alumni News
The Center had an excellent spring semester in terms of securing new
external grant funding. Marianne Schmink, Director of the Tropical Conservation
and Development program (TCD), in collaboration with Daniel Zarin (SFRC)
received a $2.1 million three-year award from The Gordon and Betty Moore
Foundation for the continuation of the UF Amazon Conservation Leadership
Initiative. This project supports applied research and capacity building in the
Andes-Amazon region and will provide graduate fellowships and scholarships
for conservation practitioners and leaders to study at UF. It will also fund faculty
Dr. Carmen Diana Deere exchanges with universities in Brazil and Peru.
Elizabeth Lowe (LAS) and M.J. Hardman (Linguistics) received a $156,992
three-year grant from NSF's Documenting Endangered Language program to preserve the Jaqaru and
Kawki languages of Peru. The World Bank has funded my own $50,000 project on improving data
collection on gender and assets in Latin American household surveys.
Mary Risner (LAS) received a USDE Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Award for $66,574, for a project with
Florida K-12 teachers. Ten teachers will travel to Ecuador and Peru in July for the purpose of curriculum
development. Mary Risner also received a $12,460 award from the Florida Humanities Council to hold a
film and lecture series next fall on Caribbean migration to Florida. Elizabeth Lowe collaborated in securing
these two grants.
Through our various graduate student competitions, the Center awarded a total of $503,465 this spring
in research grants and fellowships for summer 2008 and AY 2008-09. With funding from the Tinker
Foundation (matched by the Vice President for Research) and income from the TCD Ford/State and other
endowments, 35 awards were made for Summer Graduate Student Field Research Grants. Thanks to our
Department of Education Title VI grant, we awarded eight Foreign Language and Area Study (FLAS)
summer fellowships for the study of Portuguese, Quechua and Kich'e Maya. Seven graduate students
were awarded academic year FLAS fellowships for the study of Portuguese and Haitian Creole. The TCD
program awarded 13 AY fellowships and assistantships from its Ford/State endowment and its grant from
the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. Twenty-nine percent of the total funding was awarded to
students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, 27 percent to students in IFAS, with the remainder
going to MALAS students and a student in the College of Design, Construction and Planning.
We are very proud of these accomplishments. They are the bright spot in what is otherwise a dismal
fiscal situation for the University and the Center. Due to the downturn in Florida's economy, the University
suffered a $22 million cut in general state funding in October 2007 and faces a $47 million cut come July 1.
As a result, all campus units suffered a 4% budget cut this academic year and will face a 6% cut next
year. The Center has been spared having to lay-off staff or faculty, primarily due to attrition among our
Center-based faculty. Elizabeth Lowe has resigned to accept the directorship of a new Translation Studies
Center at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She will be greatly missed. Terry McCoy retired
this year, but continues to direct the Latin American Business Environment Program on a part-time basis.
We hope that you can join us for Dr. McCoy's Retirement Celebration on November 8, 2008, which will
be held in conjunction with the Latin American Business Symposium and Career Workshop. The workshop
marks the 10th anniversary of the LABE Program with the theme, "Business in Latin America: The Past 10
Years, the Next 10 Years." It is open to students, faculty, alumni, members of the business community, and
1 Claudio Padua Distinguished Alumnus
3 Bacardi Eminent Scholar Lecture
4 Visions of Bahia, Brazil
6 57th Annual Conference Keynote Address
7 Upcoming Events
8 Ott6n Solis Interview
9 Faculty News and Publications
12 Latinamericanist Retiring Faculty
13 Recent Faculty Books
Volume 39, Number 1
Editor: Hannah Covert
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PO Box 115530
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Center-Based Faculty and
Carmen Diana Deere Director
Hannah Covert Executive Director
Efrain Barradas (LAS/RLL)
Richmond Brown Associate Director,
Emilio M. Bruna (LAS/WEC)
Jonathan Dain (LAS/SNRE)
Karen Kainer (LAS/SFRC)
Elizabeth Lowe Associate Director,
Ana Margheritis (LAS/Political Science)
Terry McCoy (LAS/Political Science)
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Patricia Delam6nica Sampaio Program
Marianne Schmink (LAS/Anthropology)
J. Richard Stepp (LAS/Anthropology)
Welson Tremura (LAS/Music)
Pliar Useche (LAS/FRE)
Charles Wood (LAS/Sociology)
14 Aymara on the Internet Program
15 Outreach News
16 Caribbean Film & Speaker Series
17 UF Study Abroad Nicaragua
18 Student Graduates
19 Grant Recipients
21 Alumni News & Notes
23 Giving to the Center
I EVENTS I
Winners and Losers in Free Trade Agreements
The View from the South
Bacardi Family Eminent Scholar Lecture by Ott6n Solis
Ott6n Solis, Costa Rican economist and former Minister of
Planning and Economic Policy, was the Center for Latin
American Studies' Bacardi Family Eminent Scholar in Spring
2008. Founding president of the Citizens Action Party, currently the
second major party in Costa Rica, Solis has twice been a presidential
candidate, losing the 2006 elections by approximately one percent of the
vote. Solis delivered his Bacardi Lecture, entitled "Winners and Losers in
Free Trade Agreements: The View from the South', to a large turnout at
Emerson Alumni Hall in late February. Focusing on the region's
experiences and outcomes under several free trade agreements (FTAs),
Solis highlighted four main points of contention in Latin America: that
the negotiation process is very undemocratic; that FTAs are more than
just about trade; once signed, they are more difficult to amend than
national constitutions; and that the agreements are asymmetrical.
Il 1..I,. ,li he called for the emergence of a more pragmatic approach to
trade agreements, rooted in particular contexts, rather than Latin
American countries blindly accepting a one-size-fits-all model designed
in Washington, D.C.
Among the asymmetries of the FTAs, is that Latin American countries
must open their agricultural and industrial sectors completely, while the
US is allowed to keep its agricultural subsidies and continue to protect
its sugar, textile and steel industries. Another is that the agreements tend
to reduce competition by enhancing intellectual property rights, while
promoting competition in state service industries. These provisions go
way beyond those required by the World Trade Organization and should
not even be part of a FTA. He considered the "negative list on services"
to be particularly damaging to Latin American countries since it requires
liberalization of everything not mentioned in the agreements. The
ultimate asymmetry is that the agreements promote the free mobility of
capital through extraordinary protections to foreign investment while
remaining silent with respect to labor mobility. Solis also considers the
environmental and labor standards in these agreements to be without
According to Solis, the current FTA model undermines state
sovereignty as well as democratic ideals by protecting investors' interests
above the well being of citizens. He noted that NAFTA had failed to
deliver the miraculous growth and progress promised by its promoters.
Mexico's average GDP growth (3.1%) after 13 years of NAFTA has been
no better than that of Latin American countries without FTAs. In fact,
ten out of 18 Latin American countries have out-performed Mexico
during this period. Moreover, in Mexico there have been detrimental
social consequences to NAFTA, particularly in rural areas, with millions
of people continuing to migrate to the U.S. every year, fueling tension
between the two countries.
The main winners from
NAFTA, he said, have been
Latin American and U.S.
Solis emphasized that he is
not opposed to free trade,
which has the potential to
enhance the development of
certain sectors of the
economy. The problem is that
the U.S. seeks to impose the
same FTA on all less
developed countries, whether
Costa Rica or Morocco,
irrespective of the local
context or stage of A Ott6n Solis.
development. What he cannot
accept is the proposition that
pure free trade is in the interest of all less developed countries, and that
the onesize-fits all model is the best for everyone. He noted that the
outcomes of the FTAs need to be carefully analyzed, and that these
agreements would need to be revised so that they were mutually
beneficial pacts, where not just a few benefit. Otherwise, the negative
outcomes of NAFTA will be replicated throughout the entire continent,
exasperating many of the problems these agreements were supposed to
alleviate in the first place.
Commentary on Solis' lecture was provided by Dr. Mark Rosenberg,
Chancellor of the State University System of Florida and an expert on
Central America. He noted that the Central American Free Trade
Agreement (CAFTA) was probably a bad deal for Central American
countries, but perhaps it was the best deal that could be struck under the
circumstances. Small countries have relatively few options, nonetheless,
he considered the asymmetry in the free trade agreements highlighted by
Solis to be unacceptable. Rosenberg stressed how the future of Central
America lay in investing in education. Only by educating its citizenry
would these countries be able to compete in the world economy on a
basis other than cheap labor.
An audio transcript of Solis' talk is available at:
-Contributed by Alexandra Anda, MALAS student
Visions of Bahia, Brazil
from the Collection of Frances F. Switt
In conjunction with the opening of the exhibition "Visions of Bahia, Brazil from the Collection of Frances F. Switt" in Grinter Gallery, the Center
for Latin American Studies in collaboration with George A. Smathers Libraries hosted a very special program of recognition and remembrance in
honor of Frances Switt and Ambassador Clarence Boonstra on March 20, 2008.
Frances F. Switt was a career foreign service officer who served with the U.S. Information Agency in Brazil, France, Haiti and Argentina. Her first
love was always Brazil, and she was decorated by the Brazilian government for her cultural contributions to Brazil. She had a home in Salvador,
Bahia, a city that adopted her as an honorary citizen and where she was an active participant in the cultural scene. Her collection of Brazilian art and
literature reflects her many friendships with Brazilian artists from the 1960s on. Her brother Joe and sister-in-law Cristine Switt, residents of Ocala,
FL, donated a selection of her art and literature collection to the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art and the George A. Smathers Libraries (see
accompanying article on the donation).
Clarence Boonstra was a career foreign service officer who served in Peru, Argentina, Mexico, the Canal Zone, and was Consul General in Rio de
Janeiro and Ambassador to Costa Rica. After retirement he and his wife Margaret Boonstra, who had
also been a foreign service officer and Peace Corps administrator in Latin America, moved to
Gainesville in 1974. Two of their daughters and two granddaughters are UF alumnae. At the March
20th event, Margaret Boonstra announced the creation of the Boonstra Family Research Fellowship at
the Center for Latin American Studies in recognition of the family's long-standing interest and
involvement in Latin America (see accompanying article).
While Frances Switt and Clarence Boonstra never met, their lives intersected through the many
friendships they formed in the foreign service, and particularly, in Brazil. Joining us at the event to
remember them were former Ambassadors Diego Asencio and Alexander F. Watson.
Diego Asencio served as US Ambassador to Colombia and to Brazil as well as Assistant Secretary of
State for Consular Affairs, among other postings. While Ambassador to Brazil he worked closely with
SFrances Switt and also worked with Margaret Boonstra in the Bureau of Inter-American Affairs.
Ambassador Clarence Boonstra was one of his role models.
Alexander Watson served as Ambasssador to Peru and Deputy Chief of Mission in Brasilia, Bogoti
and La Paz, and as Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations. In his last assignment,
from 1993-96, he was Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs. He served with
Frances Switt in Bahia, Brasilia and New York, and considers Clarence Boonstra to have been his
A Portrait of Frances Switt by Edmard, circa mentor in the Foreign Service.
1966. Other speakers at the event
included Paul Losch (Latin
American Library Collection), Kerry Oliver Smith (Harn), Charles A. Perrone
(RLL) and Elizabeth Lowe (LAS). Center Director Carmen Diana Deere served as a
mistress of ceremonies and Dean Judith C. Russell (Libraries) gave a welcome. pP
The program was followed by a reception in Grinter Gallery, where those
gathered viewed the exhibition and enjoyed the music of UF's Jacare Brazil Guitar
Ensemble. We are grateful to Shi Chen, Grinter Curator, Amy Dickinson, Director
of University Galleries, College of Fine Arts, and Paul Losch for making this fine
exhibition and special event possible.
A The Jacare Brazil Guitar Ensemble performs atthe reception in
4 THE LATINAMERICANIST
Special Class and Guest Lecture on Jorge Amado
In conjunction with the Grinter Gallery art exhibit "Visions of Bahia, Brazil from the Collection of Frances F. Switt," Charles Perrone
(RLL) created, with the support of a curriculum grant from the Center, a new upper-division class entitled, "Jorge Amado and the Bahian
Imaginaries." The course addressed customs and expressive cultures of the city of Salvador and of the state of Bahia, Brazil through the
fiction of the world-renowned author Jorge Amado (1912-2001) as well as through the contributions of artists with whom he
collaborated over the decades, such as graphic artist Carybe and singer-songwriter Dorival Caymmi. Like the art on display, the course
material was multi-disciplinary, encompassing cultural geography, cuisine, architecture, religion (candomble, folk Catholicism), dance
(capoeira, samba), and folk/popular music. Beginning with nationalist and regionalist modernism of the 1930s, the class followed the
development of Amado's fictional universe, and of Bahian identities, through localism, (quasi) socialist realism, populism, and the dramas
of modernization and diversification. Amado's fiction and its manifestations in popular culture, film, television, song- have provoked
ample debate concerning representation of subalterns, gender roles, exoticism, and image-marketing. Guest lecturers included Bryan
McCann (Georgetown University), Elizabeth Lowe (LAS), and Elizabeth Ginway (RLL).
The featured invited speaker was Piers Armstrong (California State University Los Angeles) who spoke to a full house in the Ruth
McQuown Room on February 22 on "The Social Contract Question: Afro-centrism, Exoticism and Authenticity in Jorge Amado's
Carnivalia." The talk addressed the tension between high and popular culture which is a key feature of twentieth-century history. Over
several decades in the mid-twentieth-century, Amado faced resistance from the critical establishment in Brazil because of his embrace of
popular culture and his remarkable popularity in a country where readership is limited. Early in his career some called Amado a poor
stylist, and when Brazil was under military dictatorship (1964-1985), others said he was opportunist, a purveyor of exotic sensuality. Yet
Amado was a communist militant for 30 years, and during this time both a congressman and a political exile. As for artistic merit, he was
admired by Camus and Sartre and was a good friend of Picasso and Neruda. Armstrong's talk provided an overview of Amado's career
with a view to such issues and stimulated lively discussion. Probing the writer and his work, Armstrong considered "popular" phenomena
in general and made comparisons between Brazil and the U.S.
-Contributed by Charles Perrone, RLL
Switt Donation to UF Libraries
The UF Latin American Collection was fortunate to receive a donation of over 500 books from the personal library of Frances F Switt.
Many of these items were presentation copies from the authors to Ms. Switt, who had met many of the leading writers and artists of Latin
America during her 30 years in the United States Information Agency. Of special interest are the many signed works by the novelist Jorge
Amado, the artist Carybe and other notable intellectuals of Bahia, Brazil. Special items, such as these, will be housed in the Rare Books
Collection, but most of the gift is going into the circulating collection, which actively supports the research, teaching and outreach work of
the UF Center for Latin American Studies.
-Contributed by Paul Losch, Latin American Collection
The Boonstra Family Research Fund
The Boonstra Family Research Fund was created by Margaret Boonstra and her children to honor the
memory of Clare Boonstra and in recognition of their family's dedication to hemispheric
understanding and cooperation. -
Income from the endowment will support research grants to outstanding graduate students in Latin
American Studies to pursue thesis or pre-dissertation research in Latin America or the Spanish-
speaking Caribbean. The research grants will be awarded through the Centers' Graduate Student
Summer Field Research competition. Students in any UF department will be eligible, with priority given
to those pursuing a MALAS degree or a Graduate Certificate in Latin American Studies. Consideration
shall be given, but not limited, to students in the fields of agriculture, food and resource economics,
forestry, natural resource management, environmental engineering, law, political science, and
contemporary music and art. A Margaret Boonstra.
Center's 57th Annual Conference Keynote Address
Social Partnering in Latin America
R oberto GutiDrrez Poveda, Associate Professor at the Universidad de los
Andes in Bogoti, Colombia delivered the opening keynote address at the
Center's 57th Annual Conference on Multi-Sector Partnerships and
Strategic Communications in the Americas in early February. Gutierrez co
coordinates the Social Enterprise Knowledge Network (1,. pi. ,, .. ... a
group of ten universities in Latin America, the U.S., and Spain, that seeks to
advance knowledge and practice in social enterprise. Gutierrez has published
articles related to alliances, social enterprises, and education and development in
popular media and academic journals. He co edited a book entitled 1ni. ,
Management in Social Enterprise: Lessons from Business and Civil Society. He
received his PhD in Sociology from Johns Hopkins University. A Terry McCoy (LAS), center, talks with conference
Gutierrez's keynote address, entitled "Social Partnering in Latin America: speakers Tim Scerba, left, and Raul Romero.
Lessons Drawn from Collaborations of Businesses and Civic Society
Organizations," focused on research related to partnerships between non profit organizations and corporations. He outlined three types of alliances,
or relationships, between corporations and non-profit organizations. A philanthropic alliance is characterized by a donor benefactor relationship
and has a low level of engagement between the two organizations. A transactional relationship involves the exchange of items other than money, such
as core competencies and logistical infrastructure. Integrative alliances, which have the highest level of engagement, feature collaborations that create
new joint competencies and have a broad scope to their joint activities.
Gutierrez discussed how such alliances can create value through alignment and leveraging of resources. Alignment refers to how compatible the
organizations are with one another, which can be complicated by different values and goals. Leveraging resources creates synergy and a collective
competitive edge. Finally, he discussed the advantages that businesses receive from non-profit organizations and vice versa. Businesses gain
emotional satisfactions, good will, and connections to stakeholders, while non-profits gain access to cash, capacity building and credibility. He
suggested that to maintain value in these partnerships, there must be balance in value exchange and consistent relationship renewal.
In his concluding remarks, Gutierrez addressed issues related to managing social partnerships. He stressed the importance of value creation, or the
formation of a "win win" situation for both partners. Most importantly, he emphasized the necessity of managing the relationship through dear
delineation of responsibility for organizational tasks, effective communication, accountability, and the building of trust.
Affiliate Faculty Industrial & Systems Zoology Renata Peixoto (Brazil)
Agronomy Engineering Karen Bjorndal Visiting Scholar, Federal
Lynn Sollenberger Cristian Cardenas-Lailhacar (Caribbean) University of Minas Gerais
(Jamaica, Mexico) (Chile)
Staff Ott6n Solis (Costa Rica)
Chemistry Law Justin Laufer Bacardi Family Eminent Scholar
Valeria Kleiman (Argentina) Winston Nagan IT Specialist
Gustavo Moriena (Argentina) (Ecuador) Sondra Wentzel (Germany)
Horticultural Sciences FRC Visitors Visiting Scholar, GTZ
Jonathan Crane SFRC Doriam Borges (Brazil)
Jonathan Crane Michael Bannister Visiting Scholar,
(Caribbean, Mexico, (Caribbean, Central America) vesiti Re h Stitue f
Costa Rica) University Research Institute of
Rio de Janeiro (IUPERJ)
6 THE LATINAMERICANIST
58th Annual Conference
January 29-30, 2009
The Urban Divide in Latin America: Challenges and Strategies for Social Inclusion
Latin America has the largest percentage of urban population of any world region in addition to the most unequal distribution of income. This
inequality is most apparent in cities, where the richest and the poorest live in close proximity, and social inequality becomes tangible and flagrantly
evident in spatial terms. How can urbanists affect policies that foster social inclusion?
This multidisciplinary conference aims to gather scholars and professionals dedicated to improving the quality of life in urban Latin America. This
forum will provide participants an opportunity to share their research and experiences, and to engage in dialogue to generate ideas and identify
solutions to advance social inclusion in Latin American cities. The conference is co-hosted by the UF Center for Latin American Studies and the UF
College of Design, Construction and Planning. Joseli Macedo, UF Assistant Professor of Urban and Regional Planning, and Martha Kohen, UF
Professor of Architecture, will co-chair the conference.
We seek contributions on a wide range of urban research reflecting the rich variety of work undertaken in the field. Topics include, but are not
social and spatial equity in historical perspective emergency management and disaster planning
informal economies supportive urban systems (infrastructure, transportation)
access to employment and services political representation and community activism
strategies for equitable growth environmental quality and conservation in urban areas
human capital investment and capacity building urban greening
crime and violence sustainable development practices
epidemics and the health system professional practice
The conference will include keynote plenary sessions and paper presentations organized in panels. Invited keynote presenters include: Alan Gilbert,
University College London, Department of Geography and Jaime Lerner, former Mayor of Curitiba, Brazil.
Abstracts are welcome from researchers at any stage of their careers, as well as planning practitioners and others dedicated to studying Latin
American cities. The submission deadline for abstracts is September 1, 2008. More information on the conference can be found at:
Retirement Celebration for Terry McCoy
7 pm, Saturday, November 8, 2008
Hilton University of Florida Conference Center
Held in conjunction with the Latin American Business Symposium and Career Workshop
"Business in Latin America: The Last Ten Years... The Next Ten Years"
November 7 & 8, 2008
For more information on these events, go to: www.latam.ufl.edu/Alumni/mccoy.stm
In honor of his work, alumni and colleagues have established the McCoy Scholarship Fund.
Please consider making a gift to support it. For more information contact: Janet Bente Romero
(352) 392-9418 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Interview with 2008 Bacardi Family Eminent Scholar
J ftte (6 a R (o |i Otton Solis, Costa Rican economist and former Minister of Planning and Economic Policy, held the Center
for Latin American Studies' Bacardi Family Eminent Scholar Chair during the spring 2008 semester. As the
Bacardi Scholar, Solis taught a graduate seminar on Free Trade Agreements in the Americas and lectured
both on campus and in Gainesville. The Latin Americanist interviewed Solis about his experience at the
Center and his views on free trade agreements.
-Contributed by Alexandra Anda, MALAS student
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Faculty News and Publications
SFlorence Babb (Women's Studies & Gender
Research) co-organized a session on "Eyes on
Cuba" (with R. Behar) and presented the paper
"Yearning for Cuba: Tourism and Ambivalent
Desires in a Time of Globalization" at the Cuba
2008: Counterpoints in Continuity and Change
Conference of the Cuban Research Institute at
Florida International University in Miami in
February. She gave the keynote lecture "Sex,
Sentiment, and Tourism in Contemporary
Cuba" and was the plenary speaker and
discussant at the Persistent Divides:
Marginalization and Exclusion in Latin
America and the Caribbean Symposium at
Grand Valley State University in Michigan in
March. She gave a paper at the Conference on
Cuba at UC Irvine on "Sex and Sentiment in
Cuban Tourism" in May.
MAllan Burns ( 1.....l.. .1._- ) has been
elected President of the Society for Applied
,.ll i,..!...1.._- He will serve for one year as
president-elect, followed by two years as
SNick Comerford (Soil & Water Science) was
named a UF Research Foundation Professor
for 2008-2011. The recognition goes to faculty
members who have a distinguished current
record of research and a strong research agenda
likely to lead to continuing distinction in their
*Kathleen Deagan (FLMNH) The
Archaeology of Colonial Encounters:
Comparative Perspectives (Book Review) by G.
Stein. Journal of Field Archaeology, 31(3) 2006:
333-334; Eliciting Contraband through
Archaeology: Illicit Trade in Eighteenth
Century St. Augustine. Historical Archaeology,
40(3) 2007; The Strange Case of the Earliest
Silver Extraction by European Colonists in the
New World (with A. Thibideau, D. Killick, and
W. Lyman). Proceedings of the National
Academy of Sciences, 104 2007: 3663-3666.
ECarmen Diana Deere (LAS/FRE) received a
grant from the World Bank to carry out a
study on improving data collection on gender
and assets in Latin America and to develop a
training module for capacity building among
the Latin American statistical offices. She
presented an invited paper in May, "The Rise
and Impact of National and Transnational
Rural Social Movements in Latin America,"
(co-authored with Fred Royce [Agricultural &
Biological Engineering]) at the Conference on
Agrarian Questions: Lineages and Prospects
organized by the Journal of Agrarian C'ii. .
the University of London. She also co
organized and chaired a panel on Property
Rights, Land Tenure and Reform and Rural
Violence at the Annual Conference on Legal
and Policy Issues in the Americas of the UF
Law and Policy Program (CGR/Levin College
of Law) in May at the Catholic University of
Rio de Janeiro.
EDavid Dilcher (FLMNH) New Gymnosperm
Related with Gnetales from the Crato
Paleo Flora (Lower Cretaceous, Santana
Formation, Araripe Basin, Northeastern
Brazil): Preliminary Study (with J.C.M. Fanton,
F Ricardi-Branco, and M. Bernardes-de
Oliveira). Geociencias, 25(2) 2006: 205-210;
lara Iguassu, A New Taxon of Aquatic
Angiosperm from the Crato Paleoflora (Lower
Cretaceous, Santana Formation, Araripe Basin,
Northeastern Brazil) (with J.C.M. Fanton, F
Ricardi-Branco, and M. Bernardes-de
Oliveira). Geociencias, 25(2) 2006: 211-216.
*Francisco Escobedo (SFRC) Estimaci6n
Preliminar de la Descontaminaci6n
Atmosf6rica por parte del Arbolado Urbano de
la Ciudad de Mexico (with A. Chacalo Hilu).
Interciencia, 33 2008: 29-33.
EClyde Fraisse (Agricultural & Biological
Engineering) received a grant from the
Inter-American Institute for Global Change
Research to study the impact of climate
variability on crop production in Paraguay and
Brazil (in the state of Rio Grande do Sul).
EDavid Geggus (History) gave an invited
presentation at Tel Aviv University in
December 2007 on the ending of slavery and
the slave trade, and he spoke at the American
Historical Association conference in January in
Washington, DC on a presidential panel enti-
tled "Where is the Haitian Revolution?" He also
gave a video-taped interview for a federal
government project concerning Haiti.
* Susan Gillespie ( ,.il ,i..i...1.._- ) presented a
Distinguished Lecture on "El Modelo de la
'Sociedad de Casas' en la Arqueologia de la
Vida Cotidiana" at the Coloquio Pedro Bosch
Gimpera Arqueologia de la Vida Cotidiana:
Espacios Domesticos y Areas de Actividad en el
Mexico Antiguo y Otras Zonas Culturales at
the Institute de Investigaciones Antropol6gicas
of the Universidad Nacional Aut6noma de
Mexico in March 2008. Publications: When is a
House? In R. Beck, ed., The Durable House:
Architecture, Ancestors, and Origins.
Carbondale, IL: Center for Archaeological
Investigations, Southern Illinois University,
2007; Blaming Moteuczoma: Anthropo
morphizing the Aztec Conquest. In R. P.
Brienen and M. A. Jackson, eds., Invasion and
Transformation: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on
the Conquest of Mexico. Niwot: University Press
of Colorado, 2008.
*Maria Christina Gurucharri (Landscape
Architecture) was recognized as Teacher of the
Year by the College of Design, Construction
*Benjamin Hebblethwaite (RLL) presented
"Lingiostic Neo-Colonialism: Education,
Canon and Curriculum in Haitian Creole
Post-Colonialism" at the British
Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies
Conference at Georgia Southern University in
February. In March, he introduced his
adaptation of Haitian Creole Scrabble to 20
primary and 20 secondary students in Belle
Riviere, Haiti. I i 11. he received an
Internationalizing the Curriculum Award from
the UF International Center to develop a new
Introduction to Haitian Creole Linguistics
EKaren Kainer (LAS/SFRC) Sustainable Forest
Use in Brazilian Extractive Reserves: Natural
Regeneration of Brazil Nut in Exploited
Populations (with L.H.O. Wadt, C.L.
Staudhammer, and R.O.P. Serrano). Biological
Conservation, 141 2008: 332-346.
EWilliam Keegan (FLMNH) was nominated
as the 2007 UF International Educator of the
Year by the FLMNH. Publication: Human
Impacts and Adaptation in the Caribbean
Islands: An Historical Ecology Approach (with
S.M. Fitzpatrick). Earth and Environmental
Science Transactions of the Royal Society of
Edinburgh, 98 2007: 1-17.
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Faculty News and Publications continued from page 9
SMichael Leslie (Telecommunication)
received a U.S. State Department Speaker
Award to participate in a video conference on
"Race and Politics in the United States and
Cuba" with selected Afro-Cuban dissidents,
hosted by the U.S. Interests Section in Havana,
Cuba in February and March. He also delivered
an invited paper on "Intercultural
Communication for Journalists" at the 1st
Inaugural Meeting of the Association of
Afro-Colombian Journalists in Cali, Colombia,
sponsored by USAID and the International
Organization for Migration, in October 2007.
He received a grant from the UF Office of
Faculty Development to develop a Faculty
Learning Community for "Campus-Wide
Intercultural Communication Education and
Training Needs Assessment."
SElizabeth Lowe (LAS) will be leaving UF in
August 2008 to begin her duties as the first
Director of the Center for Translation Studies
at the University of Illinois, Urbana
Champaign. Lowe will hold appointments in
Comparative Literature and Spanish, Italian
and Portuguese in the School of Literatures,
Cultures and Linguistics at UIUC.
* Maxine Margolis ( ,.,1l.,.i...1..l_- ) was an
invited commentator on the video My
Grandma Has a Video Camera at the CineBrasil
Festival at Brown University in March. In April,
she presented an invited paper entitled
"September 11th and Transnationalism: The
Case of Brazilian Immigrants in the United
States" at the Brazilian-Americans in Georgia
and Beyond: A Multi-Disciplinary Symposium
at the University of Georgia and Georgia State
University. Publications: Race in Brazil. In J.
Moore, ed., Encyclopedia of Race and Racism.
Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA, 2008;
September 11 & Transnationalism: The Case of
Brazilian Immigrants in the United States.
Human Organization, 67(1) 2008: 1-11.
EJoceli Macedo (Urban & Regional
Pl .i. i,;,. ', was nominated as a 2007 UF
International Educator of the Year by the
College of Design, Construction and Planning.
EJerald Milanich (FLMNH) Foreword. In W.
F. Keegan, ed., Taino Indian Myth and Practice:
The Arrival of the '. w ..'. King. Gainesville,
FL: University Press of Florida, 2007
EGerald Murray ( .i.l.i .....,.1.._ received an
Internationalizing the Curriculum Award from
the UF International Center to develop a new
course on the.,.,,li..l.1.._- of Religious
EWinston Nagan (Law) has been re-appointed
as Abogado Defensor by the Federaci6n
Interprovincial de Centros Shuar in Ecuador.
MAugusto Oyuela-Caycedo ( .-. l.i. ..-.1..- )
delivered an invited lecture on "Cambios
Ambientales y Culturales en el Alto Amazonas:
Una Perspectiva de Ecologia Hist6rica" at the
Ibero-amerikanisches Institut Preussischer
Kulturbesitz in Berlin in February. He also gave
an invited paper on "Looking at the Forest as a
Fragmented Archaeological Artifact: Toward
the Archaeology of Anthropogenic Tropical
forests" at the Archaeology of Anthropogenic
Environments Visiting Scholar Conference at
Southern Illinois University in May 2007.
Publications: Ritual Paraphernalia and the
Foundation of Religious Temples: 4. The Case
of the Tairona-Kigaba/Kogi, Sierra Nevada de
Santa Marta, Colombia (with M. Fischer).
Baessler Archiv, 54 2007: 145-162; Early
Prehistoric Sedentism and Seasonal Animal
Exploitation in the Caribbean Lowlands of
Colombia (with P. Stahl). Journal of
Anthropological Archaeology, 26(3) 2007:
329-349; Late Prehispanic Chiefdoms of
Northern Colombia and the Formation of
Anthropic Landscapes. In H. Silverman and B.
Isbell, eds., iH... 1i.....t of South American
Archaeology. New York, NY: Springer, 2008.
EAlfonso Perez-M6ndez (Architecture) was
nominated as a 2007 UF International
Educator of the Year by the College of Design,
Construction and Planning.
*Charles Perrone (RLL) presented the paper
"Tres Seculos, Tr&s Americas: Irmandades
Epicas e Imperativos Hemisf6ricos" at the
seminar entitled "Em Mar Aberto -Poesias em
Portugues e nas Linguas da Espanha: Um
Diilogo Hist6rico, Uma Futura Alianca?" in
Sao Paulo, Brazil at the Casa das Rosas
Institute Cervantes in November 2007. He was
an invited discussant for the "O Som do
Poema: Da Oralizacao a Musica" at Projeto
Verbivocovisual at the Instituto Tomie Ohtake
in Sao Paulo in September 2007 and was the
invited moderator for the Brazilian poetry
panel at the Miami Book Fair International in
November 2007. He presented "Further to 'A
Linguagem do Iauaret&' and Transcendence" at
the Modern Language Association in
December 2007 in Chicago and "Counting
Anthropophagic Scripts: Textual Navigations
and Oswaldian Prescience" at the Brazilian
Studies Association International Congress at
Tulane University in March. Publications: De
Noigandres & Navilouca a Coyote & Oroboro:
Las Revistas Brasilenas de Invenci6n y las
Antologias Antinormativas. Nerter, 10 2007:
77-81; Topos and Topicalities: The Tropes of
Tropicilia and Tropicalismo, published online
at Tropicilia.com.br; translations of poems by
Haroldo de Campos in A.S. Bessa and O.
Cisneros, eds., Novas: Selected Writings of
Haroldo de Campos. Evanston, IL:
Northwestern University Press, 2007; Famished
for Form: Haroldo de Campos and the
Foundations of Concrete Poetry. In B.
McGuirk and E. R.P. Vieira, eds., Haroldo de
Campos In Conversation: In Memoriam
1929-2003. London: Zoilus Press, 2007; Do
Bebop e o Kaos ao Chaos e o Triphop: Dois
Fios Ecumbnicos no Escopo Semimilenar do
Tropicalismo. In N. Barros da Costa ed., O
Charme dessa Nafao: Discurso, Cotidiano e
Prdticas Culturais da Musica Popular Brasileira.
Fortaleza: UFEC-SECULT, 2007; Tigertail: A
South Florida Poetry Annual -Brazil Issue
(edited with H. Costa). Vol 6, 2008.
SHugh Popenoe (Soil & Water Science) has
announced that he and his family have
donated their colonial house in Antigua,
Guatemala to the Francisco Marroquin
University of Guatemala. The donation of the
home, constructed in 1634, includes its
collection of colonial household furnishings
and artwork. Antigua was the capital of
Mesoamerica (from Chiapas to Panama) until
1775 when it was destroyed by an earthquake.
Marroquin University plans to continue its
present use as the Popenoe Museum. The
university runs two other museums, Ixchel
(Mayan crafts) and Popul Vu (Mayan
archeology), in Guatemala City. The Popenoe
Museum will also serve as a base for visiting
scholars in all disciplines and for training
programs. Marroquin University is inviting
other universities to collaborate in these
Faculty News and Publications continued on page 11
Faculty News and Publications continued from page 10
EStephen Powell (Law) Should or Must?
Nature of the Obligation of States to Use Trade
Instruments for the Advancement of
Environmental, Labor, and other Human
Rights. All,'-rrt Law Review, 45(2) 2007;
Toward a Vibrant Peruvian Middle Class:
Effects of the Peru-United States Free Trade
Agreement on Labor Rights (with P. Chavarro).
Florida Journal of International Law, 20(1)
2008; Peru-U.S. Trade Promotion Agreement:
The New Economic Model for Civil Society. In
Acuerdo de Promoci6n Commercial
Peru-Estados Unidos. Lima, Peru: Universidad
Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas, 2007; Sumall
Steps: Ending Trade's Splendid Isolation from
Human Rights. Rio de Janeiro: PUC-Rio
Nucleo de Direitos Humanos, 2008.
SMark Thurner (History) received an
Internationalizing the Curriculum Award from
the UF International Center to develop a new
course on Latin American History and Culture
for a study abroad program in Costa Rica.
SEdil Torres Rivera (Counselor Education)
presented a paper on "Language Implications
for Counselors in International Settings" at the
International Counseling Conference in
Shanghai, China in December 2007. He
delivered two invited papers in April on
"Herencia Taina: Identidad Liquidad" at the
University of Puerto Rico in Rio Piedras and
"Re-examining Pic6's'El dia menos pensado':
An Overview of Puerto Rican Prison
Population Mental Health Issues" at the
InterAmerican Conference of Counseling in
Managua, Nicaragua. He received a grant from
the UF Office of Faculty Development to
develop a Faculty Learning Community for
"Contesting Racism in the Academy."
Publication: Using Psychoeducational Groups
with Latino (a) High School Students (with L.
Phan). In D. Viers, ed., The Group Therapist's
Notebook: Homework, Handouts, and Activities
for Use in Psychotherapy. Binghamton, NY: The
Haworth Press, Inc., 2007.
SPilar Useche (LAS/FRE) received the Henry
C. Taylor Best Doctoral Dissertation Award for
2006-07 from the Department of Agricultural
and Applied Economics at the University of
Wisconsin-Madison. Her dissertation was also
nominated for the Best Dissertation Award
competition of the American Agricultural
Economics Association. She presented a paper
on l I .... ...- Adoption in Poorly Specified
Environments" at the American Agricultural
Economics Association Meetings in July 2007.
In October 2007, she presented "A Mixed
Multinomial Model .I I 1 I....-. ._ Adoption"
at the Latin American Econometrics
Association Meeting. Lastly, she received a
USDA grant in collaboration with the
UF-ESPOL team for a project to improve the
welfare of small-scale rice farmers in Ecuador
through new technology transfer and
SManuel Vasquez (Religion) appeared on the
Bill Moyers Journal on the PBS television
network in November 2007. He discussed his
collaborative research with Philip Williams
(Political Science) on Latino immigration,
religion, and inter-ethnic relations in the New
South. Publication: A Igreja E Como a Casa da
Minha Mae: Religiao e Espaco Vivido entire
Brasileiros no Condado de Broward (with L.
Ribeiro). Ciencias Sociais e Religiao, 9(9) 2007:
SJorge Villegas was recognized as Teacher of
the Year for the College of Journalism and
EJeff Wade (Law) delivered a paper on
"Social and Environmental Challenges of
Wetland Protection" at the Congresso
International de Direito Agroambiental at the
Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso in
Cuiabi, Brazil in September 2007.
*Daniel Zarin (SFRC) Beyond Reaping the
First Harvest: Management Objectives for
Timber Production in the Brazilian Amazon
(with M. Schulze, E. Vidal, and M. Lentini).
Conservation 5r'..... i, 21: 916-925.
UFAc gon mn
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
Dr. Claudio Padua... continued from front cover
Atlantic and Amazonian forests. These innovations include offering
academic short courses, managing public and private protected
areas, and starting a for-profit company working in carbon
sequestration. IPE has partnerships with two prominent Brazilian
corporations, Natura and Havaianas. They collaborated with
Natura, a cosmetics and toiletries company, to build a graduate
school offering a professional master's program in conservation and
sustainability. They partnered with Havaianas, the sandal
manufacturer, to create a line of flip-flops featuring Brazilian
wildlife. Seven percent of the income from the sale of the flip-flops
goes to IPE.
The Center for Latin American Studies and the Department of
Wildlife Ecology and Conservation are proud to have Claudio and
Suzana as alumni and are honored to have nominated Claudio for
the Distinguished Alumnus Award.
Recent Latinamericanist Faculty Retirements
Ten Latinamericanist faculty have retired from UF in the past year. We are thankful for their dedication to Latin American Studies and we wish
them the best in their retirement.
Andres Avellaneda (RLL-Spanish) specializes in Spanish American
literature and literary theory. He received an Undergraduate
Teaching Award and chaired the 2004 Bryce Wood Best Book Award
Selection Committee for the Latin American Studies Association.
H. Russell Bernard ( ,..1 ..i l..1.._- ) is an
expert in anthropological research methods.
He is the author or editor of over 15 books
and numerous articles. His books include J .
Research Methods in J .'!".l. I Qualitative
and Quantitative Approaches (2006, fourth edi-
tion) and Social Research Methods (2000).
Bernard received a UF Doctoral Mentoring
Award in 2004 and the Franz Boas Award for
Exemplary Service to,.,,l,.!...i1.. _- from the American
Anthropological Association in 2003.
Carlton Davis (FRE) came to UF in 1970 and
was named a Distinguished Professor in 1990.
His research interests cover topics in I
international trade and development,
Caribbean agro-economic issues, and food and
agricultural policy. He co-edited Facilitating r
Safer U.S.-Caribbean Trade: Invasive Species
Issues (2005) and has
published widely, particularly on the
English-speaking Caribbean. Davis received the George Washington
Carver Public Service Hall of Fame Award from Tuskegee University,
a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Southern Agricultural
Economics Association, and the Distinguished Professional
Contribution Award from the Caribbean Agro-Economic Society.
Davis continues to work part-time in FRE on a number of Caribbean
Clyde Kiker (FRE) specializes in natural
resource and ecological economics, with
emphasis on public goods from ecological
resources. His field experience has been in the
Caribbean and southern Africa.
Maxine Margolis ( ..,l..i ..1.._- ) is an expert
in Brazilian culture and society, transnational
migration, and gender roles in the U.S. and
cross-culturally. Her most recent research has
dealt with Brazilian immigration to the United
States. Margolis is the author of An Invisible
Minority: Brazilians in New York City (1998)
and Little Brazil: An Ethnography of Brazilian
Immigrants in New York City (1994). Since
retiring from UF, she has continued her research, writing and
lecturing on Brazilian immigration in the U.S. She is currently
working on a book on the Brazilian diaspora worldwide. Margolis has
been named Adjunct Senior Research Scholar at the School of
International and Public Affairs and the Institute for Latin American
Studies at Columbia University.
Terry McCoy (LAS/Political Science) is a
specialist on the political economy of Latin
America. His current research focuses on the
Latin American business environment and
regional integration. He publishes the annual
Latin American Business Environment Report
and contributes to newspaper commentary on
Latin American events. From 1985-1996,
McCoy served as Director of the Center for
Latin American Studies. In retirement he continues to direct the
Latin American Business Environment Program at the Center and
serve as Associate Director of CIBER. He was the 2006 UF
International Educator of the Year.
Jerald Milanich (FLMNH-Archeology) is an
expert in pre Columbian southeastern U.S.
native peoples and colonial period native
American-European/Anglo relations in the
Americas. He authored Laboring in the Fields of
the Lord: Spanish Missions and Southeastern
Indians (2006), Florida's Lost Tribes: i '... '
the Eyes of an Artist (2004), Florida's Indians
from Ancient Times to the Present (1998), as
well as other books and articles. Milanich has been the principal
investigator of over 70 grants and contracts and has served on more
than 125 graduate committees. In retirement, he
continues to serve as an Academic Trustee for the Archeological
Institute of America and as a Contributing Editor for Archeology
magazine. He also is working on several book projects.
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Faculty Retirements continued from page 12
Tony Oliver-Smith ( -.,11,.,!g.,1._- ) is a b
specialist in displaced peoples and disasters,
including post-disaster social organization and
class, race, 11, ;.;-. and gender based
patterns of differential aid
distribution, with particular emphasis on the
Andean region. He has authored and co-edited
6 books on disasters and displacement, the
most recent being Catastrophe and Culture:
S,.i 1, .. I .. -.-.... of Disaster (2002), as well as many articles.
Oliver-Smith received three Undergraduate Teaching Awards, a
dissertation mentoring award and has served on the executive boards
of the National Association of Practicing Anthropologists and the
Society for Applied.,, ..il ....1.._ He is currently spending a
semester as Greenleaf Chair of Latin American Studies at Tulane
University and holds the Munich Re Foundation Chair of Social
Vulnerability at the United Nations University Institute for
Environment and Human Security in Bonn, Germany.
John Scott (Art History) has expertise in
pre-Columbian and Latin American art. His
books include Latin American Art: Ancient to
Museum of Art at Cornell University has just
Hernan Vera (Sociology) specializes in race relations, sociology of
knowledge, and sociological theory. He has co-edited several volumes
including liI,, .....t of the Sociology of Racial and Ethnic Relations
(2007), Liberation Sociology (2001) and White Racism (2000). Vera
was a Fulbright Scholar in Chile in 1997.
Recent Faculty Books
A Faye Harrison University of Illinois Press, 2008
Outsider Within: Reworking Anthropology
in the Global Age
This book presents an approach to critically
reconstructing the anthropology discipline to better
encompass issues of gender and race. Drawing upon
materials from Caribbean and African American
studies, Harrison analyzes anthropology's limits and
possibilities from an African American woman's
perspective, while also challenging anthropologists to
work together to transcend stark gender, racial and
A William Keegan
University Press of Florida, 2007
Taino Indian Myth and Practice: The
Arrival of Stranger King
Applying the legend of the "stranger king" to
Caonab6, the mythologized Taino chief of the
Hispaniola settlement Columbus invaded in 1492,
Keegan examines how myths come to resonate as
history. In this story, Caonab6, the most important
Taino chief at the time of European conquest, claimed
to be imbued with Taino divinity, while Columbus,
determined to establish a settlement called La
Navidad, described himself as the "Christbearer."
A Anna Peterson and Manuel Vasquez New York University Press, 2008
Latin American Religions: Histories and
Documents in Context
This book provides an introduction through
documents to the historical development and
contemporary expressions of religious life in South
and Central America, Mexico, and the Spanish
speaking Caribbean. A central feature of this text is its
inclusion of both primary and secondary
materials, including letters, sermons, journal entries,
ritual manuals, and ancient sacred texts.
A Herndn Vera
Handbook of the Sociology of
Racial and Ethnic Relations
This volume, co-edited with Joe Feagin, looks at
contemporary racial and ethnic relations, one of the
most studied aspects in sociology and sociological
research. In both North America and Europe, many
traditional cultures feel threatened by immigrants
from Latin America, Africa and Asia.
NSF Grant Awarded for
Preserving Endangered Jaqi
The National Science Foundation recently awarded a
three-year grant of approximately $155,000 to M.J.
Hardman (Linguistics) and Elizabeth Lowe (LAS) to create a
linguistic research database in the endangered Jaqi languages.
This project, entitled "An Accessible Linguistic Research
Database of the Endangered Jaqaru and Kawki Language," will
be under the direction of M J. Hardman, Howard Beck and Sue
Legg. The award begins in July 2008. The team will transform a
corpus consisting of 50 field notebooks of texts, corresponding
audiotapes, 450 photographs and related linguistic data into an
accessible, archived linguistic research database. A dictionary of
the languages will also be created and entered into the database.
The linguistic database will build on existing computational
and linguistic work and will conform to the appropriate
recommendations and standards. The materials will be archived
and linked through two digital archives, the Archive of the
Indigenous Languages of Latin America at the University of
Texas, Austin (AILLA) and the UF Libraries Digital Collections.
This project will make the field notes collected by Hardman
over 50 years of linguistic field research in Peru available to the
linguistic community. It also builds on the work of the "Aymara
on the Internet" program funded by the U.S. Department of
Education from 2004-07. The broader impact of the project
will be to preserve and make available the texts, dictionary and
grammar of two highly endangered Andean languages for
linguistic research and for the use and future collaboration of
heritage speakers. The linguistic material will be translated
from Jaqaru and Kawki into Spanish and English. It is
anticipated that the government of Peru will want to utilize this
project for broader dissemination for bilingual education and
language preservation purposes. The intellectual merit of the
project lies in the rarity and scope of the linguistic material and
the fact that it will reside in a multifunctional, widely accessible
and web-based database. The coordinated archiving plan
developed with AILLA and UF Digital Collections ensures that
the materials will be accessible to diverse interdisciplinary and
international user groups.
SECOLAS 2008 Annual Meeting
The Southeastern Council of the Latin American Studies'
(SECOLAS) Annual Meeting was held in Tampa, April 17-19,
2008. UF had a large delegation at the meeting. Twelve graduate
students, 10 faculty, 2 visiting scholars, and 5 alumni presented
papers, organized panels, and served as discussants. Richmond
Brown (LAS) was a member of the local arrangements
committee. Congratulations to Rachel Hallum (Sociology) for
receiving Honorable Mention in the Edward Moseley Graduate
Student Paper Award Competition!
Aymara on the Internet Program
Introduced to Bolivian Ministry
of Education and Culture
lizabeth Lowe (LAS) and Howard Beck (Agricultural &
Biological Engineering) traveled to La Paz, Bolivia at the
invitation of the Ministry of Education and Culture in April. The
purpose of the trip was to introduce the Aymara on the Internet
program to Ministry officials and to discuss possible
implementation plans for using the Aymara program in multiple
settings in Bolivia. The new Bolivian constitution mandates
bilingual education (Aymara-Spanish) for government workers,
school teachers, K-12 education and other users. Prior to the trip,
the technical teams at UF and at the Ministry were able to
successfully install the program on the government server. It now
resides on the Ministry education portal (Educabolivia), which in
turn links to a larger Latin American education portal (Relpe).
The program can be accessed at
During the four-day visit, Lowe and Beck had meetings with
the Ministry and gave two half-day presentations on the Aymara
project in public settings in La Paz and Cochabamba. Denise
Arnold and Juan de Dios Yapita (Instituto de Lengua y Cultura
Aymara-ILCA, a Bolivian NGO) participated in the Ministry
meetings and in the presentation in La Paz. Attendees included
representatives of universities, public and private institutions,
government agencies and labor unions. The presentations
covered the history of the project, an introduction to the student
interface, pedagogical considerations, evaluation of the program
and the structure and function of the database powering the
interface. There was a high level of interest among the audience.
Some can use the program immediately, while others are
interested in modifying the program to meet the needs of local
audiences and in adding other local languages, such as Quechua.
The Ministry would like to add an assessment component to be
able to award certification to users of the program. There is also
an interest on the part of the Ministry in training for school
teachers in the use of technology for language education,
development of online materials and for training in database
development for IT students in local universities.
The Aymara on the Internet program (M.J. Hardman, P.I. and
Elizabeth Lowe, Co-P.I.) was funded by a grant from the U.S.
Department of Education Title VI International Research and
Studies Program from 2004-07 and is the compilation of 50
years of research on the Aymara language by M.J. Hardman
(Linguistics). The multidisciplinary project team included
Howard Beck, Justino Llanque-Chana (Latin American
Collection), Gillian Lord (RLL), and Sue Legg (LAS). It is a freely
accessible online program offering twelve units of Aymara
grammar, equivalent to two semesters of university-level
instruction. The program contains exercises, cultural notes, a
dictionary, a resource section, recorded dialogues and images.
14 THE LATINAMERICANIST
Outreach Lending Library
Since the debut of cinematography in Buenos Aires in
1896, Argentine cinematographers have created more than
2,500 films. In recent years, film production in Argentina has
greatly increased from 63 films in 2005 to more than 200 in
This semester, the Center's Outreach Lending Library
added ten new Argentine films to its collection. They are 100
Veces no debo, Bialet Mass&, Cachimba, Cara de queso, El buen
destino, La demolici6n, La hija del cannibal, La parte del leon,
Teatro por la identidad, and Salvador Allende. Ten Argentine
films were purchased last year, so we now have 20 new films.
Most of the films are being used in film and literature
classes created by Martin Sorbille (RLL). Course topics
include Argentina's military dictatorship, Latin American
military dictatorships, internationalization of labor conflicts
and class struggles, psychoanalytical theory, and Latin
American film theory. "Thanks to these films, students are
able to vividly apprehend critical problems of Latin
American reality," said Sorbille. "The students' evaluations
highlight precisely this point. Their response has been very
All of the films have been added to the Outreach
Program's online database. A search of the database will
provide information on the length, subtitles, and plot of the
movies. The database can be accessed through
Outreach materials are available for free checkout and can be
used in any educational endeavor. For more information,
visit the Outreach Lending Library online at
http://www.latam.ufl.edu/outreach/library.stm or contact
Mary Risner at email@example.com.
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Upcoming Caribbean Film and Speaker Series
The Center was recently awarded a grant from the Florida Humanities Council to sponsor a film and speaker series called "Through
the Camera's Eye: Caribbean Migration to Florida" during the 2008 09 academic year. The series will consist of six films each pre-
sented by a scholar. The events, which will be free and open to the public, will take place from September 2008 through March 2009
at the Hippodrome State Theater in downtown Gainesville. The schedule is as follows:
Date Film Country Scholar Institution
9/8/08 The Price of Sugar Haiti/Dominican Republic Karen Richman University of Notre Dame
S10/13/08 MyAmerican Girls Dominican Republic Frank Moya Pons Independent scholar
11/10/08 Hasta Siempre Cuba Pedro Prez-Sarduy Independent scholar
S1/12/09 90 Miles Cuba Lisandro PTrez FL Intl. University
2/9/09 H-2 Worker Jamaica David Griffith East Carolina University
S3/2/09 Nuyorican Dream Puerto Rico Jorge Duany University of Puerto Rico
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provide students with an -. -
opportunity to study the -
dynamics of non-.
efforts in socio-economically -i I
marginalized communities,, -..
and Nicaraguan history and -,-
culture. The experience-
includes exposure to three
non-governmental organizations' (NGOs) practices of grassroots
development in communities in the western region of the country.
Nicaraguan students also participate in the program, providing a more
complete immersion and exchange experience. The program appeals to
undergraduate students of ,1 l1..1 ...1.._-. sociology, geography, political
science, history, non-profit management, and social entrepreneurship.
The founder and director of UF in Nicaragua is Tim Fogarty (PhD
.,.,ll,..!...1.._- 2005), an adjunct lecturer in the Honors Program and the
Center for Women's Studies and Gender Research.
Students on the six week program earn six credit hours, three credits
for NGOs, Social Movements, and Grassroots Development, and three
credits for Culture .I Ni. ,, -i Courses are taught by UF faculty,
though daily presentations are given by Nicaraguan community leaders,
leaders of NGOs and popular social movements and Nicaraguan
academics. English translation of presentations is available.
The NGOs, Social Movements, and Grassroots Development course
requires students to carry out participant observation of community
activities to provide empirical data for an anaylsis of how NGOs operate
in transnational grassroots development. During a two-week stay at each
organization, students attempt to ascertain the organization's operative
model of development, particularly in the dimensions of popular
participation, long-term sustainability, and personal and social
empowerment. The Culture .I Ni,. ,, -ii course provides an
opportunity to reflect on the students' experience of cross-cultural
communication. In addition to homestays, students are in contact with
Nicaraguans of various ethnicities, genders, and socio-economic
backgrounds through work and study opportunities.
Weekends are devoted to recreational activities such as visits to the
Pacific coast, an organic coffee farm, a volcanic cloud forest, and a
mountain eco-lodge. Such destinations enable students to interact with
middle-class Nicaraguans whose lifestyle more closely approximates that
of the students themselves and contrasts starkly with that i N. n 11 ....
of the popular classes with whom they work during the week.
-Contributed by Brie Bailey, MALAS student
The UF in Nicaragua trip was such a
wonderful experience. Not only did I learn
about NGOs and how they interact with the
culture, but we were able to be immersed in
the Nicaraguan culture. The loving open arms
of the Nica people is moving. I remember after
hiking quite a long way through the
mountains, we finally arrived at the small
house of a 70 year-old man who had sculpted
an entire mountain with a machete. All of us
were very tired. He lived a very simple life with
his sister and brother, no running water and
very secluded. But as soon as we arrived, his
sister opened her small home to us, feeding us
bananas and mangoes and whatever else she
had. Her love and kindness for us strangers
was so overwhelming that many of us hugged
her and cried together. This is just one
example of the wonderful kindness many
people show others in Nicaragua. You
definitely leave there with a little of this
May 2008 G R A D U A T E S
Undergraduate LAS Minors
Johann Arias, Economics
Billy Bender, Political Science
Berenice Benjamin, Psychology
Jennifer Bohning, Economics
Josie Bolahos, Psychology
Yolanda Brooks, Spanish
Sarah Michelle Caba, Spanish
Christine Calixto, Biology
Luis Casas, Political Science/History
Juan Pablo Castro, Political Science/Economics
Stephanie David, Family, Youth and Community Sciences
Christina Dunne, Spanish/Telecommunication
Suzana Fiat, Marketing
Emily Finamore, English
William Graves, Business
Monica Harvin, History
Michelle Keba, Anthropology
Nicole Kendra Levine, Food and Resource Economics
Sarah Martin, Economics/English
Omar Martinez, Political Science/Sociology
Jon McCahill, Political Science/Spanish
Rachel Parra, Anthropology
Naya Pessoa, Political Science/Spanish
Yesenia Rey, Criminology
Patricia Rosales, Advertising
Bradley Ruben, Spanish
Carolina Saavedra, Political Science
Benjamin Saver, Anthropology/Religion
Charline Simon, Psychology
Lance Williams, Spanish
Katherine Fowler, Fine Arts
Kevin Fox, International Business
Advisor: Carmen Diana Deere (LAS/FRE)
Thesis: "Narratives of Resistance: An
Ethnographic View of the Emergence of the
Huaorani Women's Association in the
Advisor: Charles Wood (LAS/Sociology)
Thesis: "Language and Earnings of Latinos in
Florida: The Effect of Language Enclaves"
Advisor: Allan Burns (Anthropology)
Thesis: "Stigma and Tuberculosis Contact
Investigation: A Perspective on a Mexican
Community in Central Florida"
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2008 Summer Research Grant Recipients
The following UF students were awarded funding from the Center for Latin American Studies and the Tropical Conservation and Development
Program (TCD) to conduct field research in summer 2008. Funding of these awards was made possible by the TCD Ford Foundation/State
endowment and grants from the Tinker Foundation and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. The country where the student is conducting
research follows the reference to their degree program.
Laurel Abreu (PhD RLL) Puerto Rico
Abib Araujo (PhD SNRE) Brazil
Jennifer Arnold (PhD SNRE) Mexico
Laura Avila (PhD SNRE) Costa Rica
Jenny Basantes (MS SNRE) Ecuador
Alison Boelter (MALAS) Mexico
Anna Brodrecht (PhD Anthropology) Peru
Carlos Canas (PhD Geography) Peru
Jennifer Cannon (MA Urban and Regional Planning) Brazil
Randy Crones (MA/PhD Anthropology) Brazil
Willandia Didier (MS SNRE) Brazil
Devin Dotson (MALAS) Chile
Laura Fonseca (MALAS) Brazil
Keli Garcia (MALAS) Venezuela
Kate Goltermann (MA Anthropology) Brazil
Aimee Green (MALAS) Brazil
Raissa Guerra (PhD SNRE) Brazil
Tatiana Gumucio (MA Anthropology) Bolivia
Eric Knightly (PhD Anthropology) Bolivia
Laura Kowler (MS SNRE) Peru
Marina Londres (MS SFRC) Brazil
Kari MacLauchlin (PhD SNRE) Barbados
Ricardo Mello (MALAS) Brazil
Noelle Nuebler (MALAS) Brazil
Iran Rodrigues (PhD Political Science) Brazil
Griselda Rodriguez (MALAS) Costa Rica
Mariano Roglich (MS SNRE) Argentina
Samuel Schramski (MS Geography) Mexico
Laura Schreeg (PhD SNRE) Panama
Claudia Segovia-Salcedo (PhD Botany) Ecuador
Eduardo Silva (PhD SNRE) Chile
Alfonso Sintjago (MALAS) Venezuela
2008 Foreign Language and
Area Studies Fellowship
The following UF students received U.S. Department of
Education Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS)
Fellowships from the Center for Latin American Studies.
Brie Bailey (MALAS), Kich'e Maya
Kiristen Bright (Anthropology), Portuguese
Randy Crones (MALAS), Portuguese
William Fischer (History), Quechua
Kate Goltermann (Anthropology), Portuguese
Cecelia Larsen (MALAS), Portuguese
Noelle Nuebler (MALAS), Portuguese
Arika Virapongse (SNRE), Portuguese
Academic Year 2008-09
Luis Caraballo (MALAS), Haitian Creole
Randy Crones (Anthropology), Portuguese
Laura Fonseca (MALAS), Portuguese
Hector Galvez (MALAS), Portuguese
Steve Minegar (MALAS), Portuguese
Noelle Nuebler (MALAS), Portuguese
Andrew Tarter (Anthropology), Haitian Creole
Congratulations to the following LAS and TCD students who recently received financial support from other UF departments and from
outside funding agencies.
Diana Alvira (SNRE) was a finalist in the Madelyn Lockhart
Dissertation Fellowship competition sponsored by UF's
Association for Academic Women.
Sarah Martin (BA Economics & English 2008) received a
Fulbright grant for her proposal entitled, "Microfinance and
Poverty Alleviation in Guatemala."
Rafael Rojas (SNRE) received a Compton Fellowship in
Environment and Sustainable Development for his research
proposal entitled, "Agricultural Expansion and Sustainable
Land Use Options in the Southern Peruvian Amazon."
Galo Zapata-Rios (WEC) received a Compton Fellowship in
Environment and Sustainable Development for his research
proposal entitled, "Changing Landscapes of the Andes:
Ecological Consequences and Conservation Implications
for the Mammalian Carnivores of the Ecuadorian Andes."
Vivian Zeidemann (SNRE) received a Compton Fellowship in
Environment and Sustainable Development for her
research proposal entitled, "Fostering Sustainable
Forest-Based Livelihoods: The Case of Brazil Nut
Management in Riozinho do Anfrisio Extractive Reserve,
Latin American Studies Field Research Clinic
and Poster Competition
Forty graduate students received
field research grants in 2007
from the Center for Latin American
Studies to carry fieldwork in Latin
America and the Caribbean. The
grants sponsored research in 18
countries by students from 14
different UFdepartments. In an i
effort to disseminate the results of
such a broad and rich group of
studies, the Center convened the
annual Field Research Clinic (FRC) A MALI
in February 2008. This year's event poster.
attracted more than 120 faculty and
students from a broad variety of
units across campus.
The FRC is designed to bring public focus to
UF graduate student research in Latin America.
At the two-part clinic, veteran graduate students
run workshops on the field research experience
for first-year students and subsequently
participate in a research poster session open to
The grand prize for best research poster was
awarded to Masters student Karen Pereira
S.,ll,.. !...1.._ ) for her poster, "Plain But Not
Simple: The Stone Monuments of Naranjo,
Guatemala City." Karen's advisor is Susan
-- -- --
&S student Molly Dondero stands with her prize-winning
Gillespie ( ,,iil..!...1... ). Posters were evaluated
by Efrain Barradas (LAS/RLL), Claudia Romero
(Botany), and Paul Monaghan (Florida
Prevention Research Center, USF).
The FRC is one of several graduate student
support activities sponsored the Center over the
course of the academic year. These events serve
to enhance the learning and professional
preparation of LAS students.
-Contributed by Jon Dain, LAS/SNRE
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M.!., um it ,I ...I N ,, ,,,.. -1il i 1] i l d
Karen Pereira, A.nthropolog
Masters Level First Prize
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Moll) Dondero, MNALAS
Masters Second First Prize
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Masters Level Honorable Mention
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Luciniar Souza. MAL. LS
PhD Level First Prize
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( hristopher Ballengee, Music
PhD Level Second Prize
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Jeftrei Hoelle. Xinthropologs
Natalie Arsenault (MALAS 2002) is Outreach
Director at the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of
Latin American Studies at the University of
Texas at Austin. She also serves as Outreach
Chair for the Consortium of Latin American
Studies Programs (CLASP).
Seth Bassoff (BA History & LAS Minor/
Certificate 1997) works for Morgan Stanley in
Christopher Canaday (MALAS, 1991) lives in
Puyo, Ecuador where he manages the Omaere
Ethnobotanical Park. He also teaches at the
Universidad Estatal Amazonica and is involved
in ecological sanitation initiatives. He is
married and has a son.
Charles Daniel (BS Forestry & LAS Certificate
1975) is President of RMK Timberland Group,
a Regions Morgan Keegan Company with
investments in Latin America.
Christine (Archer) Engels (MALAS 2002) has
worked as an evaluation/outreach specialist at the
Center of Biodiversity and Conservation at the
American Museum of Natural History (NY) since
receiving her MALAS degree. For the past 2 1/2
years, she has telecommuted from Gainesville,
where she lives with her husband and daughter.
Hayley Froysland (MALAS, 1993) received her
PhD in history at the University of Virginia.
She is Assistant Professor of History at Indiana
University, South Bend where she specializes in
Latin American history.
Katie Pearl Halloran (BA Political Science &
LAS Certificate 1999) works as a neighborhood
planner for the city of Austin, TX. She plans to
return to South Florida at the end of this year.
Michelle Gacio Harrolle (PhD Sports
Management & LAS Certificate 2007) is
Assistant Professor of Parks, Recreation and
Tourism Management at North Carolina State
University in Raleigh, NC.
Eugenio Hernandez (BA Spanish & LAS
Certificate 1978) obtained an MA in Latin
American Studies from Georgetown University
and then returned to UF for his JD degree. He
is a founding member of Avila Rodriguez
Hernandez Mena & Ferri in Miami where he
practices immigration law.
Levy Parajon (BS Finance 2000, MS Finance
2004, MALAS 2006) is a Senior Analyst for the
Latin American mergers and acquisitions
market at the Amerivest Group Capital
Markets Team in Boca Raton, FL.
Steven Keats (BA Interdisciplinary Studies,
LAS 1977) has had a 30-year career in the
shipping and logistics industry. He is a partner
in Kestrel Liner Agencies, which serves as a
global logistics agent for Tropical Shipping and
provides freight forwarding services from over
100 ports around the world to 45 destinations
in the Caribbean and Latin America. In 2007,
he and his partners formed Alpha Shipping
Agencies, the east coast agent for Maruba
Lines, an Argentine company.
Gary Nevins (BA Political Science & LAS
Certificate 1973) is President and CEO of
Plantation Publishing Company in Albany, GA.
Derek Lewis (MALAS, 2007) works in business
development at Blackstone Management in
Baton Rouge, LA.
Ann Laffey (i. ,I,.......,1._- &LAS Minor
2007) manages the Organic Geochemistry Lab
in the UF Department of Geological Sciences.
She will start an MS in Interdisciplinary
Ecology at UF in August 2008.
Raul Morin (BA Spanish & LAS Certificate
2003) is a partner at Starbucks Coffee
Company in Miami.
Richard Ogburn (MALAS 1971) is Assistant to
the Executive Director at the South Florida
Regional Planning Council, a planning and
public policy agency for the urbanized, but
environmentally sensitive region of Broward,
Miami-Dade and Monroe counties. He
performs demographic and economic analysis
of the region to support the Strategic Regional
Policy Plan for South Florida, which guides
implementation of Florida's growth
management legislation in the region. Prior to
joining the Regional Planning Council in 1989,
he spent 15 years working for public planning
agencies in Bahia, Brazil, where he served as a
Peace Corps Volunteer. He has a Masters
degree in Economics from the University of
Jamie Parra, Jr. (BA Marketing & LAS
Certificate 1980) is Director of Retail Services
for Latin America for the Neilson Company in
Patricia Piedrahita Baldwin (BA Politcal
Science & LAS Certificate 1982) graduated
from Stetson College of Law and served as a
prosecutor in the 18th Judicial Circuit of
Florida for 20 years until her retirement in
April 1007. She is married with one child.
Ernesto Raez-Luna (MALAS 1993) received a
2008 Whitley Award, one of the world's top
prizes for grassroots nature conservation, from
the Whitley Fund for Nature, a UK-based
charity. He was recognized for his work in the
Tambopata river basin of Peru where he
coordinates a working group of 50
stakeholders dealing with potential threats to
the environment from gold-mining, oil
extraction, and construction of the new
Peru-Brazil Highway. Carlos Peres (MS SFRC
1986) also received a 2008 Whitley Award for
his work in taking economic drivers into
account for land management plans for the
'Arc of Deforestation, near Alta Floresta in
Mato Grosso, Brazil. Four other UF alumni
have previously received Whitley Awards: Laury
Cullen (MALAS 1997), Gustavo Kattan (PhD
Zoology 1993), Rodrigo Medellin (PhD WEC
1992), and Claudio Padua (MALAS 1987 &
PhD WEC 1993).
Valentin Saportas (BS Economics & LAS
Minor/Certificate 2004) will attend
Northwestern Law School in Chicago in
Jose Sariego (BA Journalism & LAS
Certificate 1977) is Senior Vice-President for
Business and Lee ,I .1i11, with HBO Latin
America Group in Miami. He is also Secretary
to the Board of Directors, comprised of
representatives from Time Warner, Walt Disney
and Sony Corporation. He received his JD
degree from the University .'I 11. I ,I,
Sally Schmidt (Mallalieu) (BA Romance
Languages & LAS Certificate 1975) is a second
grade teacher for the Hillsborough County
School District in Plant City, FL.
Richard Taylor (BA History & LAS Certificate
1972) works for the Journey Into Hope
Foundation in the Dominican Republic. He
has also worked in Venezuela, Ecuador, and
Alumni News & Notes continued on page 22
Michele (Eck) Thomson (MALAS 1996) is a
Special Agent with the Office of the Inspector
General, Social Security Administration in
Robert Turkovic (PhD History & LAS
Certificate 1981) is a consultant in the area of
communications/public relations for
companies doing business in Latin America.
He also teaches history and Spanish at several
universities in South Florida.
Mary (Mitchell) Waters (MALAS 2007) has
started a new job as Associate International
Trade Specialist with the Georgia Department
of Economic Development in Atlanta.
Stephanie Weinstein (MALAS 2000) is a
full-time mom and lives in Victoria, British
Sondra Wentzel (PhD. ..l.. ..i..1_- 1989)
works for GTZ as an Advisor for Indigenous
Peoples and Territories in Brazil. She is
currently on sabbatical at UF.
Amy Woodell (BA Management & LAS Minor
1997) is a Program Manager for Faculty-Led
Abroad Programs at International Studies
Abroad in Austin, TX.
Calling all Ph.D. Alumni
The UF Libraries seek permission from
the authors of UF dissertations to put
their work online in digital format. Please
go to the following website, and complete
the form that allows the Libraries to make
your research freely available on the
procedures/copyright/retro diss scan/DD
DCA.htm. Please note that master's theses
are not part of the retrospective
digitization project at this time.
J6se Gonzalez (BA Political Science & LAS Minor 2000; MA
Political Science 2003) is Vice President of Governmental Affairs
at Associated Industries of Florida in Tallahassee where he is
responsible for coordinating AIF's 20-member lobbying team and
all research and advocacy efforts for the association. Prior to
joining AIF, he was a legislative intern with the Office of Program
Policy Analysis and Government Accountability. He is on the
Board of Directors of College Leadership Florida and is a board
member of the Florida Chapter of Hispanic Young Professionals
and Entrepreneurs. Jos6 received an Outstanding Young Alumni
Award from the UF Alumni Association in spring 2008. This
award recognizes alumni who are 35 years of age or younger and
have distinguished themselves in their profession and community.
The Center was pleased to nominate Jos6 for this distinction.
A (from left to right) Janet Romero (UFF), Carmen
Diana Deere (LAS), Jose Gonzalez and his wife,
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