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University of Florida Center for Latin American Studies I Volume 36, Number 1 I Spring 2005
Amazon Conservation Leadership Initiative
at the University of Florida
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Faculty, students and partners in Porto Dias, Acre, Brazil
UF recently launched the Amazon Conservation Leadership Initiative
(ACLI) to build capacityfor science and conservation in the Ades-6.6 6* 66
Amazon region. The program, jointly sponsored by the Center's TropicalT
Conservation and Development (TCD) Program and the School of Forest
Resources and Conservation, has complementary goals of training idividuals at UF and building in-country capacity. It is supported by a
three-year $1.9 million grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore
Foundation. 6 an p e6 cola.66 o, n
The geographic scope of the program includes the nine Amazon Basin
countries of French Guyana, Suriname, Guyana, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Brazil. The program's thematic foci include
protected area management, regional planning and policy, sustainable forest management, and community-based natural resource management.
The ACLI will train leaders to pro-actively engage the challenges of
advancing the science, culture, and practice of conservation in the AndesAmazon region. By strengthening in-country institutional capacity,
including conservation education and research programs at regional universities, the program will contribute to the next generation of conserva- A r w o c e t 6apcit-buldig i
tion scientists and practitioners. Through the generous support of the the r t .......p6
Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation's Andes-Amazon Initiative, the
ACLI will provide added expertise and research potential to address prior- a c g.
ity conservation problems. Dr. Marianne Schmink (Latin American
Studies, Director of TCD) and Dr. Dan Zarin (School of Forest Resources
and Conservation) are the Co-Principal Investigators.
R C a*LATINAMERICANIST
Volume 36, Number I
It is truly a privilege to join the faculty of the University of Florida as the 10th Director of the Center for Latin American Studies. The Center is one of Center for Latin American Studies the oldest, largest and most distinguished in the nation. Moreover, under the 319 Grinter Hall directorship of my predecessor, Charles Wood, much was accomplished. The PO Box 115530 Center now has eleven core, six joint and 130+ affiliate faculty, in addition to a staff of eight. One of the main achievements under his leadership was to Gainesville, FL 32611-5530 steadily increase the level of external funding. Almost two-thirds of the 352-392-0375 Center's average annual expenditure of $3.2 million is from grants and endow- www.latam.ufl.edu Dr. Carmen Diana Deere ment income. The Center's endowment now stands at $5.9 million.
My main goals as director are to continue to consolidate a world-class center and to enhance our Sta ff
sense of community as Latinamericanists. Towards these ends, the Center held its first-ever faculty Carmen Diana Deere
retreat this past October. There we discussed what a world-class center would look like; assessed Director
where we were in relation to that goal; and began to define what it would take to get there. Amanda Wolfe
There was consensus that a world class center would include the best people (faculty, students, Associate Director
visitors, staff); intellectual excitement; an innovative research and training agenda; lots of interdisci- Cristina Espinosa
plinarity and bridges to departments and colleges; a vibrant exchange program with Latin American Associate Director for
institutions and scholars; plenty of visibility at all levels; the maintenance of a world-class library Academic Programs
collection; and sufficient funding to support all of the above. It was agreed that the Center needed a Hannah Covert
strategic plan. I am circulating a draft strategic plan among the core and affiliate faculty this spring Associate Director for Tropical strategi t pan dConservation & Development
for comment and discussion. and Financial Aid
In order to enhance our intellectual sense of community as well as the Center's visibility, we have
initiated and/or resumed a number of activities, including this bi-annual newsletter and an enhanced Associate Director for Distance
web page. The Center's colloquium series resumed this fall, providing an opportunity for faculty to Learning & Program Development
showcase their recent research, and this spring the Center sponsored a film series of Latin Mary Risner
American feature films. As noted elsewhere in this newsletter, the Center has sponsored several Assistant Director for Latin American
symposia and conferences this year, as well as a distinguished speaker's series linked to the Business Environment Program
Immigration and Religion in the America's Program. Several new working groups have also been Jessica Baker
created, including one on scholarly relations with Cuba. Coordinator of Accounting
We have also taken the first steps towards diversifying our fund raising efforts. While the Center Pamela Ballance
has a proven track record in raising grant and endowment funding from foundations, fund-raising Secretary
efforts in the private sector and among individuals to date have been relatively weak. We have re- Melissa Blackburn
established contact with our MALAS alumni and plan to create an Alumni Board. We are also creat- Senior Fiscal Assistant
ing a Friends of the Center advisory group. Targeted for membership in the latter are retired faculty Wanda Carter
and active and retired professional Latinamericanists living in the community and Central and North- Program Assistant
Central Florida. Our hope is that both of these groups will assist us in fund-raising efforts among pri- Natalie Caula
vate donors. Newsletter Editorial Assistant
Finally, I would like to thank the faculty, staff and students of the Center for Latin American Molly Demers
Studies for their warm welcome, and their efforts to facilitate a smooth transition in the directorship Fiscal Assistant
of the Center. Margarita Gandia
I Amazon Conservation Leadership Initiative 9 Field Research Grant Recipients Computer Support Analyst
3 Latino Immigrants in Florida 11 Symposium on the Crisis in Haiti Myrna Sulsona
Z 3 Faculty News & Notes 11 Film Series Design
4 New Affiliates 12 AfroArgentines JS Design Studio
6 Bacardi Lecture Series 12 Symposium on Indigenous Knowledge Printing
t -1I.1.. A LTA Inc.
7 FLAS Fellowship Recipients 13 Colloquium Series
7 Outreach News 14 Alumni News & Notes
0 8 Field Research Clinic 15 Giving to the Center .FLORSIYAO
, 8 Latin American Business Conference 16 2005 Annual Conference
Latino Immigrants in Florida:
Lived Religion, Space, and Power
hilip Williams (Chair of the Department of Political Science)
and Manuel VAsquez (Associate Professor of Religion) are coDirectors of a major research project entitled, "Latino
Immigrants in Florida: Lived Religion, Space, and Power." The study
has been funded by two grants from the Ford Foundation totaling
$665,000. Since 2001, Williams and V~isquez have been working with
colleagues in Brazil, Guatemala, and Mexico to map out immigrant
communities in Florida and to build detailed accounts of the social, 4I
cultural, and religious life in these communities.
During the course of the study, the research team discovered that
established religious institutions only reach out to a small part of the Dancers perform at Mayan Festival in Jupiter, Florida.
immigrant population. Religious life is more likely to take place in
the home setting, the workplace, or community festivals and parades. churches creates "new solidarity and a sense of belonging," according
The researchers investigated how religion affects the migration tra- to Dr. Williams.
jectories of Brazilians, Mexicans, and Guatemalans in Florida. "The research is not just academic, but social. One of the goals of
Whereas in the past Latino immigrants settled in established urban the project is to aid in the formation of a network that connects
areas, their current research shows that Latino immigrants are immigrant groups and provides shared information and resources'
increasingly flocking to non-traditional locations such as the South said Dr. Williams.
and Mid-west. These states typically do not see large immigrant pop- An important aspect of the project also relates to the researchers
ulations. The researchers chose three understudied Latino immigrant ability to promote change in the policies of local government in
groups in these non-traditional areas, such as Jupiter, Pompano, and regards to immigrants and to raise the public voices of these immiImmokalee, in contrast to traditional gateway cities like Miami. grant groups, who are "invisible" in their communities. "We hope the
The researchers also studied relations between politics of place, research will bring visibility, but also create solutions through outempowerment and disempowerment. They discovered how immi- reach programs to reconcile conflicts;' said Dr. Williams.
grants without social networks quickly build social relations. In coordination with this project, the Spring 2005 Bacardi Lecture
Churches play an important role in the development of the immi- Series was held on "Immigration, Politics and Religion in the
grants' social ties within the community. The involvement with Americas." See page 6.
Faculty News and Notes
ECarmen Diana Deere (New Director, Le6n) of Empowering Women: Land and editing a special issue of Feminist Economics
Center for Latin American Studies) joined Property Rights in Latin America (University on Women and the Distribution of Wealth.
UF as Professor of Food and Resource of Pittsburgh Press, 2001), winner of LASA's During Summer 2004, Deere was a consultEconomics and Latin American Studies in 2003 Bryce Wood Book Award and ant to the United Nations Development
August 2004. She was formerly Professor of NECLAS's 2002 Best Book Award. She has Programme, leading a mission to Brazil on
Economics and Director of the Center for recently co-authored a scoping study on land Land Reform and Poverty Reduction. She
Latin American, Caribbean and Latino policy research in Latin America for the will be teaching courses at UF on Latin
Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Canadian North-South Institute and the American economic history and developAmherst. Deere holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural International Development Research Centre, ment, gender and development, and Latino
Economics from the University of California, Land and Development in Latin America: economic issues.
Berkeley, and a M.A. from The Fletcher Openings for Policy Research. Her forthcomSchool of Law and Diplomacy. She is a Past ing publications include a Working Paper for EAndr6s Avellaneda (Romance Languages President of the Latin American Studies UNRISD's review of Beijing +10 entitled & Literatures) delivered a plenary presentaAssociation (LASA) and of the New England "The Feminization of Agriculture? Economic tion titled "Politica de la investigaci6n, invesCouncil of Latin American Studies Restructuring in Rural Latin America," and tigaci6n de la politica" as the Chair of
(NECLAS). She serves on numerous editorial "Liberalism and Married Women's Property Argentine Literature, Facultad de
boards, including World Development, and is Rights in Nineteenth Century Latin Humanidades y Artes, Universidad de
an Associate Editor of Feminist Economics. America," forthcoming in the Hispanic Rosario, Argentina. He was appointed chair
Deere is the co-author (with Magdalena American Historical Review. She is also co- of the 2004 Bryce Wood Book Award
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Faculty News and Notes continued
committee, sponsored by the Latin ECristina Espinosa's (Latin American Haitians and Haitian-Americans for a
American Studies Association for the best Studies) book Unveiling Differences, Finding study on code switching and borrowing in
book published in English on Latin a Balance: Social Analysis for Designing Miami Haitian Creole. This work is the
American Studies. He recently published Projects on Community-based Management foundation of his dissertation proposal in
four articles: "Recordando con ira: estrate- of Natural Resources was published by the Department of French Linguistics at
gias ideol6gicas y ficcionales argentinas a IUCN, The World Conservation Union Indiana University, Bloomington.
fin de siglo," in Revista Iberoamericana; based in Switzerland, in July 2004. The
"Eva Per6n: cuerpo y cadAver de la literatu- Spanish version of this book was published UPeter Hildebrand (Food and Resource
ra" in Evita: mito y representaciones, edited by IUCN in 2002 (Desenredando el Economics) and EMarianne Schmink by Marysa Navarro; "Bioy mirando al sud- Laberinto. Guia de Analisis Social y de (Latin American Studies) presented an
este," in Homenaje a Adolfo Bioy Casares, Ginero para Proyectos de Gesti6n Ambiental invited paper ("Agroforestry for Improved edited by Alfonso de Toro and Susanna comunitaria mas equitativos). A CD con- Livelihoods and Food Security for Diverse
Regazzoni; and "Politica de la investigaci6n, taining both versions has been released by Smallholders in Latin America and the
investigaci6n de la politica," in Homenaje a IUCN. Espinosa, an affiliate faculty mem- Caribbean") at the First World Agroforestry
Ana Maria Barrenechea. ber of anthropology, has started an inter- Congress held in Orlando, June 27-July 2,
disciplinary collaborative research initiative 2004. The paper discusses the tremendous EKen Broadway (Music) presented a on "Latino Migrants in Suburban Spaces: diversity that exists in the area and the difpaper titled "The Steel Drum Band and Its The Case of Gainesville and Its Area of ficulties this creates for generating new
Cultural Significance" at the Symposium Influence." agroforestry technologies. The paper also
for the International Musicological Society proposes a methodology for coping with
in Melbourne, Australia on July 12, 2004. EBenjamin John Hehblethwaite this diversity, which is based on ethnoThe University of Florida Steel Drum Band (Romance Languages & Literatures) taught graphic linear programming and other
was featured last year in performances at Beginning and Intermediate Haitian Creole participatory methods. They used research the Percussive Arts Society International at the 2004 Haitian Summer Institute at based on UF theses and dissertations from
Convention and the Florida Music FlU in Miami. In addition, he has been Norman Breuer (2003), John Bellow
Educators Conference. conducting interviews and recording (2004), and Percy Peralta (2004).
Agricultural & English Geological Sciences Natural Resources
Biological Engineering Leah Rosenberg Mark Brenner and Environment
Fred Royce Entomology History Ignacio Porzecanski
Anthropology Mark Branham Juliana Barr Romance Languages &
Willie Baber Literatures
Susan deFrance FMNH International Center Martin Sorbille
Susan Gillespie Kitty Emery Dennis Jett
Max Nickerson Soil and Water Science
Faye Harrison Max Nickerson Landscape Architecture Nicholas Comerford
Paul Magnarella Food & Resource Economics Maria Gurucharri
Augusto Oyuela-Caycedo Richard Beilock Special Collections
Architecture Ramon Espinel Latin American Collection Bruce Chappell
Martha Kohen Forest Resources and Urban and Regional Planning
Alfonso Perez-Mendez Conservation Law Joseli Macedo
Art Grenville Barnes Joan Flocks
Alexander Alberro Robert Buschbacher Berta Hernfndez-Truyol Veterinary Medicine
Alexander AlberroDoug Carter Stephen Powell Jorge Hernandez
Melanie Davenport DJeff Wade
Maria Rogal Tim White Women's Studies
Daniel Zarin Medicine Florence Babb
Education Michael Lauzardo
Thomas Oakland Geography
Maria Coady Jane Southworth
Ester de Jong
EAna Margheritis (Latin American part of her M.A. work. Murray has acted as Jeffrey Sayer. One of his goals as tile Prince
Studies and Political Science) published an an expert witness on the asylum claim of a Bernhard Professor is to bring the edited volume entitled Latin American Haitian refugee for a Los Angeles law firm, University of Florida and Utrecht University
Democracies in the New Global Economy. and as an expert witness for an Israeli law even closer together by facilitating research
Margheritis' introductory chapter and the firm on conditions of insurrection and civil collaboration and professional exchange. subsequent chapters discuss the policy unrest in Haiti during 2004. He assisted
dilemmas and opportunities in the areas of PADF (an agency of the O.A.S.) to prepare ENigel Smith (Geography) is the Co-P.I. foreign policy and structural reforms, an impact assessment of NGO managed hi- of the Conservation of Amazon Aquatic
including sections on Betting on Economic national activities ol the Dominican/ Biodiversity project, a three-year initiative Integration, Coping with Financial Haitian border. He published an article that received a $2.4 million grant from the
Instability, Accumulating Human Capital, with Michael Bannister on 20 years of tree Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. The and Improving Democratic Governance. planting activities in Haiti, "Peasants, agro- main purpose of the program is to gather,
She also co-authored an article, "America foresters, and anthropologists: A 20-year integrate and synthesize critical ecological Latina e o fim do Consenso de venture in income-generating trees and information that will help authorities
Washington", found in Rela oes hedgerows in Haiti" Agroforstry Systems design science-based conservation proInternacionais n.4, IPRI, Lisbon, Portugal, (2004) 61:383-397. His third book in grams for Aiazonian aquatic ecosystems. December 2004. Ana presented papers at Spanish, El Colegio: Antropologia de la
the following meetings: the 2nd Microempresa Educativa en la Repdblica NJames Stansbury (Anthropology) has
International Conference on European and Dominicana, is in press in the Dominican been plying his medical anthropology at International Political Affairs, Athens, Republic. It is an anthropological study of the VA hospital for the past couple of years. Greece, May 27-29, 2004; the Symposium the Dominican Education system. He was A paper, "Risks, Stigma and Honduran
on Immigration, Ethnic Communities, and the keynote speaker in January of 2005, Garifuna Conceptions of HIV/AIDS," Host Societies: Perspectives from the presenting an address on the Anthropology co-authored with Manuel Sierra, on some
European Union, Florida International of Judaism in a series on comparative reli- brief work in Honduras was published in
University, Miami, May 14-15, 2004; the gions organized by Gainesville's Institute of Social Science and Medicine (2004) 45th Annual International Studies Learning in Retirement, and the keynote 59(3):457-471.
Association Convention (ISA), Montreal, speaker in an annual lecture series organCanada, March 17-20, 2004; the VI sized by UF's Center for Jewish Studies for Welson Tremura (Latin American
National Congress of SAAP (Sociedad the Jewish community in Jacksonville. He Studies and Music) presented a paper,
Argentina de Anjilisis Politico), Rosario, is currently preparing six entries, including "A Mtisica Caipira e o Verso Sagrado na Argentina, November 5-8, 2003; and the Anthropological Linguistics and the Folia de Reis" at the Popular Music in
44th Annual ISA Convention, Portland, Anthropology of Religion, for a forthcom- Latin America conference from July 21
Oregon, February 25-March 2, 2003. ing Encyclopedia of Anthropology to be pub- 25, 2004 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The conlished by Sage Press. ference was co-hosted by the Universidade
EMaxine Margolis (Anthropology) gave Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro
the keynote lecture "Brazilian Immigration EJeffrey Needell (History) presented a (UNIRIO), Universidade Candido Mendes to the U.S.: Research & Issues for the New paper in April at Stanford University on the and Pontificia Universidade Cat6lica do Millenium" at the National Congress on Brazilian abolitionist legislation of 1871, Rio de Janeiro. He also gave a lecture at the
Brazilian Immigration to the United States and gave a seminar on his book ms. He also Faculdade de Tecnologia in Rio Preto on organized by the David Rockefeller Center returned to Brazil to do preliminary "Lideranqa e Empreendedorismo" and at
for Latin American Studies, Harvard research towards his third book project, the Universidade Livre de Mfisica-Sao Paulo
University in March 2005. Dr. Margolis' Afro-Brazilian culture and politics in Rio, "A ImportAncia da Etnomusicologia chapter "Brazilians in the United States, 1750-1904. While in Brazil, he accepted an Desenvolvimento Cultural e Globalizagdo' Canada, Europe, Japan and Paraguay" was iinvitation to join the advisory council of published in the Encyclopedia of Diasporas the Arquivo Nacional's journal, Acervo. He EHernan Vera (Sociology) is writing a in 2004. is now the Graduate Coordinator for the book on Prolegomena to the Study of
Department of History. Racism in Chile. His most recent book is
EGerald Murray (Anthropology) complet- Screen Saviors, published by Rowman and
ed, with Glenn Smucker, an investigation of EFrancis E. "Jack" Putz (Botany) was Littlefield in 2003. This book was the enslavement of Haitian children in recently selected to be the Prince Bernard co-authored with Andrew Gordon from the Haiti and the Dominican Republic under Chair in International Conservation at English department at UF and studies how
contract with USAID. Ms. Tess Kulstad, a Utrecht University in The Netherlands. His the image of whites has evolved in MALAS student working under Murray's predecessors in this 5-year part-time Hollywood movies from 1915 through
supervision, participated in this research as appointment were Norman Myers and 2002.
BACARDI LECTURE SERIES:
and Religion in the Americas
This lecture series explores the interplay among immigration, politics, and religion, focusing in particular on the emergence of new local, national, and transnational identities in the hemisphere. The series is coordinated with "Latino Immigrants in Florida: Lived Religion, Space, and Power;' an interdisciplinary research project supported by a grant from the Ford Foundation.
"The Land Which the Lord Your God Giveth You: Locality, Global Christianity, and Immigrant Incorporation in a New Imperial Age" Nina Glick Schiller, Professor of Anthropology, University of New Hampshire, Durham February 8
"Joining the African Diaspora: Dynamics of Migration and Urban Religion" Paul Christopher Johnson, Associate Professor, Department of History and Center for Afroamerican and African Studies, University of Michigan February 15
"Miracles on the Border: Traditions and Religion of Mexican Migrants in the United States"
Jorge Durand, Professor of Social Anthropology, University of Guadalajara, Mexico March 8
"Faith-Based Immigrant Rights Advocacy" Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo, Professor of Sociology, University of Southern California March 22
"Cross-Cultural Brokers of the Andes: Otavalan Migrant Merchants and Musicians"
David Kyle, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of California, Davis March 28
"Beautiful Bodies and (Dis)Appearing Identities: Japanese Brazilian Ethnicity and Brazilian Film" Jeffrey Lesser, Winship Distinguished Research Professor of History and Director, Program in Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Emory University
2004 Foreign Language and Area Studies
The following UF students received US Department of Education Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships from the Center for Latin American Studies.
Del Vecchio, Isadora Haitian Creole Anthropology MA Summer
DiGiano, Maria Portuguese Natural Resources and Environment MS Summer
Duchelle, Amy Portuguese Wildlife Ecology and Conservation PhD Summer
Fensom, Meredith Portuguese Law/Latin American Studies JD/MA Summer
Gordon, Ronald Haitian Creole Food and Resource Economics PhD Academic Year
Hazlewood, Julianne Cha'palaa Latin American Studies MA Summer
Johnson, Edward Portuguese Business/Latin American Studies MBA/MA Academic Year
Keefe, Kelly Portuguese Forest Resources and Conservation PhD Summer
Lasseter, Ava 'eqchi' Anthropology MA Summer
Morales, Katherine Maya Anthropology PhD Summer
Shields, William Portuguese Latin American Studies MA Academic Year
Williams, Bryan Portuguese Political Science PhD Academic Year
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Latin American Studies Field Research Clinic
The third annual Center for Latin
American Studies Field Research Cl i n i c 7-1 Poster Competition
T (FRC) was held on February 1 1. The '" UW I N R
FRC is a two-part event that brings togetherW I N R
graduate students and faculty in a half-day This years' FRC poster competition
forum focused on graduate student research, involved 30 students from nine differThe first half of the Clinic provides a space for et departments and 15 countries.
graduate student interaction. Students initially It was attended by over 150 people,
meet in their cohort groups (Pre-fieldwork, including 25 faculty from more than
Post-fieldwork, Pre-dissertation) to discuss: Student, Dilcia Toro (left) and Anthropology professor 10 departments. The 2005 poster
Epcainancocrsaotpeaig Dr. Tony Oliver-Smith (right). competition winners, as judged by a
proposals and doing fieldwork The second half of the Clinic is a research faculty panel, were:
*Thesis writing expectations and challenges poster competition where students who received 1st Prize:
Pre-issetatin rsearh folow-p &summer research funding through the CenterLua otn(ShlofFrs
* Pr-diserttio resarc folow p &for Latin American Studies present their work in Lesucs otn (CoolsofvForest
dissertation expectations and challenges research poster form much as is found in aca-Rsucsad osrain
Students then come together in smaller, mixed demic conferences. To aid them in preparing 2nd Prize:
groups for a session on New Student Mentoring. their posters, the Center offers a series of short, Erin Thornton (Anthropology)
This set of activities provides a forumn for stu- pre-FRC meetings where students learn about 3rd Prize:
dents to reflect on their research experiences and research poster content, design and presentation. Geraldo Silva (Geography)
for new students to ask questions of their more The FRC was organized by Jon Damn
experienced peers. Professional Skills Coordinator.
Latin American Business Conference:
Corporate and Career Opportunities
The Latin American Business Environment Program (LABEP) at the Center for Latin American Studies held the second Latin American Business Conference on March 19, 2005. The conference was designed to provide corporate perspectives on the current business environment in the region and on career opportunities for students. In addition to the Center for Latin American Studies and Center for International Business Education and Research, there were six corporate sponsors and five university co-sponsors of the event.
Terry McCoy, Director of the LABEP, opened the conference with an overview of the economic recovery currently underway in Latin America. The first session, moderated by Andy Naranjo (Department of Finance), featured presentations by senior-level corporate managers from FedEx, Prudential Real Estate Investors, Seald Sweet, LLC and Telef6nica on their firms' operations in the region and perspectives on the outlook for Latin America. Two of the participants in the corporate session were UF alumni.
Stephen Trent, Vice President of Citigroup Smith Barney, gave the keynote luncheon address. He offered his perspective on Latin American Equity Markets and shared analysis of three companies Cimex, Embraer and Lan that he follows. After lunch, Mr. Trent joined speakers from the morning session for Keynote speaker, Stephen Trent. gnrldsuso n usin rmteadec.MdrtrBl esn Dprmn fFo n
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Ford (left) and Jaime Villafuerte (right). Resource Economics) closed the roundtable by asking each of the managers for their advice for students preparing for careers in Latin American business and finance.
The conference concluded with a career roundtable with the participation of recent graduates from four UF business- related programs: MBA, Master of Arts in International Business, Master of Science in Food and Resource Economics, and BS in Public Relations. Moderator Alex Sevilla (Director of Florida MBA
Progrms) uide the artiipans th oug iscussion of their companies' Latin American operations,
2004 Field Research Grant Recipients
The following students at the University of Florida were awarded funding from the Center for Latin American Studies and the Tropical Conservation and Development (TCD) Program to conduct field research in the summer of 2004.
Name Award Country of Research Department Degree Project
School of Natural Land Use, Livelihood Systems and Strategies: The
Alvira, Diana TCD Ecuador Resources and PhD Shifting Balance of Forests and Fields in the Foothills
Environment of the Northeastern Andean Ranges of Ecuador
Shifting Ethnic Identity: Land Tenure Claims and Bolarhos, Omaira Wagley Brazil Anthropology PhD Construction of Indigenous Identity in Santarem,
School of Natural In Search of Resilience: Cross-Scale Analysis of
Cassidy, Lin TCD Trinidad Resources and PhD Socio-Economic Edges. A Comparative Study of
Environment Forest-Agriculture Transition Zones in the Caribbean
School of Natural Analysis of the Relationship between Vegetation
Castafieda, Hector TCD Costa Rica Resources and MS Types and the Diversity of Wild Edible Plants
Environment They Provide to the Guayami
On-Demand Production of Personalized
Cornejo, Camilo Tinker Honduras Agricultural & Biological PhD Illustration-Based Extension Manuals for
Engineering Irrigation and Water Management
School of Forest Resources Sustainable Forest Management for
Cossio Solano, Rosa Woods Hole Peru and Conservation PhD Community-Based Timber Production in the
Department of Madre de Dios, Peruvian Amazon
Coming Home: The Return and Reintegration of Daugaard-Hansen, Wilgus Belize Anthropology PhD Belizean Returnees from the United States
Flemming to Belize, Central America
School of Natural An Evaluation of Incentives for Land Use Change
DiGiano, Maria TCD Brazil Resources and MS among Smallholders in the Western Brazilian
Factors that Drive the Adoption or Non-Adoption Agricultural Education & of Sustainable Technologies Among
Communication Small Scale Farmers: Perceptions of Farmers and
Change Agents in Costa Rica
DuChemin, Geoffrey Interdisc. Turks & Caicos Anthropology MA Zooarchaeological Investigation of Small Islets and
Cays in the Turks and Caicos Islands
Assessing Timber Management Potential of Amazon School of Forest Resources Tidal Floodplain Forests Using Land Cover Change
Fortini, Lucas TCD Brazil .MS
and Conservation Analysis, Forest Growth Models, and Historical
School of NaturalSut
Haddle, Jenny TCD Belize Resources and MS ustainability of Ecotourism in Rural Creole Belize:
Environment A Case Study of Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary
Humphries, Shoana Wagley Brazil School of Forest Resources MS The Impact of FSC Certification on Communities
and Conservation in the Western Brazilian Amazon
continued on page 10
2004 Field Research Grant Recipients continued
Name Award Country of Research Department Degree Project
Journalism & Mass Cultural Preservation of Batalla:
Katz, Claudia Tinker Honduras MA
Communication a Garifuna Village in Honduras
Sustainable Seed Harvest Projections for a Woods School of Forest Resources Tropical Tree (Carapa guianensis) in the Rubber
Klimas, Christie Brazil MS
Hole and Conservation Tapper Community Caqueta, Brazil:
A Matrix Modeling Approach
Haitian Cinderellas: Are hijos de crianza discriminated Kulstad, Tess tinker Dominican Republic MALAS MA aanti oiia otrhms
against in Dominican foster homes?
Prehistoric Caribbean Subsistence Patterns: LeFebvre, Michelle Interdisc. Grenada Anthropology MA Zooarchaeological Analysis from Ceramic Period
Sites on the Island of Carriacou
Levitch, Matthew Tinker Ecuador Journalism & Mass MA Battle For the Amazon
Montambaut, Jensen TCD Kingdom of Tonga School of Natural PhD Ecological Effects of Human Communities
Resources and Environment on Landbird Conservation
A Critical Analysis of the Resource-to-Consumption Mtenga, Kibiby TCD Malawi Agricultural Education and PhD Approach as an Incentive for Women and Poor
Communication Farmers to Adopt and Re-Invest in Soil Fertility
Management Technologies in Malawi
Pond, Wendy Tinker Argentina MALAS MA Trueque Participants: Ideologues or Pragmatists?
School of Forest Resources Evaluating Logging Impacts, Sampling Methods, and
Rockwell, Cara TCD Brazil and Conservation MS Community Monitoring Preferences for Tropical Timber
St. Arnaud, Anouk Tinker Peru MALAS MA Women's Rights and the Application
of the Family Violence Law
In Situ Conservation and Local Management of Silva, Geraldo TCD Brazil Geography PhD Agrobiodiversity among the Kaiabi and Yudja
Indigenous Peoples of the Xingu Park,
Mato Grosso, Brazil
Souza, Francisco Woods Brazil MALAS MA Land Use Land Cover Changes in Community
Kennedy Hole Forestry Management in Acre, Brazil
Thornton, Erin Tinker Guatemala Anthropology PhD Identifying Regional Patterns of
Prehistoric Maya Animal Use and Exchange
Evaluating the Scale of Complex Societies lAnthropology MA in the Upper Xingu, Southern Amazon, Brazil
School of Natural Investigating the Effects of Forest Fragmentation
Trager; Matthew TOD Brazil MS
Resources and Environment on an Amazonian Ant-Plant Mutualism
Nahulingo and Cacao: Salvadoran Constructions Watson, Matthew tinker El Salvador Anthropology MA of Local History and Tradition
Social Nets do Work: Explaining the Difference in Williams, Bryan Tinker Brazil Political Science PhD Sualt o irs Equate etteen
Quality of Life in Rio's squatter settlements
10 ilHE LTNM RCNI
Symposium on the Crisis in Haiti
n January 27, the Center for Latin community-based support group intervenAmerican Studies hosted a Symposium tion to improve quality of life for women
on the Crisis in Haiti. The event with elephantiasis in Haiti.
brought together four imminent scholars in the Gerald Murray (University of Florida, field of Haitian studies to discuss the current Anthropology) spoke on the ecological crisis issues confronting the country. confronting Haiti. Murray has extensive
Alex Dupuy (Wesleyan University, Sociology), experience with contract research and develauthor of Haiti in the World Economy: Class, Race, opment projects in Haiti, including a lengthy and Underdevelopment Since 1700; Haiti in the USAID-funded agroforestry project. New World Order: The Limits of the Democratic Alex Stepick (Florida International Revolution; and the forthcoming The Prophet and University, Anthropology & Sociology), Power: Jean-Bertrand Aristide, Haiti, and the New author of City on the Edge, Pride Against Panelist, Alex Dupuy Imperialism, spoke broadly of the political dilem- Prejudice, and This Land is Our mas facing Haiti. Land, presented on the Haitian
Jeannine Coreil (University of South Florida, refugee crisis. Stepick is the recipient Community and Family Health) reflected on her of the American Anthropological research experience of twenty-seven years to Association and the Society for frame the current humanitarian crisis. Her cur- Applied Anthropology Margaret rent projects include studies of stigma and tuber- Mead Award for his work with culosis among Haitians in Florida and Haiti, and a Haitian refugees.
"Indigenous Knowledge, Education and Development in the Americas: Academic Responses to Indigenous Activism and Cultural Revival in Colombia, Honduras, Mexico, and Florida" was held at UF on October 28
- 29, 2004. The organizers, F61ix Bolafios (Associate Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures) and Allan Burns (Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs; Professor of Anthropology), convened a group of 1; teachers, university administrators, government consultants, and cultural
AfroArgentines Historian, Miriam Gomes (left) and civil activists in a workshop and lecture series format. and from the Department of Romance Languages Participants addressed the UF community about different experiences
and Literatures, Martin Sorbille (right). working with indigenous peoples of the Americas; discussed their diverse
professional experiences in working with such communities and their culn February 23, the Center for tures, languages, and literatures; integrated those experiences into proposL co- als for new university courses on issues of cultural diversity; developed
sponsored a viewing of the documen- strategies to help local indigenous communities gain cultural and political
taryAfroArgernines with the Center for autonomy; and established the basis of an international association for
African Studies and the Transnational the discussion of indigenous issues.
and Global Studies Center. The event The event featured lectures by:
was in collaboration with the New N Elena Barrera Bustillos, Dean of Education, Universidad
York-based Latin American Video Aut6noma de Yucatin
Archives and its African Dispora n the U Miguel Guemez Pineda, Centro de Investigactiones Regionales,
Americas tour. Universidad Aut6noma de Yucatan
AfroArgentines highlighted aspects of
the historyof racism and the hidden U Santiago Ruiz, Doctoral Candidate, Department of Anthropology,
culture of blacks in Argentina. The University of Florida
documentary was followed by a ques- U Juana Rosario Duarte de Fortin, General Director of Education for
tion and answer session with Afro- the Secretary of Education in Honduras
Argentine historian Miriam Gomes. E Socorro Vfisquez, Professor of Anthropology, Universidad
Gomes also appears in the film. Javeriana, Bogot6, Colombia
The film discusses how the
Argentinean government tried to 0 HernAn Dario Correa, Sociologist and consultant on indigenous
"whiten" the population by informing and environmental issues, Bogoti, Colombia
the people of Argentina that blacks had N Luis Fernando Restrepo, Associate Professor of Latin American
disappeared. "There are no black people Literature and Culture, University of Arkansas
in Argentina, Brazil has that problem," 0 Gustavo Verdesio, Associate Professor of Latin American Literature
said Carlos Saul Menem, President of and Culture, University of Michigan
AThi a f t past of Catherine Emihovich, Dean of Education, University of Florida
blacks in Argentina and their place in U Maria Coady, Assistant Professor of Education, University of
society through historical footage and Florida
interviews. The interviews are with This workshop was made possible by the financial support of the
blacks from a variety of backgrounds Center for Latin American Studies, the College of Education, the
such as intellectuals, taxi drivers, black International Center, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Office
immigrants, and native AfroArgentines. of the Provost, and the Department of Romance Languages and
12 THE ~~LAINA ERCAIS
September 23 March 10
Kirsten Anderson (MALAS Student; Carter Dr. James Mahoney, Associate Professor, Center Fellow), Patricia Prevatt IMALAS Department of Sociology, Brown University. Student), Adriana Sanchez (MALAS student). "A Comparative Study of the Developmental "The Referendum in Venezuela." Moderator: Legacies of Spanish and British Colonialism." Dr. Phillip Williams, Chair and Professor, Department of Political Science. March 17
Dr. Florence Babb, Vada Allen Yeomans October 14 Professor of Women's Studies, Center for
Or. Efrain Barradas, Professor, Department of Women's Studies and Gender Research.
C/ ) Romances Languages & Literatures and Center "Tourism, Gender and Representations of the
for Latin American Studies. "Is there a Latin Post revolutionary Nation: Reflections on American Camp?" Nicaragua and Cuba."
October 21 March 24
E Or. Maxine Margolis, Professor, Department of Dr. William Tilson, Professor, School of
Anthropology, "Brasphobia: Is There a Brazilian Architecture, "The Issues of Place Making in Community in the U.S.?" Rural Tropical Environments."
November 18 April 7
Or. Menno Vellinga, Visiting Professor, Center Dr. John Kaplan, Associate Professor, College of for Latin American Studies. "The Drug Industry Journalism and Communications. "Vanishing in Latin America." Heritage."
January 13 April 14
0 Dr. Carmen Diana Deere, Director, Center for Or, Gahriel L61)ez, Ford Foundation and Visiting
Latin American Studies, Professor, Food and Scholar, Center for Latin American Studies, Resource Economics. "The Feminization of "Advancing Sustainability. Social Movements Agriculture? Economic Restructuring in Rural for Development Alternatives: Cases from Brazil
0 Latin America," and the Global South."
Dr. Thomas Oakland, Professor, Educational Psychology. Recipient of 2004 UF International Educator Award. "Providing Psychological Services to Children in Brazil."
Dr. Jarnes Stansbury, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology. "AIDS is Almost Destroying the Human Race: Grief and a Conception of HIV/AIDS."
Di Tace Hedrick, Associate Professor, Department of English. "Of Indians, Women, and Time: Modernity in Gloria AnzaIdUa s Borderlands/1-a Frontera."
SPRING 2005 13
Joan Flocks (MALAS 1988) is the Director of Timothy J. Powers (MALAS 1986) is Associate the Social Policy Division for the Center for Professor of Political Science at Florida
Governmental Responsibility at the UF Levin International University and President of the
College of Law and lives in Melrose, Florida. Brazilian Studies Association. He lives in Miami,
Volker Frank (MALAS 1987) is an associate Florida.
professor of Sociology at the University of North Brent L. Probinsky (MALAS 1978) is a lawyer Natalie Arsenault (MALAS 2002) is the Carolina in Asheville, North Carolina. and partner in the firm Beckham and Probinsky,
Outreach Coordinator at the Teresa Lozano Charles Grafstrom (MALAS 1995) is an aca- LLP in Sarasota, Florida.
Long Institute of Latin American Studies at the demic adviser for the University of Minnesota, Russell W. Ramsey (PhD 1970) is a Graduate
University of Texas in Austin, Texas. and lives in Blaine, Minnesota. Professor of Diplomacy at Norwick University in
Christina Assal (MALAS 1997) is the Director Andrea Grosse (MALAS 1992) is the project Northfield, Virginia.
of Admissions for Marketing and College manager for the Inter-American Biodiversity Mary Risner (MALAS 2001) is the Assistant
Counseling at the SEK International School and Information Network and lives in Leesburg, Director for the Latin American Business
lives in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Virginia. Environment Program at the University of
Marcos Avellan (MALAS 1998) is the General Kerri S. Hannan (MALAS 1999) is a Foreign Florida.
Store Manager for Sears, Roebuck and Co. and Service Officer in India for the Department of Maurice Sabbah (MALAS 1973) is
lives in Columbia, South Carolina. State. Coordinator and Global Academy Teacher at Far
Connie M. (Gutierrez) Bahrs (MALAS 1996) is Gayle B. Harrell (MALAS 1977) is a Florida Rockaway High School, and lives in Oceanside,
an online anthropology and sociology instructor State Legislator for District 81 and lives in New York.
at Tidewater Community College Chesapeake Stuart, Florida. David Salisbury (MALAS 2002) is a PhD
Campus and lives in Springfield,Ho an (MALAS 1965) is the Paul W. Candidate in the Department of Geography and
Alan R. Bonderud (MALAS 1976) is the and Nancy W. Murrill Distinguished Professor in Environment at the University of Texas in
Director of Business Development at the Department of History at Louisiana State Austin, Texas.
International Air Mobility and lives in Ft. Worth, University in Baton Rouge. Eduardo Silva (MALAS 1987) is a full-time
Texas. tour guide for the Conch Tour Train and a partDeborah Hooker (MALAS 1999) is a program
Tara Boonstra (MALAS 1993) is an environ- analyst for the U.S. Department of State and time Spanish teacher at San Carlos Institute. He
mental attorney who serves as Assistant General lives in Washington, D.C. lives in Key West, Florida.
Counsel for the St. Johns River Water Norrie (Ersoff) Horak (MALAS 1996) owns and Herrick A. Smith (MALAS 1997) is a teacher in
Florida. operates a small business called Playball and lives the Social Studies Department at Nease High
in Smyrna, Georgia. School and lives in St. Augustine, Florida.
Nadine Brown (MALAS 1998) is an attorney Danielle Snyder (MALAS 2002) is an
and immigration advocate and lives in Winter Lisa Kerber (MALAS 1992) is the Director of
Park, Florida. Research and Education for the St. David's Intelligence Analyst and lives in Bristol,
Foundation and lives in Austin, Texas. Pennsylvania.
Maria M. Bustillo-Hernfndez (MALAS 1987) Mark Sorensen (MALAS 1989) is the Director
is the Catedrditica Auxiliar and Coordinator for Paul Losch (MALAS 2002) is the Assistanti i
the Unidad Ciencias Sociales, Escuela Graduada Librarian for the UF Smather's Library East of Workforce Training and Continuing Education at the University of Texas in
de Salud Ptiblica at the University of Puerto Rico Latin American Collection and lives in
and lives in Isla Verde, Carolina, Puerto Rico. Gainesville, Florida. Brownsville, Texas.
Hannah Covert (MALAS 1998) is the Director Jessica Robb Massay (MALAS 1999) is the Juan C. Valencia (MALAS 1998) is Senior of the Florida Brazil Institute and the Associate Group Account Planning Director for Bromley purchaing nst at Veion Wirele ad
Director of TCD for the Center for Latin Communications and lives in San Antonio, Texas. part-time instructor at Union City College. He
lives in Roselle Park, New Jersey.
American Studies at the University of Florida Marialisa Miller (MALAS 1990) is an independ- Sara (Staron) Vivas (MALAS 1998) is a
and lives in Gainesville, Florida. ent consultant working in postconflict/conflict Bilingual Technical Editor at CH2M Hill and
Christina (Reid) Douglas (MALAS 1996) is programming and lives in Washington, D.C. linGainesvill Flora.
lives in Gainesville, Florida.
project manager for FedEx Corporate Services Colonel Curtis S. Morris Jr. (MALAS 1974) is a
Trish Wilson (MALAS 1991) is the Science and
International and lives in Dayton, Ohio. defense consultant for CollaborX, Inc., and lives
Earl Richard Downes (MALAS 1975) is in Suffolk, Virginia. and lives in Wyncote, Pennsylvania.
President of Richard Downes Technology
Consulting Inc. and lives in Miami, Florida.
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2005 Annual Conference
EIn collaboration with the UF Latin American Collection, the Center for Latin American Studies' 54th Annual Conference will bring the Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials (SALALM) to Gainesville, Florida, April 16 19, 2005. SALALM is celebrating 50 years of professional activity
that has fostered and supported Latin American research in many areas of knowledge, drawn from the
humanities and social sciences to science and technology. Individual members and member libraries hail from
some 25 countries spanning the Americas and Europe and represent the most notable institutions and book
vendors focused on Latin American Studies.
Panels on Latin American topics will reflect the broad interests of the organization. There will be at least one
panel on the history and contributions of SALALM itself to the Latin Americanist research community.
SALALM held its initial meeting in Gainesville in 1956 and held its annual conference here in 1977.
More information on the conference can be found at