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SLATINAMERICANIST
University of Florida Center for Latin American Studies I Volume 38, Number 1 I Spr./Summ. 2007




Jay Brickman

Gives Address on Status of Trade with Cuba


The Latin American Business Environment Program of the
Center for Latin American Studies hosted the third Latin
American Business Symposium and Career Workshop on
January 26, 2007. Guest speakers from the private, public and
non-profit sectors shared their views on the Latin American business
environment and career prospects for students studying Latin
America.
The keynote speaker was Jay Brickman (UF 1964), Vice-President
of Crowley Maritime Corporation. Brickman heads Crowley's
Government Service programs, where he is responsible for
coordinating the company's service to Cuba. His address focused on
the prospects for U.S. businesses in Cuba.
Crowley Maritime Corporation is one of the oldest and largest
U.S.-owned shipping companies. In his presentation, titled "Long
Voyage to a Safe Harbor," Brickman discussed the U.S. embargo on
trade with Cuba, its implications for Crowley and the entire shipping
industry, and the future of U.S.-Cuban relations.
The U.S. embargo on trade with Cuba was imposed in October 1960
after Fidel Castro's government expropriated a large number of
U.S.-owned properties on the island. In an attempt to isolate the island
economically and undermine the Castro regime, all imports from Cuba
were banned, as were most U.S. exports. In over 40 years, U.S. policy
towards Cuba has remained virtually unchanged, even though many
companies have complained that the embargo severely hampers U.S.
business to the benefit of foreign competitors.
Brickman explained that the embargo has severely restricted Crowley's
business opportunities by blocking access to the Caribbean's largest
economy. It has also caused logistical problems for the company. On any
given day, Crowley Maritime may have three or four liners transporting
goods to Latin America, but they must actively avoid Cuba.
While the embargo has been the centerpiece of U.S. policy for more
than four decades, there are signs that the policy may be easing. In 2000,
Congress passed an exception to the embargo allowing agricultural
exports to the island in the case of humanitarian assistance. Under the
auspices of this new exception, the Cuban government negotiated a
contract with Crowley to deliver goods to Havana beginning in April
2001. The initial shipment, however, never made it to the island. Without


A Crowley Maritime Corporation ship entering Havana in December 2001.


an official explanation, the Cuban government cancelled the shipment
and the liner was forced to return to Florida without docking in Havana.
The event was seen as a major setback, but the company soon got a
second chance.
In 2001, Hurricane Michelle devastated Cuba and disaster relief efforts
led to the resumption of humanitarian exports to the island. On
December 16, 2001, after more than 40 years, a Crowley shipping liner
docked in Havana carrying $20 million in humanitarian supplies.
The humanitarian exception may have partially opened up the Cuban
market to shipping companies like Crowley, but Brickman made it clear
that shipments to Cuba are not easily carried out. The company must
obtain advance cash payments from the Cuban government before the
ship can leave a U.S. port. The process to make a single shipment can
take anywhere from weeks to months, but the effort can be financially
worth the wait. Trade between U.S. and Cuba has grown from $4 million
in 2001 to more than $558 million in 2006.
While profits are increasing for companies that export to Cuba,
Brickman explained that the embargo still prohibits many U.S.
companies from taking full advantage of business opportunities in Cuba.
The conditions imposed on U.S.-Cuban trade have caused the island to
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p3 56th Conference 7 Faculty
Keynote p7 News
Address Notes


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Highlights of the 2007 Spring Semester were the Bacardi Family Lecture
Series on The State of Latino Studies, the third Latin American Business
Symposium and Career Workshop, and the Center's 56th Annual Conference on
the theme of "Indigenous Peoples in Digital Cultures".
Jorge Duany, Professor of Anthropology and Chair of the Department of
Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Puerto Rico, held the Center's
Bacardi Family Eminent Scholar in Latin American Studies chair this spring and
coordinated the Bacardi Family Lecture Series (see p. 11). The Lecture Series
r C n Da De brought four other distinguished Latino Studies scholars to campus for a public
Dr. Carmen Diana Deere
lecture and to participate in a graduate seminar on Issues in Latino Studies. Dr.
Duany also taught an undergraduate seminar on Latino Popular Culture.
The Center also conducted a search this spring for a Latino Studies social scientist to consolidate its
research and graduate training program on Latinos and Immigration. An offer has been made to an
excellent candidate and we hope he will be on board in January 2008.
The Latin American Business Symposium and Career Workshop brought a number of UF alumni back
to campus to share their views on the Latin American business environment and to advise students on
careers focused on Latin America in business, government, and the non-profit sector. The keynote,
delivered by alumnus Jay Brickman, is featured in this issue (see front cover).
The Center's 56th Annual Conference brought together a diverse set of scholars, practitioners, and
indigenous leaders to discuss the role of technology in the preservation of indigenous language and
culture. The conference also served to spotlight the Center's U.S. Department of Education Title
VI-funded project on Aymara on the internet, an interdisciplinary effort to preserve Aymara language
and culture. We were delighted to host the Bolivian Ambassador to the U.S., Gustavo Guzm6n Saldana,
as the opening keynote speaker (see p. 3).
Other guest lecturers this spring included Rafael Hern6ndez, Senior Research Fellow at the Centro
de Investigaci6n y Desarrollo de la Cultura Cubana, (see p. 4) and Nora England (UF PhD, Anthropology
1975), Professor of Linguistics at the University of Texas at Austin. The LAS Colloquium Series included
special presentations by Visiting Scholar, Nana Wilson-Tagoe of the University of London, and political
scientist Steve Morris of the University of Southern Alabama, in addition to those by the Center's
affiliate faculty.
The Center for Latin American Studies this spring awarded a record $767,500 ($589,365 in external
funding) in graduate fellowships and summer research grants. Thirty-six students received summer
research grants to conduct research in 14 countries, funded by a grant from The Tinker Foundation and
endowment income. Eight students were awarded Title VI FLAS academic year fellowships to study
Portuguese or Haitian Creole, while seven UF students received FLAS summer fellowships to study
Portuguese and Yucatec Maya. TCD is supporting 19 students with AY fellowships in 2007-08. We are
pleased that the Center can continue to support graduate students from across the campus in their
studies of Latin America, the Caribbean and Latinos in the U.S.


1 Jay Brickman Addresses Trade with Cuba


12 Field Research Poster Competition


gLATINAMERICANIST

Volume 38, Number 1
Spring/Summer 2007

Center for Latin American Studies
319 Grinter Hall
PO Box 115530
Gainesville, FL 32611-5530
352-392-0375
www.latam.ufl.edu

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


Efrain Barradas (LAS/RLL)
Richmond Brown Associate Director,
Academic Programs
Emilio M. Bruna (LAS/WEC)
Jonathan Dain (LAS/SNRE)
Meredith Fensom (LAS/Law)
Karen Kainer (LAS/SFRC)
Sue Legg Research Director, PGL
Elizabeth Lowe Associate Director,
Distance Learning & Program Development
Ana Margheritis (LAS/Political Science)
Terry McCoy (LAS/Political Science)
Mary Risner Outreach Coordinator &
Assistant Director, LABEP
Janet Bente Romero Associate Director of
Development, UFF
Patricia Delam6nica Sampaio Program
Coordinator
Marianne Schmink (LAS/Anthropology)
J. Richard Stepp (LAS/Anthropology)
Welson Tremura (LAS/Music)
Pilar Useche (LAS/FRE)
Menno Vellinga (LAS)
Charles H. Wood (LAS/Sociology)


3 2007 Annual Conference. Safa Endowment 13 Outreach News


4 Hernandez Lecture

5 Study Abroad, Jacare Brazil
6 TCD Project
7 Faculty News and Notes
9 Recent Faculty Books
10 2007 Bacardi Scholar

11 Bacardi Family Lecture Series 2007, FLAS


14 Summer Research Grant Recipients
15 MALAS Graduates 2006-07

16 Undergraduate Minors, Certificates
17 International Business Study Tour
18 Alumni News and Notes

19 Thanks to Donors, Giving to Center
20 2008 Annual Conference


UF Center for
S Latin American Studies
UNIVERSITY of FLORIDA






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Bolivian Ambassador to U.S. Delivers


56th Annual Conference Keynote Address


Gustavo Guzmin Saldana, Bolivian Ambassador to the U.S.,
delivered the opening keynote address at the Center's 56th
Annual Conference on Indigenous Peoples in Digital Cultures,
February 14, 2007. Appointed by President Evo Morales in September
2006, Guzmin, a former journalist, arrived in Washington, DC with a
long-standing commitment to social justice, but with no prior
diplomatic experience. His keynote address, entitled "The Indigenous
Majority and the New Politics in Bolivia," focused on the pervasive social
exclusion that divides Bolivia and the Morales administration's efforts to
surmount it.
Guzmin noted that it is difficult to refer to Bolivia as a "community of
citizens" since the country has systematically denied full citizenship to
the indigenous population that composes nearly two-thirds of the
country's total population. This exclusion is evident in the statistics:
approximately 60 percent of Bolivians live in poverty and nearly
two-thirds of those living in poverty are indigenous. Contemporary
digital culture in Bolivia reinforces this social exclusion by providing
unequal access to information technology. Approximately a quarter of
Bolivians report having used the internet at least once. Of those who use
the internet, most are young and come from upper class, urban
backgrounds. More than half of Bolivians who have never used the
internet expressed interest in trying it, but do not know how or where to
access it.
Admittedly, these questions have no simple answers. Guzmin,
however, outlined the Morales administration's general strategies for
alleviating poverty and creating a Bolivian society in which all of its
citizens can more fully participate. According to Guzmin, through fiscal
reform, comprehensive agrarian reform, and the nationalization of the
gas, petroleum, and hydrocarbon industries, Bolivia is creating more
financial and social stability for its citizens and is forging its own path of
development. He further noted that Bolivia's nationalization program is
characterized by a flexibility that distinguishes it from other "classic"
cases of nationalization. The Morales administration has launched the
first government-funded national information technology literacy
program in Bolivia's history. Such programs make it possible for
Bolivians to be, as Guzmin noted, at once ii ...... i and modern."
Concluding on a hopeful note, Guzmin observed that Latin America
is undergoing a second transformation from democratization toward
equality. While the fight against social exclusion will ultimately
determine the vitality and success of this transformation, Guzmin is
confident that Bolivia is headed in the right direction. He added that the
election of Morales as Bolivia's first indigenous president symbolizes the
emergence of a new Bolivia that recognizes and affirms its indigenous
roots.
-Contributed by Molly Dondero, MALAS student

To view Ambassador Guzmin's keynote address, please visit:
http://56conference.latam.ufl.edu/video.asp


wJ :
A Gustavo Guzman Saldafia (far left) Bolivian Ambassador to the
U.S., Dennis Jett (UFIC) and Elizabeth Lowe (LAS) during the
opening of the Center's 56th Annual Conference in February 2007.


Helen Safa Endows Graduate

Student Travel Fund

r. Helen I. Safa, Professor Emerita of,... ili, .1...1.._- and Latin
American Studies, has made a gift of $50,000 to the Center for
Latin American Studies to create the Safa Graduate Student Travel
Endowment fund. Income from the fund will provide travel grants for
UF graduate students affiliated with the Center to present papers at the
international congresses of the Latin American Studies Association
(LASA), the largest international association of professional
Latin americanists.
Dr. Safa was Director of the Center for Latin American Studies from
1980 85 and President of LASA from 1983-84. At the event recognizing
her gift on January 29, 2007, she said she had been thinking of giving an
endowment for some time and knew it had to benefit both the Center
and LASA. "I have not missed a LASA Congress since I started going in
the 1970s, when I was first elected to the Executive Council. During this
time LASA has grown in membership to 6,000, nearly half of whom are
Latin Americans, and has become a vital source of exchange, knowledge
and friendships.
The Center held the
first Safa Fund
competition this
spring for students
presenting papers at
the September 2007
LASA congress in
Montreal. Five
students (from RLL,
SNRE, Law and
A Carmen Diana Deere honors Helen Safa for the
'i, ..l... "1.- ) were creation of the Safa Graduate Student Travel
awarded travel grants. Endowment Fund in January 2007.


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Rafael Hernandez


on Civil Society in U.S.-Cuban Relations


R afael Hernindez, the John F. Kennedy Visiting Professor of Latin
American Studies at Harvard University in fall 2006, and Senior
research Fellow at the Centro de Investigaci6n y Desarrollo de la
Cultura Cubana "Juan Marinello" in Havana, presented a lecture at UF
on "Civil Society in U.S.-Cuban Relations" in January 2007. Hernindez
has held numerous teaching positions in Cuba, Mexico and the United
States and is editor of the Cuban social sciences and humanities
periodical, TEMAS.
The focus of the lecture was the way in which civil societies in Cuba
and the U.S. have enriched bilateral relations, in spite of the lack of
diplomatic and political relations between the two countries. According
to Hernindez, Cuban civil society is considered by many to be a
"non-subject." In the analysis of most countries, the components of civil
society are complex and nearly multitudinous, including NGOs, public
and private universities, private business, the media, etc. Cuba's civil
society, by contrast, is usually perceived in the U.S. to be exclusively
focused around political opposition; most analysts fail to take into
account the nuances.
Ironically, in an effort to highlight the actions of Cuban dissident
groups, the U.S. government may actually hinder the development of a
broader civil debate in Cuba on the course of the country by
stigmatizing certain words and phrases. According to Hernindez, terms
such as "human rights" and "transition" are likely to "become identified
with the U.S. and are taboo terms...there is an interference that limits
debate."
While in the past Cuban civil society was less heterogeneous, the
1990s saw a dramatic increase in diverse views that are now being openly
expressed. Acknowledging the fact that government media outlets such
as television and newspapers carry only official views, Hernindez
emphasized that radio and especially academia have become the
preferred channels for disagreement and debate. Periodicals such as
Caminos, Contracorriente, Cultura y D',,arrIllo, Revoluci6n y Cultura, and
Islas are all examples of forums for public discussion and disagreement.
Other major players in Cuban civil society are religious organizations,
including, but not limited to the Catholic Church. Afro-Cuban religious
organizations and Protestant churches also foment this type of civic
development.
This is not to say that Cuban leadership is being directly criticized,
rather that spaces for discussion are beginning to open. Among the most
hotly debated topics are history (especially the era of La Republica from
1902-1958); gender and youth studies; the sociology of religion; race
(including discrimination and prejudice); Cuban culture in the Cuban
Diaspora; the crisis of values in terms of ethics, morals, politics, and
ideology; the role of the media; social diversity and inequality; the
environment; and popular participation, including notions of
democracy.
Art, literature, and cinema have been especially instrumental in
approaching previously taboo topics. These include ideological


A Rafael Hernandez speaks on Cuban civil society in
January 2007.


disenchantment, racial discrimination, sexual orientation, the impact of
dollarization, low and high-level government corruption, the impact of
tourism, and migration wherein those choosing to leave Cuba are less
and less referred to as gusanos or other equally derogatory terms.
Hernindez concluded by highlighting recent developments in bilateral
relations. Little has changed on the governmental level; both sides
continue to largely ignore each other and there appears to be little hope
of reconciliation. On the civil society level, however, the connections are
stronger and more prolific. These include academic connections, Cuban
artists visiting the U.S., U.S. businesses trading with Cuba under specific
licensing agreements (mostly agribusiness), religious organizations
including Catholics, Protestants and Jews, athletic connections
(1.. I. music (hip hop), and medicine (especially tropical disease
studies). Hernindez described these connections as "a meta-diplomatic
channel" between the two countries that may one day provide the basis
for improved relations.
During the question and answer period, Hernindez elaborated on two
notable exceptions to the lack of official U.S.-Cuban dialogue. These are
the 1994 immigration agreement following the balseros crisis and
subsequent informal military cooperation (especially between the coast
guards) on drug interdiction and migration issues.
Hernindez offered a fresh view of Cuban civil society that is virtually
an untold story in the U.S. His lecture provided a glimpse of Cuba often
hidden from view by U.S. government policy and the media. Moreover,
he offered evidence that despite the apparent lack of relations between
the two governments, a glimmer of hope exists for continued
improvement in relations in the years to come, although perhaps not
through the traditional diplomatic channels one would expect.
-Contributed by Jacob Schultz, MALAS student


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Jacare Brazil and Agbedidi Jeliya

Spring 2007 Concert


The UF Centers for World Arts, Latin
American Studies, and African Studies
co-sponsored a magical concert by Jacare
Brazil and Agbedidi Jeliya on April 7, 2007.
Joining the Agbedidi Jeliya ensemble as
visiting artists were Cheick Diabate,
Abdoulaye Diabate, Tasana Camara, and
Abou Sylla.
During the first half of the program, Jacare
Brazil, co-directed by Larry Crook (Music)
and Welson Tremura (LAS/Music),
performed a wide variety of traditional and
popular Brazilian music. Their repertoire
combined guitar, choro (Brazilian genre),
vocal, and percussion ensembles, with the
participation of two faculty vocalists:
Anthony Offerle and Elizabeth Graham.
The second half of the program featured
Agbedidi Jeliya, UF's West African ensemble


led by Abou Sylla, a master balafon
(xylophone) player. The program was based
on the epic story of Sundjata, a 13th-century
hunter-warrior king of the Great Mali
Empire, and the role of the Jeli musicians in
Mande culture. Three very talented musicians
accompanied Agbedidi Jeliya, all of whom
hail from families of griots, musicians who
have traditionally been the historians and
culture-bearers of the Mande. Abdulaye
Diabate accompanied the group on guitar,
while Cheick Diabate and Tasana Camara
added their talents on n'goni (a string
instrument) and the bass balafon. The
combination of Brazilian and African music
resulted in a memorable night.
-Contributed by Welson Tremura, Assistant
Professor, LAS/Music


SJacar Brazil and Agbedidi Jeliya concert in April 2007.
A Jacare Brazil and Agbedidi Jeliya concert in April 2007.


Study Abroad and Institutional Linkages in Latin America


Study abroad, whether through short-term study tours or longer term
semester or academic year programs, is an important component of
language and area studies training. UF is ranked sixth in the nation in
the total number of students it sends abroad (1,805 students in AY
04-05), but its numbers on a per capital basis are quite low, not even
ranking in the top 20 nationwide.
In AY 05-06, 251 UF students studied in Latin America. Of these
students, 87% studied on summer programs or short-term study tours,
while only 13% (31 students) studied abroad for a semester or academic
year. These numbers are weak considering the size of UF's under
graduate population, its strength in Latin American Studies, and
Florida's geographic and cultural proximity to Latin America. Of
particular concern is the fact that UF does not sponsor any of its own
semester-length study abroad programs in Latin America, apart from a
few reciprocal exchanges. Semester-length
programs provide the language and cultural
immersion necessary to achieve foreign language
fluency.
In Fall 2006, the Center convened a Latin
American Linkages Task Force, composed of ten Universidade
affiliate faculty from five colleges, to assess the
study abroad issue. The task force's mission was to niversid
prioritize the countries and institutions most Universid
suitable for semester-length study abroad
programs for undergraduates. The task force Universi
recommended that the Center look into starting
semester-length study abroad programs in Costa
Rica or Mexico, or both, and that it explore the Universidad
possibility of affiating with existing U.S.
possibility of affiliating with existing U.S.


university study abroad programs in the Andean


region and the Southern Cone.
The task force also recommended that marketing and advising plans
should be implemented to ensure that students incorporate study abroad
from the very beginning of their undergraduate careers. Work is
underway to implement the task force's recommendations.
Despite the somewhat negative news about study abroad to Latin
America, UF's Latinamericanist faculty remain active in developing
linkages with Latin American universities for cooperative research
purposes and reciprocal student exchange. Following is a list of linkages
that were recently developed or are under development. Please let us
know if we have left any new initiatives off the list. Current reciprocal
exchange and study abroad programs are listed on page 14.
-Contributed by Hannah Covert, Executive Director, LAS




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Federal do Amazonas

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Aut6noma de Yucatan


Pontifica Universidad Cat6lica del Peru


Brazil

Brazil

Chile

Costa Rica

Ecuador


Marianne Schmink (LAS)

Clyde Fraisse (ABE)

Francisco Escobedo (SFRC)

Hannah Covert (LAS)

Hannah Covert (LAS)


Mexico Sharleen Simpson (Nursing)


Hannah Covert (LAS)


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TCD Project:

Capacity Building for Community-

Based Conservation in Ecuador and

Colombia

he Tropical Conservation and Development Program (TCD) at
the Center for Latin American Studies received a three-year grant
(2003-06) from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur
Foundation to develop a training and capacity-building program in
community-based conservation for organizations working in and
around protected areas of Ecuador and Colombia. The program sought
to improve the skills and knowledge of individuals and organizations
from both countries, who work in community-based conservation
efforts, to allow for more effective responses to biodiversity threats.
Elena Bastidas (UF 2001) was director of the program. Two TCD
graduate students from Colombia, Omaira Bolanos ( .i T1. ..1.. _1.- ) and
Diana Alvira (SNRE), played major roles in developing and coordinating
the program. Hannah Covert (TCD), Jonathan Dain (TCD/SNRE),
Marta Hartmann (Agricultural Education and Communication), Karen
Kainer (TCD/SFRC), and Marianne Schmink (TCD) served on UF's
faculty advisory committee.
Two non-governmental organizations from Ecuador participated in
the program, Corporaci6n Grupo Randi Randi and Fundaci6n
EcoCiencia. In Colombia, TCD linked with eight organizations, mainly
from the state of Valle del Cauca. They were the Asociaci6n de
Campesinos de la Cuena del Rio Desbaratado, Funecorobles, Fundaci6n
Tr6pico, Fundaminga, Fundaci6n Vida y Ambiente para el Futuro,
Corporaci6n Aut6noma Regional del Valle del Cauca, Fundaci6n
Eco-Andina, and Instituto Alexander Von Humboldt. Both the
Ecuadorian and Colombian organizations have extensive field
experience working with communities.
The capacity building program encompassed a continual flow of
activities that were collaboratively planned with the partners. Two
learning cycles were completed, each of which included concept and
skills training workshops, local meetings, and networking. Each cycle
concluded with an analysis and reflection workshop that provided
opportunities to reflect on collective learning experiences and to develop
conceptual understanding. The themes of both learning cycles were
jointly decided with partner organizations during the needs assessment
and planning phase of the project. The first learning cycle focused on
governance, while the second learning cycle dealt with protected area
management, social cartography, and gender and the environment. All
activities were carried out in Ecuador and Colombia.
During the three years of the project, eight workshops were conducted
that intensively trained a core group of 20 participants from the ten
organizations. A series of case studies, currently being written by the
participants, will discuss field experiences in relation to the concepts and
themes covered in the training program. Also, Diana Alvira developed
her dissertation research on the biophysical and socioeconomic values of
forest areas near protected areas in northeast Ecuador within the
framework of the project. In an effort to strengthen links and networks
among people and organizations working in biodiversity conservation in


A Members of Ecuador-Colombia-University of Florida Network (Red ECCOUF)
at a training workshop in Colombia.

Ecuador and Colombia, two networks or loosely-based consortia were
created as a result of the project: the Red ECCOUF
(Ecuador-Colombia-University of Florida), including all of the
participating organizations, and the Eco-Red Colombia, formed by the
Colombian organizations.
A series of monitoring and evaluation tools were used throughout the
three years to track the progress of the project and to learn from the
dynamics of the learning process. Overall, the project significantly
exceeded its objectives to improve technical content, build skills, and
foster institutional exchanges on community based conservation. The
diversity among participants was an important source of creativity and
learning that stimulated people to reflect on different perspectives and,
perhaps most in l... i ill. their own views and behaviors. This was a
powerful opportunity to use differences as a conscious part of the
learning strategy, and to test and negotiate concepts and applications of
complex understandings of conservation and development. A welcome
outgrowth of the program was the solidarity, trust and friendship
developed among members of the network.
-Contributed by Hannah Covert, Executive Director, LAS


Continued from front cover ...Cuba Trade
divert more than $300 million in potential U.S. sales to foreign suppliers
in Europe and Asia. In Brickman's opinion, this trade diversion is
evidence of the need to rethink the embargo.
-Contributed by Mary Mitchell, MALAS Student

Jay Brickman graduated summa cum laude from UF with a BA in
Economics and a Certificate in Latin American Studies. He earned a MA
in International Economics and Latin American Affairs from the School
of Advanced International Studies at The Johns Hopkins University. He
has been employed by Crowley Maritime Corporation for over 30 years,
holding various positions throughout the region. Details about the 2007
Latin American Business Symposium and links to Brickman's
presentation are available at: http://www.latam.ufl.edu/labe/events.html.


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Faculty News and Notes

EAlex Alberro (Art/Art History), Milagros
Peiia ( ...... I..- ........ 's Studies & Gender
Research), and Jane Southworth (Geography)
have been selected as UF Research Foundation
Professors for 2007-10, based on their strong
research agendas that will lead to continuing
distinction in their fields. The three-year award
includes a $5,000 annual salary supplement
and a one-time $3,000 grant.

E Leslie Anderson (Political Science) received
a Fulbright Fellowship for research in
Argentina, where she will be affiliated with the
University of Buenos Aires.

EAlvaro Felix Bolafios (RLL) received a LAS
Faculty Travel Grant to present the paper
"Latinos, European Subjects, and Hispanic
Studies" at the Modern Language Association
Convention in Philadelphia in December 2006.
He also delivered an invited paper on
"Hispanism's Urgency and the
Homogenization of Indigenous Cultural
Diversity" at the Reflections on Empire: Latin
American Depictions of Colonization through
History, Literature and Cinema Symposium at
Georgia State University in Atlanta in March
2007.

*Emilio Bruna (LAS/WEC) Among several
co-authors, received the 2007 Biotropica Award
for Excellence in Tropical Biology and
Conservation for the paper "Roads Alter the
Colonization Dynamics of a Keystone
Herbivore in Neotropical Savannas".
(Biotropica 38 (5): 661-665, 2006). He also
delivered an invited paper on "Plant
Demography in Fragmented Landscapes" at
the Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da
Amaz6nia in Manaus, Brazil in January 2007.

SLarry Cook (Music) received a LAS Faculty
Travel Grant to present the paper "The
Brazilian Pandeiro and the Aesthetics of
Cultural Mediation" at the 51st Annual Society
for Fil -..*,,. ;..1..- Conference in Honolulu
in November 2006.

ECarmen Diana Deere (LAS) and Magdalena
Leon (National University of Colombia) were
awarded the James A. Robertson prize by the
Conference of Latin American History at the
January 2006 meetings of the American


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Historical Association for the best article
"Liberalism and Married Women's Property
Rights in Nineteenth-Century Latin America"
appearing in the Hispanic American Historical
Review during 2005.

*Susan deFrance ( ,.l. I..1 .. ._- ) received a
LAS Faculty Travel Grant to present the paper
"Guinea Pigs as Elite Fare in Southern Peru:
Past and Modern" at the 2006 American
Anthropological Association Annual Meeting
in San Jose, California in November 2006.

E Francisco Escobedo (SFRC) received a LAS
Faculty Travel Grant to develop a linkage with
the Universidad Austral de Chile in urban and
community forestry in Valdivia, Chile in
January 2007.

SClyde Fraisse (Agricultural and Biological
Engineering) received a LAS Faculty Travel
Grant to develop a linkage with the Agronomy
Department at the Universidade de Passo
Fundo in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil in
December 2006.

IClarence Gravlee I i.,1 ...1..._- I received a
LAS Faculty Travel Grant to present the paper
; I .... iii. Social Structure, and Individual
Well-Being in Puerto Rico" at the American
Anthropological Association Annual Meeting
in San Jose, California in November 2006.

EMirian Medina Hay-Roe (FLMNH) received
a LAS Faculty Travel Grant to present the
paper i ..*,. ,I and Behavioral Studies in
Heliconius Butterflies" at the Conference of
Neotropical Lepidoptera at the Smithsonian
Tropical Research Institute in Panama City,
Panama in May 2007.

SMichael Heckenberger ( ..i1l... ..1..
received a LAS Faculty Travel Grant to present
the paper "Amazonian Natures: the Body, the
Land, and the Spaces in Between" at the
Society for the.,Al.i ..i .-..1.. of Lowland
South America (SALSA) meetings in Santa F6,
New Mexico in January 2007.

MReynaldo Jimenez (RLL) received a LAS
Faculty Travel Grant to present the paper
"Memoria y afirmaci6n: El sujeto decentrado
en la narrative de Mireya Robles y Zoe Valdes"


at the International Conference on Caribbean
Studies in South Padre Island, Texas in
November 2006.

MKaren Kainer (LAS/SFRC) served as a
research consultant for "The Shape of Water," a
2006 award-winning film documentary by
Kum-Kum Bhavnani, about enterprising
women who have proactively confronted
destructive development in the Third World.

*Martha Kohen (Architecture) designed the
"Memorial de Recordacion de los Detenidos
Desparecidos Palabras Verdaderas" in
Montevideo, Uruguay, which was featured in a
documentary by Ricardo Casas about Mario
Benedetti in 2006.

MElizabeth Lowe (LAS) and Terry McCoy
(LAS/Political Science) received the "Jon Mills
Award for Significant Contributions to
Relations between Florida and the Americas"
from the UF Levin College of Law for helping
to expand international programs of the Law
School in Latin America, particularly Brazil.

SElizabeth Lowe (LAS) guided a translation
reading and discussion of an excerpt from
Brazilian novelist Regina Rheda's new novel "O
Livro que Vende" ("Bestseller") at the
American Literary Translators' Association
conference in Seattle in October 2006.

EJoseli Macedo (Urban and Regional
Pl .,... ;, _', presented a paper on "The Role of
Urban Design in Downtown Revitalization:
The Centro Vivo Initiative" at the World
Planning Schools Congress in Mexico City,
Mexico in July 2006. She also received a LAS
Faculty Travel Grant to develop new linkages
for UF's Urban Planning Study Abroad
Program during summer 2007.

EMaxine Margolis( i. l... ...1.._l- ) received a
LAS Faculty Travel Grant to chair the
Membership Committee meeting at the
Brazilian Studies Association Congress in
Nashville in October 2006.

EBelio Martinez (Public Relations) presented
an invited paper on "Emerging Cultural
Paradigms in Public Relations Strategies for
Social Change" at the 1st International

Faculty News and Notes continued on page 8.


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I FACULTY I
Faculty News and Notes continued from page 7.
Congress on Strategic Communication for
Social Change in Medellin, Colombia in
October 2006.

Anthony Oliver-Smith i .,..,.... ..1. )
received a 2006-07 Doctoral Mentoring Award
from the UF Graduate School. He received a
$3000 cash award plus $1000 to support his
graduate students in spring 2007.

IAlfonso Perez-M6ndez (Architecture)
received a LAS Faculty Travel Grant to conduct
research at the Paul Lester Wiener Collection at
the University of Oregon in Eugene in April
2007.

ECharles Perrone (RLL) received a LAS
Faculty Travel Grant to present the paper
"Stages of the World: Polylingual Play in
Caetano Cantor" at the Brazilian Studies
Association Congress in Nashville in October
2006.

Marianne Schmink (LAS) was one of seven
Latinamericanists to be recognized among the
52 faculty members honored at the Provost's
first Faculty Achievement Recognition
Reception in April 2007. The Center-based
faculty member and TCD Director was
recognized for "her major external research
awards, for continually receiving extramural
grant funding from significant grantors, for
training hundreds of graduate students, and for
making a substantial contribution to the
University's stated goals of excellence in
interdisciplinary research and graduate
training." Also honored were LAS affiliate


faculty members Dolores Albarracin
(Psychology), Michael Binford (Geography),
Joan Frosch (Theatre and Dance), P.K. Nair
(SFRC), Thomas Oakland (Educational
Psychology), and Stephen G. Perz (Sociology).

INigel Smith (Geography) co-authored with
Walter Wust, one of Peru's leading
environmentalists and photographers, "Hijos
de la Lluvia" ("Children of the Rain"), a
full-color, large format "coffee table" book on
people and lifeways in the Peruvian Amazon.

EMartin Sorbille (RLL) received a LAS
Faculty Travel Grant to present a paper on
"Freud en Echeverria: El Mito de la Muerte del
Padre" at the VI Congreso Internacional de
Literature Hispinica in Mexico in March 2007.
He also presented a paper on "El Matadero:
Hegel y la Construcci6n del Mito del Unitario"
at the 88th Annual Conference of the American
Association of Teachers of Spanish and
Portuguese (AATSP) in Salamanca, Spain in
June 2006. He presented the paper "Hegel en
Echeverria: El Concepto del Amo y Escavo en
El matadero" at the Congreso Internacional
Palabras y Ideas, Idas y Vueltas: Las Relaciones
Culturales y Lingitisticas entire Europa y
America Latina at the Instituto Internacional
de Literature Iberoamericana (IILI), in Genoa,
Italy in June 2006.

E Rick Stepp (i .' .,, ,Il....1.._- ) presented
an invited paper on "Kaua'i Declaration:
Ethnobotany is the Science of ,iii 1. I. 'at a
workshop at the National Tropical Botanical
Garden, in Kaua'I, Hawaii in January 2007.


SMark Thurner (History) received a LAS
Faculty Travel Grant to present the paper
"Jaulas de Cristal: Museos de Antropologia e
Historia en el Mundo Hispinico," at the
Institute de Historia, Consejo Superior de
Investigaciones Cientificas in Madrid, Spain in
October 2006.

lWelson Tremura (LAS/Music) presented a
paper on "The Tradition of the Bumbis in
Parintins" at Valencia Community College in
Orlando in March 2007.

1Philip Williams (Political Science) and
Manuel Vasquez (Religion) received a $450,000
grant from the Ford Foundation to support a
three year study entitled "Latin American
Immigrants in the New South: Religion and the
Politics of Encounter" in January 2007.


E1 Alvaro Felix Bolanos, Associate
Professor of Spanish, passed away unexpectedly
on May 14, 2007. Felix was born in Colombia
and before migrating to the U.S., he obtained a
Licenciatura en Letras at the Universidad del
Valle. His M.A. and Ph.D. were from the
University of Kentucky. After teaching for a
semester at the Universidad de los Andes in
Bogoti, he joined the faculty of the
Department of RLL at the University of Florida
in 1998. He previously taught at Tulane
University. His specialty was colonial Latin
American literature and culture. Felix was a
much respected colleague and friend of LAS.
He was a loving father, husband and brother,
and will be missed by many.


Wecm Ne*ene Afiats Stf and Visios


Affiliate Faculty

Food & Resource Economics
Edward Evans (Caribbean)

Wildlife Ecology and Conservation
John Hayes (Central America, Mexico)

Joint Faculty

Food & Resource Economics/LAS
Pilar Useche (Colombia, Central America)


Support Staff

Debbie Pastrana-Rodriguez
Grants Assistant

Visitors

Janette Bulkan (Guyana)
Moore Visiting Fellow

Pedro Constantino (Brazil)
Moore Visiting Fellow


Roselia Marques Lopes (Brazil)
Moore Visiting Faculty

Francisco C. da S. Cavalcanti (Brazil)
Moore Visiting Faculty

Nana Wilson-Tagoe (Ghana/United Kingdom)
Visiting Scholar


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Recent Faculty Books

A Juliana Barr University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill, 2007
Peace Came in the Form of a Woman: Indians and Spaniards in the Texas Borderlands.

Revising the standard narrative of European-Indian relations in America, Juliana Barr reconstructs a world in
which Indians were the dominant power and Europeans were the ones forced to accommodate, resist, and perse
vere. She demonstrates that between the 1690s and 1780s, Indian peoples including Caddos, Apaches, Payayas,

of imperial control.







A Efrain Barradas Ediciones Huracan, San Juan, 2007
Mente, Mirada, Mano: Visiones y Revisiones de La Obra de Lorenzo Homar. '

This collection of essays by several authors examines the work of Lorenzo Homar (1913 1, I ,. the father of
Puerto Rican printmaking and a major figure in 20th century Latin American arts. Homar's
contributions to Puerto Rican arts are immense, but they have never been looked at and placed in a proper
historical and aesthetic framework. Barradas proposes the need for a new critical perspective of his work.





A Orlando R. Kelm and Mary E. Risner University of Texas Press, Austin, 2007
Brazilians Working with Americans: Cultural Case Studies (Brasileiros que trabalham
com americanos: Estudos de casos culturais).

The book presents ten short case studies that effectively illustrate many of the cultural factors that come into play when
North American business professionals work in Brazil. A list of topics and questions for discussion also help draw out the
lessons of each business situation. To make the book equally useful to Brazilians and Americans (whether business people
or language students), the entire text is presented in both English and Portuguese.









A Milagros Pena Duke University Press, Durham, 2007
Latina Activists across Borders: Women's Grassroots Organizing in Mexico and Texas.

"Latina Activists across Borders is a significant contribution to research on gender and grassroots social movements.
Milagros Pena's analysis of the tensions between faith-based organizing, different types of feminisms, and class-centered
'popular' social movements challenges historical paradigms of women's grassroots activism. And her narratives of women
self-consciously developing gendered senses of self are remarkable illustrations of the ways feminism and spiritual agency
interact on both sides of the border."
Denise A. Segura, coeditor of Women and Migration in the U.S. Mexico Borderlands: A Reader.


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Interview with 2007 Bacardi Family Eminent Scholar:

Jorge Duany

Jorge Duany, Professor of,..,A i ...1.._- and Chair of the Department of Sociology and
,i., li,. '...1.. .- at the University of Puerto Rico in Rio Piedras, held the Center of Latin American
Studies' Bacardi Family Eminent Scholar chair during the spring 2007 semester. As the Bacardi
Scholar, Dr. Duany taught graduate and undergraduate seminars on Issues in Latino Studies and
Latino Popular Culture, respectively. He also coordinated the Bacardi Family Lecture Series, "The
State of Latino Studies." The Latinamericanist interviewed Dr. Duany about his experience at the ....
Center and his current research.





LAS:
What attracted you to the University of Florida's Center for Latin American Studies?
JD:
UF is very well-known within the U.S. for Latin American Studies, and particularly for Caribbean Studies; my area of interest.
Within that, Cuban Studies is also a major strength, particularly for library research. The main reason I came here is because UF is
building the Latino Studies program within the Center for Latin American Studies.

LAS:
Can you tell me about your current experience at UF?
JD:
I've had a great experience with both students, faculty members and with the scholars from the Bacardi Lecture Series. In teaching
seminars on both the graduate and undergraduate level, I have had the opportunity to work with different types of students, both
in the social sciences and humanities. In particular, I enjoyed the undergraduate seminar because it allowed me to teach a new
subject-Latino Popular Culture. The most interesting aspect of the graduate seminar-Issues in Latino Studies has been the
cross-referencing of the experiences of different Latino groups and the incorporation of readings by the Bacardi scholars.

LAS:
What do you think are some of the prevalent themes and directions of Latino Studies today? And how do they
compare to the prominent issues in Latino Studies in past decades?
JD:
I think one of the big issues that came up during the semester is whether a pan-Latino community creates a sense of belonging
and identity among diverse groups from Latin America. That is one of the major issues in the literature: the extent to which
the overarching category of Latino reflects or does not reflect a sense of projected affiliation by people who are marked as Latino.
If you go back to the 1960s and 70s, when the first programs on Latino Studies emerged, it was fragmented, with Chicano and
Mexican-American Studies on the West Coast, Puerto Rican and later Dominican Studies on the East Coast, and an emphasis on
Cuban and Cuban American Studies in Florida. Then, over the last 15 or 20 years, the approach has shifted towards looking at
these groups comparatively instead of isolating each group and their experiences.

LAS:
Can you tell me about your current research on Puerto Ricans in Orlando?
JD:
The research itself took place a couple of years ago, based on recent census data. The American Community Survey Estimates
show that every year there has been a tremendous increase in the number of Puerto Ricans coming to Central Florida, particularly
Orlando. What we did was try to map out the main characteristics of the Puerto Rican community and compare them with other
Latino groups, particularly Mexicans and Cubans in the Orlando area. It was published last year as a working paper by the Centro
de Estudios Puertorriquenos (Hunter College, City University of New York).
-Contributed by Molly Dondero, MALAS student


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2007 Foreign Language and Area Studies

Fellowship Recipients

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


Summer 2007

Jessica Bachay (MALAS), Portuguese
Maria DiGiano (PhD Interdisciplinary Ecology), Yucatec Maya
Aimee Green (MALAS), Portuguese
Alex Hangen (MA Criminology), Portuguese
Michele Knapp (MALAS), Portuguese
Shani Kruljac (MA Urban & Regional Planning), Portuguese
Carly Voight (MALAS), Yucatec Maya


Academic Year 2007-08

Luis Caraballo (MALAS), Haitian Creole
Randall Crones (PhD, Anthropology), Portuguese
Molly Dondero (MALAS), Portuguese
Quinn Hansen (PhD Linguistics), Haitian Creole
Jeffrey Hoelle (PhD Anthropology), Portuguese
Michele Knapp (MALAS), Portuguese
Shani Kruljac (MA Urban & Regional Planning), Portuguese
Noelle Nuebler (MALAS), Portuguese


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STUDENTS

Field Research Clinic Poster Competition 2007


The Field Research Clinic is an annual
event that highlights the field research
process and the graduate research
being carried out by LAS funded students. It is
one of several support activities sponsored by
the Center over the course of the academic
year that serve to enhance the learning and
professional preparation of Latinamericanist
graduate students. Other support events
include new student orientations and
workshops on proposal writing, research
poster preparation and publishing,
Institutional Review Board procedures and
fieldwork preparation.
The Field Research Clinic began with
discussions of the field research process and
concluded with the public presentation of
research results from those recently returned
from the field. This year's discussions were
organized by TCD graduate assistant Georgina
Cullman and included a student panel on
"Things I wish I had known/done before doing
fieldwork," and small group discussions
addressing "Proposal and fieldwork
expectations and concerns."
The second half of the Clinic was a poster
session designed to showcase LAS-sponsored
research to the public, while helping students
learn to effectively present their research ideas
and results. Over 100 people came to view the
work displayed in the Friends of Music Room
including undergraduates, graduate students,
visiting scholars, faculty, staff, family members,


A Mayra Daniela Aviles (LAS) received the Grand Prize
for best research poster at the 2007 Field Research
Clinic.

and members of the Gainesville community.
The Grand Prize for best research poster was
awarded to MALAS student Mayra Daniela
Aviles for her poster, "An Ethnographic Study
of Huaorani Identity and Political
Consciousness in the Context of Oil Expansion
in the Ecuadorian Amazon." Posters were
judged by Welson Tremura (LAS/Music), Eric
Keys (Geography), and Patty Anderson
(Division of Plant Industries, State of Florida).
Twenty-six posters were presented at the event;
all prepared by graduate students funded
through the 2006 Center Field Research Grant
The research on display was carried out in 14
different countries by students representing 11
University of Florida departments/schools.
-Contributed by Jon Dain, LAS/SNRE


S0 Poster Competition
07 WINNERS



GRAND prize:
Mayra Daniela Aviles (MALAS)
An Ethnographic Study of Huaorani
Identity and Political Consciousness in
the Context of Oil Expansion in the
Ecuadorian Amazon

Masters Category
1st prize:
Angelica Saavedra (Law/Anthropology)
Biopiracy: The Noble Fight or Sham
Advocacy?

2nd prize:
Jessica Bachay (MALAS)
Formalizing Remittances: A Case Study
of Bank of America in Mexico

Pre-Dissertation Category
1st prize:
Katy Garland (WEC)
Do Knowledge and Attitude Determine
an Individual's Decision to Consume Sea
Turtle Meat?

2nd prize:
Ane Alencar (SFRC)
Spatial Determinants of Forest Fires in
the Brazilian Amazon


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MALAS Graduates 06-07

The following students graduated with a MALAS degree during academic year 2006-07.

December 2006

Nicolas Rubio
Thesis: "Brazilian Government Policies in the Ethanol Program: A Model for the Rest of the World."

Adriana Sanchez
Thesis: "The 'Ricans' Underclass Status? A Look from within Chicago."


May 2007

Gregory Bates
Thesis: "Corruption in the Americas: A Commentary on Trade and Human Rights and an Analysis of
the Inter-American Convention against Corruption."

Derek Lewis
Thesis: "The Head of the Mouse: Dominican Microenterprises' Formal and Informal Credit Decisions."

Veronica Villasehor
Thesis: "The Challenge of Cattle Ranching to Common Property: A Case Study in the Isoso, Bolivia."


International Programs in Latin America


Study Tours
Theater in Brazil
Tropical Forestry in Brazil
Forest Policy in Brazil
Financial Markets in Brazil
Legal Study Tour in Chile
Industrial Energy in Chile

Summer Study Abroad Programs
Business in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Language and Culture in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Urban Planning in Curitiba, Brazil
Environmental Law in Costa Rica
International Education in Costa Rica
Anthropology in Merida, Mexico


Ecology in Merida, Mexico
Language and Culture in Guanajuato, Mexico
Architecture in Guadalajara, Mexico
Grassroots Development in Nicaragua

Reciprocal Student Exchange Agreements
Pontificia Universidade Cat6lica do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Universidade Federal de Bahia, Brazil
Universidade Federal de Vigosa, Brazil
Universidade Federal do Parana-Curitiba, Brazil
Universidade de Passo Fundo, Brazil
Pontificia Universidad Cat lica de Chile
Universidad Adolfo Ibaiez, Chile
Universidad Aut6noma de Yucatan, Mexico
Universidad del Pacifico, Peru


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Undergraduate Minor and Certificates

in Latin American Studies 06-07

The following students completed an undergraduate minor or certificate in Latin American Studies, or both,
during academic year 2006-07.


Fall 2006


Spring 2007


Mirna Amaya, Interdisciplinary Studies
Dulce Boza, Political Science
Sarah Brush, Portuguese
Stephanie Englehardt, Sociology
Keli Garcia, History
Rachel Gubernick, Political Science
William Hangen, Spanish/Anthropology
Valentina Jimenez, Political Science
Thomas McMahon, History/Political Science
Carlos Manosalva, Finance
Andrea Morales, Journalism
Anelkis Royce, Political Science
Juan Sanabria, Marketing
Christopher Steinberg, Political Science


UFAc gon m


Florida Museum of Natural History
Food and Resource Economics
Latin American Business
Environment Program
Latin American Studies
MA in Latin American Studies
Partnership in Global Learning
Romance Languages and Literatures
School of Forest Resources &
Conservation
School of Natural Resources &
Environment
Tropical Conservation and
Development Program
UF Foundation
Wildlife Ecology & Conservation


Jacqueline Basallo, Marketing
Ashley Bittner, History/Political Science
Merritt Bresnahan, Nutrition
Teresa Chin, Criminology
Maria Cepeda, Political Science
Rogelio Fernandez, Business Administration
Laura Hester, Recreation, Parks & Tourism
Isabel Koehler, Political Science
Monica Magdziak, Marketing
Gabriela Montiel, Spanish
William Muir, History
Jennifer Ortiz, History
Alexandra Rudnick, History/Political Science
Shari Scalone, Spanish/Jewish Studies
Luis Suarez-lsaza, Political Science
Joana Tilley, Spanish
Ross Van Boven, Marketing
Maria Vanegas, Political Science
Nashielly Victoria, Anthropology


Celpe BrasI


The official Brazilian Portuguese
Proficiency E\am for non-native
speaker<. tile CELPE-Bras. is offered
twice a year during spring and fall
semesters at UF The fall 2007 test will be
on October 17 For more information,
please c:nta.ct Mary Risner at
m.3ryr.'i'ufl edu


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2007 Summer 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 2007. Funding of these grants
was made possible by a grant from the Tinker Foundation, the TCD Ford Foundation/State endowment, the Charles Wagley Research
Fellowship, and the A. Curtis Wilgus Fellowship. The country where the student is conducting research follows the reference to their
UF program.


Sergio Alvarez, MS FRE, Colombia
Silvia Alvarez, PhD Botany, Costa Rica
Alexandra Anda, MALAS, Ecuador
Elyse Anderson, MA/PhD Anthropology, Guatemala
Christopher Ballengee, PhD Music, Trinidad & Tobago
Megan Barolet-Fogarty, MALAS, Brazil
Elizabeth Binford, MA Anthroplogy, Belize
Sergio Cabrera, MALAS, Argentina
Miramanni Chavez, MS SNRE, Mexico
Diogo Costa, PhD Anthropology, Brazil
Karen Coutts, MA Anthropology, Peru
Renata de Godoy, PhD Anthropology, Brazil
Molly Dondero, MALAS, USA
Mark Donop, PhD Anthropology, Peru
Santiago Espinosa, PhD WEC, Ecuador
Paula Hamsho-Diaz, MALAS, USA
Stefanie Hoehn, MALAS, Panama
Wesley Ingwersen, PhD Environmental Engineering, Peru


Erol Kavountzis, MA/PhD Anthropology, Belize
Nicholas Kawa, MA Anthropology, Brazil
Tess Kulstad, PhD Anthropology, Dominican Republic
Cecelia Larsen, MALAS, Chile
Rafael Mendoza, PhD Anthropology, Peru
Karen Pereira, MA Anthropology, Guatemala
Alejandro Pietrek, MS WEC, Argentina
Joanna Reilly-Brown, MA Anthropology, Belize
Leah Sarat, PhD Religion, Mexico
Elizabeth Smith, MALAS, Costa Rica
Lucimar Souza, MALAS, Brazil
Gabriela Stocks, PhD Anthropology, Costa Rica
Jason Taylor, MALAS, Chile
Joshua Torres, PhD Anthropology, Puerto Rico
Erica Van Etten, MS SNRE, Ecuador
Carly Voight, MALAS, Belize
Galo Zapata-Rios, PhD WEC, Ecuador
Vivian Zeideman, PhD SNRE, Brazil


Upcoming Events

Center for Latin American Studies


57th Annual Conference


February 7-9, 2008


T he Center for Latin American Studies 57th annual conference in 2008 will be co-hosted with the College of Journalism and Communications on
the theme of "Uniting for Solutions: Strategic Partnerships and Communications in the Americas." The conference co-chairs will be Juan Carlos
Molleda (Public Relations) and Marilyn Roberts (Advertising).
This conference will provide a multidisciplinary perspective to inform the stages of successful alliance formation and social change initiatives. The
combined magnitude of the social, political and economic challenges facing Latin America calls out for collaboration among business, government,
nonprofits and civil society to build multi-sector alliances to affect social change. In order to achieve synergy, the creation of alliances between
organizations focusing on corporate social responsibility, 1p.1;1 ,i, l,..1.. strategic planning and sustainability requires agreement on common symbols
and key messages, and clear expressions of collective commitment and contributions. Strategic communication refers to the combined use of
advertising, public relations, print and broadcast journalism, new media, and alternative or community media to align and maintain multi-sector
partners working under the same vision and goals.


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International Business Study

Tour to Argentina

n October 2006, Andy Naranjo (Finance) and Terry McCoy
(LAS/Political Science) led a one-week international business
study tour to Argentina for a group of 20 UF graduate students.
The group, hosted by the Universidad de San Andres in Buenos
Aires, participated in academic seminars and visited important
businesses, such as manufacturing, financial, agricultural, and
service oriented firms; as well as financial and retail markets,
public agencies, and cultural sites. The study tour, co-sponsored
by the Warrington College of Business' Center for International
Business, Education, and Research (CIBER), awards 2 graduate
credit hours. It provides students first-hand exposure to South
American markets and business practices, enabling them to better
understand and manage international investments, trade, and
risk. It is held each fall semester and rotates between Brazil, Chile,
and Argentina. The study tour is part of a campus-taught class
called Latin American Business Environment. Students in the
class come from a variety of disciplines, including business, law,
Latin American Studies, agriculture, and liberal arts and sciences.
The students' multidisciplinary backgrounds and their varying
perspectives and strengths provide a further window to
understanding how different fields cope with and address
complex international issues.

Student Testimonials


A "It was a great trip. I went in knowing very
little and came out with a whole new perspective."


A "The hands-on experience is truly unable to be met by
reading a book or taking a course on campus."


A "The study tour was a wonderful experience. It is
necessary for anyone studying international business."


Alumni News

A Short History of the

Banana Business



lyde Stephens (UF 1959)
gave a lecture entitled
"" I R"Banana History and the
United Fruit Company" in
Sa January 2007 as part of CIBER's
monthly seminar series.
Stephens worked for the United
Fruit Company, now Chiquita
Brands International, for 32
a years in Central America and
Sthe Dominican Republic. His
A UF alumnus Clyde Stephens speaks at expertise lies in banana
CIBER's monthly seminar series.
research and technical services;
and, he has published on banana history and banana ecosystems.
Using period photographs and maps, Stephens described the origin of
bananas, which began as backyard plantings for local markets, and how they
grew into a large import/export business. The United Fruit Company began
in 1885 as the Boston Fruit Company in Jamaica, later expanding to other
islands in the Caribbean. In 1899, the Tropical Trading & Transport and
Company merged with Boston Fruit Company to form the United Fruit
Company.
The story of the Snyder Banana Company, located in Bocas del Toro, and
owned by United Fruit, Panama is a good example of the agricultural, social
and political difficulties that many of the early banana companies faced. For
instance, there was a border dispute between Panama and Costa Rica from
1921 to 1941. Train wrecks, landslides, and floods were common, and many
workers suffered from various tropical diseases. Likewise, the banana export
trade was volatile. It was almost wiped out in the 1930s by Panama disease,
also known as fusarium wilt, forcing companies to switch production to
cacao. Later, they switched to Manila hemp due to high demand during
WWII.
Stephens ended his lecture by explaining that Chiquita Brands
International is now fully managed by Latin Americans and has only one
division in Central America, which is in Bocas del Toro. Stephens was one of
the last foreigners to manage the company and he is proud of having helped
train the Latin Americans who are now part of all levels of management.
-Contributed by Jessica Bachay, MALAS student


A UF graduate students during the International Business
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Larissa Ruiz Baia (MALAS 1996, PhD
Political Science 2004) is Director of
Graduate and Evening Admissions at Lynn
University in Boca Raton, Florida.
Brian Bombassaro (BS/BA Economics &
BA Spanish 2006) began a Master's in the
Public Policy program at the John F.
Kennedy School of Government at
Harvard University.
Orlando Fals Borda (PhD Sociology 1955)
is a Colombian anthropologist, known for
his applied work in North-South ethics in
development and research and Participant
Action Research. He has been selected for
the Malinowski Award of the Society for
Applied ,ilIi..!.. .1.. -
David Fleischer (MALAS 1968, PhD
Political Science 1972) is Professor
Emeritus of the Institute of Political
Science, University of Brazilia, and resides
in Brazilia. Since the mid-1990s he has
edited Brazil Focus, a newsletter on
Brazilian political and economic events.
Evan George (JD 2003, MALAS 2004) is
an Associate Attorney at the Law Offices of
Robert J. Jacobs, P.A., a full service
immigration firm in Gainesville. He
represents individuals in all types of
immigration matters, including removal
defense before the Immigration Court.
William L. Harris (PhD History 1973) is
Professor Emeritus of History at The Citadel.
An expert on Venezuela, he is a
Corresponding Member of the Venezuelan
National Academy of History and continues
to be active in SECOLAS, the Southeastern
Council of Latin American Studies.


Damon Kearney (MALAS 1996) has been
working in information technology for
nearly a decade. He is a Senior Business
Systems Analyst for Fidelity National
Information Services, working with a
variety of international financial services.
William Kenah (MALAS 1990) ) teaches
writing at Long Beach City College in
California and works as a longshoreman at
the Port of Los Angeles.
Chris Maxfield (MALAS 1985) joined the
newly formed United Nations Department
of Safety and Security in 2006. He is the
Chief of Desk for Europe and the
Americas, responsible for overseeing the
safety and security of UN staff and
operations in 81 countries.
Venecia Rojas (MALAS 1980) works for
the General Accounting Office in
Washington, D.C. on globalization issues.
Mariana Varese (MALAS 1999, ABD FRE)
is the Assistant Director of the Latin
America and Caribbean Program of the
Wildlife Conservation Society in
Bronx, N.Y.



SFrancisco Rildo (Cartaxo) Nobre
(MALAS 1998) passed away in Rio
Branco, Acre, Brazil on May 12, 2007,
after a two year battle with cancer.
Cartaxo received a LASPAU fellowship to
study English, and then studied with
Marianne Schmink to complete a
MALAS degree at the University of
Florida in 1998. His Master's research
focused on the adoption of agroforestry
systems by rural communities in Acre.
Cartaxo held several positions in the
state and municipal governments,
including State Secretary for Technical
Assistance and Extension. He was an
important leader in the Worker's Party
(PT) in Acre, coordinating several key
election campaigns and then winning his
own first political campaign for state
deputy, to become leader of the PT in
the state legislature.


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The Latin American Business Environment Program oftheCenter for Latin American Studies hosted the third LatinAmerican Business Symposium and Career Workshop onJanuary 26,2007.Guest speakers from the private,public andnon–profit sectors shared their views on the Latin American business environment and career prospects for students studying LatinAmerica.The keynote speaker was Jay Brickman (UF 1964),Vice-PresidentofCrowley Maritime Corporation.Brickman heads Crowley'sGovernment Service programs,where he is responsible for coordinating the company's service to Cuba.His address focused onthe prospects for U.S.businesses in Cuba.Crowley Maritime Corporation is one ofthe oldest and largestU.S.–owned shipping companies.In his presentation,titled “LongVoyage to a Safe Harbor,”Brickman discussed the U.S.embargo ontrade with Cuba,its implications for Crowley and the entire shippingindustry,and the future ofU.S.–Cuban relations.The U.S.embargo on trade with Cuba was imposed in October 1960after Fidel Castro's government expropriated a large number ofU.S.–owned properties on the island.In an attempt to isolate the islandeconomically and undermine the Castro regime,all imports from Cubawere banned,as were most U.S.exports.In over 40 years,U.S.policytowards Cuba has remained virtually unchanged,even though manycompanies have complained that the embargo severely hampers U.S.business to the benefit offoreign competitors.Brickman explained that the embargo has severely restricted Crowley'sbusiness opportunities by blocking access to the Caribbean's largesteconomy.It has also caused logistical problems for the company.On anygiven day,Crowley Maritime may have three or four liners transportinggoods to Latin America,but they must actively avoid Cuba.While the embargo has been the centerpiece ofU.S.policy for morethan four decades,there are signs that the policy may be easing.In 2000,Congress passed an exception to the embargo allowing agriculturalexports to the island in the case ofhumanitarian assistance.Under theauspices ofthis new exception,the Cuban government negotiated a contract with Crowley to deliver goods to Havana beginning in April2001.The initial shipment,however,never made it to the island.Withoutan official explanation,the Cuban government cancelled the shipmentand the liner was forced to return to Florida without docking in Havana.The event was seen as a major setback,but the company soon got a second chance.In 2001,Hurricane Michelle devastated Cuba and disaster reliefeffortsled to the resumption ofhumanitarian exports to the island.OnDecember 16,2001,after more than 40 years,a Crowley shipping linerdocked in Havana carrying $20 million in humanitarian supplies.The humanitarian exception may have partially opened up the Cubanmarket to shipping companies like Crowley,but Brickman made it clearthat shipments to Cuba are not easily carried out.The company mustobtain advance cash payments from the Cuban government before theship can leave a U.S.port.The process to make a single shipment cantake anywhere from weeks to months,but the effort can be financiallyworth the wait.Trade between U.S.and Cuba has grown from $4 millionin 2001 to more than $558 million in 2006.While profits are increasing for companies that export to Cuba,Brickman explained that the embargo still prohibits many U.S.companies from taking full advantage ofbusiness opportunities in Cuba.The conditions imposed on U.S.–Cuban trade have caused the island to LATINAMERICANISTtheUniversity of Florida Center for Latin American Studies |Volume 38, Number 1 |Spr./Summ. 2007Jay BrickmanGives Address on Status of Trade with CubaDirector’sCorner inside: p256th ConferenceKeynoteAddressp3FacultyNews &Notesp7BacardiLectureSeriesp11continued on page 6 Crowley Maritime Corporation ship entering Havana in December 2001.CROWLEY MARITIME CORPORATION UFLAS_NL.qxp 7/9/07 2:36 PM Page 1

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Highlights of the 2007 Spring Semester were the Bacardi Family LectureSeries on The State of Latino Studies, the third Latin American BusinessSymposium and Career Workshop, and the Center’s 56th Annual Conference onthe theme of “Indigenous Peoples in Digital Cultures”.Jorge Duany, Professor of Anthropology and Chair of the Department ofSociology and Anthropology at the University of Puerto Rico, held the Center’sBacardi Family Eminent Scholar in Latin American Studies chair this spring andcoordinated the Bacardi Family Lecture Series (see p. 11). The Lecture Seriesbrought four other distinguished Latino Studies scholars to campus for a publiclecture and to participate in a graduate seminar on Issues in Latino Studies. Dr.Duany also taught an undergraduate seminar on Latino Popular Culture.The Center also conducted a search this spring for a Latino Studies social scientist to consolidate itsresearch and graduate training program on Latinos and Immigration. An offer has been made to anexcellent candidate and we hope he will be on board in January 2008.The Latin American Business Symposium and Career Workshop brought a number of UF alumni backto campus to share their views on the Latin American business environment and to advise students oncareers focused on Latin America in business, government, and the non-profit sector. The keynote,delivered by alumnus Jay Brickman, is featured in this issue (see front cover).The Center’s 56th Annual Conference brought together a diverse set of scholars, practitioners, andindigenous leaders to discuss the role of technology in the preservation of indigenous language andculture. The conference also served to spotlight the Center’s U.S. Department of Education TitleVI–funded project on Aymara on the internet, an interdisciplinary effort to preserve Aymara languageand culture. We were delighted to host the Bolivian Ambassador to the U.S., Gustavo Guzmn Salda–a,as the opening keynote speaker (see p. 3).Other guest lecturers this spring included Rafael Hernndez, Senior Research Fellow at the Centrode Investigaci—n y Desarrollo de la Cultura Cubana, (see p. 4) and Nora England (UF PhD, Anthropology1975), Professor of Linguistics at the University of Texas at Austin. The LAS Colloquium Series includedspecial presentations by Visiting Scholar, Nana Wilson–Tagoe of the University of London, and politicalscientist Steve Morris of the University of Southern Alabama, in addition to those by the Center’s affiliate faculty.The Center for Latin American Studies this spring awarded a record $767,500 ($589,365 in externalfunding) in graduate fellowships and summer research grants. Thirty–six students received summerresearch grants to conduct research in 14 countries, funded by a grant from The Tinker Foundation andendowment income. Eight students were awarded Title VI FLAS academic year fellowships to studyPortuguese or Haitian Creole, while seven UF students received FLAS summer fellowships to studyPortuguese and Yucatec Maya. TCD is supporting 19 students with AY fellowships in 2007. We arepleased that the Center can continue to support graduate students from across the campus in theirstudies of Latin America, the Caribbean and Latinos in the U.S. Director’s Corner Dr. Carmen Diana Deere Center–Based Faculty and Professional Staff Carmen Diana Deere Director Hannah Covert Executive DirectorEfra’n Barradas (LAS/RLL)Richmond Brown Associate Director,Academic ProgramsEmilio M. Bruna (LAS/WEC)Jonathan Dain (LAS/SNRE)Meredith Fensom (LAS/Law)Karen Kainer(LAS/SFRC)Sue Legg Research Director, PGLElizabethLowe Associate Director,Distance Learning & Program DevelopmentAna Margheritis (LAS/Political Science)Terry McCoy (LAS/Political Science)Mary Risner Outreach Coordinator &Assistant Director, LABEPJanet Bente Romero Associate Director ofDevelopment, UFFPatricia Delamnica Sampaio ProgramCoordinatorMarianne Schmink (LAS/Anthropology)J. Richard Stepp (LAS/Anthropology)Welson Tremura (LAS/Music)Pilar Useche (LAS/FRE)Menno Vellinga (LAS)Charles H. Wood (LAS/Sociology) 1Jay Brickman Addresses Trade with Cuba 3 2007 Annual Conference, Safa Endowment 4Hernndez Lecture 5 Study Abroad, Jacar Brazil 6TCD Project 7 Faculty News and Notes 9 Recent Faculty Books 102007 Bacardi Scholar11 Bacardi Family Lecture Series 2007, FLAS 12Field Research Poster Competition 13Outreach News 14Summer Research Grant Recipients 15MALASGraduates 2006 16Undergraduate Minors, Certificates 17International Business Study Tour 18Alumni News and Notes 19Thanks to Donors, Giving to Center202008 Annual Conference LATINAMERICANISTtheVolume 38, Number 1Spring/Summer 2007Center for Latin American Studies319 Grinter HallPO Box 115530Gainesville, FL 32611-5530352-392-0375www.latam.ufl.eduCONTENTSNATALIE CAULA UFLAS_NL.qxp 7/9/07 2:36 PM Page 2

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SPRING/SUMMER 20073 Gustavo Guzmn Salda–a,Bolivian Ambassador to the U.S.,delivered the opening keynote address at the Center's 56thAnnual Conference on Indigenous Peoples in Digital Cultures,February 14,2007.Appointed by President Evo Morales in September2006,Guzmn,a former journalist,arrived in Washington,DC with along–standing commitment to social justice,but with no prior diplomatic experience.His keynote address,entitled “The IndigenousMajority and the New Politics in Bolivia,”focused on the pervasive socialexclusion that divides Bolivia and the Morales administration's efforts tosurmount it.Guzmn noted that it is difficult to refer to Bolivia as a “community ofcitizens”since the country has systematically denied full citizenship tothe indigenous population that composes nearly two-thirds ofthe country's total population.This exclusion is evident in the statistics:approximately 60 percent ofBolivians live in poverty and nearlytwo–thirds ofthose living in poverty are indigenous.Contemporary digital culture in Bolivia reinforces this social exclusion by providingunequal access to information technology.Approximately a quarter ofBolivians report having used the internet at least once.Ofthose who usethe internet,most are young and come from upper class,urban backgrounds.More than halfofBolivians who have never used the internet expressed interest in trying it,but do not know how or where toaccess it.Admittedly,these questions have no simple answers.Guzmn,however,outlined the Morales administration's general strategies foralleviating poverty and creating a Bolivian society in which all ofits citizens can more fully participate.According to Guzmn,through fiscalreform,comprehensive agrarian reform,and the nationalization ofthegas,petroleum,and hydrocarbon industries,Bolivia is creating morefinancial and social stability for its citizens and is forging its own path ofdevelopment.He further noted that Bolivia's nationalization program ischaracterized by a flexibility that distinguishes it from other “classic”cases ofnationalization.The Morales administration has launched thefirst government–funded national information technology literacy program in Bolivia's history.Such programs make it possible forBolivians to be,as Guzmn noted,at once “indigenous and modern.”Concluding on a hopeful note,Guzmn observed that Latin Americais undergoing a second transformation from democratization towardequality.While the fight against social exclusion will ultimately determine the vitality and success ofthis transformation,Guzmn isconfident that Bolivia is headed in the right direction.He added that theelection ofMorales as Bolivia's first indigenous president symbolizes theemergence ofa new Bolivia that recognizes and affirms its indigenousroots.Contributed by Molly Dondero, MALAS studentTo view Ambassador Guzmn’s keynote address,please visit:http://56conference.latam.ufl.edu/video.asp FACULTYBolivian Ambassador to U.S. Delivers56th Annual Conference Keynote Address Gustavo Guzmn Salda–a (far left) Bolivian Ambassador to theU.S., Dennis Jett (UFIC) and Elizabeth Lowe (LAS) during theopening of the Center’s 56th Annual Conference in February 2007. FRANCISCO ARMASDr.Helen I.Safa,Professor Emerita ofAnthropology and LatinAmerican Studies,has made a gift of$50,000 to the Center forLatin American Studies to create the Safa Graduate Student TravelEndowment fund.Income from the fund will provide travel grants forUF graduate students affiliated with the Center to present papers at theinternational congresses ofthe Latin American Studies Association(LASA),the largest international association ofprofessionalLatinamericanists.Dr.Safa was Director ofthe Center for Latin American Studies from1980 and President ofLASA from 1983.At the event recognizingher gift on January 29,2007,she said she had been thinking ofgiving anendowment for some time and knew it had to benefit both the Centerand LASA.“I have not missed a LASA Congress since I started going inthe 1970s,when I was first elected to the Executive Council.During thistime LASA has grown in membership to 6,000,nearly halfofwhom areLatin Americans,and has become a vital source ofexchange,knowledgeand friendships.”The Center held thefirst Safa Fund competition thisspring for studentspresenting papers atthe September 2007LASA congress inMontreal.Five students (from RLL,SNRE,Law andAnthropology) wereawarded travel grants.Helen Safa Endows GraduateStudent Travel Fund Carmen Diana Deere honors Helen Safa for thecreation of the Safa Graduate Student TravelEndowment Fund in January 2007.FRANCISCO ARMAS UFLAS_NL.qxp 7/9/07 2:36 PM Page 3

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4THE LATINAMERICANIST FACULTY Rafael Hernndezon Civil Society in U.S.–Cuban RelationsRafael Hernndez,the John F.Kennedy Visiting Professor ofLatinAmerican Studies at Harvard University in fall 2006,and SeniorResearch Fellow at the Centro de Investigaci—n y Desarrollo de laCultura Cubana “Juan Marinello”in Havana,presented a lecture at UFon “Civil Society in U.S.–Cuban Relations”in January 2007.Hernndezhas held numerous teaching positions in Cuba,Mexico and the UnitedStates and is editor ofthe Cuban social sciences and humanities periodical,TEMAS.The focus ofthe lecture was the way in which civil societies in Cubaand the U.S.have enriched bilateral relations,in spite ofthe lack ofdiplomatic and political relations between the two countries.Accordingto Hernndez,Cuban civil society is considered by many to be a“non–subject.”In the analysis ofmost countries,the components ofcivilsociety are complex and nearly multitudinous,including NGOs,publicand private universities,private business,the media,etc.Cuba’s civilsociety,by contrast,is usually perceived in the U.S.to be exclusivelyfocused around political opposition;most analysts fail to take intoaccount the nuances.Ironically,in an effort to highlight the actions ofCuban dissidentgroups,the U.S.government may actually hinder the development ofabroader civil debate in Cuba on the course ofthe country by stigmatizing certain words and phrases.According to Hernndez,termssuch as “human rights”and “transition”are likely to “become identifiedwith the U.S.and are taboo termsthere is an interference that limitsdebate.”While in the past Cuban civil society was less heterogeneous,the1990s saw a dramatic increase in diverse views that are now being openlyexpressed.Acknowledging the fact that government media outlets suchas television and newspapers carry only official views,Hernndezemphasized that radio and especially academia have become the preferred channels for disagreement and debate.Periodicals such asCaminos,Contracorriente,Cultura y Desarrollo,Revoluci—n y Cultura,andIslasare all examples offorums for public discussion and disagreement.Other major players in Cuban civil society are religious organizations,including,but not limited to the Catholic Church.Afro–Cuban religiousorganizations and Protestant churches also foment this type ofcivicdevelopment.This is not to say that Cuban leadership is being directly criticized,rather that spaces for discussion are beginning to open.Among the mosthotly debated topics are history (especially the era ofLa Repblica from1902);gender and youth studies;the sociology ofreligion;race(including discrimination and prejudice);Cuban culture in the CubanDiaspora;the crisis ofvalues in terms ofethics,morals,politics,and ideology;the role ofthe media;social diversity and inequality;the environment;and popular participation,including notions ofdemocracy.Art,literature,and cinema have been especially instrumental inapproaching previously taboo topics.These include ideological disenchantment,racial discrimination,sexual orientation,the impact ofdollarization,low and high–level government corruption,the impact oftourism,and migration wherein those choosing to leave Cuba are lessand less referred to as gusanos or other equally derogatory terms.Hernndez concluded by highlighting recent developments in bilateralrelations.Little has changed on the governmental level;both sides continue to largely ignore each other and there appears to be little hopeofreconciliation.On the civil society level,however,the connections arestronger and more prolific.These include academic connections,Cubanartists visiting the U.S.,U.S.businesses trading with Cuba under specificlicensing agreements (mostly agribusiness),religious organizationsincluding Catholics,Protestants and Jews,athletic connections (baseball),music (hip hop),and medicine (especially tropical diseasestudies).Hernndez described these connections as “a meta–diplomaticchannel”between the two countries that may one day provide the basisfor improved relations.During the question and answer period,Hernndez elaborated on twonotable exceptions to the lack ofofficial U.S.–Cuban dialogue.These arethe 1994 immigration agreement following the balseros crisis and subsequent informal military cooperation (especially between the coastguards) on drug interdiction and migration issues.Hernndez offered a fresh view ofCuban civil society that is virtuallyan untold story in the U.S.His lecture provided a glimpse ofCuba oftenhidden from view by U.S.government policy and the media.Moreover,he offered evidence that despite the apparent lack ofrelations betweenthe two governments,a glimmer ofhope exists for continued improvement in relations in the years to come,although perhaps notthrough the traditional diplomatic channels one would expect.Contributed by Jacob Schultz, MALAS student Rafael Hernndez speaks on Cuban civil society in January 2007. PATRICIA SAMPAIO UFLAS_NL.qxp 7/9/07 2:36 PM Page 4

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FALL/WINTER 20065 FACULTY Study abroad,whether through short–term study tours or longer termsemester or academic year programs,is an important component oflanguage and area studies training.UF is ranked sixth in the nation inthe total number ofstudents it sends abroad (1,805 students in AY04),but its numbers on a per capita basis are quite low,not evenranking in the top 20 nationwide.In AY 05-06,251 UF students studied in Latin America.Ofthese students,87% studied on summer programs or short–term study tours,while only 13% (31 students) studied abroad for a semester or academicyear.These numbers are weak considering the size ofUF's under–graduate population,its strength in Latin American Studies,andFlorida's geographic and cultural proximity to Latin America.Ofparticular concern is the fact that UF does not sponsor any ofits ownsemester–length study abroad programs in Latin America,apart from afew reciprocal exchanges.Semester–length programs provide the language and culturalimmersion necessary to achieve foreign languagefluency.In Fall 2006,the Center convened a LatinAmerican Linkages Task Force,composed oftenaffiliate faculty from five colleges,to assess thestudy abroad issue.The task force's mission was toprioritize the countries and institutions most suitable for semester–length study abroad programs for undergraduates.The task force recommended that the Center look into startingsemester–length study abroad programs in CostaRica or Mexico,or both,and that it explore the possibility ofaffiliating with existing U.S.university study abroad programs in the Andeanregion and the Southern Cone.The task force also recommended that marketing and advising plansshould be implemented to ensure that students incorporate study abroadfrom the very beginning oftheir undergraduate careers.Work is underway to implement the task force’s recommendations.Despite the somewhat negative news about study abroad to LatinAmerica,UF's Latinamericanist faculty remain active in developing linkages with Latin American universities for cooperative research purposes and reciprocal student exchange.Following is a list oflinkagesthat were recently developed or are under development.Please let usknow ifwe have left any new initiatives offthe list.Current reciprocalexchange and study abroad programs are listed on page 14.Contributed by Hannah Covert, Executive Director, LASStudy Abroad and Institutional Linkages in Latin America Latin American University Country Faculty Contact Person Universidade Federal do Amazonas Brazil Marianne Schmink (LAS) Universidade de Passo Fundo Brazil Clyde Fraisse (ABE) Universidad Austral de Chile Chile Francisco Escobedo (SFRC) Universidad de Costa Rica Costa Rica Hannah Covert (LAS) FLACSO Ecuador Hannah Covert (LAS) Universidad Aut—noma de Yucatn Mexico Sharleen Simpson (Nursing)Pontif’ca Universidad Cat—lica del PerPeruHannah Covert (LAS)The UF Centers for World Arts,LatinAmerican Studies,and African Studiesco–sponsored a magical concert by JacarBrazil and Agbedidi Jeliya on April 7,2007.Joining the Agbedidi Jeliya ensemble as visiting artists were Cheick Diabate,Abdoulaye Diabate,Tasana Camara,andAbou Sylla.During the first halfofthe program,JacarBrazil,co–directed by Larry Crook (Music)and Welson Tremura (LAS/Music),performed a wide variety oftraditional andpopular Brazilian music.Their repertoirecombined guitar,choro (Brazilian genre),vocal,and percussion ensembles,with theparticipation oftwo faculty vocalists:Anthony Offerle and Elizabeth Graham.The second halfofthe program featuredAgbedidi Jeliya,UF’s West African ensembleled by Abou Sylla,a master balafon (xylophone) player.The program was basedon the epic story ofSundjata,a 13th–centuryhunter–warrior king ofthe Great MaliEmpire,and the role ofthe Jeli musicians inMande culture.Three very talented musiciansaccompanied Agbedidi Jeliya,all ofwhomhail from families ofgriots,musicians whohave traditionally been the historians andculture–bearers ofthe Mande.AbdulayeDiabate accompanied the group on guitar,while Cheick Diabate and Tasana Camaraadded their talents on n’goni (a string instrument) and the bass balafon.The combination ofBrazilian and African musicresulted in a memorable night.Contributed by Welson Tremura, AssistantProfessor, LAS/MusicJacar Brazil and Agbedidi Jeliya concert in April 2007.Jacar Braziland Agbedidi JeliyaSpring 2007 Concert ERIC KRAMER New Initiatives UFLAS_NL.qxp 7/9/07 2:36 PM Page 5

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The Tropical Conservation and Development Program (TCD) atthe Center for Latin American Studies received a three–year grant(2003-06) from the John D.and Catherine T.MacArthurFoundation to develop a training and capacity–building program incommunity–based conservation for organizations working in andaround protected areas ofEcuador and Colombia.The program soughtto improve the skills and knowledge ofindividuals and organizationsfrom both countries,who work in community–based conservationefforts,to allow for more effective responses to biodiversity threats.Elena Bastidas (UF 2001) was director ofthe program.Two TCDgraduate students from Colombia,Omaira Bola–os (Anthropology) andDiana Alvira (SNRE),played major roles in developing and coordinatingthe program.Hannah Covert (TCD),Jonathan Dain (TCD/SNRE),Marta Hartmann (Agricultural Education and Communication),KarenKainer (TCD/SFRC),and Marianne Schmink (TCD) served on UF’s faculty advisory committee.Two non–governmental organizations from Ecuador participated inthe program,Corporaci—n Grupo Randi Randi and Fundaci—nEcoCiencia.In Colombia,TCD linked with eight organizations,mainlyfrom the state ofValle del Cauca.They were the Asociaci—n deCampesinos de la Cuena del R’o Desbaratado,Funecorobles,Fundaci—nTr—pico,Fundaminga,Fundaci—n Vida y Ambiente para el Futuro,Corporaci—n Aut—noma Regional del Valle del Cauca,Fundaci—n Eco–Andina,and Instituto Alexander Von Humboldt.Both theEcuadorian and Colombian organizations have extensive field experience working with communities.The capacity building program encompassed a continual flow ofactivities that were collaboratively planned with the partners.Two learning cycles were completed,each ofwhich included concept andskills training workshops,local meetings,and networking.Each cycleconcluded with an analysis and reflection workshop that providedopportunities to reflect on collective learning experiences and to developconceptual understanding.The themes ofboth learning cycles werejointly decided with partner organizations during the needs assessmentand planning phase ofthe project.The first learning cycle focused ongovernance,while the second learning cycle dealt with protected areamanagement,social cartography,and gender and the environment.Allactivities were carried out in Ecuador and Colombia.During the three years ofthe project,eight workshops were conductedthat intensively trained a core group of20 participants from the tenorganizations.A series ofcase studies,currently being written by theparticipants,will discuss field experiences in relation to the concepts andthemes covered in the training program.Also,Diana Alvira developedher dissertation research on the biophysical and socioeconomic values offorest areas near protected areas in northeast Ecuador within the framework ofthe project.In an effort to strengthen links and networksamong people and organizations working in biodiversity conservation inEcuador and Colombia,two networks or loosely–based consortia werecreated as a result ofthe project:the Red ECCOUF(Ecuador–Colombia–University ofFlorida),including all ofthe participating organizations,and the Eco–Red Colombia,formed by theColombian organizations.A series ofmonitoring and evaluation tools were used throughout thethree years to track the progress ofthe project and to learn from thedynamics ofthe learning process.Overall,the project significantlyexceeded its objectives to improve technical content,build skills,and foster institutional exchanges on community based conservation.Thediversity among participants was an important source ofcreativity andlearning that stimulated people to reflect on different perspectives and,perhaps most importantly,their own views and behaviors.This was apowerful opportunity to use differences as a conscious part ofthe learning strategy,and to test and negotiate concepts and applications ofcomplex understandings ofconservation and development.A welcomeoutgrowth ofthe program was the solidarity,trust and friendship developed among members ofthe network.Contributed by Hannah Covert, Executive Director, LAS 6THE LATINAMERICANIST FACULTY TCD Project:Capacity Building for Community–Based Conservation in Ecuador andColombia Members of Ecuador–Colombia–University of Florida Network (Red ECCOUF)at a training workshop in Colombia.Continued from front cover ...Cuba Tradedivert more than $300 million in potential U.S.sales to foreign suppliersin Europe and Asia.In Brickman's opinion,this trade diversion is evidence ofthe need to rethink the embargo.Contributed by Mary Mitchell, MALAS StudentJay Brickman graduated summa cum laude from UF with a BA inEconomics and a Certificate in Latin American Studies.He earned a MAin International Economics and Latin American Affairs from the SchoolofAdvanced International Studies at The Johns Hopkins University.Hehas been employed by Crowley Maritime Corporation for over 30 years,holding various positions throughout the region.Details 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SPRING/SUMMER 2007 7 Alex Alberro (Art/Art History), Milagros Pe–a (Sociology/Women’s Studies & Gender Research),and Jane Southworth (Geography) have been selected as UF Research Foundation Professors for 2007,based on their strong research agendas that will lead to continuing distinction in their fields.The three–year award includes a $5,000 annual salary supplement and a one–time $3,000 grant. Leslie Anderson (Political Science) received a Fulbright Fellowship for research in Argentina,where she will be affiliated with the University ofBuenos Aires. lvaro Flix Bola–os (RLL) received a LAS Faculty Travel Grant to present the paper “Latinos,European Subjects,and Hispanic Studies”at the Modern Language Association Convention in Philadelphia in December 2006. He also delivered an invited paper on “Hispanism's Urgency and the Homogenization ofIndigenous Cultural Diversity”at the Reflections on Empire:Latin American Depictions ofColonization through History,Literature and Cinema Symposium at Georgia State University in Atlanta in March 2007. Emilio Bruna (LAS/WEC) Among several co–authors,received the 2007 Biotropica Award for Excellence in Tropical Biology and Conservation for the paper “Roads Alter the Colonization Dynamics ofa Keystone Herbivore in Neotropical Savannas”. ( Biotropica 38 (5):661-665,2006).He also delivered an invited paper on “Plant Demography in Fragmented Landscapes”at the Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amaznia in Manaus,Brazil in January 2007. Larry Cook (Music) received a LAS Faculty Travel Grant to present the paper “The Brazilian Pandeiro and the Aesthetics of Cultural Mediation”at the 51st Annual Society for Ethnomusicology Conference in Honolulu in November 2006. Carmen Diana Deere (LAS) and Magdalena Le—n (National University ofColombia) were awarded the James A.Robertson prize by the Conference ofLatin American History at the January 2006 meetings ofthe American Historical Association for the best article “Liberalism and Married Women’s Property Rights in Nineteenth–Century Latin America” appearing in the Hispanic American Historical Review during 2005. Susan deFrance (Anthropology) received a LAS Faculty Travel Grant to present the paper “Guinea Pigs as Elite Fare in Southern Peru: Past and Modern”at the 2006 American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting in San Jos,California in November 2006. Francisco Escobedo (SFRC) received a LAS Faculty Travel Grant to develop a linkage with the Universidad Austral de Chile in urban and community forestry in Valdivia,Chile in January 2007. Clyde Fraisse (Agricultural and Biological Engineering) received a LAS Faculty Travel Grant to develop a linkage with the Agronomy Department at the Universidade de Passo Fundo in Rio Grande do Sul,Brazil in December 2006. Clarence Gravlee (Anthropology) received a LAS Faculty Travel Grant to present the paper “Meaning,Social Structure,and Individual Well–Being in Puerto Rico”at the American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting in San Jos,California in November 2006. Mirian Medina Hay–Roe (FLMNH) received a LAS Faculty Travel Grant to present the paper “Ecological and Behavioral Studies in Heliconius Butterflies”at the Conference of Neotropical Lepidoptera at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama City, Panama in May 2007. Michael Heckenberger (Anthropology) received a LAS Faculty Travel Grant to present the paper “Amazonian Natures:the Body,the Land,and the Spaces in Between”at the Society for the Anthropology ofLowland South America (SALSA) meetings in Santa F, New Mexico in January 2007. Reynaldo Jimnez (RLL) received a LAS Faculty Travel Grant to present the paper “Memoria y afirmaci—n:El sujeto decentrado en la narrativa de Mireya Robles y Zoe Valdes” at the International Conference on Caribbean Studies in South Padre Island,Texas in November 2006. Karen Kainer (LAS/SFRC) served as a research consultant for “The Shape ofWater,”a 2006 award–winning film documentary by Kum–Kum Bhavnani,about enterprising women who have proactively confronted destructive development in the Third World. Martha Kohen (Architecture) designed the “Memorial de Recordac’on de los Detenidos Desparecidos Palabras Verdaderas”in Montevideo,Uruguay,which was featured in a documentary by Ricardo Casas about Mario Benedetti in 2006. Elizabeth Lowe (LAS) and Terry McCoy (LAS/Political Science) received the “Jon Mills Award for Significant Contributions to Relations between Florida and the Americas” from the UF Levin College ofLaw for helping to expand international programs ofthe Law School in Latin America,particularly Brazil. Elizabeth Lowe (LAS) guided a translation reading and discussion ofan excerpt from Brazilian novelist Regina Rheda's new novel “O Livro que Vende”(“Bestseller”) at the American Literary Translators’Association conference in Seattle in October 2006. Joseli Macedo (Urban and Regional Planning) presented a paper on “The Role of Urban Design in Downtown Revitalization: The Centro Vivo Initiative”at the World Planning Schools Congress in Mexico City, Mexico in July 2006.She also received a LAS Faculty Travel Grant to develop new linkages for UF’s Urban Planning Study Abroad Program during summer 2007. Maxine Margolis (Anthropology) received a LAS Faculty Travel Grant to chair the Membership Committee meeting at the Brazilian Studies Association Congress in Nashville in October 2006. Belio Mart’nez (Public Relations) presented an invited paper on “Emerging Cultural Paradigms in Public Relations Strategies for Social Change”at the 1st International Faculty News and Notes Faculty News and Notes continued on page 8. FACULTY UFLAS_NL.qxp 7/9/07 2:36 PM Page 7

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8 THE LATINAMERICANIST FACULTY Affiliate Faculty Food & Resource Economics Edward Evans (Caribbean) Wildlife Ecology and Conservation John Hayes (Central America, Mexico) Joint Faculty Food & Resource Economics/LAS Pilar Useche (Colombia, Central America) Support Staff Debbie Pastrana–Rodriguez Grants Assistant V isitors Janette Bulkan (Guyana) Moore Visiting Fellow Pedro Constantino (Brazil) Moore Visiting Fellow Roselia Marques Lopes (Brazil) Moore Visiting Faculty Francisco C. da S. Cavalcanti (Brazil) Moore Visiting Faculty Nana Wilson–Tagoe (Ghana/United Kingdom) Visiting Scholar Welcome New Center Affiliates, Staff and Visitors! Faculty News and Notes continued from page 7. Congress on Strategic Communication for Social Change in Medell’n,Colombia in October 2006. Anthony Oliver–Smith (Anthropology) received a 2006 Doctoral Mentoring Award from the UF Graduate School.He received a $3000 cash award plus $1000 to support his graduate students in spring 2007. Alfonso Prez–Mndez (Architecture) received a LAS Faculty Travel Grant to conduct research at the Paul Lester Wiener Collection at the University ofOregon in Eugene in April 2007. Charles Perrone (RLL) received a LAS Faculty Travel Grant to present the paper “Stages ofthe World:Polylingual Play in Caetano Cantor”at the Brazilian Studies Association Congress in Nashville in October 2006. Marianne Schmink (LAS) was one ofseven Latinamericanists to be recognized among the 52 faculty members honored at the Provost’s first Faculty Achievement Recognition Reception in April 2007.The Center–based faculty member and TCD Director was recognized for “her major external research awards,for continually receiving extramural grant funding from significant grantors,for training hundreds ofgraduate students,and for making a substantial contribution to the University’s stated goals ofexcellence in interdisciplinary research and graduate training.”Also honored were LAS affiliate faculty members Dolores Albarrac’n (Psychology), Michael Binford (Geography), Joan Frosch (Theatre and Dance), P.K. Nair (SFRC), Thomas Oakland (Educational Psychology),and Stephen G. Perz (Sociology). Nigel Smith (Geography) co–authored with Walter Wust,one ofPeru’s leading environmentalists and photographers,“Hijos de la Lluvia”(“Children ofthe Rain”),a full–color,large format “coffee table”book on people and lifeways in the Peruvian Amazon. Martin Sorbille (RLL) received a LAS Faculty Travel Grant to present a paper on “Freud en Echeverr’a:El Mito de la Muerte del Padre”at the VI Congreso Internacional de Literatura Hispnica in Mexico in March 2007. He also presented a paper on “El Matadero: Hegel y la Construcci—n del Mito del Unitario” at the 88th Annual Conference ofthe American Association ofTeachers ofSpanish and Portuguese (AATSP) in Salamanca,Spain in June 2006.He presented the paper “Hegel en Echeverr’a:El Concepto del Amo y Esclavo en El matadero”at the Congreso Internacional Palabras y Ideas,Idas y Vueltas:Las Relaciones Culturales y Ling’sticas entre Europa y Amrica Latina at the Instituto Internacional de Literatura Iberoamericana (IILI),in Genoa, Italy in June 2006. Rick Stepp (LAS/Anthropology) presented an invited paper on “Kaua'i Declaration: Ethnobotany is the Science ofSurvival”at a workshop at the National Tropical Botanical Garden,in Kaua'I,Hawaii in January 2007. Mark Thurner (History) received a LAS Faculty Travel Grant to present the paper “Jaulas de Cristal:Museos de Antropolog’a e Historia en el Mundo Hispnico,”at the Instituto de Historia,Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cient’ficas in Madrid,Spain in October 2006. Welson Tremura (LAS/Music) presented a paper on “The Tradition ofthe Bumbs in Parintins”at Valencia Community College in Orlando in March 2007. Philip Williams (Political Science) and Manuel Vsquez (Religion) received a $450,000 grant from the Ford Foundation to support a three year study entitled “Latin American Immigrants in the New South:Religion and the Politics ofEncounter”in January 2007. lvaro Flix Bola–os ,Associate Professor ofSpanish,passed away unexpectedly on May 14,2007.Flix was born in Colombia and before migrating to the U.S.,he obtained a Licenciatura en Letras at the Universidad del Valle.His M.A.and Ph.D.were from the University ofKentucky.After teaching for a semester at the Universidad de los Andes in Bogot,he joined the faculty ofthe Department ofRLL at the University ofFlorida in 1998.He previously taught at Tulane University.His specialty was colonial Latin American literature and culture.Flix was a much respected colleague and friend ofLAS. He was a loving father,husband and brother, and will be missed by many. UFLAS_NL.qxp 7/9/07 2:36 PM Page 8

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SPRING/SUMMER 20079 FACULTY Efra’n Barradas Ediciones Huracn,San Juan,2007Mente, Mirada, Mano: Visiones y Revisiones de La Obra de Lorenzo Homar.This collection ofessays by several authors examines the work ofLorenzo Homar (1913),the father ofPuerto Rican printmaking and a major figure in 20th century Latin American arts.Homar’s contributions to Puerto Rican arts are immense,but they have never been looked at and placed in a properhistorical and aesthetic framework.Barradas proposes the need for a new critical perspective ofhis work. Juliana Barr University ofNorth Carolina Press,Chapel Hill,2007Peace Came in the Form of a Woman: Indians and Spaniards in the Texas Borderlands.Revising the standard narrative ofEuropean–Indian relations in America,Juliana Barr reconstructs a world in which Indians were the dominant power and Europeans were the ones forced to accommodate,resist,and perse-vere.She demonstrates that between the 1690s and 1780s,Indian peoples including Caddos,Apaches,Payayas,Karankawas,Wichitas,and Comanches formed relationships with Spaniards in Texas that refuted European claims ofimperial control. Orlando R.Kelm and Mary E.Risner University ofTexas Press,Austin,2007Brazilians Working with Americans: Cultural Case Studies (Brasileiros que trabalham com americanos: Estudos de casos culturais).The book presents ten short case studies that effectively illustrate many ofthe cultural factors that come into play whenNorth American business professionals work in Brazil.A list oftopics and questions for discussion also help draw out thelessons ofeach business situation.To make the book equally useful to Brazilians and Americans (whether business peopleor language students),the entire text is presented in both English and Portuguese.Recent Faculty Books Milagros Pe–a Duke University Press,Durham,2007Latina Activists across Borders: Women's Grassroots Organizing in Mexico and Texas.“Latina Activists across Bordersis a significant contribution to research on gender and grassroots social movements.Milagros Pe–a's analysis ofthe tensions between faith–based organizing,different types offeminisms,and class–centered‘popular’social movements challenges historical paradigms ofwomen's grassroots activism.And her narratives ofwomenself–consciously developing gendered senses ofselfare remarkable illustrations ofthe ways feminism and spiritual agencyinteract on both sides ofthe border.”Denise A.Segura,coeditor ofWomen and Migration in the U.S.–Mexico Borderlands: A Reader. UFLAS_NL.qxp 7/9/07 2:36 PM Page 9

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10THE LATINAMERICANIST FACULTY Interview with 2007 Bacardi Family Eminent Scholar:Jorge Duany Jorge Duany,Professor ofAnthropology and Chair ofthe Department ofSociology andAnthropology at the University ofPuerto Rico in R’o Piedras,held the Center ofLatin AmericanStudies’Bacardi Family Eminent Scholar chair during the spring 2007 semester.As the BacardiScholar,Dr.Duany taught graduate and undergraduate seminars on Issues in Latino Studies andLatino Popular Culture,respectively.He also coordinated the Bacardi Family Lecture Series,“TheState ofLatino Studies.”The Latinamericanistinterviewed Dr.Duany about his experience at theCenter and his current research. LAS: What attracted you to the University of Florida’s Center for Latin American Studies?UF is very well–known within the U.S.for Latin American Studies,and particularly for Caribbean Studies;my area ofinterest.Within that,Cuban Studies is also a major strength,particularly for library research.The main reason I came here is because UF isbuilding the Latino Studies program within the Center for Latin American Studies.Can you tell me about your current experience at UF?I’ve had a great experience with both students,faculty members and with the scholars from the Bacardi Lecture Series.In teachingseminars on both the graduate and undergraduate level,I have had the opportunity to work with different types ofstudents,bothin the social sciences and humanities.In particular,I enjoyed the undergraduate seminar because it allowed me to teach a newsubjectLatino Popular Culture.The most interesting aspect ofthe graduate seminarIssues in Latino Studies has been thecross–referencing ofthe experiences ofdifferent Latino groups and the incorporation ofreadings by the Bacardi scholars.What do you think are some of the prevalent themes and directions of Latino Studies today? And how do they compare to the prominent issues in Latino Studies in past decades?I think one ofthe big issues that came up during the semester is whether a pan–Latino community creates a sense ofbelongingand identity among diverse groups from Latin America.That is one ofthe major issues in the literature:the extent to which the overarching category ofLatino reflects or does not reflect a sense ofprojected affiliation by people who are marked as Latino.Ifyou go back to the 1960s and 70s,when the first programs on Latino Studies emerged,it was fragmented,with Chicano andMexican–American Studies on the West Coast,Puerto Rican and later Dominican Studies on the East Coast,and an emphasis onCuban and Cuban American Studies in Florida.Then,over the last 15 or 20 years,the approach has shifted towards looking atthese groups comparatively instead ofisolating each group and their experiences.Can you tell me about your current research on Puerto Ricans in Orlando?The research itselftook place a couple ofyears ago,based on recent census data.The American Community Survey Estimatesshow that every year there has been a tremendous increase in the number ofPuerto Ricans coming to Central Florida,particularlyOrlando.What we did was try to map out the main characteristics ofthe Puerto Rican community and compare them with otherLatino groups,particularly Mexicans and Cubans in the Orlando area.It was published last year as a working paper by the Centrode Estudios Puertorrique–os (Hunter College,City University ofNew York).Contributed by Molly Dondero, MALAS student LAS:LAS:LAS:JD:JD:JD:JD: FRANCISCO ARMAS UFLAS_NL.qxp 7/9/07 2:36 PM Page 10

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SPRING/SUMMER 200711 SPRING 2007BACARDI FAMILY LECTURE SERIES The following UF Students received U.S.Department ofEducation Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships from theCenter for Latin American Studies.Summer 2007Jessica Bachay (MALAS), PortugueseMaria DiGiano (PhD Interdisciplinary Ecology), Yucatec MayaAimee Green (MALAS), PortugueseAlex Hangen (MA Criminology), PortugueseMichele Knapp (MALAS), PortugueseShani Kruljac (MA Urban & Regional Planning), PortugueseCarly Voight (MALAS), Yucatec MayaAcademic Year 2007Luis Caraballo (MALAS), Haitian CreoleRandall Crones (PhD, Anthropology), PortugueseMolly Dondero (MALAS), PortugueseQuinn Hansen (PhD Linguistics), Haitian CreoleJeffrey Hoelle (PhD Anthropology), PortugueseMichele Knapp (MALAS), PortugueseShani Kruljac (MA Urban & Regional Planning), PortugueseNoelle Nuebler (MALAS), Portuguese2007 Foreign Language and Area StudiesFellowship RecipientsThe Bacardi Family Spring Lecture Series was coordinated by Jorge Duany,2007 Bacardi FamilyEminent Scholar.The Series brought four distinguished Latino Studies scholars to campus fora public lecture and to participate in a graduateseminar on Issues in Latino Studies. Mar’aCristinaGarc’a Professor of History, Cornell University Silvio Torres–Saillant Associate Professor ofEnglish and Director of Latino–Latin American Studies, Syracuse University Edna Acosta–Beln Distinguished Professor ofLatin American, Caribbeanand U.S. Latino Studies andWomen’s Studies, Universityat Albany, SUNY Louis DeSipio Associate Professor ofPolitical Science andDirector of Chicano/Latino Studies, University ofCalifornia, Irvine Jorge Duany Professor of Anthropologyand Chair of Sociology andAnthropology, University ofPuerto Rico, R’o Piedras; 2007 Bacardi Family Eminent Scholar The State of Latino Studies UFLAS_NL.qxp 7/9/07 2:36 PM Page 11

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12THE LATINAMERICANIST STUDENTS Field Research Clinic Poster Competition 2007The Field Research Clinic is an annualevent that highlights the field researchprocess and the graduate researchbeing carried out by LAS funded students.It isone ofseveral support activities sponsored bythe Center over the course ofthe academicyear that serve to enhance the learning and professional preparation ofLatinamericanistgraduate students.Other support eventsinclude new student orientations and workshops on proposal writing,researchposter preparation and publishing,Institutional Review Board procedures andfieldwork preparation.The Field Research Clinic began with discussions ofthe field research process andconcluded with the public presentation ofresearch results from those recently returnedfrom the field.This year’s discussions wereorganized by TCD graduate assistant GeorginaCullman and included a student panel on“Things I wish I had known/done before doingfieldwork,”and small group discussionsaddressing “Proposal and fieldwork expectations and concerns.”The second halfofthe Clinic was a poster session designed to showcase LAS–sponsoredresearch to the public,while helping studentslearn to effectively present their research ideasand results.Over 100 people came to view thework displayed in the Friends ofMusic Roomincluding undergraduates,graduate students,visiting scholars,faculty,staff,family members,and members ofthe Gainesville community.The Grand Prize for best research poster wasawarded to MALAS student Mayra DanielaAviles for her poster,“An Ethnographic StudyofHuaorani Identity and PoliticalConsciousness in the Context ofOil Expansionin the Ecuadorian Amazon.”Posters werejudged by Welson Tremura (LAS/Music),EricKeys (Geography),and Patty Anderson(Division ofPlant Industries,State ofFlorida).Twenty–six posters were presented at the event;all prepared by graduate students fundedthrough the 2006 Center Field Research GrantThe research on display was carried out in 14different countries by students representing 11University ofFlorida departments/schools.Contributed by Jon Dain, LAS/SNRE Poster CompetitionWINNERSGRANDprize:Mayra Daniela Aviles(MALAS)An Ethnographic Study of HuaoraniIdentity and Political Consciousness inthe Context of Oil Expansion in theEcuadorian AmazonMasters Category1st prize:Angelica Saavedra(Law/Anthropology)Biopiracy: The Noble Fight or ShamAdvocacy?2nd prize:Jessica Bachay(MALAS)Formalizing Remittances: A Case Studyof Bank of America in MexicoPre–Dissertation Category1st prize:Katy Garland(WEC)Do Knowledge and Attitude Determinean Individual’s Decision to Consume SeaTurtle Meat?2nd prize:Ane Alencar(SFRC)Spatial Determinants of Forest Fires inthe Brazilian Amazon Mayra Daniela Aviles (LAS) received the Grand Prizefor best research poster at the 2007 Field ResearchClinic. Outreach News In addition to the acquisition ofJoel Zito Arajo’s Denying Braziland Daughters ofthe Wind(see next page),the Outreach LendingLibrary supplemented its materials on race in Brazil with the film Quilombo Country: Afrobrazilian Villages in the 21st Century.Directedby Leonard Abrams and narrated by Chuck D.,this documentary provides insight into some ofthe estimated 2,000 quilombos that currently exist in Brazil.Largely isolated from the outside world,quilombos are rural communities founded by runaway slaves or by formerslaves living on abandoned plantations.The film focuses on specific quilombos in the Northeast sugar–growing region and in the heart ofthe Amazon rainforest.It relates the historical context ofthese communities with issues that quilombolas currently confront,such as landrights,racial and socioeconomic discrimination.It also offers intimate footage ofreligious ceremonies,festivals,and parties,as well as dailyactivities such as fishing,making manioc flour,and construction.Quilombo Countryis available on DVD and has a runtime of73 minutes.Lending Library Featured Item PATRICIA SAMPAIO UFLAS_NL.qxp 7/9/07 2:36 PM Page 12

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SPRING/SUMMER 200713 OUTREACH This past semester the Center participated in the Oak HammockLifelong Learning Institute.Oak Hammock is a retirement community in Gainesville affiliated with UF,where lifelong learningand fitness are considered important elements ofa good quality oflife.A variety oflecture series and workshops are offered for its residents throughout the year.The title ofthe Center’s series was“South ofthe Border.”Six core and affiliate faculty members presentedon topics that reflect the diverse expertise LAS faculty have to offer theuniversity and the Gainesville community. Outreach News, con’t. Oak Hammock Lecture SeriesTechnology Workshop for ForeignLanguage InstructorsThrough collaboration with the Florida Foreign LanguageAssociation,the Center has been working to promote LatinAmerican Studies and provide resources to two– and four–year colleges in the State ofFlorida.In February 2007,the Center'sOutreach Program sponsored a college–level workshop entitled“Social Collaborative Aspects ofTechnology in the LanguageClassroom”,led by Dr.Gillian Lord (RLL).Sixteen Spanish andPortuguese instructors from nine institutions around the stateattended the event.As part ofthe workshop,faculty received information on Latin American resources available at UF and othernational sources.After a full house event with the Brazilian film director Malu deMartino in October 2006,UF welcomed another director fromBrazilJoel Zito Arajo to celebrate Black Heritage Month and tohighlight studies ofthe African Diaspora in Latin America.Arajoscreened his feature film Daughters ofthe Windon February 20 at theReitz Union Cinema and his documentary Denying Brazilon February21 at the UF Harn Museum ofArt.Both features deal with issues ofrace in Brazil and have garnered multiple awards.In Daughters ofthe Wind,Arajo assembled the largest cast ofblackactors in the history ofBrazilian cinema to create a complex treatmentoflove,deception,resentment,and redemption among sisters,mothers,and daughters.The film also chronicles the female protagonists’struggles with racism and sexism in the Brazilian citiesofOuro Preto and Rio de Janeiro.Denying Brazildebunks the existence ofa “racial democracy”mythin Brazil by examining the representation ofAfro–Brazilians in themedia,particularly in the popular telenovela genre.The documentarywas inspired by Arajo’s book “A Negao do Brasil:O Negro naTelenovela Brasileira”,a work based on his doctoral dissertation at theSchool ofArts and Communication from the University ofSo Paulo.Prior to the screening ofDenying Brazil,Arajo participated in apanel format workshop at the Harn Museum entitled “Issues ofRacein Brazil”for K teachers from Alachua County schools.ProfessorsJeffrey Needell (History) and Charles Wood (LAS/Sociology) also participated in the workshop,presenting talks on the historical andsocial contexts ofrace in Brazil.With support from the Florida Consortium for Latin American andCaribbean Studies’Title VI National Resource Center grant and theBrazilian American Chamber ofCommerce,Arajo also visited otherco–sponsoring schools and organizations in Florida.In Orlando,hiswork was featured in the annual Latin American Film Festival “OLAFEST”.Additional movie screenings took place at Valencia CommunityCollege in Orlando and at Stetson University in DeLand.The events at UF were co–sponsored by the Department ofRomance Languages and Literatures,the International Center,theInstitute ofHispanic and Latino Cultures,and the BrazilianPortuguese Club.Movie Screenings: Daughters of the Windand Denying Brazil with Brazilian FilmDirector Joel Zito Arajo March 5The Yankees Are Coming! The Rise and Decline of theAmerican Colonies in Cuba (1899).Carmen Diana Deere,Director,LAS.March 12The Yankees Are Here! The United States as One ofCuba’s Largest Trading Partners in 2005.Bill Messina,Coordinator ofEconomic Analysis,FRE.March 19Latin American Guitar.Welson Tremura,Assistant Professor,LAS/Music.March 26The Future of Latin American Economies in GlobalSystems.Terry McCoy,Professor,LAS/Political Science.April 2Frida and Other Fridas: Women Artists in LatinAmerica.Efra’n Barradas,Professor,LAS/RLL.April 9Deforestation and the Environmental Crisis in theAmazon.Charles H.Wood,Professor,LAS/Sociology. UFLAS_NL.qxp 7/9/07 2:36 PM Page 13

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14THE LATINAMERICANIST MALAS Graduates 06December 2006 Nicolas RubioThesis:“Brazilian Government Policies in the Ethanol Program:A Model for the Rest ofthe World.”Adriana SnchezThesis:“The 'Ricans’Underclass Status? A Look from within Chicago.”May 2007 Gregory BatesThesis:“Corruption in the Americas:A Commentary on Trade and Human Rights and an Analysis of the Inter-American Convention against Corruption.”Derek LewisThesis:“The Head ofthe Mouse:Dominican Microenterprises' Formal and Informal Credit Decisions.”Veronica Villase–orThesis:“The Challenge ofCattle Ranching to Common Property:A Case Study in the Isoso,Bolivia.”The following students graduated with a MALAS degree during academic year 2006. STUDENTSStudy ToursTheater in Brazil Tropical Forestry in Brazil Forest Policy in Brazil Financial Markets in Brazil Legal Study Tour in Chile Industrial Energy in ChileSummer Study Abroad ProgramsBusiness in Riode Janeiro, Brazil Language and Culture in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Urban Planning in Curitiba, Brazil Environmental Law in Costa Rica International Education in Costa Rica Anthropology in Merida, Mexico Ecology in Merida, Mexico Language and Culture in Guanajuato, Mexico Architecture in Guadalajara, Mexico Grassroots Development in NicaraguaReciprocal Student Exchange AgreementsPontif’cia Universidade Cat—lica do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Universidade Federal de Bahia, Brazil Universidade Federal de Viosa, Brazil Universidade Federal do Paran–Curitiba, Brazil Universidade de Passo Fundo, Brazil Pontif’cia Universidad Cat lica de Chile Universidad Adolfo Iba–ez, Chile Universidad Aut—noma de Yucatn, Mexico Universidad del Pac’fico, PeruInternational Programs in Latin America UFLAS_NL.qxp 7/10/07 8:28 AM Page 14

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SPRING/SUMMER 2007 15 STUDENTS Undergraduate Minor and Certificates in Latin American Studies06 The following students completed an undergraduate minor or certificate in Latin American Studies,or both, during academic year 2006. Fall 2006 Mirna Amaya, Interdisciplinary Studies Dulce Boza, Political Science Sarah Brush, Portuguese Stephanie Englehardt, Sociology Keli Garcia, History Rachel Gubernick, Political Science WIlliam Hangen, Spanish/Anthropology Valentina Jimenez, Political Science Thomas McMahon, History/Political Science Carlos Manosalva, Finance Andrea Morales, Journalism Anelkis Royce, Political Science Juan Sanabria, Marketing Christopher Steinberg, Political Science Spring 2007 Jacqueline Basallo, Marketing Ashley Bittner, History/Political Science Merritt Bresnahan, Nutrition Teresa Chin, Criminology Maria Cepeda, Political Science Rogelio Fernandez, Business Administration Laura Hester, Recreation, Parks & Tourism Isabel Koehler, Political Science Monica Magdziak, Marketing Gabriela Montiel, Spanish William Muir, History Jennifer Ortiz, History Alexandra Rudnick, History/Political Science Shari Scalone, Spanish/Jewish Studies Luis Suarez–Isaza, Political Science Joana Tilley, Spanish Ross Van Boven, Marketing Maria Vanegas, Political Science Nashielly Victoria, Anthropology Florida Museum of Natural History Food and Resource Economics Latin American Business Environment Program Latin American Studies MA in Latin American Studies Partnership in Global Learning Romance Languages and Literatures School of Forest Resources & Conservation School of Natural Resources & Environment Tropical Conservation and Development Program UF Foundation Wildlife Ecology & Conservation UF Acronymns FLMNH FRE LABEP LAS MALAS PGL RLL SFRC SNRE TCD UFF WEC The official Brazilian Portuguese Proficiency Exam for non–native speakers, the CELPE-Bras, is offered twice a year during spring and fall semesters at UF. The fall 2007 test will be on October 17. For more information, please contact Mary Risner at maryr@ufl.edu. UFLAS_NL.qxp 7/9/07 2:36 PM Page 15

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16 THE LATINAMERICANIST STUDENTS 2007 Summer Research Grant Recipients Sergio lvarez, MS FRE, Colombia Silvia lvarez, PhD Botany, Costa Rica Alexandra Anda, MALAS, Ecuador Elyse Anderson, MA/PhD Anthropology, Guatemala Christopher Ballengee, PhD Music, Trinidad & Tobago Megan Barolet–Fogarty, MALAS, Brazil Elizabeth Binford, MA Anthroplogy, Belize Sergio Cabrera, MALAS, Argentina Miramanni Chavez, MS SNRE, Mexico Diogo Costa, PhD Anthropology, Brazil Karen Coutts, MA Anthropology, Peru Renata de Godoy, PhD Anthropology, Brazil Molly Dondero, MALAS, USA Mark Donop, PhD Anthropology, Peru Santiago Espinosa, PhD WEC, Ecuador Paula Hamsho–Diaz, MALAS, USA Stefanie Hoehn, MALAS, Panama Wesley Ingwersen, PhD Environmental Engineering, Peru Erol Kavountzis, MA/PhD Anthropology, Belize Nicholas Kawa, MA Anthropology, Brazil Tess Kulstad, PhD Anthropology, Dominican Republic Cecelia Larsen, MALAS, Chile Rafael Mendoza, PhD Anthropology, Peru Karen Pereira, MA Anthropology, Guatemala Alejandro Pietrek, MS WEC, Argentina Joanna Reilly–Brown, MA Anthropology, Belize Leah Sarat, PhD Religion, Mexico Elizabeth Smith, MALAS, Costa Rica Lucimar Souza, MALAS, Brazil Gabriela Stocks, PhD Anthropology, Costa Rica Jason Taylor, MALAS, Chile Joshua Torres, PhD Anthropology, Puerto Rico Erica Van Etten, MS SNRE, Ecuador Carly Voight, MALAS, Belize Galo Zapata–Rios, PhD WEC, Ecuador Vivian Zeideman, PhD SNRE, Brazil The following students at the University ofFlorida 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 of2007.Funding ofthese grants was made possible by a grant from the Tinker Foundation,the TCD Ford Foundation/State endowment,the Charles Wagley Research Fellowship,and the A.Curtis Wilgus Fellowship.The country where the student is conducting research follows the reference to the ir UF program. Upcoming Events Center for Latin American Studies 57th Annual Conference T he Center for Latin American Studies 57th annual conference in 2008 will be co–hosted with the College ofJournalism and Communi cations on the theme of“Uniting for Solutions:Strategic Partnerships and Co mmunications in the Americas.”The conference co–chairs will be Juan Carlos Molleda (Public Relations) and Marilyn Roberts (Advertising). This conference will provide a multidisciplinary perspectiv e to inform the stages ofsuccessful alliance formation and social ch ange initiatives.The combined magnitude ofthe social,political and economic challenges fa cing Latin America calls out for collaboration among busine ss,government, nonprofits and civil society to build multi–sector alliances to aff ect social change.In order to achieve synergy,the creation o falliances between organizations focusing on corporate social responsibility,philanthropy,strategic planning and sustainability requires agreement on common symbols and key messages,and clear expressions ofcollective commitment and cont ributions.Strategic communication refers to the combined use of advertising,public relations,print and broadcast journalism,new media,and alternative or community media to align and maintain multi–sector partners working under the same vision and goals. February 7, 2008 UFLAS_NL.qxp 7/9/07 2:36 PM Page 16

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Clyde Stephens (UF 1959)gave a lecture entitled“Banana History and theUnited Fruit Company”inJanuary 2007 as part ofCIBER’smonthly seminar series.Stephens worked for the UnitedFruit Company,now ChiquitaBrands International,for 32years in Central America andthe Dominican Republic.His expertise lies in bananaresearch and technical services;and,he has published on banana history and banana ecosystems.Using period photographs and maps,Stephens described the origin ofbananas,which began as backyard plantings for local markets,and how theygrew into a large import/export business.The United Fruit Company beganin 1885 as the Boston Fruit Company in Jamaica,later expanding to otherislands in the Caribbean.In 1899,the Tropical Trading & Transport andCompany merged with Boston Fruit Company to form the United FruitCompany.The story ofthe Snyder Banana Company,located in Bocas del Toro,andowned by United Fruit,Panama is a good example ofthe agricultural,socialand political difficulties that many ofthe early banana companies faced.Forinstance,there was a border dispute between Panama and Costa Rica from1921 to 1941.Train wrecks,landslides,and floods were common,and manyworkers suffered from various tropical diseases.Likewise,the banana exporttrade was volatile.It was almost wiped out in the 1930s by Panama disease,also known as fusarium wilt,forcing companies to switch production tocacao.Later,they switched to Manila hemp due to high demand duringWWII.Stephens ended his lecture by explaining that Chiquita BrandsInternational is now fully managed by Latin Americans and has only onedivision in Central America,which is in Bocas del Toro.Stephens was one ofthe last foreigners to manage the company and he is proud ofhaving helpedtrain the Latin Americans who are now part ofall levels ofmanagement.Contributed by Jessica Bachay, MALAS student SPRING/SUMMER 200717 International Business StudyTour to Argentina UF graduate students during the International BusinessStudy Tour in Argentina in October 2006.Alumni NewsA Short History of theBanana BusinessIn October 2006,Andy Naranjo (Finance) and Terry McCoy(LAS/Political Science) led a one–week international businessstudy tour to Argentina for a group of20 UF graduate students.The group,hosted by the Universidad de San Andrs in BuenosAires,participated in academic seminars and visited importantbusinesses,such as manufacturing,financial,agricultural,andservice oriented firms;as well as financial and retail markets,public agencies,and cultural sites.The study tour,co–sponsoredby the Warrington College ofBusiness’Center for InternationalBusiness,Education,and Research (CIBER),awards 2 graduatecredit hours.It provides students first–hand exposure to SouthAmerican markets and business practices,enabling them to betterunderstand and manage international investments,trade,andrisk.It is held each fall semester and rotates between Brazil,Chile,and Argentina.The study tour is part ofa campus–taught classcalled Latin American Business Environment.Students in theclass come from a variety ofdisciplines,including business,law,Latin American Studies,agriculture,and liberal arts and sciences.The students’multidisciplinary backgrounds and their varyingperspectives and strengths provide a further window to understanding how different fields cope with and address complex international issues.St ud e nt T est imo nials “It was a great trip.I went in knowing very little and came out with a whole new perspective.”“The hands-on experience is truly unable to be met byreading a book or taking a course on campus.”“The study tour was a wonderful experience.It is necessary for anyone studying international business.” UF alumnus Clyde Stephens speaks atCIBER’s monthly seminar series. ALUMNIHANNAH COVERT UFLAS_NL.qxp 7/9/07 2:36 PM Page 17

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18THE LATINAMERICANIST Larissa Ruiz Baia (MALAS 1996,PhD Political Science 2004) is Director of Graduate and Evening Admissions at Lynn University in Boca Raton,Florida. Brian Bombassaro (BS/BA Economics & BA Spanish 2006) began a Master's in the Public Policy program at the John F. Kennedy School ofGovernment at Harvard University. Orlando Fals Borda (PhD Sociology 1955) is a Colombian anthropologist,known for his applied work in North–South ethics in development and research and Participant Action Research.He has been selected for the Malinowski Award ofthe Society for Applied Anthropology. David Fleischer (MALAS 1968,PhD Political Science 1972) is Professor Emeritus ofthe Institute ofPolitical Science,University ofBrazilia,and resides in Brazilia.Since the mids he has edited Brazil Focus,a newsletter on Brazilian political and economic events. Evan George (JD 2003,MALAS 2004) is an Associate Attorney at the Law Offices of Robert J.Jacobs,P.A.,a full service immigration firm in Gainesville.He represents individuals in all types of immigration matters,including removal defense before the Immigration Court. William L. Harris (PhD History 1973) is Professor Emeritus ofHistory at The Citadel. An expert on Venezuela,he is a Corresponding Member ofthe Venezuelan National Academy ofHistory and continues to be active in SECOLAS,the Southeastern Council ofLatin American Studies. Damon Kearney (MALAS 1996) has been working in information technology for nearly a decade.He is a Senior Business Systems Analyst for Fidelity National Information Services,working with a variety ofinternational financial services. William Kenah (MALAS 1990) ) teaches writing at Long Beach City College in California and works as a longshoreman at the Port ofLos Angeles. Chris Maxfield (MALAS 1985) joined the newly formed United Nations Department ofSafety and Security in 2006.He is the ChiefofDesk for Europe and the Americas,responsible for overseeing the safety and security ofUN staffand operations in 81 countries. Venecia Rojas (MALAS 1980) works for the General Accounting Office in Washington,D.C.on globalization issues. Mariana Varese (MALAS 1999,ABD FRE) is the Assistant Director ofthe Latin America and Caribbean Program ofthe Wildlife Conservation Society in Bronx,N.Y. &NEWS NOTESALUMNI ALUMNIThe Center for Latin American Studies would love to hear from its ALUMNI Ifyou have not already done so,please complete our Alumni Survey.The survey can be downloaded and printed from: http://www.latam.ufl.edu/ news/newsnotes.html Francisco Rildo(Cartaxo) Nobre (MALAS 1998) passed away in Rio Branco,Acre,Brazil on May 12,2007, after a two year battle with cancer. Cartaxo received a LASPAU fellowship to study English,and then studied with Marianne Schmink to complete a MALAS degree at the University of Florida in 1998.His Master’s research focused on the adoption ofagroforestry systems by rural communities in Acre. Cartaxo held several positions in the state and municipal governments, including State Secretary for Technical Assistance and Extension.He was an important leader in the Worker’s Party (PT) in Acre,coordinating several key election campaigns and then winning his own first political campaign for state deputy,to become leader ofthe PT in the state legislature. UFLAS_NL.qxp 7/10/07 12:15 PM Page 18

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SPRING/SUMMER 2007 19 My gift is to benefit: The Latin American Studies Fund (011147) LAS Alumni Graduate Student Travel Fund (012521) Name__________________________________________ Address________________________________________ City/State/Zip____________________________________ Home Phone:______________________________________ E-mail address:____________________________________ Gift Amount: $500 $250 $100 $50 $__________________ Remember to enclose your company’s MATCHING GIFT FORM! It can double or triple your gift! Method of payment: ABZF Check Enclosed (Make check payable to: UF Foundation, Inc.) Credit Card Discover VISA Master Card Card Number:__________________________________ Expiration Date (MM/YY): ____________________________ Name as it appears on the card:________________________ Signature:__________________________________________ Credit Card billing address (if different from one at left) : __________________________________________________ City/State/Zip:______________________________________ ALUMNI We rely on contributions from our friends and alumni to support certain special activities such as student travel to conference s and seed support for larger fund-raising efforts. If you would like to make a donation to the Center, please fill out the form below. Giving to the Center for Latin American Studies Thanks To Our Donors The Center for Latin American Studies would like to express its gratitude for the generosity of those who have responded to our mailings and the University of Florida Foundation’s annual appeal. Their donations go towards the Latin American Studies Fund and/or the Latin American Studies Graduate Student Travel Fund. Gracias to the following people: Christopher Baker Lygia S. & Donald M. Bellis Kevin & Anacielo Grogan Murdo & Shena MacLeod Richard W. & Wanda Oberdorfer Donald & Patricia Ramos Eduardo M. Silva Herrick A. & Debra Smith Eric A. Wagner Please return to: University of Florida Foundation, Inc. P.O. Box 14425, Gainesville, FL 32604-2425 We are also grateful to the following for their support of the 2007 Latin American Business Symposium and Career Workshop: Corporate Sponsors: Crowley Maritime Corporation Econocaribe Consolidators, Inc. FedEx Express Latin American & the Caribbean Corporate Co–Sponsors: Brooks Tropicals, Inc. Porter–Novelli Prudential Real Estate Investors Seald Sweet LLC Woodhouse Shanahan P.A. UFLAS_NL.qxp 7/9/07 2:36 PM Page 19

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