University of Florida Center for Latin American Studies I Volume 39, Number 2 I Fall 2008
Dr. Terry McCoy
Retires After Distinguished Cc
erry McCoy, Professor Emeritus of Latin American Studies and
Political Science and a former director of the Center for Latin
American Studies, retired in spring 2007 after 32 years at UF
To celebrate McCoy's service and commitment to the field of Latin
American Studies and to the University, the Center hosted his
retirement party in early November 2008. The party was held in
conjunction with the 2008 Latin American Business Symposium and
Career Workshop, which marked the 10th anniversary of the Latin
American Business Environment (LABE) program, which McCoy
founded. Many of his former students returned to Gainesville for this
celebration and also participated in the Career Workshop. In
retirement, he continues to serve as Director of the LABE program
and also as Associate Director of CIBER (Center for International
Business and Education Research) in the Warrington College of
Business Administration on a part-time basis.
McCoy came to UF in 1975 and served first as Assistant Director
and then Associate Director of the Center, with an affiliation in the
Department of Political Science. He was the eighth Director of the
Center, serving from 1985 to 1996.
McCoy's area of research specialization is the political economy of
Latin America. In the 1970s his research focused on Latin American
population policies, a topic on which he published an edited volume
and a co-authored book. In the 1980s his focus shifted to Caribbean
migration. With Charles Wood (LAS), he conducted a study of West
Indian seasonal workers in the Florida sugar industry. On stepping
down as Center director, McCoy created the LABE program under
which his research has dealt with the region's business environment
and trade negotiations in the Americas. Funded principally through
CIBER, this research has been intimately tied with McCoy's teaching,
training, and outreach activities. The main output has been an annual
publication distributed widely, The Latin American Business
Environment Report, now in its tenth year. Over the past decade he
also participated in research projects on the Gulf of Mexico region.
For three decades, McCoy was the pillar of the Center's MALAS
(Master of Arts in Latin American Studies) program, supervising more
than 70 theses. He also chaired five PhD dissertations in Political
Science and served as a member of many other theses and dissertation
committees throughout "
campus. He regularly
taught Latin American
Dr. Terry L. McCoy.
Politics of Latin America, A Dr Terry L. McCoy.
and a graduate seminar on Inter-American Relations in the
Department of Political Science. At the Center, he developed the
curriculum for and designed and implemented the student training
components of the LABE program. This included two new courses;
graduate concentrations for students in the MALAS, MBA and MSF
degree programs; study abroad opportunities; paid internships; and a
student-oriented biannual business symposium and career workshop.
He also developed the joint MALAS-JD program with the UF Levin
College of Law.
McCoy also has considerable international teaching experience,
having taught short courses and seminars in Uruguay, Colombia,
Ecuador, Honduras, the Dominican Republic and Venezuela. Among
his awards have been Fulbright fellowships to Brazil and Chile.
McCoy was an innovator with respect to study abroad. In 1978, he
developed UF's Brazilian Portuguese Language and Culture summer
program in Rio de Janeiro. This program is the oldest and most
successful summer overseas program in Brazil, having trained around
500 students. In 1999 he developed -and he continues to direct
the summer Business in Brazil program at the Catholic University in
Rio. In its eight years this program has attracted and trained over 70
students. McCoy was a co-founder of the one-week Business Study
Tour, which rotates between Brazil, Chile and Argentina. In
recognition of his many contributions to internationalizing the
University, McCoy was named UF's 2006 International Educator of
Colleagues and former students have established The Terry McCoy
Latin American Travel Scholarship as a show of appreciation and in
honor of his many years of service to the Center and the University.
The income from the fund will be used to support graduate student
travel grants for short-term study abroad courses in Latin America,
such as those that McCoy developed and promoted.
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All Department of Education Title VI National Resource Centers are encouraged to
undergo an external evaluation during each grant cycle. These evaluations may be all
encompassing or focused on a particular area of activities. The Center opted to focus
our 2008 evaluation on our foreign language programs and study abroad activities. The
foreign language programs at UF were reorganized during the summer, partly as a cost
reducing measure. The former Department of Romance Languages and Literatures was
split up, resulting in a new, stand-alone Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies.
All other languages, including Haitian Creole, were reorganized into a new Department
Dr. Carmen Diana Deere of World Languages and Cultures.
Our external evaluator was Dr. John M. Lipski, the Edwin Erie Sparks Professor of
Spanish and Linguistics at Penn State University. As expected, he found that we had far fewer faculty than needed
in Spanish given the size of both the undergraduate and graduate programs and the importance of Spanish to the
State of Florida. Partly as a result of his visit, the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies has been allocated
two positions from the State's Tuition Differential moneys and searches to fill these positions are currently
With respect to study abroad, enrollments for summer and other short-term study abroad programs continue to
be good, but we have had difficulties increasing the number of students enrolled in semester-length study abroad
programs. For the second time we were forced to cancel plans for a UF-sponsored semester-length program atthe
University of Costa Rica due to insufficient enrollments. Lipski recommended that we continue to focus on
short-term study abroad opportunities as a stepping stone to developing greater student interest in longer term
study in Latin America, and offer more entry-level courses on Latin America.
Lipski also recommended that we proceed to offer a proposed Garifuna Language and Culture Summer Institute,
holding the program in Honduras rather than at UF Garifuna is the language of the "Black Caribs" of Belize,
Guatemala and Honduras, and is of significant interest to anthropologists, linguists and scholars of the African
Diaspora, besides to Caribbeanists (see p. 11).
The program highlights of the fall 2008 semester were a Film and Lecture Series on the Caribbean and the Latin
American Business Environment Program's Latin American Business Symposium and Career Workshop. The Florida
Humanities Council-funded lecture and film series, "Through the Camera's Eye: Caribbean Migration to Florida"
brought three noted Caribbean specialists to campus, Karen Richman of Notre Dame University; historian Frank
Moya Pons of the Dominican Republic; and Pedro Sarduy, a Cuban writer and poet residing in London. All three
events drew packed audiences atthe Hippodrome State Theater in downtown Gainesville. Each speaker also
participated in other events either on campus or in the community. The series continues into the spring semester
(see p. 12).
The Business Symposium and Career Workshop were a great success, with over 100 students attending the
November events (see pp. 3 & 11). Some 20 UF alumni participated on the panels during the two days. The weekend
concluded with Terry McCoy's retirement celebration, a very special event attended by many of his former students,
colleagues and friends.
We took advantage of the weekend events to hold our fourth LAS Alumni Board meeting. Atthe meeting, it was
decided to expand membership in the advisory board to include both alumni who have graduated with a
specialization in Latin American Studies and those whose careers have focused on Latin America. We generated
ideas on how to expand our fundraising activities and began planning for the celebration of the Center's 80th
anniversary, to take place in spring 2011 in conjunction with the Center's 60th Annual Conference. I urge alumni to
contact me if they are interested in participating in any of the activities of the Alumni Board (see p. 19).
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2008-2009 Faculty Advisory Council
Carmen Diana Deere (LAS/FRE). Chair
Grenville Barnes (SFRC)
Richmond Brown (LAS)
Hannah Covert (LAS)
Elizabeth Ginway (Spanish & Portuguese)
Eric Keys (Geography)
Gerald Murray (Anthropology)
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Maria Rogal (Art & Art History)
Marianne Schmink (LAS/Anthropology)
Pliar Useche (LAS/FRE)
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Editor: Hannah Covert, LAS
Graphic Designer: Susan Duser, UF NAPA
1 Dr. Terry McCoy Retires
3 Keynote Speaker Ricardo Rodriguez
4 Presidential Election & Latin America
4 Fall Colloquium Series
5 Gift of Mexican & Cuban Film Posters
5 New Center Affiliates
6 Research Program ACLI
7 Faculty News & Publications
9 Recent Faculty Book
11 New Programs in Latin America
12 Outreach News
14 Student Graduates, Awards, Funding
16 Alumni News & Notes
17 Center Director Search
18 Thanks to Our Donors
19 LAS Alumni Board
I EVENTS I
Latin American Business Symposium
Private Equity Opportunities in Latin America
T he Latin American Business Environment Program's fourth
annual Latin American Business Symposium was held on
November 7, 2008. The symposium had the objective of
deepening our understanding of recent developments in Latin America
and their significance for business. The one-day event featured two
panel sessions with corporate leaders who shared their insights and
experiences doing business in Latin America. Speakers on the first panel
discussed the transportation industry, forestry investments, logistics and
US-Cuba relations. It featured speakers from Kestrel Liner Agencies,
RMK Timberland Group, FedEx Express, and Squire, Sanders and
Dempsey. On the second panel, the speakers dealt with equity
investments, value-added IT distribution, and the entertainment
industry. Panelists were from INCA Investments, Tallard Technologies,
and HBO Latin America Group.
Ricardo Rodriguez (BSBA Accounting 1974), founder and partner of
the Southern Cross Group, delivered the luncheon keynote address at the
symposium. During his career in investment banking and principal
investing, Rodriguez has advised a variety of Latin American
corporations, including the Bemberg Group and Seguros Comercial
America. Since the
founding of Southern
Cross ten years ago,
Rodriguez and his
partners have been
of each company in
which they invest.
Before a gathering of
200 students, faculty,
Rodriguez presented his
A Ricardo Rodriguez, UF alum and founder of
Southern Cross Group, delivered the symposium's
Mary Risner (LAS), Ali Boelter (I
and William Hummel (MALAS) work
views on the state of "Private Equity Opportunities in Latin America."
Since Rodriguez began working in the region in 1980, Latin America has
continued to be an area of geopolitical and economic importance to the
US. As Europe and parts of Asia have explored regional integration,
Rodriguez believes that the further development of the Americas is the
best hope for the US to reduce its dependence on those regions.
Beginning with the waves of trade liberalization and the privatization
of state-owned enterprises that swept through Latin America in the late
1980s, Rodriguez has primarily advised and invested in family-owned
groups that had previously thrived on low levels of competition. He
stated that due to ineffective management from committees of second
and third-generation relatives of the founder, these companies had been
operating under a patriarchal structure that tolerated mediocre
performance. Rodriguez achieves value creation from his investments by
reorganizing management, repositioning the company's strategy to best
suit its target market, and creating a meritocratic corporate culture.
One such example of Southern Cross's success in Latin America was
the group's investment in La Polar, a chain of Chilean department stores.
The family-owned chain was at risk of going out of business in 1998
when it was purchased by Rodriguez's firm for $33.3 million. By
following their investment philosophy and their goal of "doing it the
old-fashioned way," which Rodriguez defined as selling something better
than what was bought, he stated that the partners of Southern Cross
were able to turn around, refocus, strengthen, and expand the company
while realizing an excellent return on investment and internal rate of
return by the time they liquidated their position in 2006.
Rodriguez concluded his remarks by answering questions from the
audience, which questioned him on a wide range of issues, including the
potential impacts of the current economic crisis. Rodriguez believes that,
although the effects of the global downturn may be painful, the crisis
will still present opportunities for investors to create value and aid in the
development of Latin America.
-Contributed by Dave Harmel, MALAS student
The Presidential Election
and Latin America
For the Center's final colloquium of the fall semester, a roundtable
discussion was held on what Barack Obama's election as President
might mean for Latin America and Latinos in the years ahead.
Moderated by Richmond Brown (LAS), the panel featured Osvaldo
Jordan, a PhD candidate in Political Science, and Professors Sharon
Austin (Political Science) and Terry McCoy (LAS).
Hope, one of the key buzzwords of the presidential campaign, was
also used by the panelists to describe their impressions of Obama's
policies for Latin America, though as Jordan said, "hope with some
uncertainty." All three panelists agreed that the Obama administration
will be given an opportunity by Latin America to prove that it is engaged
in the world and that it seeks international cooperation. McCoy
remarked, however, that he does not see the region as an overall priority
for the new administration and that Latin America was the primary
subject of only one speech from each of the candidates on the campaign
trail. That said, McCoy hopes that the Obama administration can
re-engage the world and in particular, work to solve the global financial
crisis. This would do much to improve the standing of the US in the eyes
of Latin America. Jordan provided the Latin American perspective on
the election, commenting that the left and right in Latin America look
forward to working with Obama, yet both sides have issues with some of
his policies. Issues like free trade agreements, the Cuban embargo, and
drug violence all matter deeply to Latin American countries right now,
so the new administration must tread a careful line in formulating
Austin provided commentary on the importance of Obama's success
for Latinos in the US. In this election, Latinos, for the first time, tended
to strongly identify with the Democratic Party. And, Latinos became
important in Obama's strategy to deracialize his campaign and own
political identity. Obama's success represents real gains for the
Democratic Party; however, his ability to hold on to the new Latino
votes will depend on whether issues that are important to Latinos are
dealt with in an effective and timely manner.
Overall, the panelists agreed that the key issues for Latin America and
Latinos, including immigration reform, economic assistance to meet the
financial crisis, and military intervention and aid in the war on drugs,
will cast how the Obama administration is seen over the next four years.
-Contributed by William Hummel, MALAS student
A Sharon Austin, Osvaldo Jordan, and Terry McCoy provided
commentary on the US election and Latin America.
Aug. 28 Colombian Politics in the 2000s: Radical Change or More of the Same?
Christopher Abel, Reader in History, University College, London
Sept. 4 Gender, Race and Class in Brazilian Lynching
Tim Clark, Assistant Professor, LAS/Criminology
Sept. 18 Where there's a Will there's a Way: The Significance of Scribal Variation in Colonial Maya Testaments
Victoria Bricker, Professor Emerita, Anthropology, Tulane University
Oct. 2 Contradictory Icons: Tourism and the Development of Jamaican National Literature
Leah Rosenberg, Associate Professor, English
Oct. 16 Maria de Jesus de Agreda: Religious Symbols at War in the Spanish Borderlands
Juliana Barr, Associate Professor, History
Nov. 6 Seeking Sustainability in the Amazon: Shifting from Brazil Nut Exploitation to Conscious Management
Karen Kainer, Associate Professor, LAS/SFRC
Nov. 20 Roundtable Discussion: The 2008 U.S Election and Latin America
Sharon Austin, Associate Professor, Political Science; Osvaldo Jordan, Doctoral Candidate, Political Science; Terry McCoy,
Professor Emeritus, LAS/Political Science; Richmond Brown, Associate Director, Latin American Studies
4 TE ATNAERCAIS
Gift of Mexican and Cuban Film Posters
R amn Figueroa, Associate Professor of Spanish at Millsaps College
.n Mississippi, has generously donated his personal collection of
Mexican and Cuban film posters to the UF Smathers Libraries Popular
Figueroa made the donation
in honor of Efrain Barradas
Portuguese Studies), his
former professor and
friend. The collection
consists of 250 Mexican
film posters from the 1940s
to the 1960s and 60 Cuban
film posters from the 1960s
to the 1990s. There are also
several posters from France,
Belgium, Poland, and Italy
for Latin American films.
The Mexican posters are the
rarest and most important
ones of the collection since
the Cineteca Nacional de
Mexico, the Mexican A Cuban poster for Fresa y Chocolate
national film archive which designed by Ernesto Ferran Fernandez, 1993.
housed film posters, was
destroyed by fire in 1982.
Due to Figueroa's gift, UF now holds the largest public collection of
Mexican movie posters in the United States.
The posters can be appreciated as both an art form and a reflection
of the socio-political forces in each country. Figueroa writes, "The
posters are a great expression of a time when Mexico made an
investment in popular culture as a way to promote the values and virtues
that would unify society and consolidate power of the system. I think it
is very interesting that some of the poster artists (such as Josep Renau or
Ernesto Garcia Cabral) were also muralists. There is research to be done
on the Mexican poster as an example of the aesthetic cohesiveness of
government sponsored art in Mexico before the sixties. As was the case
in Mexico before 1960, the Cuban revolutionary government became a
great sponsor of popular
culture for propagandistic
reasons. The power of the
cultural products of the
Cuban revolution in Latin
America is undeniable." The
UF Libraries are applying for
a grant to fund the
restoration and digitization of
the poster collection.
A Mexican poster for Casa de Perdicion,
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LAS/Sociology & Criminology
(Central & South America)
Art & Art History
Maya Stanfield-Mazzi (Andes)
Center for Governmental
D. Daniel Sokol (General)
Paul Ortiz (Latino Studies)
Spanish & Portuguese Studies
(Latino Studies, Caribbean)
Tourism, Recreation & Sport
Brijesh Thapa (Caribbean)
Work Study Office Assistant
Richard Acostupa Huaranca
Moore Visiting Fellow
Dennis del Castillo (Peru)
Moore Visiting Fellow
Carlos Teodoro Irigaray (Brazil)
Moore Visiting Faculty
Frederico Oliveira (Brazil)
Denyse Mello (Brazil)
Moore Visiting Fellow
Manuel Morales Mite (Ecuador)
Moore Visiting Fellow
Paula Pinheiro (Brazil)
Moore Visiting Fellow
Ludmila Ribeiro (Brazil)
Amintas Rossete (Brazil)
Moore Visiting Fellow
Edson Vidal (Brazil)
Moore Visiting Fellow
Amazon Conservation Leadership Initiative
UF's Amazon Conservation Leadership Initiative (ACLI), launched in 2005, recently received a $2.3 million three-year renewal
grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. The program, jointly sponsored by the Center's Tropical Conservation
and Development Program (TCD) and the School of Forest Resources and Conservation (SFRC), is intended to enhance
effective management of protected areas and frontier regions in the nine Amazon Basin countries.
The program provides fellowships for conservation professionals from the Amazon region to enroll at UF graduate programs
affiliated with TCD, or to conduct semester-long, non-degree independent learning programs at UF There were seven non-degree
professional visitors at UF during fall semester, from Peru, Ecuador and Brazil, and three ACLI graduate students entered the program
ACLI is also strengthening partnerships with three Amazonian universities with the goal of enriching and supporting graduate and
post-graduate training and applied problem-based research through faculty exchanges and placement of post-docs. UF is working
with the Federal University of Acre, Brazil (UFAC), the Federal University of Mato Grosso, Brazil (UFMT) and the National University
of the Peruvian Amazon (UNAP) to create and consolidate strong graduate training programs that produce useful applied research to
address local and regional conservation problems and train local conservation managers.
A Five Master's and 12 PhD students have received fellowships, eight from Brazil, three from Peru, and two each from
Ecuador, Colombia and Bolivia.
A 27 professional visitors over four academic years have presented seminars, taken courses, written papers,
studied English, done collaborative research with UF faculty and students, and prepared for subsequent graduate studies.
A UF faculty, students and post-docs have offered short courses in research design, statistical techniques, conflict
management, anthropology and development among others at UFAC, while three UFAC faculty have studied at UF
A ACLI has assisted the UFMT law school to develop a new distance education extension course, conservation clinic and
legal journal, all aimed at training students and providing support to public prosecutors in legal procedures to control
A UNAP has developed a new Master's program in Protected Area Management, and UF faculty have led field courses on
community participation and research approaches to protected area management.
A A December 2007 workshop presented exemplary cases of university teaching, research and extension, making valuable
contributions to applied conservation to the graduate coordinators of 35 programs from multiple disciplines related to
conservation and development in the Brazilian Amazon.
-Contributed by Bob Buschbacher, ACLI Program Manager
Recent Faculty Book
A Bertha Hernindez-Truyol and Stephen Powell New York University Press, 2009 ... ,.
Just Trade: A New Covenant Linking Trade and Human Rights ..
This book makes a case for reaching a middle-ground between trade law and human rights law, acknowledging their
co-existence and the significant points at which they overlap. Using examples from many of the 35 nations of the Western
Hemisphere, the authors carefully examine human rights policies involving conscripted child labor, sustainable development,
promotion of health, equality of women, human trafficking, indigenous peoples, poverty, citizenship, and economic sanctions,
never overlooking the very real human rights problems that arise from international trade. The authors make suggestions of
how the intersections in these two kinds of law may be navigated to promote an international marketplace that embraces both
liberal trade and liberal protection of human rights.
6 H LTNA EICNS
Faculty News and Publications
Chuck Wood ( 1, -, i .. hi. .._-) and
Juan-Carlos Molleda (Public Relations) won
the 2008 UF International Educator of the Year
Awards. Four of the Center's affiliate faculty
also received the International Educator of the
Year award for their respective colleges: Alba
Amaya-Burns (Public Health and Health
Professions), Tom Ankersen (Law), Jack Putz
(Liberal Arts and Sciences), and Sharleen
A Chuck Wood and Provost Joseph Glover at the
International Educator of the Year awards
*Florence Babb (Women's Studies & Gender
Research) presented the paper "Gender, Race,
and Cultural Tourism in Andean Peru and
Chiapas, Mexico" at the American
Anthropological Association Annual Meeting
in San Francisco in November. She served as
co-editor with Jon Wolseth of a Latin American
Perspectives issue on youth and cultural
politics. Publications: Entre la chacra y la olla:
Cultura, economic political y las vendedoras de
mercado en el Peru. [Translation of 1998 book,
with new preface.] Lima, Peru: Institute de
Estudios Peruanos, 2008; Youth in Cultural
Politics in Latin America (with J. Wolseth).
Latin American Perspectives, 35(4), 2008: 3-14;
Out in Public. In Real World Latin America: A
Contemporary Economics and Social Policy
Reader. Boston: Dollars & Sense, 2008.
EGrenville Barnes (SFRC) delivered an
invited paper entitled "Experiencias de
Reform C.it.itr.il Regitr.il en America Latina:
Cobertura, Costo y Resultados" in May to
incoming Paraguayan President Lugo and
several campesino and business leaders in
Asunci6n. He also delivered the invited paper
"Communal Land/Resource Tenure in the
South-West Amazon: Where do Carbon Rights
Fit?" in October at the Rights, Forests and
Climate Change Conference in Oslo, Norway.
He co-presented a paper with Tom Ankersen
(Law) on "Beyond Property, Beyond Ecology:
Social-Ecological Resilience of Land and
Resource Tenure in Latin America" at the
SAnnual Conference on Legal and Policy Issues
in the Americas in Rio de Janeiro in May. In
SAugust, he organized a two-week graduate
Level field course in Bolivia on forest policy in
conjunction with UF's Working Forests in the
Tropics program. Other organizers included
Jack Putz (Botany) and UF graduate students
Kelly Biedenweg, Alexander Shenkin, Ari
Martinez, Skya Murphy, and Margo Stoddard.
EJuliana Barr (History) was awarded the
Berkshire Conference of Women Book Prize,
one of the top international book awards for
female historians. Her book, Peace Came in the
Form of a Woman: Indians and Spaniards in the
Texas Borderlands, was published in 2007.
IEmilio Bruna (LAS/WEC) Effect of Sample
Size on Estimates of Population Growth Rates
Calculated with Matrix Models (with I. Fiske
and B. Bolker). PLoS One 3(8) 2008: e3080.
ECesar Caviedes (Professor Emeritus,
Geography) has remained busy in retirement.
In 2005 and 2006, he taught in Germany at the
Center for American Studies at the University
of Heidelberg and at Humboldt University in
Berlin. In 2007, he was the keynote speaker at a
symposium on climate and society hosted by
the Universidad Nacional de Colombia and
gave a talk on El Nino in Colombia and
geographical analysis of electoral results in
Chile. He continues to serve on the editorial
boards of five international journals and is
Contributing Editor of the l, II....t, of Latin
American Studies. Publications: Impacts of El
Nino-Southern Oscillation on Natural and
Human Systems. In T.T. Veblen, K.R. Young
and A.R. Orme, eds., The Physical Geography of
South America. New York: Oxford University
Press, 2007; Global Climatic Anomalies of the
Past: On the Track of Ancient El Ninos.
Geographische Rundschau, 3(2) 2007; The
Southern Cone. li i,... ...It of Latin American
Studies, 63, 2008; El Nino: Extreme Weather on
Sthe Increase? In M. Benton, ed., The Seventy
Great Mysteries of the Natural World. London &
SNew York: Thames and Hudson, 2008.
SMaria Coady (Teaching & Learning) Service
Learning with Vulnerable Populations:
Preservice Teachers and Migrant Farm Workers
in North Central Florida (with P. Silver).
Florida Journal of Teacher Education, 2008;
Personalmente: Home-School Communication
Practices with (Im)Migrant Families in North
Florida (with C. Flores and J. Davis). Bilingual
Research Journal, 2008; Solamente Libros
Importantes: Literacy Practices and Ideologies
-.l 1.Ii ,i Farmworking Families in North
Central Florida. In G. Li, ed., Multicultural
Families, Home Literacies and Mainstream
Schooling. Albany: SUNY Press, 2009.
EHannah Covert (LAS) has been selected to
participate in the 2008-09 Next Level
Leadership program sponsored by the UF
Office of Human Resources. She presented
"Student Experiences with the Latin American
Studies Undergraduate Program at the
University of Florida," at the Student Alliance
of Graduates in Education Symposium in
Gainesville in June.
ECarmen Diana Deere (LAS/FRE) presented
"Pobreza, Activos y la Desigualdad de Genero"
in September at the International Meeting on
Gender Statistics in Aguascalientes, Mexico.
She conducted a day-long training session on
the same topic as part of the international
diploma on gender statistics at the Centro
Andino de Altos Estudios, DANE, in Bogota in
November. Publications: The Feminization of
Agriculture? The Impact of Economic
Restructuring in Rural Latin America. In S.
Razavi, ed., The Gendered Impacts of
Liberalization. London and New York:
U*Kitty Emery (FLMNH) A Zooarchaeological
Test for Dietary Resource Depression at the
End of the Classic Period in the Petexbatun,
Guatemala. Human Ecology, 36(5) 2008:
* Francisco Escobedo (SFRC) presented the
paper "The Integration of Landscape Ecology
and Policy to Improve Air Quality in Latin
American Cities" in Chengdu, China at the
International Union of Forest Research
Organizations conference in September.
Faculty News and Publications continued on page 8
Faculty News and Publications continued from page
EAlfonso Flores-Lagunes (FRE) delivered an
invited paper on "Identification and
Estimation of Causal Mechanisms and Net
Effects of a Treatment" in March at the Centro
de Investigaci6n Econ6mica of the Institute
Aut6nomo de Mexico in Mexico City.
SClyde Fraisse (Agricultural & Biological
Engineering) organized a three-day capacity
building workshop as part of his Inter
American Institute for Global Change Research
grant on the impact of climate variability on
crop production in Paraguay and Rio Grande
do Sul at the University of Passo Fundo in
Brazil in late October. The workshop
introduced the 72 participants to the
application of modeling and climate
forecasting as a strategy to mitigate production
risks associated with climate variability and
SDavid Geggus (History) delivered an invited
paper on "The Age of Revolution" in May at
UCLA. He delivered another invited paper on
"Comparative Perspectives in American
Studies" in June at the Institute for the Study of
the Americas in London.
E Susan Gillespie( i.il. i..|....._- ) Aspectos
Corporativos de la Persona (Personhood) y la
Encarnaci6n (Embodiment) entire los Mayas del
Periodo Clisico. Estudios de Cultura Maya, 31,
2008: 55-89; Chalcatzingo Monument 34: A
Formative Period "Southern Style" Stela in the
Central Mexican Highlands. The PARI Journal,
IX(1) 2008: 8-16; Pdjaro-Serpiente y la
Gobernatura en Mesoam6rica. In A. Cyphers
and K.G. Hirth, eds., Ideologia Politica y
Sociedad en el Periodo Formativo, Ensayos en
Homenaje al Doctor David C. Grove. Mexico
City: Institute de Investigaciones
Antropol6gicas, Universidad Nacional
Aut6noma de Mexico, 2008; Culturas Locales y
Transformaciones Regionales: La Investigaci6n
de la Socialidad Preclisica por su Materialidad.
In Mesa Redonda Olmeca: Balance y
Perspectivas. Mexico City: Institute Nacional de
Antropologia e Historia y la Universidad
Nacional Aut6noma de Mexico, 2008.
EMike Heckenberger ( ,...,i..1.1.. ) and his
research on ancient urban networks in the
Upper Xingu region of Brazil was featured in
the National Geographic Channel
documentary "Lost Cities of the Amazon" that
aired in late November. Publicaton: Pre
Columbian Urbanism, Anthropogenic
Landscapes, and the Future of the Amazon
(with J.C. Russell, C. Fausto, J.R. Toney, M. J.
Schmidt, E. Pereira, B. Franchetto, and A.
Kuikuro). Science, 321(5893) 2008: 1214-1217.
EKaren Kainer (LAS/SFRC) Market
Integration and Livelihood Systems: A
Comparative Case of Three Ashaninka Villages
Sin the Peruvian Amazon (with P. Peralta).
SJournal of Sustainable Forestry, 27(1-2) 2008:
S145-171; Shifting Cultivation Effects on Brazil
Nut i., i'. ..ii. i excelsa) Regeneration (with J.
Cotta, L. Wadt, and C. Staudhammer). Forest
Ecology and Management, 256(1-2) 2008:
EWilliam Keegan (FLMNH) The Role of
Small Islands in Marine Subsistence Strategies:
Case Studies from the Caribbean (with S.
Fitzpatrick, K. Sullivan Sealey, M. LeFebvre and
P. Sinelli). Human Ecology, 36(5) 2008:
EMaxine Margolis (Professor Emerita,
i ,,ii.l1I..1... -) ) delivered an invited paper on
S"Brasileiros no estrangeiro: A etnicidade, a
Sauto-identitidade e o 'outro," in July at the
SPrimeiro Simp6sio Internacional Diilogos
Brasil-Estados Unidos at the Universidade de
SSo Paulo. She was the organizer and
Sdiscussant at the Annual Meeting of the
Brazilian Studies Association session "Brazilian
Immigration to the Southern United States" in
March in New Orleans. Publications: Brazilian
SAmericans. In R. Schaefer, ed., Encyclopedia of
SRace, Ethnicity, and Society. New York: Sage,
S2008; Brazilian Immigration to the US: Future
Research and Issues for the New Millennium.
In L. Braga and C. Jouet-Pastre, eds., Becoming
Brazucas: Brazilian Immigration to the US.
Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2008.
SJuan-Carlos Molleda (Public Relations)
presented the paper "The Value of
'Authenticity' in Global Public Relations: The
New Juan Valdez Campaign" at the
International Public Relations Conference in
Miami in March. He also presented the paper
"Advancing the Theory of Cross-National
Conflict Shifting: An Analysis of International
News Agencies' Coverage of Lead-tainted Toys
from China" (with L. Solaun and K. Parmelee)
in Mexico City at the Congress of the Americas
II in October. Publications: Withdrawal of
Vioxx in Brazil: Aligning the Global Mandate
and Local Actions (with T. M. Oliveira). In J.V.
Turk and L. Scalan eds., The Evolution of Public
Relations: Case Studies from Countries in
Transition. Gainesville, FL: Institute for Public
Relations, 2008; The Value of Authenticity in
Global Strategic Communication: The New
Juan Valdez Campaign (with M. Roberts).
International Journal of it., i .
Communication, 2(3) 2008: 154-174.
Balancing Public Relations with
Socioeconomic and Political Environments in
Transition: Comparative, Contextualized
Research of Colombia, Mexico and Venezuela
(with A. Moreno). Journalism and Mass
Communication Monographs, 10(2) 2008:
116-174; Contextualized Qualitative Research
in Venezuela: Coercive Isomorphic Pressures of
the Socioeconomic and Political Environments
on Public Relations Practices. Journal of Public
Relations Research, 20(1) 2008: 49-70.
EJeffrey Needell (History) presented the
paper "The Lost Way: Political History and the
Historiography of Brazilian Abolitionism" in
Washington, DC at the American Historical
Association/Conference on Latin American
History Annual Meeting in January. He spoke
on the Panel Honoring Leslie Bethell's
Contribution to Brazilian Studies at the
Annual Meeting of the Brazilian Studies
Association in New Orleans in March. He
presented "Glory at Dusk: Nabuco's Activism,
His Meditation, and the Choice for
Diplomacy" at Yale University in April at the
centenary of Nabuco's speech at Yale as Brazil's
first ambassador to the United States. He also
organized, "Racial Perception and
Representative Government: Politics and
Racism in Nineteenth-Century Brazil" for the
American Historical Association/Conference
on Latin American History Annual Meeting in
New York City in January 2009.
lMilagros Peiia (Sociology) was awarded a
Distinguished Book award from the Latino/a
section of the American Sociological
Association. Her book, Latina Activists across
Borders: Women's Grassroots Organizing in
SMexico and Texas, was published in 2007 by
Duke University Press.
Faculty News and Publications continued on page 9
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Faculty News and Publications continued from page 8
ECharles Perrone (Spanish and Portuguese)
presented a paper on the "Intersections of
Literature and Popular Culture in
Transamerican Poetics" at the University of
Massachusetts Dartmouth in May. He was
chair and moderator of the session "Brazilian
American Literature" at the Brazilian
Americans in Georgia and Beyond: A
Multi-Disciplinary Symposium held at the
University of Georgia in April. He gave two
interviews to Brazilian public television (TVE
Rio de Janeiro) on "Livros na mesa" in
September and "Semana da Poesia" in October.
Publications: Letras e Letras da MPB. Rio de
Janeiro: Booklink, 2008; Notas Para Facilitar a
Leitura de "Meu tio o lauaret&" Hispania, 91(4)
2008, 766-774; Review of Dossie Guimaraes
Rosa, Special Issue of "O eixo e a roda."
Hispanic Research Journal, 9(3) 2008, 289-290.
SStephen Perz (Sociology) Road Networks
and Forest Fragmentation in the Amazon:
Explanations for Local Differences with
Implications for Conservation and
Development (with M. Caldas, R. Walker, E.
Arima, and C. Souza). Journal of Latin
American Geography, 7(2) 2008: 85-104;
Contributions of Racial-Ethnic Reclassification
and Demographic Processes to Indigenous
Population Resurgence: The Case of Brazil
(with J. Warren and D. Kennedy). Latin
American Research Review, 42(3) 2008: 7-3;
Climate Change, Land Use and Road Building:
Prospects for Environmental Governance in
the Amazon (with S. Brilhante, F. Brown, M.
Caldas, S. Ikeda, E. Mendoza, C. Overdevest, V.
Reis, J.F. Reyes, D. Rojas, M. Schmink, C. Souza,
and R. Walker). Philosophical Transactions of
the Royal Society Bulletin 363(1498) 2008:
SFrancis "Jack Putz" (Botany) Improved
Tropical Forest Management for Carbon
Retention (with P. Zuidema, M. Pinard, R.
Boot, J. Sayer, D. Sheil, P. Sist, and J. Vancay).
PLoS r'-.i..... i, 6(7) 2008: e166.
MMaria Rogal (Art and Art History) received
the first AIGA Design Faculty Research Grant
to continue her work on "Design for
Development" projects that engage design to
empower marginalized indigenous
communities in Mexico. AIGA is the national
organization of graphic design, uniting
practitioners, educators, and students.
EHelen Safa (Professor Emerita, LAS)
Women and Household Change in the Special
Period. In F Scarano and M. Zamora, eds.,
Cuba: Contrapuntos de cultural, historic y
sociedad. San Juan: Ediciones Callej6n, 2007;
Afro-Cubans in the Special Period.
Transforming\, .-, '..!-..... i, 16(1) 2008: 68-70;
Hierarchies and Household Change in Cuba.
Latin American Perspectives, 36(1) 2009.
EMarianne Schmink (LAS) presented the
paper "Amazon Forest Citizens: Work, Life, and
Hope in Rio Branco, Acre 1989-2004" at the
Annual Meeting of the Brazilian Studies
Association in March in New Orleans. She also
presented "Forest Heritage and Forest Future:
Socioeconomic, Political and Cultural
Challenges and Opportunities Among Rubber
Tappers in Acre, Brazil" at the Southeastern
Council on Latin American Studies Annual
Conference in Tampa in April. She presented a
paper on the experiments in socio
environmental development in Acre, Brazil in
Boca Raton at the Southeast Conference on
Amazonian and Andean Studies panel entitled
"20 Years after Chico Mendes: The Search for
Sustainability in Western Amazonia" in
September. Publications: Reducing Negative
Impacts of Road Paving in the Amazon (with
E. Mendoza, S. Perz, and D. Nepstad). Current
Conservation, 2(1) 2008: 19-20; Climate
Change, Land Use and Road Building:
Prospects for Environmental Governance in
the Amazon (with S. Brilhante, F. Brown, M.
Caldas, S. Ikeda, E. Mendoza, C. Overdevest, S.
i Perz, V. Reis, J.F Reyes, D. Rojas, C. Souza, and
SR. Walker). Philosophical Transactions of the
Royal Society Bulletin 363(1498) 2008:
S1889-1895; Review of Gomercindo Rodrigues,
S\,il i' Forest with Chico Mendes. Journal
Sof Latin American Geography, 7(2) 2008:
176-178; Introduction: Working Forests in the
STropics: Policy and Market Impacts on
Conservation and Management (with D. Zarin
Sand J. Alavalapati). Journal of Sustainable
SForestry, 27(1-2) 2008: 1-5; Environmental
Governance and the Emergence of Forest
Based Social Movements (with P. Cronkleton, P.
L. Taylor, D. Barry, and S. Stone-Jovicich).
SCenter for International Forestry Research
(CIFOR) Occasional Paper No. 49, 2008.
SENigel Smith (Geography) had his work on
SAmazonian fruits featured in a National
SGeographic Magazine article entitled, "After
Acai, What Is Amazon's Next'Cinderella
Fruit'?" in October. The story can be found
Sonline at http://news.nationalgeographic.com
Smissions.html. His photos accompany the
D. Daniel Sokol (Law) Order Without
(Enforceable) Law: Why Countries Enter into
Non-Enforceable Competition Policy Chapters
in Free Trade Agreements. (C' T.. L, Law
SReview, 83(1): 2008: 231-292.
SUMaya Stanfield-Mazzi (Art History)
presented the paper "Hybridity's Andean
History: Felipe Cossio del Pomar and the
SCusco School of Painting" at the Southeast
SConference on Amazonian and Andean Studies
in Boca Raton in September. She also presented
S"Christ of the Earthquakes Goes Outdoors:
Interacting with the Divine in Colonial Cusco,
Peru" at the Southeastern College Art
Conference in New Orleans in September.
UF Summer Study Abroad
Urban Planning in Brazil
A UF Urban Planning in Brazil participants overlook the metropolis of
graduate students interested in urban planning have the unique
opportunity to study urbanization issues in a Latin American
context. The six-credit UF Urban Planning and Design in Curitiba study
abroad program emphasizes the challenges confronting urban planning
in Brazil by offering hands-on experiences in diverse urban settings. The
curriculum covers an array of subjects including sustainable urban
development, affordable housing and informal settlements, urban
planning and public health, and land use and transportation planning.
Field trips and lectures by guest speakers from area universities and local
planning agencies afford students the opportunity to observe firsthand
the results and progress of local planning initiatives. The director of the
program, Joseli Macedo, is Assistant Professor of Urban and Regional
Planning and a Curitiba native.
In summer 2008, the six week class began in the mega-city of Sao
Paulo, where issues associated with rapid urbanization and inner-city
decline are glaringly apparent. Many students were impacted by the
juxtaposition of economic extremes in Sao Paulo where self-built shacks
border ritzy skyscrapers. Next, students attended a week-long workshop
in the city .' i 1 :1 .. .state of Parand, to learn about the garden-city
origins and economic development of this 50-year-old regional hub.
This "medium-sized city" of 300,000 people is known for having a large
concentration of green space as evidenced by the 1,100-acre park in the
center of the city. After Maringi, students visited the beautiful island city
of Florian6polis, capital of the state of Santa Catarina, to gain awareness
of issues arising from a rapidly increasing tourism population. The final
four weeks were spent in Curitiba, globally recognized for its
implementation of ground-breaking planning initiatives, such as the
pedestrian-focused urban spaces and highly integrated bus rapid transit
network conveniently serving 2.4 million riders daily.
For a final project, students were given the freedom to research
planning initiatives and policies as it pertained to their own interests. In
addition to studying the transportation system, students examined such
topics as Curitibas unique recycling program and how community
building strategies are employed in informal settlements.
Independent cultural exploration is also encouraged during the
program. On weekends and holidays, students are free to travel and
experience the surrounding environs, such as touring Iguacu Falls,
exploring quaint coastal towns or riding horses in the Pantanal region.
Most students agreed that the course highpoint this year, however, was
the interaction with their Brazilian counterparts at the federal
universities in Maringi and Florian6polis. The Brazilians were eager to
practice their English and introduce the North Americans to
all-you-can-eat por kilo restaurants, caipirinha drinks, and the famous
churrasco, or Brazilian barbeque.
Understanding the social, economic, and environmental implications
of urbanization is an important asset for anyone entering the planning
profession. The Urban Planning in Brazil program exposes students to
new ideas and problem solving techniques, fueling the creativity needed
for tackling complex urban problems in the 21st century. To learn more
about the 2008 program, visit http://ufcuritiba.blogspot.com.
-Contributed by Jennifer Cannon, graduate student in Urban and
UF IFAS Hosts Caribbean
Food Crops Society
F/IFAS hosted the Caribbean Food Crops Society (CFCS) Annual
Meeting in Miami in July 2008. The meeting was a crucial coming
together of agricultural, economic, and sociological experts from 22
nations. Farmers, business leaders, and government officials addressed
critical issues such as the food crisis, invasive species, economic
challenges for agricultural development, and urban agriculture in
densely populated Caribbean nations. Florida's 4-H programs were
also presented and that session proved so popular that several
Caribbean nations have requested assistance from Florida's Extension
agents to begin similar programs in their countries. The meeting
reportedly drew the largest participation in the history of the CFCS
meetings with over 300 participants.
Latin American Health
Initiatives at UF College of
The Southeastern National Tuberculosis Center (SNTC), housed at
the UF College of Medicine, has undertaken several projects related
to Latin American health issues. Michael Lauzardo, Principal
Investigator of the SNTC, is an affiliate faculty member of the Center
for Latin American Studies. SNTC's Latin American initiatives have
included a Health Research in the Americas Symposium; web-based
training conferences for professionals and students from El Salvador,
the Dominican Republic, Mexico, and Puerto Rico; one-week
comprehensive TB courses; and training and exchange with Mexican TB
physicians who screen legal immigrants to the US. The SNTC's website
Latin American Career
The Center for Latin American Studies hosted a half day Latin
American Career Workshop on November 8, 2008 at the Keene
Faculty Center on the UF campus. The first hour of the program focused
on business programs and the training that they provide for students
who plan to seek out business prospects and opportunities in Latin
America. After this initial segment, focus then shifted to career
opportunities in government, education, and non-profits. The panels all
focused on opportunities to apply knowledge of Latin America to these
sectors. Moderators Terry McCoy (LAS), Ana Margheritis (LAS/Political
Science), and Jon Dain (LAS/SNRE) led panel discussions with a diverse
group of professionals that included a high school teacher, a former
ambassador to Colombia, an NGO director, and a retired CEO, among
others. Most of the panelists were graduates of the Center's MALAS
program or other UF degree programs.
Along with faculty and invited guests, many of the Center's MALAS
students were in attendance at the career workshop. Steve Minegar, a
first year MALAS student with a specialization in Political Science, was
especially thrilled with the overall program, stating, "I'm really
impressed with all the different opportunities that seem to be available
to Latin America specialists and am enthused by the number of former
MALAS [students] who are sitting on the panels discussing how they are
applying their degrees."
-Contributed by Matt Trokan, MALAS student
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A UF alumni Ed Johnson, Robin Augello, and Jose Gonzalez
spoke on the business panel at the Career Workshop.
Outstanding International Student Award
Congratulations to Felipe Carvalho, TCD student (MS,
Fisheries & Aquatic Sciences), for receiving the UF College of
Agriculture and Life Sciences' Outstanding International
Student Award! In addition, Felipe was also one of the three
University-wide recipients of the 2008 Alec Courtelis
International Student Award. Both awards recognize Felipe's
academic achievements and community service.
New Programs in Latin America
2009 Garifuna Summer
The Center is pleased to announce the development of the
Garifuna Language Summer Institute to be offered in La Ceiba,
Honduras from May 10 June 19, 2009. The Garifuna Summer
Institute provides a unique opportunity for undergraduate and
graduate students to acquire proficiency in Garifuna, an
endangered Afro-Indigenous and Caribbean language. This
six week intensive immersion course will familiarize students with
modern Garifuna language and culture through classroom study
and excursions to local sites. Students will take 6 credits of
Beginning Garifuna (LAS 4956) and 3 credits of Garifuna Culture
(LAS 4956/LAS 6938). The Institute is a FLAS-approved program
and is funded in part by the Center's US Department of Education
Title VI National Resource Center grant.
The undergraduate program fee is $2766 and the graduate
program fee is $3432. The program fee includes tuition, course
materials, lodging, lunches during the week, international health
insurance with emergency medical assistance, and group
excursions. Round-trip airfare, most meals, personal travel, and
personal expenses are not included.
The application deadline is March 16, 2009. Non-UF students
are encouraged to apply, as are non-degree students. Additional
program details, as well as information on how to apply online,
can be found at: http://www.latam.ufl.edu/academic/abroad.stm.
For further information, please contact the Program Director,
Santiago Ruiz (PhD,,.ii -'-l ...1.._- ), at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Hannah
Covert (LAS), at email@example.com.
New Student and Faculty
Exchange Programs in
Costa Rica and Peru
The Center recently signed reciprocal student exchange
agreements with the Universidad de Costa Rica (UCR) in San
Jose and the Pontificia Universidad Cat6lica del Peru (PUCP) in
Lima. UF undergraduate and graduate students from any
major can spend a semester studying at either of these
universities while paying UF tuition and fees. Applicants must
have completed the equivalent of five semesters of Spanish.
The UCR exchange agreement also includes a faculty
exchange component. The faculty exchange program is open to
faculty across campus and allows for the exchange of two
faculty per institution per year. For visits of two weeks or less,
the host institution will pay lodging for the visitor as budget
permits. For further details on these exchanges, contact Hannah
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August 2008 G RAD U A T E S
Undergraduate LAS Minors & Certificates
Diego Arias, Telecommunication Matthew Gonzalez, Journalism
Nicole Cure, Advertising Noriko Yamada, Economics
Advisor: Kathleen Deagan (FLMNH)
Thesis: "Concepci6n de la Vega 1495-1564: A preliminary look at lifeways in the Americas' first boom town"
Advisor: Charles Wood (LAS/Sociology)
Thesis: "Judicial reform and democratization: Means vs. ends in perceptions of legal change in Ecuador"
Advisor: Terry McCoy (LAS/Political Science)
Thesis: "Impact of remittances on business creation and sustainability in rural communities: A case study of
Ciudad Barrios, El Salvador"
Advisor: Charles Wood (LAS/Sociology)
Thesis: "The piqueteros and the dialectics of the desborde"
Advisor: Maria Coady (Teaching & Learning)
Thesis: "Limited English language proficiency and access to health care among US Latinos"
Doctoral Teaching Awards
The Center for Latin American Studies is pleased to announce the recipients of the spring 2009 and fall 2010 Latin American Studies Doctoral
Teaching Awards. The three awardees, all PhD candidates, will develop and teach an upper-level undergraduate interdisciplinary seminar (LAS 4935).
The winners and seminars are:
Maria DiGiano (SNRE) Rosana Resende (Anthropology)
Globalization and Development in Latin America Marias, Machos, and Jezebels: Exploring Gender in
Sean O'Neil (Religion)
Religion, Pluralism and Identity in Latin America
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2007-08 Grant Recipients
Congratulations to the following UF Latinamericanist graduate students who received financial support from outside funding agencies to support
their programs of study or their thesis/dissertation research! Overall, these students raised more than $500,000 to support their studies during
academic year 2007-08.
Ane Alencar (SFRC), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Simone Athayde (SNRE), Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Cientifico e Tecnol6gico (CNPq)
Carlos Bernal Pulido (Philosophy), Fulbright Program
Ricardo Brown (SNRE), Fulbright Program
Dave Buck (SNRE), National Science Foundation and Sigma Xi
Seth Bybee (Entomology), National Science Foundation
Amy Cox (Anthropology), Fulbright and National Science Foundation
Lemane Delva (Food Science), Fulbright Program
Maria DiGiano (SNRE), Inter-American Foundation and National Science Foundation
Ana Eleuterio (Botany), Coordenagao de Aperfeigoamento de Pessoal de Nivel Superior (CAPES)
Jack Forbes (Music), Fulbright-Hays Program
Lucas Fortini (SFRC), Environmental Protection Agency and National Science Foundation
Wendy Franco (Food Science), Fulbright Program
Mariano Gonzalez Roglich (SNRE), Fulbright Program
Allison Hopkins (Anthropology), National Science Foundation
Christie Klimas (SFRC), Agricultural Women's Club and Explorer's Club
Ava Lasseter (Anthropology), American Philosophical Society and National Science Foundation
Christine Lucas (WEC), Inter-American Foundation
Mason Mathews (SNRE), Inter-American Foundation
Paula Mejia (Botany), Schlumberger Foundation
Karen Pereira (Anthropology), Wenner-Gren Foundation
Winston Phulgence (Anthropology), Fulbright Program
Jeremy Radachowsky (SNRE), National Science Foundation and Environmental Protection Agency
Claudia Rivero (Spanish & Portuguese), Fulbright Program
Laura Schreeg (SNRE), Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and Organization for Tropical Studies
Claudia Segovia (Botany), Proyecto Paramo Andino
Jos6 Soto Shoender (WEC), Fulbright Program
Joe Townsend (SNRE), Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund
Joanna Tucker (SNRE), Environmental Protection Agency and International Palm Society
Arika Virapongse (SNRE), Phipps Conservatory and Botanic Gardens
Matthew Watson (Anthropology), National Science Foundation
Galo Zapata-Rios (WEC), Proyecto Paramo Andino
Vivian Zeidemann (SNRE), Phipps Conservatory and Botanic Gardens
Alexandra Anda (MALAS 2008) is pursuing a
law degree at the Universidad San Francisco de
Quito in Ecuador.
Kiran Asher (PhD Political Science 1998) is
Associate Professor of International
Development and Social Change at Clark
University in Worcester, MA. Her book entitled
Black and Green: Afro-Colombians,
Development, and Nature will be published by
Duke University Press in 2009. Kiran just
received a Fulbright Indo-American
Environmental Leadership award for three
months of research on environmental
conservation in India.
Robin Augello (MS Management 2005, MA
International Business 2006) is Supervisor of
Latin American Entertainment Sales
Operations for Turner Broadcasting System in
Marcos Avellan (BA Political Science 1995,
MALAS 1998) has worked with both Sears
Holdings Corporation and Target. Currently,
he is the Store Manager of the St. Petersburg
Sears store. He also serves as the Recruitment
Captain for Sears at UF. Marcos and his wife
are expecting their first child in April and they
live in Tampa, FL.
Juliana Azoubel (BFA Dance 2001, MALAS 2007)
is a dance professor at the Universidade Federal de
Parani in Brazil.
Thomas Brunton (MS FRE & LAS
Certificate/MBA 1994) is a software engineer
with Convergys and lives in Royse City, TX.
Avecita Chicch6n (PhD ,...I..Il.1.._- 1992) is
Latin American and Caribbean Program
Director for the Wildlife Conservation Society
in Bronx, NY.
Kirsten (Anderson) Clanton (BA Spanish 2001,
MALAS/JD 2005) is a staff attorney at
Southern Legal Counsel, a non-profit public
interest law firm, in Gainesville, FL.
Ed Johnson (MALAS/MBA 2006) is a Manager
for Corporate Strategy and Pricing and
Profitability Management at Deloitte
Consulting in Atlanta, GA.
Terri Kennedy (BA Journalism & LAS
Certificate 1977) is a Senior Executive
Producer for W3 Productions and WPN
Productions and lives in St. Petersburg, FL.
Robert Maguire (MALAS 1975) is Associate
Professor of International Affairs at Trinity
Washington University in Maryland. He
recently became a Senior Fellow in the
Jennings Randolph Fellowship Program of the
United States Institute of Peace and will spend
a sabbatical year working on a manuscript
tentatively entitled, "Allocating Resources for
Stability and Development in Transitional
Societies: The Case of Haiti."
George Martinez (MALAS 1976) is Director of
the Tampa Bay US Export Assistance Center.
Nick Rubio (BS Economics & LAS Minor 2004,
MALAS 2006) works in the Office of
Negotiation and Agreements of the Foreign
Agricultural Service in Washington, DC.
Ernesto Sagas (MALAS 1988, PhD Political
Science & LAS Certificate 1993) is an Associate
Professor of Ethnic Studies at Colorado State
University in Fort Collins, CO.
Joseph Scarpaci (PhD Geography & LAS
Certificate 1985) is a Professor at Virginia Tech
University and has been nominated to the
Editorial Board of Southeastern Geographer. He
served as a Fulbright Senior Scholar in Chile at
the Pontificia Universidad Cat6lica de Chile in
August 2008 and was awarded the 2008
Geography Scholar Award by the Virginia
Social Science Association.
Billy Shields (MALAS 2006, MA Mass
Communication 2007) is a writer for the Daily
Business Review and lives in Miami, FL.
H.A. Smith (MALAS 1997) is a social studies
teacher at Nease High School in St. John's
Veronica Sparks (MALAS 2004) is a Sales
Representative for Pearson Education and lives
in Zachary, LA.
Luis Suarez-lsaza (BA Political Science & LAS
Minor 2007) interned for the Western
Hemisphere team of the Institute for National
Strategic Studies at the National Defense
University after graduating from UF. He just
finished a joint MA (Euromasters) at the
University of Bath, Free University of Berlin
and Sciences Po Paris, and is working on a
thesis called "Contestation of the Norm of
Sovereignty: The 2008 Colombian Incursion
into Ecuador." In September, he started a
Masters in Public Policy at the Hertie School of
Governance in Berlin, Germany.
Kevin Sullivan (BA History & LAS Certificate
1975) owns Latam Medical which markets
medical equipment to Latin American
surgeons. He lives in Montclair, NJ.
Carlos de la Torre (BA Sociology 1983), Chair
of the Political Science Department at
FLACSO-Ecuador, was selected as a Woodrow
Wilson International Center Fellow for
2008-09. He is working on a research project
called "Andean Radical Populism: The Foe or
Essence of Democracy?" He recently co-edited,
with Steve Striffler, The Ecuador Reader:
History, Culture, Politics published by Duke
Lee Demetrius Walker (MALAS 1998, PhD
Political Science 2003) is Assistant Professor of
Political Science at the University of South
Carolina where he specializes in Latin
American politics, democratization, political
1,, 11i,...1..1.._ and survey research.
Orlando Fals Borda (PhD Sociology
1955), one of the most prolific writers
on Latin American social issues to
graduate from UF, passed away in his
native Colombia in August. Fals Borda
wrote extensively on land reform and
on the need for applied sociology to
treat subjects as participants in solving
problems. He was recognized as one of
the founders of Participatory Action
Research (PAR). Fals Borda founded
the Sociology Department and was
Professor Emeritus at the Universidad
Nacional de Colombia. He was the
recipient of many honors and awards,
including an honorary degree from
the Universidad Central de Venezuela,
the Bruna Kresky Human Rights
award, The Paul Hoffman United
Nations award, the Malinowski Award
of the Society for Applied
..Al.i..I.1..I -. and the LASA-Oxfam
America Martin Diskin Memorial
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Center Director Search
Carmen Diana Deere, Director of the Center since August 2004, will step down in June 2009 at the end of her five-year
appointment A search for Deere's replacement is currently underway. Both internal and external candidates are encouraged
to apply. An abbreviated position announcement follows. Consult http://jobs.ufl.edu for complete details.
The Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Florida (UF), one of the premier Centers in the US, seeks to
hire a Director with a broad vision, excellent communication and administrative skills, and a proven record combining
scholarship with program leadership and development.
The Center has a unique tradition of independence, and the Director reports directly to the Provost of the university. The
Center encompasses a diverse range of Latin American interests that are reflected in the work of 150 affiliated faculty
engaged in multi-disciplinary teaching, research and outreach programs spanning basic and applied scholarship in the
biophysical sciences, social sciences, humanities, languages, and arts.
The Director holds a tenured full professor appointment in an appropriate academic department at UE Administrative
responsibilities include program development and coordination, budgetary and personnel management, faculty recruitment,
liaison work with affiliated units within and outside the university, fundraising, and promoting international linkages.
The Director must have an earned doctorate or equivalent professional degree and demonstrate active involvement in the
field of Latin American Studies through a distinguished record of research, teaching and related scholarly activities. The
Director should also be able to communicate effectively with diverse constituencies in English as well as Spanish and/or
Portuguese, and show evidence of fundraising and administrative skills, including a strong commitment to participatory
The University of Florida has offered Latin American area and language courses since the 1890s. The Latin American
program was formed in the 1930s and renamed the Center for Latin American Studies in 1963. It was among the first
institutions in the country to be designated a National Resource Center by the US Department of Education (USDE). Today,
the Center is one of the top-ranked centers in the world. Students can choose from among 350 Latin American and
Caribbean area and language courses routinely offered by 50 departments at UF
The Center offers a Master's degree in Latin American Studies (MALAS), graduate and undergraduate certificates, an
undergraduate minor, a joint law degree, and an interdisciplinary graduate certificate and concentration in Tropical
Conservation and Development (TCD). There are specialized research and graduate training programs in such
interdisciplinary programs as TCD, Latin American Business Environment, and Crime, Law and Governance in the Americas,
as well as active programs in languages, arts and humanities. More information about the Center for Latin American Studies
can be found at: http://www.latam.ufl.edu.
Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae; a letter of application Ik ,i.!is experience, vision and qualifications related
to this position; and names and addresses of four references. Address correspondence to: Search Committee, Director of the
Center for Latin American Studies, c/o Robin Bielling, PO Box 113175, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611. The
search committee will begin reviewing applications
on February 1, 2009 and will continue to receive
applications until the position is filled. The
University of Florida is an Affirmative Action, Equal
Opportunity Employer and encourages applications
from women and minority group members. The
selection process will be conducted in accord with Center for International Business Education
the provisions of Florida's "Government in the & Research
Sunshine" and Public Records laws. Florida Museum of Natural History
Food and Resource Economics
Latin American Business Environment Program
Latin American Studies
MA in Latin American Studies
School of Forest Resources & Conservation
School of Natural Resources & Environment
Tropical Conservation & Development Program
Wildlife Ecology & Conservation
The Center for Latin American Studies would like to express its gratitude for the generosity of those who have responded to our
mailings and to the University of Florida Foundation's annual appeal. The donations go towards the Latin American Studies
Fund, the Alumni Graduate Student Travel Fund, or the new McCoy Latin American Travel Scholarship Fund. Gracias to the
;. .... ,' people:
Latin American Studies and Graduate Student Travel Donors
Lygia Sharkan Bellis
Mark & Deborah Kisker
Murdo & Shena MacLeod
McCoy Latin American Travel Scholarship Donors
Tara Boonstra & William Petty
William Boykin, Jr.
Julie & Joseph D'Amico
Kathleen Deagan & Lawrence Harris
Carmen Diana Deere
Christina Reid & Andrew Douglas
William & Lourdes Fullerton
James & Gayle Harrell
INCA Investments, LLC
Michael & Emilia Kenney
Greg & Rosa Moreland
Richard Phillips & Glenda Hodges
Stephen & Barbara Powell
Timothy & Valeria Power
Janet & Todd Romero
Helen Safa & John DuMoulin
Joseph & Gilda Machin Scarpaci
Philip & Victoria Condor Williams
Charles Wood & Elisa Maranzana
We are also grateful to the following for their
support of the Latin American Business Symposium:
Tallard Technologies, Inc.
INCA Investments, LLC
Kestrel Liner Agencies, LLC
HBO Latin America
US/Cuba Legal Forum
US Department of Education NRC Program
Center for International Business Education
& Research (CIBER)
Hough Program in Finance
Office of the Vice-President for Research
The Center for
Latin American Studies
would love to hear from its
If you have not already done so, please
complete our electronic Alumni
Update Form online at:
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Alumni Board Report
The fourth meeting of the Latin American Studies Alumni Board was held on November 8, 2008, with 16 members in attendance. It was decided
at the meeting that membership on the Alumni Board will be open not only to LAS alumni (graduate or undergraduate), but also to UF alumni
who have pursued a career in Latin America. The Alumni Board will continue to expand in size until the 80th anniversary conference in 2011 as a
means of involving more alumni with the Center. All those who join, as well as current board members, will be asked to participate in one of three
new standing committees. A decision will be made on the future size of the board at the 80th anniversary meeting.
Between now and 2011, the affairs of the Alumni Board will be handled by a Steering Committee consisting of a President, Vice-President,
Secretary, and Chairs of the standing committees. The standing committees are the: 1) Development Committee, which is charged with exploring
the feasibility of constituting a Corporate Advisory Board and/or a Society of interested Latinamericanists who are willing to support the Center; 2)
Program Committee, which is charged with organizing the program for the 80th Anniversary/60th Annual Center Conference in early 2011 and; 3)
Communications Committee, which will assist the Center in outreach efforts, including how better to publicize its programs and accomplishments.
We are delighted to announce that the following alumni have agreed to serve on the inaugural Steering Committee:
President: Stephen Walroth-Sadurni (BS/Certificate 1980, Miami)
Vice President: Steven Keats (BA/Certificate 1977, Miami)
Secretary: Robert Turkovic (PhD/Certificate 1981, Miami)
Development Committee Chair: Kathy Newman (BABS 1976, Miami)
Program Committee Chair: Joan Flocks (MALAS 1988; JD 1991, Gainesville)
Communications Committee Chair: Kirsten (Anderson) Clanton (MALAS/JD 2005, Gainesville)
Please contact Carmen Diana Deere, Center Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in joining the LAS Alumni Board and serving on one of
We rely on contributions from our friends and alumni to support certain special activities such as student travel to conferences
and seed support for larger fund-raising efforts.
If you would like to make a donation to the Center, please fill out the form below.
My gift is to benefit: Method of payment: ABZF
O The Latin American Studies Fund (011147) O Check Enclosed (Make check payable to: UF Foundation, Inc.)
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O McCoy Travel Scholarship Fund (014527) Card Card Number:
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Remember to enclose your company's MATCHING GIFT Credit Card billing address (if differentfrom one at left):
FORM! It can double or triple your gift!
Please return to:
University of Florida Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 14425, Gainesville, FL 32604-2425
Center for Latin American Studies
319 Grinter Hall
P.O. Box 115530
Gainesville, FL 32611-5530
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