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University of Florida Center for Latin American Studies I Volume 41, Number 1 I Spring 2010

Annual Conference

Bridging Conservation and Development in

Latin America and Africa

The Center for Latin American Studies collaborated with the
Center for African Studies through the joint organization of an
international conference entitled "Bridging Conservation and
Development in Latin America and Africa: Changing Contexts,
Changing Strategies" hosted at UF in late January 2010. The conference
brought together scholars and practitioners from Europe, Africa, and
North and South America. Over 200 people from 45 different
institutions attended the three-day event.
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. The search
for strategies to advance societal well-being without
imperiling natural resources has stimulated the
emergence of diverse approaches to the
conservation-development dilemma. The contrasting
cultural, ecological, and institutional characteristics
of African and Latin American realities have led to a
range of development and conservation experiments
at diverse scales, providing rich opportunities for
analysis, comparison, and learning. Bridging (
The conference consisted of three sessions, and D
focusing on the changing contexts and the changing
S in Latin Amc
strategies of conservation and development in Latin
America and Africa and on training and capacity-building. The first
session highlighted and compared the driving forces that influence
nature conservation and sustainable development. Presenters stressed
the multi-scalar challenges of governing and financing conservation
and development projects in today's globalized political economy. They
also recognized that these initiatives take place in rapidly changing
ecological and socioeconomic environments affected by climate change,
soil fertility, water scarcity, poverty, inequality, and diseases.
The second session centered on innovative responses by different
stakeholders to address the drivers and challenges identified above.


These strategies illustrated rights-based approaches that focus on
decentralized institutions and social justice, as well as market-based
approaches to generate market values and incentives for sustainable
natural resource use, such as payments for environmental services or
green certification. Furthermore, presenters discussed the
opportunities and challenges of multi-scale landscape management
and cross-sectoral partnerships. Examples were drawn from the
Congo Basin Forest Partnership, the links between land-use changes
in Brazil and global climate change, the Initiative for Conservation in
the Andean Amazon, the collaborative agreement between BirdLife
International and Rio Tinto mining company, and community-based
butterfly farming in Tanzania.
The third session was a roundtable discussion to
share experiences on educational initiatives for
diverse stakeholders, ranging from indigenous
youth to graduate students and young
professionals in the U.S. and abroad. These
presenters stressed the importance of
strengthening local capacity, maintaining cultural
heritage, building on international collaboration,
and bridging between academics and practitioners.
Examples were drawn from the Institute de
Pesquisas Ecol6gicas in Brazil, the Aang Serian
school in Tanzania, the Universidad Intercultural
servation Maya in Mexico, the Conservation Leadership
S Program, the American Museum of Natural
p- History, and the Center's Tropical Conservation
a and Africa
and Development (TCD) program.
Overall, the conference included 24 presentations in plenary
sessions and small group discussions. These exchanges facilitated
mutual learning among the participants, but also served as a
foundation to strengthen collaboration between the regions and define
long-lasting solutions to advance conservation and economic
development. Building on the dynamic discussions from the
conference, the organizers will edit a special issue of the open-access
journal Ecology and Society to share the emerging lessons and themes
with a broad audience.
Annual Conference continued on page 3

inside: p2 Director's

3John c8 Faculty News
J- Coatsworth & Publications

p 1 8 Alumni News
& Notes



The spring semester began with the tragic news of the massive earthquake that
shook Haiti on January 12. Many of UF's Haitian and Haitian American students were
among the tens of thousands across the country desperately trying to locate loved
ones in their devastated homeland. UF faculty, students and alumni responded to the
Tragedy in a number of ways. Club Creole and other student organizations joined
forces to create Gators United for Haiti, with a goal of raising $50,000 for the relief
effort. Several MALAS alumni have played prominent roles in the recovery efforts. Lt.
Gen. Ken Keen (MALAS 1986) (see p. 17) headed up the U.S. Southern Command's
disaster relief operations in the immediate aftermath of the earthquake. At the height
Dr. Philip Williams of the mission's initial response, more than 20,000 U.S. troops, 15 ships and 58
aircraft were in Haiti to help. Billy Shields (MALAS 2006) was one of the first print
reporters with significant Haiti expertise to document conditions on the ground, including the border region
between Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Evan "Skee" George (MALAS 2004), an immigration attorney in
Gainesville, provided pro-bono legal assistance to Haitians eligible for Temporary Protected Status. Robert
Maguire (MALAS 1975), an Associate Professor of International Affairs at Trinity University and an
internationally recognized expert on Haiti, was invited to the Rose Garden to meet with Presidents Obama
and Preval.
Many UF faculty have been deeply involved in recovery efforts and look to play a prominent role in Haiti's
reconstruction and development. Michael Perri, Dean of the UF College of Public Health and Health
Professions, headed up a UF medical and public health team that spent eight days providing emergency
medical relief to Haitian people from a small facility near Port-au-Prince. Gerald Murray, a professor of
Anthropology, has been called on by many relief organizations because of his extensive experience in Haiti.
He just returned after spending a month in Haiti and the Dominican Republic, where he assisted Save the
Children in its humanitarian efforts in several border towns and villages. Florence Sergile (MALAS 1990) is the
Faculty Coordinator for the Haiti Project based at UF's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS). The
project is involved in ongoing development projects focused on agriculture, water management, and
irrigation technology. Finally, given the increasing demand for Haitian Creole language training, Ben
Hebblethwaite, an assistant professor in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, will be
offering a new course in the fall entitled "Haitian Creole for Disaster Relief."
Much of my time this past semester was taken up with preparing the Center's Title VI funding proposal to
the Department of Education. The Title VI program provides support for National Resource Centers (NRCs) in
area studies and Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships. The process of preparing such a
comprehensive grant proposal was an exhausting one (just ask our Executive Director Hannah Covert!), and
yet, the experience also afforded me a unique opportunity to appreciate the impressive breadth and depth of
our Latin American Studies resources across campus. Despite the economic retrenchment at public
universities across the country, Latin American Studies is thriving atthe University of Florida. Looking ahead,
the Center plans to: 1) develop new study abroad opportunities, including a new Haitian Language and
Culture program; 2) expand language and area studies offerings by providing faculty with course
development grants; 3) support the creation of new Center-based interdisciplinary working groups and
strengthen international linkages, particularly with the University of Havana and the Fundacao Getulio Vargas;
and 4) improve the scope and accessibility of the outreach program, through an annual summer teacher
training institute, expanded curriculum materials available in DVD or online, and the development of public
radio spots on Latin American themes.


Volume 41, Number 1
Spring 2010

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

Center-Based Faculty & Professional Staff

Philip Williams, Director
Hannah Covert, Executive Director

Efrain Barradas (LAS/Spanish &
Richmond Brown, Associate Director,
Academic Programs
Emilio Bruna (LAS/WEC)
Jonathan Dain (LAS/SNRE)
Carmen Diana Deere (LAS/FRE)
Aimee Green, Program Coordinator
Karen Kainer (LAS/SFRC)
Ana Margheritis (LAS/Political Science)
Mary Risner, Associate Director, Outreach
Janet Bente Romero, Associate Director, of
Development, UFF
Patricia Delam6nica Sampaio, TCD
Program Coordinator
Marianne Schmink (LAS/Anthropology)
J. Richard Stepp (LAS/Anthropology)
Welson Tremura (LAS/Music)
Pilar Useche (LAS/FRE)
Charles Wood (LAS/Sociology)

Editor: Hannah Covert, LAS
Graphic Designer: Susan Duser, University
Relations, Creative Services

3 John Coatsworth Lecture

4 Robin Moore & Dina Krauskopf Lectures

5 Film Posters, Jacare Brazil
6 2011 Annual Conference

7 Ford Foundation Grant

8 Faculty News & Publications

10 Faculty Books

11 Linkages

12 Outreach News
13 Student News
15 Field Research Grants

17 Alumni Profile, Lt. Gen. Ken Keen
18 Alumni News
19 Donors

F Center for
UA Latin American Studies


John Coatsworth:

Latin America and the United States- A New Era?

John Coatsworth, President of the Latin American Studies
Association and Dean of the School of International and Public
Affairs at Columbia University, delivered a lecture on the future of
U.S.-Latin American relations at UF in late March. His visit was co
sponsored by UF's Phi Beta Kappa chapter, the UF History Department,
and the Center for Latin American Studies.
Coatsworth began his presentation by discussing some of the main
trends in international affairs that may influence the future relationship
between the U.S. and Latin America. He argued that global power is
shifting, spelling the end of 500 years of dominance by Western powers.
He saw a greater role for the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and
China) in the future of world affairs and the inexorable, accelerating
decline of the U.S. as a superpower. This power shift is caused by the
growing interdependence of the global economy, the reduction in the
percentage of the world's GDP produced in the U.S., and the fact that
many countries in the developing world are growing faster than the U.S.
Coatsworth described how U.S. dominance had, in the past, allowed
its leaders to pursue whatever
foreign policies they pleased
without economic implications.
This is no longer the case.
Policy options have narrowed as
a result of the globalization of
the U.S. economy and the
impact of climate change. For
example, the unilateralism and
the use of military force during
the Bush era damaged U.S.
interests and relations around
the globe. The long term
interests of the U.S. and the rest
of the world are, Coatsworth A John Coatsworth, Dean, School of
claimed, more closely aligned International & Public Affairs, Columbia
than ever before. University.
Latin America remains a region where the U.S. has great power and
many friends. Coatsworth explained that relations between the two
regions could prove a useful starting point for dealing with some of
these global issues. For the U.S., the three main priorities for Latin
American policy are to preserve peace, raise living standards, and
promote human rights and democratic institutions. Coatsworth outlined
four main steps for the development of a new era in U.S. Latin
American relations.
First, the U.S. needs to overcome the historical legacy of unilateralism
and intervention that keeps institutions weak and instead strengthen
international legal and judicial institutions. Well-defined costs should be
established and enforced for noncompliance with these bodies. Second,

the U.S. should commit itself to human development in Latin America
by increasing the amount and effectiveness of its development assistance.
Third, he argued for the establishment of a "more sensible and human
immigration policy" with Mexico. This would involve opening the
borders to promote the freer flow of workers from NAFTA partners and
other Western Hemisphere partners. Finally, the U.S. should abandon the
War on Drugs for a War on Arms Trafficking. He claimed that the U.S.
should devote more attention to the demand side of the drug trade and
consider decriminalization of drug use and the establishment of better
treatment programs.
To conclude the lecture, Coatsworth discussed the Obama
administration's record on Latin American relations to date, arguing that
the record is mixed and the achievements few. He said that Obama made
a promising start with his speech to the OAS in Trinidad shortly after
taking office and his willingness to engage in talks with Cuba and
Venezuela. However, the bungled response to the Honduran coup, the
delay in appointing an ambassador to Brazil, and the recent
deterioration in relations with Cuba have led to doubts about whether
Obama represents a genuine break with former U.S. foreign policy in the
region. There has been little progress towards comprehensive
immigration reform and, he believed, it will be some time before the
debate on drugs becomes "constructive":
-Contributed by Ellie Sintjago, MALAS student

Annual Conference continued from front cover
A highlight of the conference was a banquet held in honor of
Marianne Schmink (LAS) who is stepping down as Director of
the TCD program at the end of spring 2010. Schmink was
instrumental in helping to found TCD nearly 30 years ago and
has been its Director since 1996. Today, TCD is the Center's
oldest, most unique and successful research and training
program. Over the years, it has grown and innovated by
bridging disciplines, continents and approaches in training over
400 conservation and development professionals worldwide.
This conference was the 59th Annual Conference of the
Center for Latin American Studies and the 26th Annual Center
for African Studies Gwendolen M. Carter Lectures. It was
organized by TCD faculty and students, with additional support
from a Mellon-LASA (Latin American Studies Association)
Seminars grant, the UF International Center, the UF Office of
Research, and the U.S. Department of Education's Title VI
National Resource Center Program.
-Contributed by J.G. Collomb, recent graduate of the
doctoral program in Interdisciplinary Ecology and a TCD

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Ethnomusicologist's Lecture Provides Insight into

Cuban Revolution

Feet tapped and heads swayed to Afro-Cuban beats as the intimate
setting of the UF Friends of Music Room filled with students and
professors in early February. The standing-room only crowd was there to
hear Robin Moore, Associate Professor .I i I i........ ....I.. at the
University of Texas at Austin, lecture about the life of Cuban musician
Pedro Izquierdo and the role of music, race and religion during the early
years of the Cuban Revolution. Moore's research focuses on music in
relation to nationalism, race, and socialist art aesthetics.
Moore's lecture, jointly hosted by the UF School of Music and Center
for Latin American
Studies, began with an
overview of the Cuban
Revolution. Moore
explained how
historians still have
varied outlooks on the
effects of the
revolution on its
people. The
presentation's focus
on musician Pedro
Izquierdo, a raspy
voiced Afro Cuban,

gave insight to the impact that race had on revolutionary Cuba. Moore,
currently the editor of the Latin American Music Review, explained how
windows of opportunity for Afro-Cubans expanded after the revolution.
Afro-Cuban cultural prominence was brought forth in the government's
attempt against a racist society, and because the government did not
want an international mindset to enter Cuban ideals.
"Pello el Afrokin," as Izquierdo was nicknamed, was the creator of the
musical rhythm known as mozambique. An elaboration of rhythms
performed on a wide variety of percussion instruments, mozambique
pushed the envelope for an interracial society. Izquierdo was said to have
walked the beaches of Cuba asking girls of all different shapes and colors
to dance on the stage during his performances. Some of Izquierdo's
songs like "Mama Loya E" and "La Pille" were stylized versions of
folkloric neo-African religious music. Indeed, Afro-Cuban folklore,
included in Izquierdo's repertory, often includes religious themes, even
though the government did not encourage religious belief. The
government did, however, want to encourage Afro-Cuban folkloric
The decline of Izquierdo's musical career happened as the Cuban state
decided it wanted to support music more closely linked to its political
agenda. Since Izquierdo was "manipulated into stardom by the Cuban
ideals," he was taken out of the spotlight just as easily, said Moore.
-Contributed by Jocelyn Lemus, UF Journalism major

4 Robin Moore, Associate Professor, University of Texas at Austin.

Dina Krauskopf Speaks on Latin American Youth

Dina Krauskopf of the Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias
Sociales (FLACSO) in Santiago, Chile visited UF and FIU as the
Distinguished Speaker for the Title VI Consortium for Latin American
and Caribbean Studies in March. She lectured on "Changing Identities
among Latin America's Youth." Krauskopf provided insight on the field
that has been her focus as a researcher and adviser to many of the
region's governments.
Social changes in recent years have altered the lives of youth in Latin
America and throughout the world. For instance, globalization and
modernity have brought an end to the homogeneity of the roles of
youths in society and established individualism as a social requirement.
As life expectancies have increased, the duration of what is considered
"youth" has also been extended. Meanwhile, indications of youth have
become increasingly valued by older adults. This "juvenilization" of
adult society signifies that adults and young people are rapidly becoming
Technological advances are responsible for many of the changes in the
identities of today's youth, said Krauskopf. The advent of cell phones
and the internet has enabled people in even the most remote outposts to
connect with others throughout the world. Online social networks not

only permit friends to keep in constant contact, but also allow the
leaders of student movements to easily mobilize thousands of like
minded individuals. Though technology brings increased inclusion,
social exclusion remains a feature of today's society. Often faced with the
culture of death in Latin America's barrios, youth see "the distance
between living and dying" shorten at a time when young people are
giving greater importance to the present.
Political process in Latin America has increased dramatically since
1990. In addition to secondary and university student movements,
political parties have integrated youth groups into their organizational
structure. Governments have also started to engage youth as political
actors. In Costa Rica, the Assembly of Young People's Councils reviews
local youth policies and works with government officials to develop
projects. In Peru, new laws require a "youth tithe," meaning that ten
percent of all municipal posts must be occupied by people between 15
and 30 years of age. Throughout the region, Latin America's young
people are continuing to increase their visibility and influence in today's
changing world.
-Contributed by David Harmel, MALAS student


Dedication of Mexican and

Cuban Film Poster Collection ARTS


A Jim Liversidge, Curator of Popular Culture atthe UF Libraries, Efrain '. l
Barradas, Professor of Spanish/LAS, and Richard Phillips, Head Librarian of
the Latin American Collection, atthe poster dedication.

T he dedication of the Efrain Barradas Collection of Mexican and Cuban
Film Posters took place on January 22 at the UF Smathers Libraries. -- 1
The collection was given by Ram6n Figueroa, Associate Professor of .J
Spanish at Millsaps College in Mississippi, in honor of his friend and ""'1
mentor Efrain Barradas, UF Professor of Spanish and Latin American
Studies. The collection consists of 378 film posters, lobby cards and window
cards from 1939 to 2007. Mexico and Cuba are the main focus, but items
produced in Puerto Rico, Belgium, Italy, Poland and the U.S. are also A Posters from the collection were on display at th
represented. A guide to the collection is available at:
http://web.uflib.ufl.edu/spec/belknap/barradas.htm. Many of the posters
have been digitized through the Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC): http://dloc.com/ufdc/? dloc&m hitfilmposters.

Jacare Brazil's

Spring Concert

acar6 Brazil's spring concert featuring chamber music was held in
early March at UF's Harn Museum of Art. Led by Larry Crook
(Music) and Welson Tremura (LAS/Music), the concert featured
Jacare Brazil's unique ability to explore the music of Brazil from
various musical perspectives. Five distinct ensembles and repertoires
performed: the choro ensemble (guitar, cavaquinho, flute, clarinet,
mandolin, accordion, bassoon, and pandeiro), the Brazilian guitar
quartet, the vocal ensemble, and special guests -the UF Chamber
Singers and Cellorando (cello ensemble). The concert explored
traditional and non-traditional repertoires combining various
musical instruments. Each ensemble provided a fresh view of A The Jacar6 Brazil vocal ensemble performs atthe spri
musical encounters of popular and classical musical forms.

e dedication

e dedication.

ng concert.

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2011 will mark 80 years since UF President John J. Tigert created the first program in the United States
to focus on US-Latin American relations, the Institute for Inter-American Affairs predecessor of the UF
Center for Latin American Studies. Next year will also be the Center's 60th annual conference, a fitting
occasion to assess the contributions by faculty, students, and alumni to the field of Latin American Studies
and Latin American development. The objective of the 2011 conference is to envision how the Center can
move forward in the 21st century while building on its rich legacy.

We invite alumni, current and former faculty, students, and others who have been affiliated with the UF
Center for Latin American Studies to join us for this celebration of achievements and moment of reflection.
The conference will include symposia on Latin American Business and Latin American History; panels
recognizing influential former faculty, Center Directors, and alumni; sessions focusing on substantive topics
such as Latin American communities in the southeast; and a Latin American career workshop for students.
A series of ongoing activities is planned and will include artifact and architecture exhibits, documentary
screenings, and student research posters. A Gala Reception, sponsored by the Latin American Studies
Center Alumni Board, will be an opportunity for conference attendees to reconnect with old friends and
network with new ones.

Ways to Get Involved
* Loan visual material (documentaries, photographs, art, or artifacts) suitable for public exhibition.
Contact the conference co-chairs listed below.

Share your Latin American related career experience with students at the Career Workshop. Contact
LAS Associate Director Mary Risner (MALAS 2001) at mrisner@latam.ufl.edu.

Volunteer to assist with or donate to the Gala Reception on Friday, March 25th. Contact LAS Alumni
Board President Stephen Walroth-Sadurni (BS/Certificate 1980) at walroth.s@wsmt-intlaw.com.

Donate items for the silent fundraiser auction, to be held during the Gala Reception. Items can include
Latin American handicrafts, art, books published by alumni or faculty, or other material with a Latin
American theme. Contact LAS Program Coordinator Aimee Green (MALAS 2009) at
agreen@latam.ufl.edu to make arrangements.

Check the Center's webpage, www.latam.ufl.edu, in coming months for information on local
arrangements for the conference, the draft program, and other announcements.

Help with outreach by contacting your former UF LAS classmates and colleagues to let them know
about the conference.

Conference Co-Chairs
Carmen Diana Deere: deere@ufl.edu Joan Flocks (MALAS 1988, JD 1991): flocks@law.ufl.edu
Professor, UF Center for Latin American Studies Chair of Program Committee, LAS Alumni Board



UF Latin American Studies, 2008-2009
The following data was compiled for the Center's March 2010 grant proposal to the US Department of Education
Title VI National Resource Center program.
) 163 Latinamericanist faculty members
) 13,043 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in 283 LAS classes
) 4,076 students enrolled in 214 Spanish, Portuguese and Haitian Creole classes
) 510 students graduated with 15 credit hours in LAS
) 61 students completed the LAS undergraduate minor or certificate
) 20 students completed the LAS graduate certificate or MALAS
) 69 students completed theses or dissertations on a LAS theme
S216 LAS graduate students received financial support Facts
S35 LAS faculty received professional development support Figures
) 57 books were published by LAS faculty since 2004-05
) 131 international linkage agreements in 21 LAC countries
) 309 students studied abroad in 10 LAC countries
) 123 LAS outreach events with an audience of 14,913
) LAS library collection of over 507,000 volumes

Jan. 21 Truth, Truth Commissions, Memory, and Testimonio in Argentina. Rachel May,
Director, USF Institute for the Study of Latin America and the Caribbean
Feb. 12 Terror in the Land of Holy Spirit: Guatemala, 1982-1983. Virginia Garrard Burnett,
Associate Professor, History, University of Texas at Austin
Feb. 25 Latinos and Higher Education. Luis Ponjuan, Assistant Professor, UF College of
Oct. 1 5 Cosmology and Worldview at Mexico's Last Maya Capital: Evidence from Monumental
Art and Architecture. Susan Milbrath, Curator, Florida Museum of Natural History
Mar. 18 The Renewal of Latin American Political Identity or How Arturo Belano Became a
Stalinist. Adolfo Cacheiro, Associate Professor, Wayne State College
Apr. 1 Defying Displacement: Grassroots Resistance and the Critique of Development. Tony
Oliver-Smith, Professor Emeritus, UF Department of Anthropology

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Focus on Research

Center Receives New Grant from Ford Foundation

Focused on Immigration

n the last two decades, the U.S. South has undergone major socio
economic and demographic changes. The emergence of global
technological and financial centers such as Atlanta, Charlotte, and
Raleigh, the rapid expansion of the service economy, and the
reconfiguration of the agricultural and meatpacking industries have
been accompanied by increasing immigration, particularly from Latin
America. According to the 2000 census, seven of the ten states showing
the fastest rates of Latino growth in the nation are located in the South,
with North Carolina, Arkansas, and Georgia leading the way with growth
rates of 394%, 337%, and 300% respectively.
The sudden and sizable influx of Latin American immigrants to a
region that does not have a longstanding history of immigration has
often generated tensions at the local and state levels. Indeed, in the
absence of immigration reform at the national level, many communities
have passed laws and ordinances seeking to limit undocumented
immigrants' access to public assistance, housing, driver's licenses, and
jobs. Often these measures are predicated on a lack of understanding of
the complex conditions that have spurred the process of immigration

Faculty News and Publications

and tend to reproduce prejudices against all Latinos, compelling them to
hunker down and to retrench to their defensive networks. In turn, this
hunkering down may slow the process of social and cultural integration.
For the last seven years, Manuel Visquez (Religion) and Philip
Williams (LAS) have been documenting tensions that have emerged as
Latino immigrants move into new destinations in the South. A new
grant ($200,000) from the Ford Foundation will allow them to plan for
an interdisciplinary institute on immigration, religion, and social change
in the U.S. South. Based at the Center for Latin American Studies, the
institute will serve as a site for collaboration between researchers,
immigrant communities, and advocacy groups, and a source and
clearing house for research that is connected to the needs and interests
of immigrant communities. It will make substantive contributions to
understanding specific problems, including those related to immigrant
integration, inter-ethnic relations, environmental justice, and local
economic development. The institute will also seek new forms of public
intellectual engagement that foster informed and constructive discussion
of crucial issues connected with immigration.

EIda Altman (History) has been appointed to
a four-year term as Chair of the UF
Department of History beginning August 2010.

MAlba Amaya-Burns (Public Health) received
the 2009 Public Health Award for Faculty
Excellence from the College of Public Health
and Health Professions.

EFlorence Babb (Women's Studies & Gender
Research) published a review essay on gender,
kinship, and migration in the Andes in .'.
Journal of Women in Culture and Society, 35(3)
2010: 749-754. This summer she will carry out
research to reexamine gender and indigeneity
in Peru with a UF Humanities Initiative. Her
most recent book, based on research in Peru,
Nicaragua, southern Mexico, and Cuba and
entitled, The Tourism Encounter: Fashioning
Latin American Nations and Histories, is forth-
coming from Stanford University Press (fall

ECarmen Diana Deere (LAS/FRE) published
Household Wealth and Women's Poverty:
Conceptual and Methodological Issues in
Assessing Gender Inequality in Asset
Ownership. In Sylvia Chant, ed., Ft...,
International i.,,I //.....! of Gender and Poverty.

Oxon, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2010;
Review of Assets, Livelihoods, and Social Policy,
C. Moser and A.Dani, eds., Feminist Economics,
16(2) 2010; Poverty, Headship and Gender
Inequality in Asset Ownership in Latin America
(with G. Alvarado and J. Twyman), Working
Paper #296. Gender, Development and
Globalization Program, Michigan State
University, 2010.

EKitty Emery (FLMNH) presented "Tracking
Climate Change in the Ancient Maya World:
Regional Zooarchaeological Habitat Analysis"
(with E. Thornton) at the Society for American
.,A,1,..l.....1..- meeting in Atlanta in April 2009.
She delivered an invited paper on "Maya
Codices, Caves, and Animals:
Zooarchaeological and Symbolic Evidence"
(with S. Milbrath, E. Anderson, and E.
Kavountzis) at the Animal Symbolism in the
Mesoamerican Codex Tradition symposium
hosted by the University of New Mexico Latin
American and Iberian Institute in Albuquerque
in November. Publications: Maya Bone
Crafting: Defining the Nature of a Late/
Terminal Classic Maya Bone Tool
Manufacturing Locus. Journal of
Anthropological Archaeology, 28 2009: 458-470;
Etnozoologia de Dep6sitos Rituales de los

Mayas Modernos de Guatemala (with L.
Brown, E. Anderson, E. Thornton, and M.
LeFebvre). In B. Arroyo, ed., XXIII Simposio de
Investigaciones Arqueol6gicas en Guatemala,
2008. Museo Nacional de Arqueologia y
Etnologia, Guatemala: Asociaci6n Tikal, 2009.

SDavid Geggus (History) spoke in April on
"R6voltes anciennes pour servir au present" at
the Centre d'6tude d'Afrique noire in
Bordeaux, France and participated in a radio
broadcast on Haitian history for Rear Vision,
ABC Radio National, Australia in March.
Publications: Slave Resistance and
Emancipation: The Case of Saint Domingue. In
S. Drescher and P. Emmer, eds., Who Abolished
Slavery? Slave Revolts and Abolitionism: A
Debate with Joao Pedro Marques. New York:
Berghahn Books, 2010.

ESusan Gillespie ( .il..i......1.._- ) published
Chalcatzingo, Morelos, Durante el Formativo:
Una "Sociedad de Casas." In E. Williams, L.
L6pez Mestas, and R. Esparza., eds., Las
Sociedades Complejas del Occidente de Mexico
en el Mundo Mesoamericano: Homenaje al Dr.
Phil C. Weigand. Zamora, Mexico: El Colegio
de Michoacin, 2009.


U Martha Kohen (Architecture) was awarded
the 25 Years of Professional Accomplishment
Award by the Sociedad de Arquitectos del
Uruguay in November. She presented "Learning
from Montevideo: Strategies for Downtown
Housing Renovation" at a seminar on "El
interior arquitect6nico entire memorial y
transformaci6n" at the Universidad Aut6noma
de Aguascalientes, Mexico in October. She was
also invited to direct two international teams of
students from the Universidad Aut6noma de
Aguascalientes on projects for the city of
Aguascalientes. Kohen exhibited two of her
projects, the Centro Cultural Ministerio de
Educaci6n y Cultura (Montevideo, Uruguay)
and the Memorial de los Detenidos
Desaparecidos (Uruguay), at the Museu da
Casa Brasileira in Sao Paulo in November.
Publications: The Centro Cultural del
Ministerio de Educaci6n y Cultura and the
Memorial a los Detenidos Desaparecidos. In R.
Otero, L. Zino and I. Errandonea, eds.,
Panorama da Arquitetura Uruguaia, 1949-2009.
Sao Paulo, Brasil: Hedra, 2009.

EAna Margheritis (LAS/Political Science)
presented "Todos somos migrants (We are all
migrants). The Paradoxes of Innovative State-
Led Transnationalism in Ecuador" at the
Annual Convention of the International
Studies Association in New Orleans in
February. She recently received several awards,
including a Summer Fellowship in the
Humanities from the UF Humanities Center, a
Faculty Enhancement Opportunity Award
from the UF Office of the Provost, a Faculty
Travel Grant from the UF Center for European
Studies, and an International Studies
Association Travel Grant. She was recognized
as an Outstanding Professor by the UF College
of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the Fall 2009
Academic Convocation.

EBelio Martinez (Public Relations) delivered
an invited lecture on "Visual Communications
and New Technology" at the Universidad
Aut6noma de Santo Domingo, Dominican
Republic in March.

ESusan Milbrath (FLMNH) presented two
papers on "Astronomical Events and the
Seasonal Cycle in the Veintena Calendar of the
Codex Borgia" and "Religious Imagery in
Mayapin's Murals" (with C. Peraza Lope and
M. Delgado Ku) at the International Congress

of Americanists held in Mexico City in July
2009. She consulted on the exhibit "Maya Skies:
El Universe Maya, Yol Ok K'aab" for the
Chabot Planetarium at the Chabot Space and
Science Center in Oakland, CA in fall 2009.
Publications: Religious Imagery in Mayapin's
Murals (with C. Peraza Lope and M. Delgado
Ku). PARIJournal, X(3) 2010: 1-10; Maya
Ethnoastronomy. Glimpse Journal: The Art +
Science of Seeing, 24 2010: 24-27; The Legacy of
the Classic and Terminal Classic Periods at
Postclassic Mayapin (with C. Peraza Lope).
Latin American Antiquity, 20(4) 2009: 581-606.

EJeffrey Needell (History) was awarded a
Humanities Enhancement Award for summer
2009 by the UF College of Liberal Arts and
Sciences. He presented "The Foundations of
Freyre's Work: Engagement and Disengagement
in the Brazil of 1923-1933" at Gilberto Freyre
Week at the Embassy of Brazil in London in
November 2009, "The State and Development
under the Brazilian Monarchy: 1822-1889" at a
workshop for the upcoming book Paper
Leviathans: State Building in Latin America and
Spain, 1810-1930" (M. Centeno and A. Ferraro,
eds.) at Princeton University in September
2009, "Brazilian Party Formation from the
Regency to the Conciliation, 1831-1857" at the
Almanack Braziliense roundtable presentation
at the Instituto de Estudos Brasileiros da
Universidade de Sao Paulo in June 2009, and
"Nabuco and the Parliamentary Struggle for
Abolition" at "Nabuco and Madison: A
Centennial Celebration" at the University of
Wisconsin, Madison in April 2009. Needell was
chair of the Roberto Reis Prize Committee of
the Brazilian Studies Association in 2010 and a
member of the Warren Dean Prize Committee
of the Conference on Latin American History
in 2009. Publications: Brazilian Party
Formation from the Regency to the
Conciliation, 1831-1857. Almanack Braziliense,
10 2009: 5-73; Review of Gill/ir Freyre:
Social Theory in the Tropics, by P. Burke and
M.L. G. Pallares-Burke. Journal of Latin
American Studies, 49(4) 2009: 822-24.

EPaul Ortiz (History) presented "The May
Day Protests, Grassroots Mobilization, and the
Politics of Citizenship" at the American Studies
Association Annual Meeting in Washington,
D.C. in November. Publication: iSi, Se Puede!
Revisited: Latino/a Workers in the United
States. In R. Furman and N. Negi eds., Social

Work Practice with Latinos. Chicago, Lyceum
Books: 2010.

MAugusto Oyuela-Caycedo ( ,.,il.....1.... )
delivered an invited lecture on "The Ecology of
Masked Dances: Identity, Power and
Territoriality: A Comparative Perspective from
the Amazon and the Andes" at the Council on
Latin American and Iberian Studies at Yale
University in January. He was invited to present
the paper "Los origenes de los Tairona" at the
Primer Congreso de Aqueologia del Caribe
hosted by the Universidad del Magdalena,
Santa Marta, Colombia in November. He gave
the keynote speech on "Origenes de la cerimica
en America" at the XVI Congreso Peruano del
Hombre y la Cultura Andina y Amaz6nica held
at the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San
Marcos in Lima, Peru in October. During the
same conference he presented a paper on
"Terras Pretas, cambio ambiental y agriculture
en la amazonia desde la perspective de
Quistococha, Iquitos." Publications: The Forest
as a Fragmented Archaeological Artifact. In R.
Dean, ed., The Archaeology ofAnthropogenic
Environments. Carbondale, IL: Center for
Archaeological Investigations, Southern Illinois
University, Occasional Paper No. 37, 2010:
75-95; Review of True History: An Account of
Cannibal Captivity in Brazil, by Hans Staden.
Bulletin of Latin American Research, 28(3) 2009:

ECharles Perrone (Spanish and Portuguese
Studies) was appointed Editor of the Poetry
section of Brazilian Literature for the
li, II...../ of Latin American Studies, Library of
Congress, Hispanic Division. He delivered the
lecture "On Brazil, Lyric, and the Americas" at
the Selby Public Library in Sarasota, FL in
March. Publications: "Musings on Luso-Afro
Brazilian Literature in Translation," a Point of
View column for the Portuguese Newsletter of
the American Association of Teachers of
Spanish and Portuguese, fall 2009.

E Stephen Perz (Sociology and Criminology &
Law) delivered an invited presentation on
"Roads in the Amazon: Complex Impacts of
New Projects and Contemporary Social and
Political Responses" at the International
Association of Landscape Ecology meetings
held in Campos do Jordao, Brazil in October.
He also gave an invited plenary presentation
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Faculty News and Publications continued from page 9
entitled "Um Olhar Atual e Futuro da
Amaz6nia: Realidades Atuais e Progn6sticos na
Regiao MAP e seus Novos Caminhos" to
convene the Economic Development Round
Table of the VIII Tri-national MAP Forum of
the MAP Initiative in Puerto Maldonado,
Madre de Dios, Peru in September.
Publications: Intraregional Migration, Direct
Action Land Reform, and New Settlement
Formation in the Brazilian Amazon (with C.
Simmons, R. Walker, M. Caldas, F. Leite, and S.
Aldrich). Bulletin of Latin American Research,
March 2010; Global Economic Integration and
Local Community Resilience: New
Infrastructure Projects and Demographic
Change in the Southwestern Amazon (with L.
Cabrera, L. Araujo Carvalho, J. Castillo

Hurtado, and G. Barnes). Rural Sociology,
February 2010; Secondary Growth and Forest
Recovery: Theoretical Perspectives and a
Proposed Framework of Forest Dynamics (with
A. Almeyda). In H. Nagendra and J.
Southworth, eds., Rih"r'itirg Landscapes:
Linking Pattern and Process. Springer-Verlag,
2010: 59-84; Scenarios of Future Amazonian
Landscapes: Econometric and Dynamic
Simulation Models (with J. Messina, E. Reis, R.
Walker, and S. Walsh). In M. Keller, M.
Bustamante, J. Gash, and P. Silva Dias, eds.,
Amazonia and Global C'ii., San Francisco:
American Geophysical Union, 2009: 83-100.

EMary Risner (LAS) presented "Integrating
Latin American Studies and Technology

through a Blended Professional Development
Model" at the Society for Information
Technology and Teacher Education conference
in San Diego in April.

EMarianne Schmink (LAS) was awarded the
Premio Chico Mendes da Florestania by the
Fundacao de Cultura e Comunicacao Elias
Mansour in Acre, Brazil in December. She also
was elected as a Member of the Executive
Committee of the Brazilian Studies Association
for 2010-14.

EWelson Tremura (LAS/Music) was elected
Vice-President of the Southeast and Caribbean
Regional Chapter of the Society for
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Recent Faculty Books

A Kitty Emery
Vanderbilt University Press, 2010
Dietary, Environmental, and Societal
Implications of Ancient Maya Animal
Use in the Petexbatun:
A Zooarchaeological Perspective on
the Collapse
The Classic Maya "collapse" has been attributed
to environmental destruction, declining dietary
health, and social changes such as increased
warfare or changing economies. This book
explores these models using ancient animal remains recovered from
the Petexbatun archaeological sites.

A Ana Margheritis
Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2010
Argentina's Foreign Policy: Domestic
Politics and Democracy Promotion in
the Americas
Why would a state commit to foreign policy
actions that do not appear to have relevance to
its national interests? And what can we learn
from Argentina's extensive involvement in
democracy promotion in the Americas?
Addressing these related questions, Margheritis
explores the interaction of presidential power, regional issues, and
domestic instability in the shaping of Argentina's foreign policy.

A Martin Sorbille
Editorial Biblos, 2010
El fantasma de Esteban Echeverria
en los origenes de la modernidad
argentina: Escenas y proyecciones
Using the counterintuitive but rigorous
psychoanalytic logic of Sigmund Freud and
Jacques Lacan, this book analyzes how five
fundamental biographical events organized
the sadomasochistic fantasies that Echeverria
depicts in his texts. Interdisciplinary connections to various aspects of
Argentinean culture are also made.

A Welson Tremura
VDM Verlag Dr. Miller, 2010
Brazilian Folia de Reis, With An
Open Heart: A Spiritual Journey
Through Song
The folia de reis is a popular Brazilian
tradition of folk Catholicism that involves a
group of participants who, between
Christmas and Epiphany, go on a journey
asking for alms for social religious purposes.
The tradition refers to musical ensembles
comprising predominantly low-income rural
workers from various regions of Brazil. Instrumentalists, singers, and
other participants travel from house to house and farm to farm,
singing and praising the birth of Christ.



UF Language and Culture Program in Rio de Janeiro

The UF Language and Culture program in Rio de Janeiro allows
students to experience Brazilian culture and sharpen their
Portuguese language skills through intensive coursework and cultural
immersion. The program, the
oldest and most successful
summer study abroad program in
Brazil, has trained upwards of
one thousand students from all
over the U.S. during its 32 year
Terry McCoy, former Director
of the UF Center for Latin
American Studies, started the
program in 1978 as part of a
strategy to make UF a leading
institution in Brazilian Studies.
No other summer program
existed in Brazil at the time. In
1982, UF partnered with the
Institute Brasil-Estados Unidos
(IBEU), a well known and highly
regarded language institute in
Rio, to provide language
instruction and to assist with
homestay placement and other
logistical issues.
UF recently affiliated with
Georgetown University's Center for Latin American Studies to co
sponsor the program. In 2010, the program will be co-directed by Libby
Ginway, UF Associate Professor of Portuguese, and Michael Ferreira,
Assistant Professor of Portuguese at Georgetown. The program is just
one of two language programs in Brazil approved for Portuguese Foreign
Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships. The Center for Latin
American Studies awards three to four FLAS Summer Fellowships for
the program each summer. Many of students on the program receive
FLAS Fellowships from other institutions.

W iecome New Center Affiliatesandi

Affiliate Faculty
Agricultural Education and Communication
Paul Monaghan (Haiti, Latinos in the U.S.)

Cleber Salimon (Brazil)
Moore Faculty Exchange Visitor
Federal University of Acre

Zenobio Abel Gouvea Perelli da Gama e Silva (Brazil)
Moore Faculty Exchange Visitor
Federal University of Acre

During the six-week program, which is open to graduate and
undergraduate students at universities nationwide, participants take
Portuguese language classes and a course on Brazilian culture. In 2010,
the Brazilian culture course, taught in Portuguese by
Ginway and Ferreira, will focus on favelas. Designed by
Ginway, the course seeks to increase students'
understanding of favela communities through the arts,
humanities, and social sciences. Readings, films, music,
... discussions, guest lectures, and field trips will be featured.
Outside of classes, students have the opportunity to
explore Rio's rich culture through organized excursions
to places like Sugar Loaf and Corcovado mountains.
IBEU is located in the Copacabana neighborhood in cose
proximity to beaches, restaurants, night cubs, museums
and more. Students can practice their Portuguese skills
with their host families who are directed by the IBEU
staff to avoid speaking English with the students. Many
students develop life-long relationships with members of
their host families. A Brazilian "host mother" even
attended a UF student's graduation here in Gainesville.
One student described her experience on the Rio summer
S program remarking, "My time in Rio is something I'll
never forget. I made life-long friends, got a true taste of
Brazilian culture, and learned more than I ever imagined
I would. I wouldn't change it for anything." Further
details on the program can be found at:
-Contributed by Aimee Green, LAS Program Coordinator

New Linkage with the FundagQo

Getulio Vargas

The Center for Latin American Studies recently signed a cooperative
agreement with the Centro de Pesquisa e Documentacgo de
Hist6ria Contemporanea do Brasil (CPDOC) at the Fundacao Getulio
Vargas (FGV) in Rio de Janeiro. CPDOC, FGV's school of the social
sciences and history, is one of the foremost academic institutions in
Brazil; the FGV is the preeminent Brazilian center for economics,
finance, and business research and training. CPDOC offers both
undergraduate and graduate degree programs and houses the most
important collection of personal archives from Brazilian public figures
of the post-1930 era. The director of CPDOC, Dr. Celso Castro,
completed his doctoral research as an affiliate of the Center in the early
1990s. The new agreement between UF and FGV provides faculty and
students the opportunity to engage in a wide range of collaborative
activities. A joint seminar that would allow CPDOC and Center
affiliates to learn about mutual interests has been suggested for the
upcoming academic year. Information on CPDOC can be found at:
http://cpdoc.fgv.br/. Please contact Jeffrey D. Needell (Affiliate
Professor of Latin American Studies and Professor of History), the
Academic Manager of the agreement, at jneedell@history.ufl.edu, if you
are interested in learning more about the linkage.

SRN 2010

A Jerry Murray, UF Associate Professor of
Anthropology, speaks atthe Caribbean Teachers'

Lending Library Featured Item: Portuguese Language Materials

L cooking to practice your Portuguese? The Center's Outreach Library owns a collection of Portuguese language materials
composed of videos, books, and CDs. The collection includes several Brazilian films, such as Behind the Sun (Abril
Depedafado), Mango Yellow (Amarelo Manga), The Clone (0 Clone), Possible Loves (Amores Possiveis), and The Man of the Year
(0 Homem do Ano). Documentaries and materials for using Portuguese in the business place are also available. For a complete
list of Portuguese language holdings, visit the Outreach Library database at http://www.latam.ufl.edu/Outreach/library.stm and
type in Portuguese in the language search option.



Student NEWS


Undergraduate LAS Minors
& Certificates
Christina Bennett, Anthropology
Midorie Desire, Sociology
Jorge Echarte, Finance
Maria Elias, Political Science & Spanish
Gabrielle Falconeiri, Journalism
Vanesa Francois, Criminology
Anne Grayson, Anthropology
Mary Gregoire, Business Administration
Hillary Grey, Journalism & Political Science
Carmen Gutierrez, Economics
Laura Helmkamp, Chemistry & Mathematics
Carlos liiguez, Political Science
Diandra Lamas, Public Relations
Adriana Lopez, Political Science & Spanish
Joel Mora, Journalism
Edoardo Murillo, Political Science
Laura Oddo, Spanish
Alex Petit-Holme, Criminology
Catherine Powers, Economics
Jacklyne Ramos, Public Relations
Dalia Sabbagh, Political Science
Nicole Sarrine, Political Science
Natalia Torres, Anthropology & Spanish
Rommi Upson, Finance & Spanish
Katherine Warwick, Civil Engineering
Jack Wharton, Political Science & Chinese

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Graduate LAS Certificates
Kelly Biedenweg, SFRC Randy Crones, Anthropology
Kiristen Bright, Anthropology Brand Gonzalez, Architecture
Jennifer Cannon, Urban & Regional Planning Anabel Iglesias, Mass Communications

MALAS Degrees
Luis Caraballo
Specialization: Crime, Law and Governance
Advisor: Charles Wood (LAS)
Thesis: "The Effects of Drugs, Gangs, and Fear of Crime on Attitudes about Democracy and
Government in Jamaica"

Steve Minegar
Specialization: Political Science
Advisor: Charles Wood (LAS)
Thesis: "Judicial Councils, Independence, and Accountability: The Case of Brazil's National
Council of Justice"

Stella Tippin
Specialization: Andean Studies
Advisor: Charles Wood (LAS)
Thesis: "Christianity and Internal Locus of Control in Latin America: A Mixed Methods

Ana Carolina Silva
Specialization: Tropical Conservation & Development
Advisor: Susan Jacobson (WEC)
Thesis: "An Assessment of the Influence of Group Characteristics on the Development of an
Environmental Education Program in Brazil"

Griselda Rodriguez
Specialization: History
Advisor: Mark Thurner (History)
Thesis: "Costa Rica's Policing of Sexuality and the Normalization of the Bourgeois Family"



Student Funding

2010 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
2010. Funding of these awards was made possible by the Center's state funding and the following accounts: TCD
Ford Foundation Endowment, the Boonstra Family Research Fellowship, the William Carter Fellowship, the
Carol French Doughty Memorial Fund, the Charles Wagley Research Fellowship, the A. Curtis Wilgus Graduate
Fellowship, and the Panama Canal Museum Research Fund. The country where the student is conducting
research follows the reference to their degree program.

Stephanie Borios (PhD Anthropology) Peru
Chelsea Braden (MALAS) USA
Holly Brause (MALAS) Uruguay
Jessica Casler (PhD Anthropology) Nicaragua
Antonio Crespo (PhD Env. Horticulture) Ecuador
Paul Deis (MALAS) Colombia
Kyle Doherty (MALAS) Cuba
Erica Felker-Kantor (MALAS) Dominican Republic
William Fischer (PhD History) Ecuador
Jackson Frechette (PhD SNRE) Guyana
Geoffrey Gallice (MS Entomology) Ecuador
Clay Giese (MALAS) Brazil
Sergio Gonzalez (WEC) Panama
Benjamin Goodman (MALAS/JD) Panama
Elizabeth Hare (MA/PhD Anthropology) USA
Xavier Haro-Carrion (PhD Biology) Ecuador
Lisa Howell (PhD Anthropology) Brazil

Laura Kowler (PhD SNRE) Bolivia
Tess Kulstad (PhD Anthropology) Dominican Republic
Ann Laffey (PhD Anthropology) Bolivia & Peru
Carmen Laguer-Diaz (PhD Anthropology) Puerto Rico
Ellen Lofaro (MA Anthropology) Peru
Marina Londres (PhD SFRC) Brazil
Timoteo Mesh (MS SNRE) Mexico
Claudia Monzon-Alvarado (PhD Geography) Mexico
Mauricio Nunez-Regueiro (MS WEC) Argentina
Daisy Perez (MALAS) Mexico
Carson Phillips (PhD SNRE) Guyana
Paula Pinheiro (PhD SNRE) Brazil
Brian Readout (MALAS) Ecuador
Jeffrey Vadala (PhD Anthropology) Mexico
Alisa Woofter (MALAS) Bolivia
Christopher Woolley (PhD History) Mexico

2010 Foreign Language & Area Studies

Fellowship Recipients

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

Casey Dowd (MALAS) Portuguese
Joseph Feldman (Anthropology) Quechua
Erika Felker-Kantor (MALAS) Haitian Creole
Lauren MacDonald (History) Portuguese
Nicole Scholet (Economics) Portuguese
Sean Simpson (Linguistics) Portuguese
Alisa Woofter (MALAS) Portuguese

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Field Research Clinic and Poster Competition

The Center for Latin American Studies and the Tropical
Conservation and Development Program awarded more than
20 field research grants for graduate students to carry out
Master's thesis and pre-dissertation fieldwork in Latin America and
the Caribbean in 2009. The eighth annual Field Research Clinic (FRC)
provided an opportunity for grant recipients to showcase their work
and to disseminate the results of their research to a wide audience of
students and faculty members.
In a change from previous years, the FRC was held outside in the
Reitz Union Colonnade, giving all UF students the chance to find out
about the various research projects sponsored by the Center and TCD,
and to stimulate debate with students from a broad range of
disciplines. The posters showcased projects in 14 disciplines and 13
The FRC highlights the importance of graduate student research and
raises awareness among the public about the vital importance of
funding provided by the Center for Latin American Studies. The clinic
has gained international recognition, serving as the inspiration for a
similar annual event at the Federal University of Acre in Brazil and
prompting the organization of a trial run in Veracruz, Mexico next year.
The first half of the clinic consisted of a peer-learning workshop
dealing with the fieldwork experience, providing new graduate students
with the opportunity to voice their questions and concerns to students
who have already completed their fieldwork. The clinic was designed
and run by graduate students from LAS 6291 Facilitation Skills taught
by Jon Dain (LAS).
The second half of the clinic was devoted to the research poster
competition. The grand prize for best research poster went to Mario

0I Poster Competition


Grand Prize
Adaptive Strategies in Banana Farming in Jamaica
Mario Mighty, Geography

2nd Prize Master's Level
Christianity and Internal Lcx us of Control in Latit
America: A Mixed lMethods Anah sis
Stella Tippin, LAS

2nd Prize PhD Level
Cell Phones and Soci ocononm l C change in
Rural Fiji
Ryan Peseckas, An th ropology


A Jon Dain (LAS) with Stella Tippin (MALAS 2010), winner of the second
prize for Master's level research poster.

Mighty (MA Geography) for his poster, "Adaptive Strategies in Banana
Farming in Jamaica." Mario's adviser is Nigel Smith (Geography).
Posters were evaluated by Maria Rogal (Graphic Design) and Claudia
Romero (Botany).
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.
-Contributed by Ellie Sintjago, MALAS student

3rd Prize Master's Level
LDri'ers of Wildlife Status across Pano VillIages in
the Aniazon: A Regional Analysis of Hunting and
Dtefcrestation Effects
Pedro de Araujo Lima Constantino, SNRE

3rd Prize PhD Level
Heitor \'illa-Lobos and Gettilio Vargas:
I11|00c ilating Childien through Muskic Education
Gabriel Ferraz, Music
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Alumni Career Profile:

Lt. Gen. Ken Keen

Lieutenant General P. K. (Ken) Keen, Military Deputy Commander of U.S. Southern Command in
Miami, graduated from the MALAS program in 1986. Currently, Keen commands Joint Task Force
Haiti, overseeing U.S. military disaster relief operations in response to the earthquake in mid-January.
The Latinamericanist interviewed Ken about his military career, his experience with the MALAS
program, and the status of the US military response to Haiti.

What does your current position as Military
Deputy Commander of U.S. Southern Command

I serve as the second-in-command of the U.S. Southern Command
(SOUTHCOM), one often unified commands under the Department
of Defense. SOUTHCOM conducts military operations and promotes
security cooperation throughout the 16 million square mile area of
Latin America and the Caribbean, encompassing 31 countries and 10
territories. We are a joint and interagency organization supporting U.S.
national security interests, and with our partners, improving security,
stability and prosperity in the Americas. Our missions include providing
humanitarian assistance/disaster response, executing and supporting
counterdrug operations, and executing exercises and training throughout
the area to build partnership capacity. I work with Headquarters Staff in
Miami and our Senior Defense Representatives in each country to build
relationships and improve capacity in our partners to achieve common
goals. I travel about two weeks a month in the region.

Could you tell us about your military career as
related to Latin America?
My experience in Latin America includes assignments as a Special
Forces Officer in Panama (1977-80), a Military Group Training Officer
in Honduras (1980), an Exchange Officer with the Brazilian Airborne
Brigade (1984), a Foreign Area Officer and student at the Brazilian
Command and General Staff College (1987-88), the Commander of U.S.
Military Group in Colombia (2001 03), and the Commander of U.S.
Army South (2005 07). I also attended the Defense Language Institute to
study Portuguese. In addition to these assignments, I trained in Panama
at the Jungle Operations Training Center and participated in Operation
Just Cause in 1989-90. Following the Brazilian Command, I spent six
months as part of an in-country training program, travelling to every
state in Brazil and every country in South America except for Colombia
and Venezuela. All of these assignments gave me unique opportunities
to improve my language skills, learn about the cultures of the region,
understand their militaries at a very interesting time, and develop
relationships that have lasted my entire career. For example, the Brazilian
Commander of the UN Forces in Haiti and I became friends in 1984
when I was an exchange officer in Brazil and we have maintained contact
since then.

How did the MALAS degree help prepare you for
your career?
I came to UF as part of the Army's Foreign Area Officer program. I
wanted to expand my knowledge of Latin America and interact with

A Lt. Gen. Ken Keen (MALAS 1986).

those in academia who were living and working in the region. I found it
tremendously challenging and rewarding. It provided me an opportunity
to study the socio-economic factors at the root of much of the conflict
in the region and exposed me to political views from the far left to the
far right, both within the U.S. and Latin America. I had the opportunity
to debate those views and better understand the challenges facing not
only our hemisphere, but the militaries in the region. I especially liked to
interact with the younger graduate students (I was 32 years old and had
ten years in the military at the time) to discuss policy and debate current
affairs in Latin America. I learned a great deal that made me a much
better military officer. It opened my mind and challenged my thinking
in ways that I had not experienced up to that point. After MALAS, I
went to the Brazilian Command and Staff College where I encountered
officers from nearly every Latin America country. Having an academic
background turned out to be invaluable. I had at a basic level of
knowledge of the region, enabling me to probe aspects of their militaries'
role in their country and challenge them in ways that I could not have
done otherwise. Of course, having the MALAS academic experience
provided me opportunities that I would not have otherwise gotten, such
as being the Military Group Commander in Colombia and my current

What is the current status of the U.S. military
response to the earthquake in Haiti?
Currently we have around 2,200 troops in Haiti assisting USAID, the
UN, and the Government of Haiti. Our priorities are to mitigate the
effects of the coming rain and hurricane season by supporting efforts
to resettle internally displaced persons (IDPs) living in camps and to
improve conditions in the existing camps. We provide engineering
support to NGOs managing the camps, transportation and security for
the movement of the IDPs from to new settlement sites, and engineers
to prepare new settlement sites. We anticipate redeploying some of
our units home and standing down the joint task force about June 1,
depending on the needs and conditions in Haiti. U.S. military presence
in Haiti will continue after this, however, with about 500 troops in the
country working on building schools, providing medical care, digging
wells, and building emergency operations centers. While much has been
accomplished by the U.S. military and the international community,
much remains to be done.

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Ellen Barclay (MALAS 1982) is Deputy
Executive Director for professional
development services at NAFSA: Association
of International Educators in Washington, DC.
Paul Buechner (MALAS 1992) is an EMT and
SCUBA Diver Medic teaching for the
Wilderness Medicine Institute of NOLS
(National Outdoor Leadership School) and
lives in California. He retired from the Green
Berets in 2005 as a Major after 30 years in
uniform, 12 in Latin America. Upon
graduation from UF, he spent 5 years in El
Salvador and Venezuela as an advisor and an
Exchange Officer.
Victoria Gomez de la Torre (BA Women's
Studies 2002 & MALAS 2004) is part of the
academic coordination team of the Migrant
Education Program at the Alachua County
School Board in Gainesville, FL. She
coordinates migrant fairs, academic programs,
and parent involvement activities.
Claudia Padua (MALAS 1987 & PhD SFRC
1993) and Susana Padua (MALAS 1991) were
awarded the 2009 Social Entrepreneurship
Prize from the Folha de Sao Paulo. The prize
recognizes individuals who have developed
sustainable initiatives for the benefit of
Brazilian society. Claudio and Susana are the
founders of the Instituto de Pesquisas
Ecol6gicas (IPE).

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John Thorbjarnarson (MS SFRC 1984 & PhD SFRC 1991), a world-renowned expert on
crocodiles and alligators, died suddenly in February after contracting malaria. John worked
as a Senior Conservation Scientist for the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and was
based in Gainesville, FL. After graduating from UF, his work took him to Latin America,
Africa and Asia. Among many other accomplishments, he led efforts for the recovery of
Orinoco crocodiles in Venezuela and worked in capacity building and conservation of
crocodiles in Cuba and Black caiman in Brazil. WCS has set up a memorial fund in his
honor to promote the conservation of the world's endangered crocodilians. Details are
available at: http://www.wcs.org/new-and-noteworthy/thorbjarnarson-obit.aspx.

New Panama Canal Research Fund
The Center for Latin American Studies announces its new Panama Canal
Museum Research Fund. The fund was established through the generosity
of the Panama Canal Museum as part of its new partnership with UF
An initial donation of $4000 has been used to establish the fund, with
subsequent donations planned. The fund will make possible small awards
to support UF student research on all aspects of Panama, with particular
emphasis on the Panama Canal, the Canal Zone, and the American
experience in Panama. The Center was able to provide award two research
grants to UF students for summer 2010:

Benjamin Goodman (MALAS/JD), "The United States, International Law
and Indigenous Rights in Panama: An Investigation into Bio-Prospecting
amongst the Kuna"

Sergio Gonzalez (WEC), "The Quantification of Species Specific
Environmental Cues that Induce Calling in Male Frogs of the Panama
Canal Zone"

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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
Spanish & Portuguese Studies
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. Gracias to the 1.;lI. i, people!

Latin American Studies Fund
Christopher Baker
Jay Brickman
Donald & Geraldine Fraser
Michael & Maria Handelsman
William Harris
Richard &Wanda Oberdorfer
Paul & Kerrie Perez
Stephen & Jeanne Rozman
leda & Howard Wiarda

Carol French Doughty Memorial Fund
Avecita Chicch6n & Ashburn Piland
Susan deFrance & Michael Moseley
Sarah Hernandez
Conrad & Isabel Kottak
Elisabeth Odum
Guardian Life Insurance Company
William & Judith Page

Milenio Americas Society
Eric Wagner
Jos6 Sariego & Ann Starr Sariego

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Georgina ICullman
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Paul & Pollv DoughtV
Mary Durvea & Timothy White

Kent Redford & Pamela Shaw
Helen Sata & John DuMoLlin
Marianne Sclir ink
Anita Spring
William & Edite Vickers
Philip & Victoria Williams
John Wilson

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