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University of Florida Center for Latin American Studies I Volume 40, Number 1 I Spring 2009

Annual Conference

The Urban Divide

in Latin America

The Center for Latin American Studies' 58th Annual Conference
"The Urban Divide in Latin America: Strategies and
Challenges for Social Inclusion" was held in January 2009. This
multidisciplinary conference, co-sponsored by the UF College of
Design, Construction and Planning, provided scholars and
professionals an opportunity to share their research and experiences,
engage in dialogue to generate ideas, and
identify solutions to advance social inclusion
in Latin American cities. Conference
presentations covered such topics as spatial
and social equity, governance and political
representation, gender, poverty, urban design,
public space, housing and informal
settlements, land use policy and legislation,
urban crime and violence, and sustainability
and the environment. More than 30 cities in
ten Latin American countries were discussed
by the 120 participants. r Jaime Lerner,
A Dr. Jaime Lerner, Br.
Joseli Macedo (Urban & Regional Pl'..... ;"-i planner, opened the ann
and Martha Kohen (Architecture) served as
co-chairs of the conference. Additional sponsors included the UF
School of Architecture's Ivan H. Smith Eminent Chair Endowment,
the UF International Center, the UF Office of Research, and U.S.
Department of Education's Title VI National Resource Centers
program. The conference featured luncheon keynote lectures by Saskia
Sassen, the Lynd Professor of Sociology at Columbia University, and
Alan Gilbert, Professor of Geography at University College London.
Jaime Lerner, an architect and urban planner, delivered the opening
keynote address for the conference. Lerner served three terms as mayor
of the city of Curitiba, Brazil and two terms as Governor of the State
of Parana, Brazil. He is past president of the International Union of
Architects and is known worldwide for his work to improve the
livability of cities, with particular focus on sustainability and social
advancement. While in Florida, he interacted with UF architecture
students and met with city officials from Gainesville and Orlando.
During his keynote address, Lerner enlightened the audience with
his view of sustainability and shared his experiences as Curitiba's
mayor throughout the 1970s, 80s and 90s. Defining sustainability as

azilian a
ual con

"the aggregation of what you spend and what you waste," he provided
anecdotal stories and examples of how cities in both the developed
and developing world can achieve sustainability. Lerner pointed out
that any city, no matter what its economic conditions, can improve
quality of life as long as there is a viable strategy, political will,
solidarity, and determination to turn problems into solutions.
Many of the creative programs implemented in Curitiba under
Lerner's lead have made him an iconic figure within the urban
planning world. One such initiative is the city's integrated bus system.
He claimed that installing an underground metro system was too
cost-prohibitive, thus forcing the municipal authority to look for
alternative solutions. With its dedicated bus lanes, supportive land
uses and prepaid boarding platforms
(similar to subway platforms), the resulting
bus system now transports more than two

our mother in law. We have to have a good
relationship with her, but not let her dictate
our lives."
Lerner also discussed the importance of

a family portrait. He encouraged people to
architect and urban embrace what is unique about their
iference. hometown, even if it does not reach national
landmark status. He emphasized the need for
co-existence among differing incomes, ages, and backgrounds, so as to
promote solidarity and understanding between citizens sharing the
same urban space.
Finally, Lerner stressed the need for education, especially teaching
young people about sustainability. He claimed people will not change
unless they are presented with a better alternative. He pointed to the
success of the recycling education campaign in Curitiba: it is thought
that 70% of curitibanos now separate their garbage for recycling.
When asked how the strategies employed in Curitiba can be

need a huge budget to implement sustainability principles within their
development plans. But having a dynamic, visionary leader does not
hurt either.
-Contributed by Shani Kruljac, graduate student in Urban and
Regional Planning

inside: p Directr's

p3 Bacardi
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Q Faculty News Alumni News
p8 & Publications pI


Our third Latinamericanist faculty all-day retreat was held in late April with the
objective of assessing what we have accomplished over the past five years and
planning for the next Department of Education Title VI National Resource Center
competition, to take place in fall 2009. We also began planning for the Center's 80th
anniversary celebration, which will be held in conjunction with the Center's 60th annual
conference in spring 2011 (see p. 17).
In my "State of the Center" presentation at the retreat, I reviewed the main goals of
the strategic plan that we adopted in April 2005. We have made considerable progress
Dr. Carmen Diana Deere on most of these: enhancing faculty excellence in research and teaching; building
excellence in graduate education; enhancing undergraduate education; fostering inter-
and multi-disciplinary research and training; building institutional ties with Latin America and the Caribbean;
fostering a greater sense of community among Latinamericanists; augmenting the quality of facilities, infrastructure
and administrative support; and diversifying and expanding the Center's sources of revenues. While we have had
some disappointments, such as losing some of our joint hires and Center-based lines (due to resignations,
retirements and the budget cuts), our numbers continue to grow with at least 20 departments hiring
Latinamericanists over the past several years.
All of our LAS undergraduate and graduate programs were recently reviewed and by all indicators are quite
strong and nationally competitive. The resources available to graduate students, in particular, have increased
significantly through successful grantsmanship and fundraising efforts. This spring the Center awarded over
$600,000 in graduate student funding which included 29 summer field research grants, six summer language
fellowships, and 24 AY 2009-10 fellowships. This type of support is paying great dividends in terms of the
competitiveness of our students. In AY 2007-08, 33 Latinamericanist graduate students were awarded over $500,000
in external funding to support their programs of study or thesis/dissertation research.
Inter- and multidisciplinary research and training activities on Latin America and the Caribbean are flourishing
across campus. Since fall 2004 Center-based faculty have been PIs or co-PIs on UF grants worth $13.5 million; $5.9
million of this (including several grants by affiliate faculty) was administered by the Center.
While we have not met our Capital Campaign fundraising goals, annual gifts have increased steadily and many of
our activities are now self-supporting or partially supported through sponsorships. Moreover, a new endowed fund
will soon be established by Wanda and Charles Denny, in memory of Vivian G. Nolan, a long-time administrator at
the Center. Income from this fund will be designated for graduate fellowships for students studying indigenous
peoples and cultures.
The bulk of our discussions at the retreat focused on the activities that we might propose in our next Title VI
grant. Faculty were asked to come prepared with ideas in the general areas of curriculum development, linkages
with Latin America, faculty/graduate student working groups, and outreach to K-16, business, media and
government audiences. An incredibly rich and diverse set of themes were proposed and once we have systematized
these proposals, the list will be sent to faculty for further input.
This is the last Director's Corner that I will be authoring, since I am stepping down as Center Director on July 1,
2009. I will be on administrative leave, spending AY 2009-10 as a Visiting Scholar at FLACSO-Ecuador in Quito, one
of the Center's partner institutions. I will be carrying out a national-level study on gender and asset-based poverty
as part of a comparative study of Ecuador, Ghana and South India. I plan to return to UF in fall 2010 as a full-time
Center-based faculty member, in addition to being a more active member of the Food and Resource Economics
Department in IFAS. My thanks to all of you-faculty, staff, students and alumni-who have made these past five
years as Center Director so productive and rewarding.


Volume 40, Number 1
Spring 2009

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

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

Efriain Barradas (LAS/RLL)
Richmond Brown Associate Director,
Academic Programs
Emilio Bruna (LAS/WEC)
Tim Clark (LAS/Criminology)
Jonathan Dain (LAS/SNRE)
Karen Kainer (LAS/SFRC)
Ana Margheritis (LAS/Political Science)
Mary Risner Associate Director,
Outreach & LABE
Janet Bente Romero Associate Director of
Development, UFF
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)

Editor: Hannah Covert, LAS
Graphic Designer: Susan Duser, UF NAPA

3 Bacardi Eminent Scholar

4 Teodoro Petkoff Speaks

4 Cuba: Past, Present, Future
5 59th Annual Conference

6 Bacardi Lecture Interview

7 World Bank Project

8 Faculty News & Publications

12 FIPSE Student Exchange Programs

14 Student Grads, Funding, Awards

17 80th Anniversary Celebration

18 Alumni News

19 Thanks to Our Donors

TF Center for
UA Latin American Studies


Bacardi Eminent Scholar Lecture by Christopher Birkbeck

Crime as an Expression of Identity:

Observations from Latin America and the U.S.

Christopher Birkbeck, Reader in Criminology at the University
of Salford in the United Kingdom and Emeritus Professor of
Criminology at the Universidad de Los Andes in Venezuela,
was the Center for Latin American Studies' Bacardi Family Eminent
Scholar in Spring 2009. He delivered his Bacardi lecture, entitled "The
Matter of Crime as an Expression of Identity: Observations from Latin
America and the U.S.," to a large turnout at UF's J. Wayne Reitz Union
in late March.
Birkbeck opened his presentation with two newspaper reports. In the
first one, Matias Bragagnolo, a 16 year-old Argentinean youth, was
killed as a result of a group fight. The author of the editorial piece
covering Matias' death called for collective compassion and an
examination of the country's deep social inequalities. In the second
report, The New York Times featured an article detailing the deaths of
five New Orleans teenagers who were shot while in their car. Ray Nagin,
the mayor of a city still reeling from the effects of Hurricane Katrina,
vowed to do all he could to make his city safe. The New Orleans police
chief detailed plans for an increased police presence. While in both
countries the deaths of these young people were unequivocally received
as tragedies, the construction of the issues surrounding their deaths and
the identity of the commentators was vastly dissimilar.
Birkbeck's insightful presentation revealed the results of his research,
a comparative content analysis of newspaper texts from La Naci6n
(Argentina), El Universal (Mexico), The Los Angeles Times, and The New
York Times, to determine whether the matter of crime takes on a
different character in different regions and how these differences are
indicative of identity. Birkbeck focused on three dimensions of how the
issue of crime is framed: moral, empirical and pragmatic. He also
highlighted general tendencies of each region and the implications of
dealing with crime from each of these dimensions. [h I.. -, 1,. he called
upon a more multifaceted approach to deal with the crime problem
In the moral dimension, crime is addressed in terms of disrepute and
virtue. Identity is achieved by separating oneself from crime, which is
seen as acts committed by a growing number of social incorrigibles. The
empirical dimension focuses on characteristics and roots of crime, and
descriptive material about crime. The pragmatic dimension deals with
considerations on what is being done regarding crime, including general
strategies and tactical details.
According to Birkbeck, the Latin American texts in his sample tended
to be moralistic in their approach, highlighting the role of the moral
individual, conferring respectability and status on the commentator,
and employing an emotive and metaphoric style. These texts tended to

address the crime problem using broad, all-encompassing
generalizations. Crime in these texts became a vehicle to voice critiques
of social inequality. While this moral indignation was likely to elicit a
response, it created a sense of helplessness and fear by offering little in
terms of how to resolve crime.
The U.S. texts were usually structured around a central polemic and
tended to be more pragmatic. A greater percentage of the U.S. texts
were comprised of news features, and involved a larger number of
individuals, including experts and outside sources. This pragmatic
response typical in U.S. texts may address what is to be done, but
supersedes a discussion of underlying causes. With regards to the
empirical dimension, U.S. texts also featured a higher percentage of
texts with statistics on crime.
Birkbeck cautioned against his research being likened to crude
stereotyping and argued that in order to deal with crime, the moral,
empirical, and pragmatic dimensions should be addressed
simultaneously. His work adds a valuable insight into how crime is used
to shape identity in both the U.S. and Latin America. Only by
confronting and addressing this issue will Latin America and the U.S. be
able to overcome these deficits.
-Contributed by Hector Galvez, MALAS student

A Christopher birkbeck, 2UU0 Bacardl Family Eminent

SRN 2009O


Teodoro Petkoff Speaks on Venezuelan Politics

Venezuelan politician, journalist and
economist, Teodoro Petkoff, spoke on the
current political situation in Venezuela at UF
and FIU as the Distinguished Speaker for the
Title VI Florida Consortium for Latin
American and Caribbean Studies in March.
Petkoff founded the Movement towards
Socialism (MAS) political party in 1971 and
served as Minister of the Central Office of
Coordination and Planning in
the second government of
Rafael Caldera (1994-99). He
eventually left the MAS and
became a journalist, working
as director of El Mundo. Later,
he founded his own
newspaper, Tal Cual. Petkoff
was a member of the
Venezuelan Congress and ran 4
for President against Hugo
Chivez in 2006. Petkoff has
authored several political A Teodoro P
books, including The Two Lefts
(2005) in which he analyzed the resurgence of
left-wing politics in Latin America. He holds a
degree in Economics from the Central
University of Venezuela where he also served as
a professor.


At UF, Petkoff first discussed the political
upheaval of the 1990s, placing Hugo Chivez's
rise to power against the systematic crisis of the
political system of the time period. Petkoff
explained that the traditional political parties
collapsed under the economic crisis, allowing a
relatively unknown figure to come to
prominence. In particular, he pointed out that
Chivez was helped to power by the poverty
that occurred as a result of
the crisis.
During the lecture,
Petkoff was asked why the
opposition has been unable
beat Chivez in an election.
Petkoff, who is part of the
opposition movement,
criticized many opposition
politicians for their
Inability to propose a real
political program. He
koff. commented that many only
position themselves as
being anti-Chivez, which is not enough to win
the support of the lower classes, a group that
Chivez has empowered and from whom he
draws his support. Petkoff stressed that no
matter who governs after Chivez, the political

leadership of Venezuela must take traditionally
marginalized groups into consideration.
Petkoff does see hope for the opposition,
however, and remarked on the gains it has
made in the past few elections to around 50%
of the vote. The use of automated voting
machines has also allowed the opposition to be
more vigilant of attempts to rig the vote. More
than i,, l ..i.-. Petkoff sees it as important for
the opposition coalition to unite and follow
democratic methods to power. Petkoff himself
has given up his presidential ambitions and is
now focusing on rebuilding and uniting the
opposition to confront Chivez in the next
According to Petkoff, the most important
issue that Venezuela confronts, other than
Chivez, is how to develop without oil. If any
true fundamental change is to occur, the state
must learn to not rely on oil as its primary
source of income and development.
-Contributed by William Hummel, MALAS

Cuba: Past, Present and Future at the UF Smathers Libraries

The UF Libraries exhibited a selection of its
extensive collection of rare books and fine
Cuban imprints for two weeks in January. This
first-ever presentation by the Libraries featured
some 175 books, manuscript items, maps,
posters, objects and miscellanea spanning over
200 years of Cuban history and culture. The
materials offered glimpses and insights into
early European settlement, colonial tensions,
agriculture, slave life, efforts for national
identity, women's issues, race, popular culture,
and human rights. January 2009 marked the
50th anniversary of the Castro revolution in
Notable materials on exhibit were rare slave
"life insurance policies" from the 1850s,
recently purchased through the Center's
Manuel Pedro Gonzilez Endowment Fund.
Also on display were a signed copy (1891) of
Jose Marti's Versos sencillos, a note from then

U.S. Vice-President Richard Nixon
commenting on his meeting with Fidel Castro
in 1959, and a very fine, first edition (1550) of
Brevissima relacion de la destruycion de las
Indias by Las Casas.
Personal items and dramatic photos from
the papers of the late Neill Macaulay (Emeritus
History) lent stark
emotion to the exhibit.
A U.S. Army veteran
who fought with the
1959 Revolutionary
Army, Macaulay went
on to be an early critic
of the political turn of
the new regime, leaving
Cuba in 1960.
On January 11, a
panel featuring Jose
Alvirez (Emeritus FRE) A The UF Libraries

and Lisandro Perez, Professor of Sociology at
FIU, provided commentary on the lessons of
1959. Traditional Cuban food and music added
to the festivities.
-Contributed by Richard Phillips, Head
Librarian, Latin American Collection

exhibit on Cuba: Past, Present, and Future.


Homenaje a Andr6s Avellaneda

A celebration of Andres Avellaneda's (Emeritus Spanish & Portuguese
Studies) accomplishments in researching and teaching Latin American
literature was held in the UF Latin American Collection's Reference Room
in late March. After introductory comments by Geraldine Nichols (Spanish
& Portuguese Studies), Efrain Barradas (LAS/Spanish & Portuguese
Studies) entertained the gathering of about 60 of Avellaneda's colleagues,
students and friends with remarks on the recent book, Literatura, political y
sociedad: Construcciones de sentido en la Hispanoamnrica contempordnea,
published in honor of Avellaneda. Barradas also reflected on the late Alvaro
Felix Bolanos, former UF Professor of Spanish, who initially served as the
chief editor of the book project.
Saul Sosnowski, Professor of Spanish at the University of Maryland, was
the keynote speaker at the event. Sosnowski recalled years of collaboration
with Avellaneda, reading from personal correspondence, long-forgotten
exchanges, and a selection of his early writings. As the program drew to a
cose, Avellaneda spoke briefly of his joy at seeing his colleagues and
students. A signed copy of the book honoring Avellaneda will be placed in
the Rare Books Section of the UF George A. Smathers Libraries.
-Contributed by Richard Phillips, Head Librarian, Latin American

The 59th Annual Conference
on Latin American Studies & the
24th Gwendolen M. Carter Lectures
on Africa

Bridging Conservation and Development
in Latin America and Africa:
Changing Contexts, Changing Strategies

January 28-30, 2010

Latin American and African countries house some of the
planet's most diverse ecosystems, yet possess some of the
world's lowest standards of living. Expanding human
populations, widespread poverty, the complexity of tropical
ecosystems, and economies strongly dependent on natural
resources make these regions and their inhabitants particularly
sensitive to the inextricable linkages and tradeoffs between
conservation and development. Especially in these settings,
biodiversity conservation and sustainable development are
complex, and range from synergistic to conflicting efforts,
depending on how they are implemented.

The purpose of this conference is to bring together conservation
and development experiences from Africa and Latin America
to discuss and compare emerging trends, and stories of success
and failure. These exchanges will not only facilitate mutual
learning among the participants, but also serve as a foundation
to strengthen collaboration between the regions, and the
definition of long-lasting solutions to advance conservation
and economic development in its multiple dimensions. The
conference is co-sponsored by the UF Tropical Conservation
and Development Program in the Center for Latin American
Studies and the UF Center for African Studies. Registration
information and further details will be available soon at:

A Saul Sosnowski (University of Maryland), Andr6s Avellaneda (UF), and
Efrain Barradas (UF) speak atthe reception honoring Avellaneda.

UFAc gon m

Center for International Business Education
& Research
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


Bridging Conservation
and Development
in Latin America and Africa

SRN 2009O


Interview with 2009 Bacardi Family Eminent Scholar:

Christopher B irkbeck Dr. Christopher Birkbeck, a distinguished researcher in the field of comparative
criminology, held the Center for Latin American Studies' Bacardi Family Eminent
Scholar Chair during the spring 2009 semester. As the Bacardi Scholar, Birkbeck
taught a graduate seminar on Crime and Criminal Justice in Latin America and
delivered the annual Bacardi Lecture. The Latin Americanist interviewed Birkbeck
about his experience at the Center and his views on crime in Latin America.

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Focus on Research

Improving Statistics on Gender and Assets

in Latin America

Most studies of poverty in Latin America focus on "household"
poverty. If gender is introduced at all it is usually to
distinguish between male and female-headed households.
This has led to a heated debate in the literature on whether female
headed households are poorer and whether there is a tendency toward
the feminization of poverty. But is headship an adequate indicator for
the study of gender inequality and poverty? Many researchers find the
concept of headship and household-level measures of poverty
unsatisfactory since it reduces gender to the sex of the household head
and does not allow for analysis of the relative position of men and
women within households where adults of both sexes are present.
Moreover, what outcome best captures gender inequality? The
problems of measuring poverty as income, consumption or expenditure
deprivation are well documented. These measures of welfare provide a
snapshot of deprivation at a moment in time in reference to a poverty
line. They do not tell us much, however, about how households got into
or what they might do to get out of a situation of absolute or relative
poverty or about their vulnerability. For these reasons a growing number
of researchers are turning to an assets-based approach to the study of
poverty. The problem for gender analysis, however, is that until recently
individual-level data on asset ownership was rarely available.
In 2006, Carmen Diana Deere (LAS/FRE) and two other feminist
economists were commissioned by the World Bank's Gender Unit to
determine the extent to which existing household surveys collect data on
individual asset ownership and to propose measures to improve the
quality of data for gender analysis in the Living Standard Measurement
Surveys.' They found that while most household surveys ask for
information on household assets, few consider the fact that assets may be
individually owned. More data on individual ownership of assets was

available for Latin America than for other world regions. Of 167
household survey questionnaires reviewed for 23 Latin America and
Caribbean countries, 23 questionnaires for eleven countries asked for
information regarding the ownership and/or control of at least one asset
at the individual level.
The Latin American and Caribbean Poverty and Gender Unit of the
World Bank subsequently commissioned the UF Center for Latin
American Studies to process these data sets and construct baseline
indicators of gender inequality in asset ownership. A number of UF
graduate students worked with Deere on various aspects of this project,
including Laura Fonseca and Eleanor Lewis (MALAS), Gina Alvarado
and Zachary Catanzarite (Sociology), Jennifer Twyman and Maria Jose
Castillo (FRE), Laurel Hammond (Economics), and Brazilian visiting
doctoral candidates Doriam Borges and Ludmila Ribeiro.
The analysis revealed that homeownership was much more
widespread in Latin America than expected (67 to 77 percent of
households own their own home) and that women were between 27 to
50 percent of the homeowners in the ten countries with such data. In
contrast, the ownership of land was much more gender biased, with
women constituting only between 13 and 32 percent of the landowners
in the five countries where such data was available. Overall, the
distribution of asset ownership by gender within households is much
more equitable than a headship analysis would suggest. That is, had the
analysis of housing, land and business ownership been conducted in the
usual fashion based on the sex of the household head, gender inequality
in asset ownership would be overestimated.
Next year, Deere and doctoral student Jennifer Twyman (FRE) will be
carrying out a national-level household survey of gender and assets in
Ecuador, with a questionnaire designed specifically for this purpose.
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Improving Statistics on Gender... continued from page 7

Doctoral student Gina Alvarado (Sociology) will be analyzing
the three data sets available for Nicaragua to deepen the analysis of
how women's ownership of assets reduces a household's
vulnerability to poverty.

1 Doss, Cheryl R., Caren Grown, and Carmen Diana Deere.
Gender and Asset Ownership: A Guide to C(ll1, tring
Individual-Level Data. Policy Research Working Paper WPS
4704. Washington, D.C.: The World Bank, 2008.

2 Deere, Carmen Diana, Gina E. Alvarado and Jennifer
Twyman, "Poverty, Headship and Gender Inequality in
Asset Ownership in Latin America," paper prepared for
delivery at the 2009 Congress of the Latin American Studies
Association, Rio de Janeiro, June 11-14, 2009.

A UF's Latinamericanist faculty gathered in April tor a retreatto
plan for the Center's upcoming Department of Education Title VI
National Resource Center proposal.

Faculty News and Publications

SFlorence Babb (Women's Studies) Neither in
the Closet nor on the Balcony: Private Lives
and Public Activism in Nicaragua. In E. Lewin
and W. Leap, eds., Out in Public: Reinventing
Lesbian/Gay. At ,ri .. -' !.... in a Globalizing
World. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell, 2009;
Feminismo, identidad, diaspora: Un
comentario sobre las pricticas transnacionales,
in the art exhibition catalog for Cara(a)cara/
Face2face, Miami, FL: Centro Cultural Espanol.

* Kenneth Broadway (Music) served as
consultant and adjudicator for the Music USA
Steelfest, a steel pan competition featuring
groups from throughout the eastern U.S., in
Orlando in March 2009. The UF Steel Pan
Ensemble, the Sunshine Steelers, also
performed at the event. He was invited to
perform with a steel band that presented at the
Florida Music Educators Association
Conference in Tampa in January 2009.

*Emilio Bruna (LAS/WEC) was awarded a
three-year UF Research Foundation
Professorship. These competitive professorships
are awarded to tenured faculty who have a
distinguished record of research. He also
received a Fulbright Fellowship to spend fall

2009 at the Universidade Federal de Uberlandia
in Minas Gerais, Brazil. While in Brazil he will
work with collaborators on projects
investigating the dynamics of savanna plant

EHannah Covert (LAS) chaired a panel on
"Historical Perspectives on Latin American
Studies Programs at U.S. Universities" at the
Title VI 50th Anniversary Conference in
Washington, DC in March. Publications:
Review of World Class Worldwide: Transforming
Research Universities in Asia and Latin America,
P. Altbach & R. Balin, eds. The Americas, 65(3)
2009: 437-439; Review of Minority Student
Retention, A. Seidman, ed. Florida Journal of
Educational Administration & Policy, 2(1) 2008:

ECarmen Diana Deere (LAS/FRE) presented
her research on gender inequality in asset
ownership in Latin America at seminars at The
World Bank and American University in
February. She, along with co-PIs at American
University, Yale University, the University of
Ghana, and the Indian Institute of
Management in Bangalore, have received a
three-year, $1.3 million grant from the Dutch

government as part of its Millennium Goal
3-Gender Equality program for a comparative
study of gender and asset-based poverty. She
also chaired a panel on "Innovative Approaches
to Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate
Training in Latin American Studies" at the Title
VI 50th Anniversary Conference in
Washington, DC in March. As part of the
panel, Tim Clark (LAS/Criminology) presented
on the Center's Crime, Law and Governance
program, Mary Risner (LAS) presented LABE,
and Hannah Covert (LAS) discussed TCD.

SDavid Geggus (History) presented the paper
"The Haitian Revolution in Atlantic
Perspective" at the Atlantic World, 1450-1820
Conference in Baltimore in November 2008.
Publications: The World of the Haitian
Revolution (with N. Fiering). Bloomington:
Indiana University Press, 2009; Saint
Domingue on the Eve of the Haitian
Revolution. In D. Geggus and N. Fiering, eds.,
The World of the Haitian Revolution.
Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2009;
Toussaint Louverture. In J. Kinsbruner, ed.,
Encyclopedia of Latin American History and
Culture, 2nd ed. Detroit: Thomson-Gale, 2008.

Faculty News and Publications continued on page 9


Faculty News and Publications continued from page 8

EAlfonso Flores-Lagunes (FRE) delivered a
paper on "Nonparametric Partial and Point
Identification of Net or Direct Causal Effects"
in November 2008 at the Annual Joint Meeting
of the Latin American and Caribbean
Economic Association and the Latin American
Econometric Society in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

EClarence Gravlee ( i.i1l... I...1.._- ) delivered
an invited paper on i till". and
Measurement of Race in Health Research:
Lessons from Hypertension in the African
Diaspora" at the Genes, Race, Ethnicity, and the
Environment Symposium at the Center for
Multicultural and Community Affairs at
Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York
in November 2008. Publications: How Race
Becomes Biology: Embodiment of Social
Inequality. American Journal of Physical
i,. ../'i....-... I, 139(1) 2009: 47-57; Moving
Beyond a Snapshot to Understand Changes in
the Well-Being of Native Amazonians: Panel
Evidence (2002-2006) from Bolivia (with R.
Godoy, V. Reyes-Garcia, T. Huanca. W.
Leonard, and T. McDade). Current
. '.,,...;..i .... ,i i, 50 2009.

ETace Hedrick (English/Women's Studies)
delivered an invited lecture on "Race, 'Spice'
and Latinas" at the Florida Hispanic-Latino
Collegiate Forum in March 2009.

MBerta Hernandez (Law) and Tom Ankersen
(Law) received a grant from the U.S. State
Department to assist in developing a regional
environmental law diploma for Central
America, under the CAFTA-DR environment
program. The three-year program will be
administered by Georgia State University and
includes faculty with regional expertise from
throughout the U.S. Berta will develop the
human environmental rights pedagogy, while
Tom will introduce the participating law
schools to clinical environmental law education
and bring faculty representatives from each
participating country to UF's Costa Rica
Environmental Law program.

SPaul Losch (Latin American Collection)
presented the paper "The Development of
Latin American Studies at the University of
Florida, 1930-2009" at the Title VI 50th
Anniversary Conference in Washington, DC in
March. Publication: The 1939 Visit of Gabriela


Mistral. El Escribano: St. Augustine Journal of
History, 45 2008: 124-143.

EMaxine Margolis (Emerita,..Al.. ...1..
was named a fellow in the American Academy
of Arts and Sciences.

ETony Mata (Theatre & Dance) directed an
Off-Broadway production of Cena para Dos at
the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre while on
sabbatical in spring 2008. The production won
four Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors
(HOLA) Awards, including Outstanding
Achievement in a Dramatic Production, and
five Association of Latin Entertainment Critics
of New York (ACE) Awards, including Best

ETerry McCoy (Emeritus LAS) The Gulf of
Mexico Region as a Transnational Community.
In J. Cato, ed., Gulf of Mexico Origin, Water,
and Biota: Ocean and Coastal Economy. College
Station: Texas A&M University Press, 2009.

ESusan Milbrath (FLMNH) delivered the
paper "Portals and Passageways to the
UI.. I .... 1.1 at the Symposium on Sex, Caves,
and Cosmic Monsters: Papers in Honor of
Andrea Stone at the Annual Meeting of the
Society for American Archaeology in
Vancouver, British Columbia in March 2008.
She also delivered an invited paper on "La
Identidad Etnica en la Arquitectura de Estilo
Renacimiento en Mayapin" at the Mesa
Redonda de Palenque, Arqueologia, imagen y
texto: Homenaje a Ian Graham in Chiapas,
Mexico in November 2008. Publications: Effigy
Censers of the Chen Mul Modeled Ceramic
System and their Implications for Late
Postclassic Maya Interregional Interaction
(with J. Aimers, C.P. Lope, and L.F. Folan).
Mexicon, XXX(5) 2008: 104-112; Review of
Twin Tollans: Chichen Itzd, Tula and the
Epiclassic to Early Postclassic Mesoamerican
World by J.K Kowalski & C. Kristan-Graham.
Journal of Field Archaeology, 33 2008: 284-291.

SM ichael M oseley i ..1l.,.. I- .1.._ )
Environmental Change and Economic
Development in Coastal Peru between 5,800
and 3,600 Years Ago (with D. Sandweiss, R.S.
Solis, D. Keefer and C. Ortloff). Proceedings of
the National Academy of Sciences, 106(5) 2009:

EJeffrey Needell (History) has received a
Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Fellowship to
conduct research on the abolitionist movement
in Rio in the 1880s. He presented "Brazilian
Abolitionism, Its Historiography, and the Uses
of Political History" at the Boston Area Latin
American History Workshop and the Brazil
Studies Program at Harvard University in
Boston in February. He also presented "Racial
Perceptions in the Era of Brazilian
Abolitionism (1870-1888)" at the American
Historical Association/Conference on Latin
American History Annual Meeting in New
York in January. He delivered "The Lost Way:
Political History and the Historiography of
Brazilian Abolitionism" at the United States
Military Academy, West Point in September

MAugusto Oyuela-Caycedo i( .i.1..i...1.._ )
delivered an invited paper on "Repensando la
participaci6n comunitaria en las fronteras del
conservacionismo: El desarrollo sustentable, la
universidad, las ONGs y el estado en la
Amazonia" at the Ethnologisch
Altamerikanistisches Kolloquium hosted by the
Institute fir Altamerikanistik und Etnhologie at
Universitat Bonn in Germany in November
2008. He also delivered the invited paper
"Templos, miscaras y danzas: La reproducci6n
de espacios sagrados entire los Tairona-Kigaba/
Kogi de la Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta,
Colombia" at the Societe des Americanistes de
Belgique in April 2008. He taught a field course
in the Tamshiyacu-Tahuayo Reserve in Peru
called "Areas Protegidas: Participaci6n
comunitaria y sustentabilidad" for the Masters
degree in Planning and Management of
Protected Areas at the Universidad Nacional de
la Amazonia Peruana in summer 2008. This
course was taught in conjunction with TCD's
Amazon Conservation Leadership Initiative
(ACLI). Publications: Amazonian Dark Earth:
A Model of Sustainable Agriculture of the Past
and Future? (with N. Kawa). The International
Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic
and Social Sustainability, 4(3) 2008: 9-16.

Faculty News and Publications continued on page 10

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Faculty News and Publications continued from pag.
ECharles Perrone (Spanish & Portuguese
Studies) presented the paper "Of Anthologies
and Antennae: Brazilian Poetry toward the
Turn of the Millennium" at the Modern
Language Association meeting San Francisco in
December 2008. The paper "Counting
Anthropophagic Scripts: Textual Navigations
and Oswaldian Prescience" was presented at the
Annual Meeting of the Brazilian Studies
Association in New Orleans in March 2008. He
was an invited panelist at "Literatura Brasileira:
Mapeamentos" for an international symposium
at Institute Cultural Itau in Sao Paulo, Brazil in
December 2008. He delivered an invited paper
on "Icons and Scions: Transamerican Aesthetics
Across Three Centuries" at Georgetown
University in Washington, DC in January.
Publications: Tr&s s6culos, Tres Americas:
Irmandades 6picas e imperatives hemisf6ricos.
Revista Via Atlantica, 11 2009: 153-6; Bons
tons diversos versos: Antonio Carlos Jobim,
parceiros e a po6tica da bossa nova. Letterature
d'America, 29(119) 2009: 5-25; The Imperative
of Invention: Brazilian Concrete Poetry,
Intersemiotic Creation, and Poesia concrete e
tropicalismo were reprinted in Swedish in OEI,
39-41 2009; translations of current Brazilian
poets and original work were published in
Dirty Goat, 20 2009.

*Stephen Perz (Sociology) delivered an
invited paper on "The Complexities of
Highway Paving in the Southwestern Amazon:
Implications for Social-Ecological Resilience
and the Politics of Rapid Change in Frontiers
Experiencing Integration" at the Center for
Iberian and Latin American Studies at the

Affiliate Faculty
Agricultural & Biological
Rafael Munioz-Carpena
(Central & South America)

Claudia Romero (South America)

Jacqueline Miller (Mexico,

University of California at San Diego in
February. He also delivered an invited paper on
"Infrastructure Change, Human Agency, and
Resilience in Social-Ecological Systems: The
Case of Southwestern Amazonia" at the
University of Wisconsin-Madison in April
2008. He presented the paper "Mudancas em
infraestrutura, acao humana, e resilibncia
socioecol6gica" (with L. Araujo Carvalho, V.
Passos, K. Rocha, and M. Silveira) at the
conference of the Sociedade Brasileira de
Economia, Administracao e Sociologia Rural in
Rio Branco, Acre in July 2008.

EHugh Popenoe (Emeritus Soil and Water
Sciences) was awarded the Society for
Economic Botany's Charles B. Heiser Mentor
Award for "substantially impacting the training
and professional development of economic
botany and ethnobotany students."

MMary Risner (LAS) presented "Get Your
Students Talking! Connecting World Languages
and Web 2.0" at the Florida Educational
Technology Conference in January. She also
presented "The Fulbright-Hays Project:
Integrating Technology and Authentic
Materials in the Spanish Classroom" at the
Southeast Association for Language Learning
|T, I..... .._- ..,i il Conference on Language
Teaching in March.

MHelen Safa (Emerita LAS) Igualdad en
diferencia: Genero y ciudadania entire los
indigenas y afrodescendientes. In M. Prieto, ed.,
Mujeres y Escenarios Ciudadanos. Ecuador:
FLACSO, 2008.

Scott Robinson (Peru, Brazil,

Christopher Birkbeck (England)
Bacardi Family Eminent Scholar

Wagner Guzman (Peru)
Moore Visiting Fellow

EMarianne Schmink (i ,. o.,11 .i.. ... _-) was
inducted into the UF Academy of
Distinguished Teaching Scholars. The Academy
honors faculty with exceptional teaching and
scholarship. She delivered an invited paper on
"Alternativas ao fogo para pequenos produtores
na Amazonia" at the Institute for the
Environment in Acre, Brazil in March. She
presented the paper "Bridging Academic
Training and Local Action in the Amazon
Basin: UF's Tropical Conservation and
Development Program" at the Society for
Appliedi, l..! ...1.. .- Annual Meeting in
Santa Fe, NM in March. The paper was part of
two panels called "Partnerships for
Conservation and Sustainable Development in
the Amazon Region: The University of Florida's
Tropical Conservation and Development
Program," with Schmink also serving as

A Marianne Schmink (LAS) and UF President
Bernard Machen atthe UFAcademy of
Distinguished Teaching Scholars ceremony.

EMark Thurner (History) received a
Fulbright Fellowship to conduct research on
history and memory in postcolonial Peru in
spring and summer 2009. He is based at the
National University of San Marcos in Lima.

*Barbara Zsembik (Sociology) received the
2008 William R. Jones Outstanding Mentor
Award from the McKnight Doctoral
Fellowship program. The McKnight Doctoral
Fellowship program, funded by the Florida
Education Fund, is designed to increase the
number of African Americans and Latinos
who receive Ph.D.s in crucial disciplines in
which they have been historically


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Recent Faculty Books

A Philip Williams, Timothy Steigenga & Manuel VAsquez (eds.) Rutgers University Press, 2009
A Place to Be: Brazilian, Guatemalan and Mexican Immigrants in Florida's New Destinations
This book explores migration dynamics and community settlement among Brazilian, Guatemalan, and Mexican immigrants in
America's New South. It adopts a fresh perspective to explore patterns of settlement in Florida, including the outlying areas of
Miami and beyond. The contributors from Latin America and the U.S. address the challenges faced by Latino immigrants, their
cultural and religious practices, as well as the strategies used, as they move into areas experiencing recent large-scale

A Marianne Schmink & Mancio Lima Cordeiro Editora Universitaria, UFPA, 2008
Rio Branco: A Cidade da Florestania
Floristania is a neologism that expresses the notion of citizenship with a "forest face." It is a term created in Acre, Brazil, a state
that, despite its forests and rubber tappers, has its population concentrated in the capital of Rio Branco. To understand the rapid
transformation of Rio Branco due to migration from rural areas to the capital, the authors carried out exhaustive surveys of the
o. is demography, economy, and quality of life of Rio Branco's inhabitants in five year intervals from 1989 to 2004. The data from these
surveys captures the socio-economic trends of the capital before and after the paving of BR 364 and in the initial moments of the
state politics of the Government of the Forest.

A Carmen Diana Deere & Frederick S. Royce (eds.) University Press of Florida, 2009
Rural Social Movements in Latin America: Organizing for Sustainable Livelihoods
All across Latin America, ordinary people are organizing in support of broadly distinct but interrelated issues. Fair trade,
agrarian reform, mining, the rights of landless workers, sustainable development, women's rights, and immigration issues are In lallH America
the focus of a large number of social movements found in countries such as Bolivia, Colombia, Mexico, Nicaragua, Brazil, and
Peru. This volume highlights the central role these movements play in opposition to the neoliberal model of development and
analyzes the similarities-notably the struggle for sustainable livelihoods-as well as the difference among these various
peasant, indigenous, and rural women's movements. This book is the result of the Center's 2006 Annual Conference on the
rural social movements in Latin America.

LAS Course Development Grants

Five LAS faculty members received Latin American Studies Course Development Grants to develop new courses with
100% Latin American content. Funding was provided by the Center's Title VI National Resource Center grant from the
U.S. Department of Education. The grantees and the courses are as follows:

Lance Gravlee (Anthropology) Health and Health Policy in Latin America
Benjamin Hebblethwaite (World Languages & Cultures) Introduction to Haitain Voudou
Ana Margheritis (LAS/Political Science) Transnational Political Perspectives on South American Out-Migration
Welson Tremura (LAS/Music) Brazilian Music: Politics and Social Change
Fred Royce (Agricultural & Biological Engineering) Agrarian Reform and Rural Development in Venezuela


FIPSE Student Exchange Programs with Brazil

U F is home to five grants from the U.S.
Brazil Higher Education Consortia
Program funded by the Fund for the
Improvement of Post-Secondary Education
(FIPSE) at the U.S. Department of Education.
The program, jointly administered by FIPSE
and the Brazilian Ministry of Education,
provides grants for up to four years to
consortia of academic institutions from Brazil
and the U.S. The grants foster student and
faculty exchange within the context of bilateral
curricular development. Four of the five UF
grants focus on natural resource management,
while the fifth deals with urban sustainability.
All of the PIs for these grants are affiliate
faculty of the Center for Latin American
Through the various FIPSE grants at UF,
undergraduate and graduate students who are
interested in natural resource management or
urban sustainability issues can enroll at a
Brazilian university as exchange students for a
semester while paying UF tuition and fees.

Students receive stipends to cover living
expenses while in Brazil and can also
receive stipends for studying intensive
Portuguese. The Brazilian universities are
located throughout the country in
southern, central, and northeastern Brazil,
as well as in the Amazon. Shorter programs
of study are available at some of the
Brazilian universities. The Water Resources
and Watershed Management program,
managed by Rafael Munoz-Carpena
(Agricultural & Biological Engineering),
offers a July term program in Brazil in
addition to the full semester program. An
equal number of students from the
Brazilian partner institutions will study at
UF as exchange students. During the spring
2009 semester, there were six Brazilian
exchange students on campus as part of the
Energy, Environment and Sustainable
Development program.
Students who are interested in applying to
participate in a FIPSE exchange should contact

the faculty manager of the program that
interests them and consult the UF Study
Abroad Services web site (http://www.abroad.

Forest and Soil Ecosystem Services
Faculty Manager: Walter Bowen, IFAS International Programs
U.S. Partner: University of Georgia
Brazilian Partners: Universidade Federal de Vigosa and
Universidade Federal do Parana

Energy, Environment, and Sustainable Development
Faculty Manager: Emilio Bruna, LAS/WEC
U.S. Partner: Washington and Lee University
Brazilian Partners: Universidade Federal do Amazonas and
Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro

Climate Impacts on Agricultural and Water Resources
Faculty Manager: Clyde Fraisse, Agricultural and Biological
U.S. Partner: Texas Tech University
Brazilian Partners: Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul
and Universidade Federal do Part

Water Resources and Watershed Management
Faculty Manager: Rafael Mufoz-Carpena, Agricultural and
Biological Engineering
U.S. Partner: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Brazilian Partners: Universidade Federal de Espirito Santo and
Universidade Federal Santa Maria

Urban Sustainability and the Built Environment
Faculty Manager: Joseli Macedo, Urban and Regional Planning
U.S. Partner: University of Cincinnati
Brazilian Partners: Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro and
Universidade Federal do Parana



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May 2009 G RAD U A T E S
Undergraduate LAS Minors & Certificates
David Altman, History/Political Science Kayla Palacios, Spanish
Danielle Calin, Portuguese Rodrigo Parra-Ferro, Marketing
Lorey Campese, Political Science Michael Pedron, Political Science
Emmanuel Clervius, History Anthony Piferrer, Political Science
Lewis Curtwright, Spanish/Portuguese Brian Readout, Accounting
Jared Gars, History/Political Science/Economics Carol Reyes, Journalism
Gloria Gil-Bustamante, Economics Davier Rodriguez, Sociology
Caycee Hampton, History Kyle Savino, Advertising
Lindsay Hebert, Anthropology Priscilla Tavares, Psychology
Daniela Hogue, Political Science Greyzer Torrico, Political Science
Ross Marshman, Political Science Paola Urrea, Political Science
Gabriela Martinez, Marketing David Washington, Anthropology
Sissy Oliver, Political Science Jennifer Wolfe, Spanish
Collin Outerbridge, Political Science Ezequiel Zylberberg, Anthropology/Religion
Melanie Padua-Castro, Psychology

MALAS Degrees

Alison Boelter
Advisor: Terry McCoy (LAS/Political Science)
Thesis: "NAFTA and Foreign Investment in Mexico: The Case of Monterrey"
Devin Dotson
Advisor: Susan Jacobson (WEC)
Thesis: "A Content Analysis of Conservative and Liberal Coverage of Climate Change in Santiago, Chile"
Laura Fonseca
Advisor: Charles Wood (LAS/Sociology)
Thesis: "Conditional Cash Payments in Brazil: The View from Below"
Aimee Green
Advisor: Carmen Diana Deere (LAS/FRE)
Thesis: "Empowerment through Cultural Practices: Women in Capoeira"
Stefanie Hoehn
Advisor: Brijesh Thapa (Tourism, Recreation & Sports Management)
Thesis: "Conservation and Sustainable Use of Marine Resources in Kuna Yala, Panama"
Elizabeth Smith
Advisor: Juan Carlos Molleda (Public Relations)
Thesis: "Natura Cosmeticos: Contrasting Views of a Brazilian Make-Up Company through Textual Analysis"



Graduate Certificates
Alicia Peon Arceo, Anthropology

Student Funding

2009 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 Latin America during summer 2009. Funding of these awards was made possible by the TCD Ford
Foundation/State endowment, the A. Curtis Wilgus Fellowship endowment, the Boonstra Family Research Fellowship endowment, the William
Carter 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.

Gina Alvarado (PhD Sociology) Nicaragua
Trent Blare (MS FRE) Ecuador
Pedro Constantino (MS SNRE) Brazil
Karen Coutts (PhD Anthropology) Peru
Joseph Feldman (MA Anthropology) Peru
Gabriel Ferraz (PhD Music) Brazil
Johnny Frias (MA Music) Cuba
Maria Gabriela Hernandez (MFA Graphic Design)
Costa Rica
William Hummel (MALAS) U.S.
Eleanor Lewis (MALAS) Nicaragua
Meredith Main (MALAS) Ecuador

Denyse Mello (PhD SNRE) Brazil
Mario Mighty (MA Geography) Jamaica
Steven Minegar (MALAS) Brazil
Odyscea Moghimi-Kian (MALAS) Colombia
Leonardo Pacheco (MALAS) Brazil
Danny Pinedo (MA Anthropology) Peru
Jonathan Scholl (PhD History) Bolivia
Isaac Shearn (MA Anthropology) Dominica
Marlene Soriano (MS SFRC) Bolivia
Stella Tippin (MALAS) Peru
Jennifer Twyman (PhD FRE) Ecuador
Ernane Vieira-Neto (PhD WEC) Brazil

2009 Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship Recipients
The following UF students received U.S. Department of Education Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships from the Center for Latin
American Studies.

Summer 2009
William Fischer (History) Quichua
Camee Maddox (Anthropology) Haitian Creole
Steven Minegar (MALAS) Portuguese
Tim Podkul (Anthropology) Quechua
Dawn Ward (SNRE) Yucatec Maya
Erin Zavitz (History) Haitian Creole

Academic Year 2009-10
Kiristen Bright (Anthropology) Portuguese
Casey Dowd (MALAS) Portuguese
Erica Felker-Kantor (MALAS) Haitian Creole
Clay Giese (MALAS) Portuguese
Steven Minegar (MALAS) Portuguese
Andrew Tarter (Anthropology) Haitian Creole
Alisa Woofter (MALAS) Portuguese
Erin Zavitz (History) Haitian Creole

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Brazilian Music Institute
T he 9th annual Brazilian Music Institute (BMI), under the direction of Welson Tremura (LAS/Music), had another successful session in summer
2009. The BMI brings outstanding Brazilian musicians for an intensive week of instruction with musicians residing in the U.S. This year's BMI
provided a unique opportunity to study guitar with Cecilia Siqueira and Fernando Lima of Duo Siqueira Lima and Brazilian vocal technique with
UF's own Welson Tremura. The institute featured guitar and voice workshops and daily rehearsals. The BMI was co-sponsored by the Center for
Latin American Studies (with support from its U.S. Department of Education National Resource Center grant), the UF Center for World Arts, the UF
School of Music, UF Student Government, and Santa Fe College.

Jacare Brazil's Acoustic Concert

Jacare Brazil's spring concert, featuring four distinct ensembles and repertoires, was enjoyed
by a full house at the UF Baughman Center in late February. The Brazilian guitar quartet,
the instrumental choro ensemble (guitar, cavaquinho, flute, mandolin, accordion, bassoon,
and percussion), the vocal ensemble, and the cello ensemble explored Brazilian music from
diverse perspectives. Traditional and non-traditional repertoires were performed, showing the A Jacar6 Cantores perform at the spring concert.
possibilities of combining various musical instruments. Jacare Brazil is co directed by Welson
Tremura (LAS/Music) and Larry Crook (Music). The ensemble's singers and instrumentalists
consist of faculty and students from the School of Music and other campus units as well as from
the local community. There were close to 30 performers in the spring concert which was co
sponsored by the School of Music, the Center for Latin American Studies, the Center for World
Arts, and UF Student Government.

A Juan Cendan, VVelson Iremura (LAS/IVusic),
Silvio dos Santos (Music), and Dan McCoy play
with the Jacar6 Violao ensemble.


Congratulations to the following Latinamericanist
undergraduate and graduate students who have
recently received awards or grants.
Kiristen Bright (MA Anthropology) received a
BRASA Initiation Scholarship to support thesis
research in Brazil.
Andrea Ferreira (MALAS) received the UF Calvin
A. VanderWerf Award in recognition of her
excellent performance as a Teaching Assistant for
Nicholas Kawa (PhD Anthropology) received a
Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research
Abroad grant for fieldwork in Brazil.
Sarah Kearnan (PhD History) received a Fulbright
Scholarship for fieldwork in Brazil.
Tom Podkul (PhD Anthropology) received an NSF
Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant for
fieldwork in Bolivia.

The following undergraduate students were part of
UF's University Scholars Program and worked one-
on-one with a faculty member on research projects
related to Latin American Studies or Latino Studies.

Laura Almeida (Art History)
Aaron Croft (Anthropology)
Jared Gars (Political Science/History/Economics)
Sarah McNamara (History/Spanish)
Michael Tudeen (Health Education & Behavior)
Ezequiel Zylberberg (Anthropology/Religion)


Field Research Clinic and Poster Competition

Approximately 35 graduate students
received field research grants in 2008
from the Center for Latin American Studies to
carry out fieldwork in Latin America and the
Caribbean. The grants sponsored research in
13 countries by students from nine different
UF departments. In an effort to disseminate
the results of such a broad and rich group of
studies, the Center convened the annual Field
Research Clinic (FRC) in February 2009. This
year's event attracted more than 100 faculty and
students from a broad variety of units across
The FRC is designed to bring public focus to
UF graduate student research in Latin America.
The first half of the clinic consisted of a peer
learning workshop dealing with the fieldwork
experience, while the second half featured the
research poster session. The clinic was designed
and run by graduate students from LAS 6291
Facilitation Skills, taught by Jon Dain (LAS).
The grand prize for best research poster
was awarded to Masters student Laura Kowler
(SNRE) for her poster, "Collective Action
for Sustainable Forest Management in the

A Matt Trokan (MALAS) and Devin Dotson
(MALAS) speak at the Field Research Clinic.

Peruvian Amazon Basin." Laura's adviser is
Mickie Swisher (Family, Youth & Community
Sciences). Posters were evaluated by Ignacio
Porzecanski (SNRE), Paul Losch (LA
Collection), and Christopher Birkbeck (LAS
Bacardi Family Eminent Scholar).
The FRC is one of several graduate student
support activities sponsored by the Center over
the course of the academic year. These events
serve to enhance the learning and professional
preparation of LAS students.

109 Poster Competition
Grand Prize
Collective Action for Sustainable Forest
Management in the Peruvian Amazon Basin
Laura Kowler, SNRE

2nd Prize Masters Level
Modeling the Effects of Climate Change on
Small Farmer Households in Brazil
Ricardo Mello, MALAS

2nd Prize PhD Level
Impact of Coffee Farming Practices on
Native Bee Pollination Services in Costa Rica
Laura Avila, SNRE

3rd Prize Masters Level
Participatory Research for Sustainable
Harvests in Amazonian Flood Forests
Marina Londres, SFRC

Honorable Mention Masters Level
Integrating Galapagos Visitors into
Conservation and Community-Based
Jenny Basantes, SNRE

80th Anniversary Celebration and 60th Annual Conference

Spring 2011

The Center for Latin American Studies' 80th Anniversary Celebration will be held in conjunction with its 60th
Annual Conference in spring 2011 on the UF campus. Tentatively entitled "The Contribution of UF to the Field of
Latin American Studies and Latin American Development," the conference will include panel presentations,
roundtables, receptions and other events focusing on the many contributions and accomplishments of the
Center's faculty, staff, and alumni over the past 80 years. Proposed topics include the history of the Center; the
work of emeritus faculty members, major scholarly figures in the Center's history, and/or distinguished alumni
scholars; experiences of UF alumni serving as current or former U.S. ambassadors to Latin America; immigration
issues; Latin American history; business in Latin America; and alumni careers dealing with Latin America. An
exhibit of antique Latin American and Caribbean maps, as well as cultural events are also planned.
The conference planning committee is co-chaired by Carmen Diana Deere (LAS) and Joan Flocks (CGR/Law), a
MALAS alumna and current faculty affiliate who serves as chair of the LAS Alumni Board's Program Committee.
It is not too early to begin thinking about the activities or topics that you might like to see included in this gala
conference. We welcome alumni, faculty and student volunteers for the planning committee! Contact Carmen
Diana Deere (deere@latam.ufl.edu) or Joan Flocks (flocks@law.ufl.edu) if you are interested in getting involved.

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Jessica Bachay (MALAS 2007) is a Program
Assistant with Microfinance Opportunities in
Washington, DC.

Rebecca Mills Caballero (MALAS 2002 & JD
2005) recently left the Refugee Immigration
Project at Jacksonville Area Legal Aid in order
to establish her own practice in the areas of
immigration and family law in Jacksonville, FL.

Meredith Fensom (JD 2003 & MALAS 2004)
has joined Allen F. Johnson & Associates (AFJ),
a business and policy consulting and
commercial services firm based in Washington,
DC. The firm works with trade, particularly
agricultural trade, with a presence in Latin
America through offices and associates.

Evan "Skee" George (JD 2003 & MALAS 2004)
opened an immigration and nationality law
practice in Gainesville specializing in
deportation defense, political asylum, family
and employment based visas, naturalization,
and criminal immigration issues.

In Memoriam

James Diego Hay (PhD ,...i.i..i 1. _- .
1993), a native of Colorado, died in
April 2009. Beginning in 1974 as an
agricultural extension volunteer,
Diego had a long career with the Peace
Corps and with other development
agencies. He eventually became Peace
Corps Country Director in Paraguay,
the country where he had served as a
volunteer. In more recent years, Diego
oversaw agricultural development
programs in Iraq and Afghanistan
using his skills as an applied
anthropologist. His dissertation was
published as a book, Tobati: Tradici6n
y cambio en un pueblo paraguayo, in
1999. Diego will be sorely missed by
friends and colleagues.

Valerio Gomes (MALAS 2001 & PhD Geography
2009) will start a position in the Ministry of
Environment for the state government of Acre,

Deborah Hooker (MALAS 1999) is a program
officer at the U.S. Department of State. She
returned from Mozambique in 2008 where she
spent two years working at the U.S. embassy.
Currently, she covers Brazil and the Southern
Cone countries for the Bureau of International
Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs.

Doralba Muiioz (T. 1I .,,..1...._ & LAS
Certificate 1974) earned an MPH after leaving
UF and spent most of her career in public ser-
vice in Massachusetts. She is currently
Executive Director of UnionPositiva, a Miami-
based NGO focused on health issues of Latin
American refugees and Latinos.

Jorge R. Piiion (BS Economics & LAS
Certificate 1975) has had a 30 year career in the
energy sector. He has been President and CEO
of Transworld Oil USA, president of Amoco
Corporate Development Company Latin
America, president of Amoco Oil de Mexico
and president of Amoco Oil Latin America,
based in Mexico City. After the merger
between Amoco and BP, he managed BP
Europe's western Mediterranean petroleum
supply and logistics operations out of Madrid.

Kirsten Anderson Clanton (BA Spanish & LAS
Certificate 2001; MALAS/JD 2005) is a staff
attorney at Southern Legal Counsel, Inc., a
non-profit public interest law firm located in
Gainesville, where she litigates on behalf of a
diverse group of clients who otherwise would
not have access to the justice system. She was
admitted to the Florida Bar in 2005, and is
admitted to practice before the Eleventh
Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. District
Courts for the Southern, Middle and Northern
Districts of Florida. Kirsten serves on the
Executive Council of the Public Interest Law
Section of the Florida Bar, and is vice-chair of
the Committee on Homelessness. She is also
vice-president of the Gainesville Chapter of
the National Lawyers Guild and has been an
active organizer of the chapter's Street Law
project, providing presentations on legal rights
to community groups. Kirsten is an inaugural
member of the UF Center for Latin American
Studies' Alumni Board, and serves on the
steering committee and as chair of the
communications committee. She is also the

He retired from BP in 2003 and is currently an
international energy consultant, as well as a
fellow at the University of Miami's Center for
Hemispheric Policy where he focuses on energy
and alternative fuels. He is also an advisor and
a member of the Cuba task forces at The
Brookings Institution and The Council of the

Wendy Pond (MALAS 2006) recently left her
position at the Organization of American
States to join the U.S. federal government as an
International Programs Analyst for the U.S.
Office of Government Ethics in Washington,

Ana Puentes (MALAS 2004) works as a
Program Specialist for the Montgomery
County Department of Environmental
Protection in Maryland.

Santiago Ruiz (PhD,.. I, .....1..- 2008) has
accepted a lecturer position in the Department
of Sociology and,.,l i..!...1.._- at the
Universidad de Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras.

Luisa Varona Granados (BS Telecom-
munications 1990) is Executive Producer of
NBCUNI/mun2 where she focuses on pro-
gramming for young Latinos. She would wel-
come student input on popular culture.

Event Chair for the 2009 Southwest Gainesville
Relay for Life, a fundraiser for the American
Cancer Society. Kirsten received an
Outstanding Young Alumni Award from the
UF Alumni Association in spring 2009. This
award recognizes alumni who are 35 years of
age or younger and who have distinguished
themselves in their profession and community.
The Center was pleased to nominate Kirsten
for this distinction.

A Carmen Diana Deere (Director, LAS), Kirsten
Anderson Clanton (MALAS/JD 2005), and Robert
Jerry (Dean, Levin College of Law) at the
Outstanding Young Alumni Awards ceremony.


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 McCoy Latin American Travel Scholarship Fund. Gracias to
the ;..;l i.., people:

Christopher Baker
Ellen Barclay
Margaret Boonstra
Jay Brickman
Charles &Wanda Denny
Michael & Maria Handelsman
William Harris
Steven Keats
Murdo & Shena MacLeod
Omar Monteagudo
Richard &Wanda Oberdorfer
Jaime Parra & Yvette Vallecillo-Parra
Kersten Reitz
Hugh Schoolman & Francilene Diniz
Jorge Uquillas
Eric Wagner

It is not too late to honor Dr. Terry McCoy's Retirement
by sending your contribution to the McCoy Travel Fund
with the form below. Help us reach our target of
endowing this fund at the minimum $30,000 level. The
fund will assist UF students to participate in short-term
study abroad programs in Latin America such as
those organized by Dr. McCoy throughout his career.

McCoy Travel Scholarship Donors

Ellen Barclay
Guardian Life Insurance
Steven Keats
David Salisbury
Amy Woodell

We rely on contributions from our friends and alumni to support certain special activities such as student travel to conferences
and seed support for largerfund-raising efforts.

If you would like to make a donation to the Center, please fill out the form below.

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