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SLATINAMERIC ANIS T

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


Annual Conference

The Urban Divide

in Latin America

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


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ual con


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



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

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




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


inside: p Directr's


p3 Bacardi
S Scholar
Lecture


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


4LATINAMERICANIST

Volume 40, Number 1
Spring 2009


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 & Professional Staff
Carmen Diana Deere Director
Hannah Covert Executive Director


Efriain Barradas (LAS/RLL)
Richmond Brown Associate Director,
Academic Programs
Emilio Bruna (LAS/WEC)
Tim Clark (LAS/Criminology)
Jonathan Dain (LAS/SNRE)
Karen Kainer (LAS/SFRC)
Ana Margheritis (LAS/Political Science)
Mary Risner Associate Director,
Outreach & LABE
Janet Bente Romero Associate Director of
Development, UFF
Patricia Delam6nica Sampaio Program
Coordinator
Marianne Schmink (LAS/Anthropology)
J. Richard Stepp (LAS/Anthropology)
Welson Tremura (LAS/Music)
Pliar Useche (LAS/FRE)
Charles Wood (LAS/Sociology)


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


3 Bacardi Eminent Scholar

4 Teodoro Petkoff Speaks

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

6 Bacardi Lecture Interview

7 World Bank Project


8 Faculty News & Publications

12 FIPSE Student Exchange Programs

14 Student Grads, Funding, Awards

17 80th Anniversary Celebration

18 Alumni News

19 Thanks to Our Donors


TF Center for
UA Latin American Studies
UNIVERSITY of FLORIDA






I EVENTS I


Bacardi Eminent Scholar Lecture by Christopher Birkbeck

Crime as an Expression of Identity:

Observations from Latin America and the U.S.


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


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


A Christopher birkbeck, 2UU0 Bacardl Family Eminent
Scholar.


SRN 2009O






1EVENTSI

Teodoro Petkoff Speaks on Venezuelan Politics


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


eti


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


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


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


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


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


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


exhibit on Cuba: Past, Present, and Future.


4 THE LATINAMERICANIST







Homenaje a Andr6s Avellaneda

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


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


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


January 28-30, 2010


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

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


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



UFAc gon m


Center for International Business Education
& Research
Florida Museum of Natural History
Food and Resource Economics
Latin American Business Environment Program
Latin American Studies
MA in Latin American Studies
School of Forest Resources & Conservation
School of Natural Resources & Environment
Tropical Conservation & Development Program
Wildlife Ecology & Conservation


EVENTS I


Bridging Conservation
and Development
in Latin America and Africa


SRN 2009O






RESEARCH


Interview with 2009 Bacardi Family Eminent Scholar:

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


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How do Latin Americans view the problem of
crime in the region?
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Focus on Research

Improving Statistics on Gender and Assets

in Latin America


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


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

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




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

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


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


Faculty News and Publications


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

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

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


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

EHannah Covert (LAS) chaired a panel on
"Historical Perspectives on Latin American
Studies Programs at U.S. Universities" at the
Title VI 50th Anniversary Conference in
Washington, DC in March. Publications:
Review of World Class Worldwide: Transforming
Research Universities in Asia and Latin America,
P. Altbach & R. Balin, eds. The Americas, 65(3)
2009: 437-439; Review of Minority Student
Retention, A. Seidman, ed. Florida Journal of
Educational Administration & Policy, 2(1) 2008:
62-66.

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


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

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

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Faculty News and Publications continued from page 8

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

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

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

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

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


IFACULTYI


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

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

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

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

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

SM ichael M oseley i ..1l.,.. I- .1.._ )
Environmental Change and Economic
Development in Coastal Peru between 5,800
and 3,600 Years Ago (with D. Sandweiss, R.S.
Solis, D. Keefer and C. Ortloff). Proceedings of
the National Academy of Sciences, 106(5) 2009:
1539-1363.


EJeffrey Needell (History) has received a
Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Fellowship to
conduct research on the abolitionist movement
in Rio in the 1880s. He presented "Brazilian
Abolitionism, Its Historiography, and the Uses
of Political History" at the Boston Area Latin
American History Workshop and the Brazil
Studies Program at Harvard University in
Boston in February. He also presented "Racial
Perceptions in the Era of Brazilian
Abolitionism (1870-1888)" at the American
Historical Association/Conference on Latin
American History Annual Meeting in New
York in January. He delivered "The Lost Way:
Political History and the Historiography of
Brazilian Abolitionism" at the United States
Military Academy, West Point in September
2008.

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

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

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


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

Botany
Claudia Romero (South America)

FLMNH
Jacqueline Miller (Mexico,
Caribbean)


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

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

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

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


Scott Robinson (Peru, Brazil,
Panama)

Visitors
Christopher Birkbeck (England)
Bacardi Family Eminent Scholar

Wagner Guzman (Peru)
Moore Visiting Fellow


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


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

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

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


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Recent Faculty Books

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


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


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






LAS Course Development Grants

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


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


FL2008









FIPSE Student Exchange Programs with Brazil


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Urban Sustainability and the Built Environment
Faculty Manager: Joseli Macedo, Urban and Regional Planning
U.S. Partner: University of Cincinnati
Brazilian Partners: Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro and
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May 2009 G RAD U A T E S
Undergraduate LAS Minors & Certificates
David Altman, History/Political Science Kayla Palacios, Spanish
Danielle Calin, Portuguese Rodrigo Parra-Ferro, Marketing
Lorey Campese, Political Science Michael Pedron, Political Science
Emmanuel Clervius, History Anthony Piferrer, Political Science
Lewis Curtwright, Spanish/Portuguese Brian Readout, Accounting
Jared Gars, History/Political Science/Economics Carol Reyes, Journalism
Gloria Gil-Bustamante, Economics Davier Rodriguez, Sociology
Caycee Hampton, History Kyle Savino, Advertising
Lindsay Hebert, Anthropology Priscilla Tavares, Psychology
Daniela Hogue, Political Science Greyzer Torrico, Political Science
Ross Marshman, Political Science Paola Urrea, Political Science
Gabriela Martinez, Marketing David Washington, Anthropology
Sissy Oliver, Political Science Jennifer Wolfe, Spanish
Collin Outerbridge, Political Science Ezequiel Zylberberg, Anthropology/Religion
Melanie Padua-Castro, Psychology

MALAS Degrees

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



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STUDENTS


Graduate Certificates
Alicia Peon Arceo, Anthropology


Student Funding

2009 Summer Research Grant Recipients
The following UF students were awarded funding from the Center for Latin American Studies and the Tropical Conservation and Development
program (TCD) to conduct field research in Latin America during summer 2009. Funding of these awards was made possible by the TCD Ford
Foundation/State endowment, the A. Curtis Wilgus Fellowship endowment, the Boonstra Family Research Fellowship endowment, the William
Carter endowment, and grants from the Tinker Foundation and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. The country where the student is
conducting research follows the reference to their degree program.


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


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


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


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


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


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



Jacare Brazil's Acoustic Concert

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


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


ACCOLADES


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


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

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


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Field Research Clinic and Poster Competition


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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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


80th Anniversary Celebration and 60th Annual Conference

Spring 2011

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


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NEWS


NOTES


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

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

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

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


In Memoriam

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


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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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The Center for Latin American Studies would like to express its gratitude for the generosity of those who have responded to
our mailings and to the University of Florida Foundation's annual appeal. The donations go towards the Latin American
Studies Fund, the Alumni Graduate Student Travel Fund, or the McCoy Latin American Travel Scholarship Fund. Gracias to
the ;..;l i.., people:


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


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


McCoy Travel Scholarship Donors


Ellen Barclay
Guardian Life Insurance
Steven Keats
David Salisbury
Amy Woodell


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LATINAMERICANISTtheUniversity of Florida Center for Latin American Studies | Volume 40, Number 1 | Spring 2009The Center for Latin American Studies’ 58th Annual Conference “The Urban Divide in Latin America: Strategies and Challenges for Social Inclusion” was held in January 2009. This multidisciplinary conference, co–sponsored by the UF College of Design, Construction and Planning, provided scholars and professionals an opportunity to share their research and experiences, engage in dialogue to generate ideas, and identify solutions to advance social inclusion in Latin American cities. Conference presentations covered such topics as spatial and social equity, governance and political representation, gender, poverty, urban design, public space, housing and informal settlements, land use policy and legislation, urban crime and violence, and sustainability and the environment. More than 30 cities in ten Latin American countries were discussed by the 120 participants. Joseli Macedo (Urban & Regional Planning) and Martha Kohen (Architecture) served as co-chairs of the conference. Additional sponsors included the UF School of Architecture’s Ivan H. Smith Eminent Chair Endowment, the UF International Center, the UF Office of Research, and U.S. Department of Education’s Title VI National Resource Centers program. The conference featured luncheon keynote lectures by Saskia Sassen, the Lynd Professor of Sociology at Columbia University, and Alan Gilbert, Professor of Geography at University College London. Jaime Lerner, an architect and urban planner, delivered the opening keynote address for the conference. Lerner served three terms as mayor of the city of Curitiba, Brazil and two terms as Governor of the State of Paran, Brazil. He is past president of the International Union of Architects and is known worldwide for his work to improve the livability of cities, with particular focus on sustainability and social advancement. While in Florida, he interacted with UF architecture students and met with city officials from Gainesville and Orlando. During his keynote address, Lerner enlightened the audience with his view of sustainability and shared his experiences as Curitiba’s mayor throughout the 1970s, 80s and 90s. Defining sustainability as Annual ConferenceThe Urban Divide in Latin AmericaDirector’s Cornerinside:p2Bacardi Scholar Lecturep3Faculty News & Publicationsp8Alumni Newsp18“the aggregation of what you spend and what you waste,” he provided anecdotal stories and examples of how cities in both the developed and developing world can achieve sustainability. Lerner pointed out that any city, no matter what its economic conditions, can improve quality of life as long as there is a viable strategy, political will, solidarity, and determination to turn problems into solutions. Many of the creative programs implemented in Curitiba under Lerner’s lead have made him an iconic figure within the urban planning world. One such initiative is the city’s integrated bus system. He claimed that installing an underground metro system was too cost–prohibitive, thus forcing the municipal authority to look for alternative solutions. With its dedicated bus lanes, supportive land uses and prepaid boarding platforms (similar to subway platforms), the resulting bus system now transports more than two million passengers a day. Lerner concedes that planning for the personal automobile is also important, but warned, “The car is like our mother–in–law. We have to have a good relationship with her, but not let her dictate our lives.” Lerner also discussed the importance of fostering a sense of place, likening the city to a family portrait. He encouraged people to embrace what is unique about their hometown, even if it does not reach national landmark status. He emphasized the need for co–existence among differing incomes, ages, and backgrounds, so as to promote solidarity and understanding between citizens sharing the same urban space. Finally, Lerner stressed the need for education, especially teaching young people about sustainability. He claimed people will not change unless they are presented with a better alternative. He pointed to the success of the recycling education campaign in Curitiba: it is thought that 70% of curitibanos now separate their garbage for recycling. When asked how the strategies employed in Curitiba can be implemented to create livable, sustainable cities elsewhere, Lerner responded that it is simple. “If you want creativity, cut one zero from your budget. If you want sustainability, cut two zeros from your budget.” Indeed the case of Curitiba demonstrates that cities do not need a huge budget to implement sustainability principles within their development plans. But having a dynamic, visionary leader does not hurt either. —Contributed by Shani Kruljac, graduate student in Urban and Regional Planning Dr. Jaime Lerner, Brazilian architect and urban planner, opened the annual conference.

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Our third Latinamericanist faculty all–day retreat was held in late April with the objective of assessing what we have accomplished over the past five years and planning for the next Department of Education Title VI National Resource Center competition, to take place in fall 2009. We also began planning for the Center’s 80th anniversary celebration, which will be held in conjunction with the Center’s 60th annual conference in spring 2011 (see p. 17). In my “State of the Center” presentation at the retreat, I reviewed the main goals of the strategic plan that we adopted in April 2005. We have made considerable progress on most of these: enhancing faculty excellence in research and teaching; building excellence in graduate education; enhancing undergraduate education; fostering inter– and multi–disciplinary research and training; building institutional ties with Latin America and the Caribbean; fostering a greater sense of community among Latinamericanists; augmenting the quality of facilities, infrastructure and administrative support; and diversifying and expanding the Center’s sources of revenues. While we have had some disappointments, such as losing some of our joint hires and Center–based lines (due to resignations, retirements and the budget cuts), our numbers continue to grow with at least 20 departments hiring Latinamericanists over the past several years. All of our LAS undergraduate and graduate programs were recently reviewed and by all indicators are quite strong and nationally competitive. The resources available to graduate students, in particular, have increased significantly through successful grantsmanship and fundraising efforts. This spring the Center awarded over $600,000 in graduate student funding which included 29 summer field research grants, six summer language fellowships, and 24 AY 2009 fellowships. This type of support is paying great dividends in terms of the competitiveness of our students. In AY 2007, 33 Latinamericanist graduate students were awarded over $500,000 in external funding to support their programs of study or thesis/dissertation research. Inter– and multidisciplinary research and training activities on Latin America and the Caribbean are flourishing across campus. Since fall 2004 Center–based faculty have been PIs or co–PIs on UF grants worth $13.5 million; $5.9 million of this (including several grants by affiliate faculty) was administered by the Center. While we have not met our Capital Campaign fundraising goals, annual gifts have increased steadily and many of our activities are now self–supporting or partially supported through sponsorships. Moreover, a new endowed fund will soon be established by Wanda and Charles Denny, in memory of Vivian G. Nolan, a long–time administrator at the Center. Income from this fund will be designated for graduate fellowships for students studying indigenous peoples and cultures. The bulk of our discussions at the retreat focused on the activities that we might propose in our next Title VI grant. Faculty were asked to come prepared with ideas in the general areas of curriculum development, linkages with Latin America, faculty/graduate student working groups, and outreach to K, business, media and government audiences. An incredibly rich and diverse set of themes were proposed and once we have systematized these proposals, the list will be sent to faculty for further input. This is the last Director’s Corner that I will be authoring, since I am stepping down as Center Director on July 1, 2009. I will be on administrative leave, spending AY 2009 as a Visiting Scholar at FLACSO–Ecuador in Quito, one of the Center’s partner institutions. I will be carrying out a national–level study on gender and asset–based poverty as part of a comparative study of Ecuador, Ghana and South India. I plan to return to UF in fall 2010 as a full–time Center–based faculty member, in addition to being a more active member of the Food and Resource Economics Department in IFAS. My thanks to all of you—faculty, staff, students and alumni—who have made these past five years as Center Director so productive and rewarding. Director’s Corner Dr. Carmen Diana Deere Center–Based Faculty & Professional Staff Carmen Diana Deere Director Hannah Covert Executive Director Efrain Barradas (LAS/RLL) Richmond Brown Associate Director, Academic Programs Emilio Bruna (LAS/WEC) Tim Clark (LAS/Criminology) Jonathan Dain (LAS/SNRE) Karen Kainer (LAS/SFRC) Ana Margheritis (LAS/Political Science) Mary Risner Associate Director, Outreach & LABE Janet Bente Romero Associate Director of Development, UFF Patricia Delamnica Sampaio Program Coordinator Marianne Schmink (LAS/Anthropology) J. Richard Stepp (LAS/Anthropology) Welson Tremura (LAS/Music) Pliar Useche (LAS/FRE) Charles Wood (LAS/Sociology) Editor: Hannah Covert, LAS Graphic Designer: Susan Duser, UF NAP A 3 Bacardi Eminent Scholar 4 T eodoro Petkoff Speaks 4 Cuba: Past, Present, Future 5 59th Annual Conference 6 Bacardi Lecture Interview 7 World Bank Project 8 Faculty News & Publications 12 FIPSE Student Exchange Programs 14 Student Grads, Funding, A wards 17 80th Anniversary Celebration 18 Alumni News 19 Thanks to Our Donors LATINAMERICANISTtheVolume 40, Number 1 Spring 2009 Center for Latin American Studies 319 Grinter Hall PO Box 115530 Gainesville, FL 32611 352www.latam.ufl.eduCONTENTSNATALIE CAULA

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SPRING 20093 SPRING 20093 EVENTSChristopher Birkbeck, Reader in Criminology at the University of Salford in the United Kingdom and Emeritus Professor of Criminology at the Universidad de Los Andes in Venezuela, was the Center for Latin American Studies’ Bacardi Family Eminent Scholar in Spring 2009. He delivered his Bacardi lecture, entitled “The Matter of Crime as an Expression of Identity: Observations from Latin America and the U.S.,” to a large turnout at UF’s J. Wayne Reitz Union in late March. Birkbeck opened his presentation with two newspaper reports. In the first one, Matas Bragagnolo, a 16–year–old Argentinean youth, was killed as a result of a group fight. The author of the editorial piece covering Matas’ death called for collective compassion and an examination of the country’s deep social inequalities. In the second report, The New York Times featured an article detailing the deaths of five New Orleans teenagers who were shot while in their car. Ray Nagin, the mayor of a city still reeling from the effects of Hurricane Katrina, vowed to do all he could to make his city safe. The New Orleans police chief detailed plans for an increased police presence. While in both countries the deaths of these young people were unequivocally received as tragedies, the construction of the issues surrounding their deaths and the identity of the commentators was vastly dissimilar. Birkbeck’s insightful presentation revealed the results of his research, a comparative content analysis of newspaper texts from La Nacin (Argentina), El Universal (Mxico), The Los Angeles Times, and The New York Times, to determine whether the matter of crime takes on a different character in different regions and how these differences are indicative of identity. Birkbeck focused on three dimensions of how the issue of crime is framed: moral, empirical and pragmatic. He also highlighted general tendencies of each region and the implications of dealing with crime from each of these dimensions. Ultimately, he called upon a more multifaceted approach to deal with the crime problem effectively. In the moral dimension, crime is addressed in terms of disrepute and virtue. Identity is achieved by separating oneself from crime, which is seen as acts committed by a growing number of social incorrigibles. The empirical dimension focuses on characteristics and roots of crime, and descriptive material about crime. The pragmatic dimension deals with considerations on what is being done regarding crime, including general strategies and tactical details. According to Birkbeck, the Latin American texts in his sample tended to be moralistic in their approach, highlighting the role of the moral individual, conferring respectability and status on the commentator, and employing an emotive and metaphoric style. These texts tended to address the crime problem using broad, all–encompassing generalizations. Crime in these texts became a vehicle to voice critiques of social inequality. While this moral indignation was likely to elicit a response, it created a sense of helplessness and fear by offering little in terms of how to resolve crime. The U.S. texts were usually structured around a central polemic and tended to be more pragmatic. A greater percentage of the U.S. texts were comprised of news features, and involved a larger number of individuals, including experts and outside sources. This pragmatic response typical in U.S. texts may address what is to be done, but supersedes a discussion of underlying causes. With regards to the empirical dimension, U.S. texts also featured a higher percentage of texts with statistics on crime. Birkbeck cautioned against his research being likened to crude stereotyping and argued that in order to deal with crime, the moral, empirical, and pragmatic dimensions should be addressed simultaneously. His work adds a valuable insight into how crime is used to shape identity in both the U.S. and Latin America. Only by confronting and addressing this issue will Latin America and the U.S. be able to overcome these deficits. —Contributed by Hector Glvez, MALAS studentBacardi Eminent Scholar Lecture by Christopher BirkbeckCrime as an Expression of Identity: Observations from Latin America and the U.S. Christopher Birkbeck, 2009 Bacardi Family Eminent Scholar.

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4THE LATINAMERICANIST 4THE LATINAMERICANIST EVENTSVenezuelan politician, journalist and economist, Teodoro Petkoff, spoke on the current political situation in Venezuela at UF and FIU as the Distinguished Speaker for the Title VI Florida Consortium for Latin American and Caribbean Studies in March. Petkoff founded the Movement towards Socialism (MAS) political party in 1971 and served as Minister of the Central Office of Coordination and Planning in the second government of Rafael Caldera (1994). He eventually left the MAS and became a journalist, working as director of El Mundo. Later, he founded his own newspaper, Tal Cual. Petkoff was a member of the Venezuelan Congress and ran for President against Hugo Chvez in 2006. Petkoff has authored several political books, including The Two Lefts (2005) in which he analyzed the resurgence of left–wing politics in Latin America. He holds a degree in Economics from the Central University of Venezuela where he also served as a professor. At UF, Petkoff first discussed the political upheaval of the 1990s, placing Hugo Chvez’s rise to power against the systematic crisis of the political system of the time period. Petkoff explained that the traditional political parties collapsed under the economic crisis, allowing a relatively unknown figure to come to prominence. In particular, he pointed out that Chvez was helped to power by the poverty that occurred as a result of the crisis. During the lecture, Petkoff was asked why the opposition has been unable beat Chvez in an election. Petkoff, who is part of the opposition movement, criticized many opposition politicians for their inability to propose a real political program. He commented that many only position themselves as being anti–Chvez, which is not enough to win the support of the lower classes, a group that Chvez has empowered and from whom he draws his support. Petkoff stressed that no matter who governs after Chvez, the political leadership of Venezuela must take traditionally marginalized groups into consideration. Petkoff does see hope for the opposition, however, and remarked on the gains it has made in the past few elections to around 50% of the vote. The use of automated voting machines has also allowed the opposition to be more vigilant of attempts to rig the vote. More than anything, Petkoff sees it as important for the opposition coalition to unite and follow democratic methods to power. Petkoff himself has given up his presidential ambitions and is now focusing on rebuilding and uniting the opposition to confront Chvez in the next election. According to Petkoff, the most important issue that Venezuela confronts, other than Chvez, is how to develop without oil. If any true fundamental change is to occur, the state must learn to not rely on oil as its primary source of income and development. —Contributed by William Hummel, MALAS studentTeodoro Petkoff Speaks on Venezuelan PoliticsThe UF Libraries exhibited a selection of its extensive collection of rare books and fine Cuban imprints for two weeks in January. This first–ever presentation by the Libraries featured some 175 books, manuscript items, maps, posters, objects and miscellanea spanning over 200 years of Cuban history and culture. The materials offered glimpses and insights into early European settlement, colonial tensions, agriculture, slave life, efforts for national identity, women’s issues, race, popular culture, and human rights. January 2009 marked the 50th anniversary of the Castro revolution in Cuba. Notable materials on exhibit were rare slave “life insurance policies” from the 1850s, recently purchased through the Center’s Manuel Pedro Gonzlez Endowment Fund. Also on display were a signed copy (1891) of Jos Mart’s Versos sencillos, a note from then U.S. Vice–President Richard Nixon commenting on his meeting with Fidel Castro in 1959, and a very fine, first edition (1550) of Brevissima relacin de la destruycin de las Indias by Las Casas. Personal items and dramatic photos from the papers of the late Neill Macaulay (Emeritus History) lent stark emotion to the exhibit. A U.S. Army veteran who fought with the 1959 Revolutionary Army, Macaulay went on to be an early critic of the political turn of the new regime, leaving Cuba in 1960. On January 11, a panel featuring Jos Alvrez (Emeritus FRE) and Lisandro Prez, Professor of Sociology at FIU, provided commentary on the lessons of 1959. Traditional Cuban food and music added to the festivities. —Contributed by Richard Phillips, Head Librarian, Latin American Collection Cuba: Past, Present and Future at the UF Smathers Libraries Teodoro Petkoff.HANNAH COVERT The UF Libraries exhibit on Cuba: Past, Present, and Future.

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SPRING 20095 SPRING 20095Homenaje a Andrs AvellanedaA celebration of Andrs Avellaneda’s (Emeritus Spanish & Portuguese Studies) accomplishments in researching and teaching Latin American literature was held in the UF Latin American Collection’s Reference Room in late March. After introductory comments by Geraldine Nichols (Spanish & Portuguese Studies), Efran Barradas (LAS/Spanish & Portuguese Studies) entertained the gathering of about 60 of Avellaneda’s colleagues, students and friends with remarks on the recent book, Literatura, poltica y sociedad: Construcciones de sentido en la Hispanoamrica contempornea, published in honor of Avellaneda. Barradas also reflected on the late Alvaro Flix Bolaos, former UF Professor of Spanish, who initially served as the chief editor of the book project. Saul Sosnowski, Professor of Spanish at the University of Maryland, was the keynote speaker at the event. Sosnowski recalled years of collaboration with Avellaneda, reading from personal correspondence, long–forgotten exchanges, and a selection of his early writings. As the program drew to a close, Avellaneda spoke briefly of his joy at seeing his colleagues and students. A signed copy of the book honoring Avellaneda will be placed in the Rare Books Section of the UF George A. Smathers Libraries. —Contributed by Richard Phillips, Head Librarian, Latin American Collection Center for International Business Education & Research Florida Museum of Natural History Food and Resource Economics Latin American Business Environment Program Latin American Studies MA in Latin American Studies School of Forest Resources & Conservation School of Natural Resources & Environment Tropical Conservation & Development Program Wildlife Ecology & Conservation UF Acronymns CIBER FLMNH FRE LABE LAS MALAS SFRC SNRE TCD WEC EVENTS Saul Sosnowski (University of Maryland), Andrs Avellaneda (UF), and Efran Barradas (UF) speak at the reception honoring Avellaneda. The 59th Annual Conference on Latin American Studies & the 24th Gwendolen M. Carter Lectures on Africa Bridging Conservation and Development in Latin America and Africa: Changing Contexts, Changing Strategies January 28, 2010Latin American and African countries house some of the planet’s most diverse ecosystems, yet possess some of the world’s lowest standards of living. Expanding human populations, widespread poverty, the complexity of tropical ecosystems, and economies strongly dependent on natural resources make these regions and their inhabitants particularly sensitive to the inextricable linkages and tradeoffs between conservation and development. Especially in these settings, biodiversity conservation and sustainable development are complex, and range from synergistic to conflicting efforts, depending on how they are implemented. The purpose of this conference is to bring together conservation and development experiences from Africa and Latin America to discuss and compare emerging trends, and stories of success and failure. These exchanges will not only facilitate mutual learning among the participants, but also serve as a foundation to strengthen collaboration between the regions, and the definition of long–lasting solutions to advance conservation and economic development in its multiple dimensions. The conference is co–sponsored by the UF Tropical Conservation and Development Program in the Center for Latin American Studies and the UF Center for African Studies. Registration information and further details will be available soon at: http://www.latam.ufl.edu.

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6THE LATINAMERICANIST 6THE LATINAMERICANIST Dr. Christopher Birkbeck, a distinguished researcher in the field of comparative criminology, held the Center for Latin American Studies’ Bacardi Family Eminent Scholar Chair during the spring 2009 semester. As the Bacardi Scholar, Birkbeck taught a graduate seminar on Crime and Criminal Justice in Latin America and delivered the annual Bacardi Lecture. The Latin Americanist interviewed Birkbeck about his experience at the Center and his views on crime in Latin America.Interview with 2009 Bacardi Family Eminent Scholar: Christopher BirkbeckHow has your experience been at the University of Florida?I’ve had an extremely enjoyable and rewarding time. I’ve had the chance to develop my interests in crime and criminal justice in Latin America and I’ve interacted with colleagues here at the Center for Latin American Studies in the Crime, Law, and Governance program and in the Department of Geography. I’ve used the excellent resources in the library, particularly in the Latin American Collection. I also very much enjoyed teaching a graduate class on Crime and Criminal Justice in Latin America, which has allowed me to explore themes and areas which you don’t often get the chance to explore with a very good group of students.What have you been researching during your time in Gainesville?When I got here, I was nishing off a descriptive piece on Venezuela for an encyclopedia of crime and criminal justice that a colleague from Venezuela and I were commissioned to write. Since then, I’ve worked mainly on a project about the social construction of crime as a problem both in Latin America and in the U.S. While here, I have been synthesizing data analysis, doing content analysis, and developing the presentation of that work within an analytical and conceptual framework.How would you explain the recent increase in levels of violent crime in Venezuela, where you worked for many years?Firstly, the increase has been dramatic since the beginning of the 1990s. The murder rates approximately tripled in that time period, placing Venezuela among the most violent societies in Latin America; not as violent as some Central American nations or as Colombia, but certainly in the top group. Attempts to explain it have not really been well–developed, so we only have hunches and speculations about what is driving it. I think that a key problem has been a sense of institutional weakening in the country that was brought on initially by the attempted coups of 1992 and then subsequently in 1999 by a major reform to the Criminal Procedure Code. These events essentially communicated the idea that people committing crimes were not to be arrested and conned while undergoing trial, which is a good principle, but which Venezuelan society took to be a sign that the police weren’t going to do what they used to do and that the courts were probably going to be lenient on offenders. There was a sense that institutions of the state, in particular those traditionally designed to deal with control were not doing so. Related to that reform, a large number of people who hadn’t been declared guilty were let out of prison very rapidly with no support and that may have included people who were involved in criminal networks. That may have added to the crime rate. Certainly the local perception in Venezuela was that the massive release of unsentenced prisoners contributed to some extent. Then in 1999, the Constituent Assembly and essentially the elimination of existing institutions and the remaking of those institutions, symbolically and bureaucratically, led to the perception that the state was in a condition of ux and that there was no stable sense of government. This contributed to a sense of weakened authority over conict and interpersonal conict, which will have allowed some conicts to move into violence whereas prior to that they may not have ared up or they might have used legal recourse. The other aspect of this is drug trafcking and organized crime in Venezuela, which by many accounts has increased over the last decade.How do Latin Americans view the problem of crime in the region?Scholars who have looked at Latin America see high levels of fear of crime among Latin American citizens, although the actual measures of the fear of crime are not so frequent, and they are not necessarily very precise. Nevertheless, even without valid scientic or systematic measures of the levels of fear of crime, there seems little doubt that, overall, citizens in Latin America take the possibility of crime victimization more into account in their daily lives and may be somewhat more fearful of crime than counterparts in Western Europe or North America. But we don't have very good comparative data that would allow us to look at LAS: LAS: LAS: CB: CB: CB: RESEARCHLAS: CB:continued on next page

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SPRING 20097 SPRING 20097 RESEARCHMost studies of poverty in Latin America focus on “household” poverty. If gender is introduced at all it is usually to distinguish between male and female–headed households. This has led to a heated debate in the literature on whether female– headed households are poorer and whether there is a tendency toward the feminization of poverty. But is headship an adequate indicator for the study of gender inequality and poverty? Many researchers find the concept of headship and household–level measures of poverty unsatisfactory since it reduces gender to the sex of the household head and does not allow for analysis of the relative position of men and women within households where adults of both sexes are present. Moreover, what outcome best captures gender inequality? The problems of measuring poverty as income, consumption or expenditure deprivation are well documented. These measures of welfare provide a snapshot of deprivation at a moment in time in reference to a poverty line. They do not tell us much, however, about how households got into or what they might do to get out of a situation of absolute or relative poverty or about their vulnerability. For these reasons a growing number of researchers are turning to an assets–based approach to the study of poverty. The problem for gender analysis, however, is that until recently individual–level data on asset ownership was rarely available. In 2006, Carmen Diana Deere (LAS/FRE) and two other feminist economists were commissioned by the World Bank’s Gender Unit to determine the extent to which existing household surveys collect data on individual asset ownership and to propose measures to improve the quality of data for gender analysis in the Living Standard Measurement Surveys.1 They found that while most household surveys ask for information on household assets, few consider the fact that assets may be individually owned. More data on individual ownership of assets was available for Latin America than for other world regions. Of 167 household survey questionnaires reviewed for 23 Latin America and Caribbean countries, 23 questionnaires for eleven countries asked for information regarding the ownership and/or control of at least one asset at the individual level. The Latin American and Caribbean Poverty and Gender Unit of the World Bank subsequently commissioned the UF Center for Latin American Studies to process these data sets and construct baseline indicators of gender inequality in asset ownership. A number of UF graduate students worked with Deere on various aspects of this project, including Laura Fonseca and Eleanor Lewis (MALAS), Gina Alvarado and Zachary Catanzarite (Sociology), Jennifer Twyman and Mara Jos Castillo (FRE), Laurel Hammond (Economics), and Brazilian visiting doctoral candidates Doriam Borges and Ludmila Ribeiro. The analysis revealed that homeownership was much more widespread in Latin America than expected (67 to 77 percent of households own their own home) and that women were between 27 to 50 percent of the homeowners in the ten countries with such data. In contrast, the ownership of land was much more gender biased, with women constituting only between 13 and 32 percent of the landowners in the five countries where such data was available. Overall, the distribution of asset ownership by gender within households is much more equitable than a headship analysis would suggest. That is, had the analysis of housing, land and business ownership been conducted in the usual fashion based on the sex of the household head, gender inequality in asset ownership would be overestimated. Next year, Deere and doctoral student Jennifer Twyman (FRE) will be carrying out a national–level household survey of gender and assets in Ecuador, with a questionnaire designed specifically for this purpose.Focus on ResearchImproving Statistics on Gender and Assets in Latin AmericaLAS: CB:different levels of fear of crime across the hemisphere. Latin Americans do see crime and personal insecurity, inseguridad, as they call it, as one of the major issues confronting their countries. The extent to which it has increased over the years is again a matter for careful empirical study.What are your future plans?I’ll return to the University of Salford in England, where I am a Reader in Criminology. I’m very fortunate that the second semester of this year has been awarded to me as a sabbatical, so essentially I have the rest of 2009 for research and writing. My plan is to continue writing on the social construction of crime problems in the Americas. I’ll probably also complete a publication on prisons in Latin America and also something on alternatives to imprisonment in Venezuela. In the medium– and long–term, I plan to maintain contact with UF. I think the Crime, Law, and Governance Program is very interesting, pioneering, and innovative. 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8THE LATINAMERICANIST 8THE LATINAMERICANIST F ACUL TY Faculty News and Publications Florence Babb (Women’s Studies) Neither in the Closet nor on the Balcony: Private Lives and Public Activism in Nicaragua. In E. Lewin and W. Leap, eds., Out in Public: Reinventing Lesbian/Gay Anthropology in a Globalizing World. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley–Blackwell, 2009; Feminismo, identidad, diaspora: Un comentario sobre las prcticas transnacionales, in the art exhibition catalog for Cara(a)cara/ Face2face, Miami, FL: Centro Cultural Espaol. Kenneth Broadway (Music) served as consultant and adjudicator for the Music USA Steelfest, a steel pan competition featuring groups from throughout the eastern U.S., in Orlando in March 2009. The UF Steel Pan Ensemble, the Sunshine Steelers, also performed at the event. He was invited to perform with a steel band that presented at the Florida Music Educators Association Conference in Tampa in January 2009. Emilio Bruna (LAS/WEC) was awarded a three–year UF Research Foundation Professorship. These competitive professorships are awarded to tenured faculty who have a distinguished record of research. He also received a Fulbright Fellowship to spend fall 2009 at the Universidade Federal de Uberlndia in Minas Gerais, Brazil. While in Brazil he will work with collaborators on projects investigating the dynamics of savanna plant communities. Hannah Covert (LAS) chaired a panel on “Historical Perspectives on Latin American Studies Programs at U.S. Universities” at the Title VI 50th Anniversary Conference in Washington, DC in March. Publications: Review of World Class Worldwide: Transforming Research Universities in Asia and Latin America, P. Altbach & R. Baln, eds. The Americas, 65(3) 2009: 437; Review of Minority Student Retention, A. Seidman, ed. Florida Journal of Educational Administration & Policy, 2(1) 2008: 62. Carmen Diana Deere (LAS/FRE) presented her research on gender inequality in asset ownership in Latin America at seminars at The World Bank and American University in February. She, along with co–PIs at American University, Yale University, the University of Ghana, and the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore, have received a three–year, $1.3 million grant from the Dutch government as part of its Millennium Goal 3–Gender Equality program for a comparative study of gender and asset-based poverty. She also chaired a panel on “Innovative Approaches to Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Training in Latin American Studies” at the Title VI 50th Anniversary Conference in Washington, DC in March. As part of the panel, Tim Clark (LAS/Criminology) presented on the Center’s Crime, Law and Governance program, Mary Risner (LAS) presented LABE, and Hannah Covert (LAS) discussed TCD. David Geggus (History) presented the paper “The Haitian Revolution in Atlantic Perspective” at the Atlantic World, 1450 Conference in Baltimore in November 2008. Publications: The World of the Haitian Revolution (with N. Fiering). Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2009; Saint Domingue on the Eve of the Haitian Revolution. In D. Geggus and N. Fiering, eds., The World of the Haitian Revolution. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2009; Toussaint Louverture. In J. Kinsbruner, ed., Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culture, 2nd ed. Detroit: Thomson–Gale, 2008. Faculty News and Publications continued on page 9 1 Doss, Cheryl R., Caren Grown, and Carmen Diana Deere. Gender and Asset Ownership: A Guide to Collecting Individual–Level Data. Policy Research Working Paper WPS 4704. Washington, D.C.: The World Bank, 2008. http://econ.worldbank.org/docsearch.2 Deere, Carmen Diana, Gina E. Alvarado and Jennifer Twyman, “Poverty, Headship and Gender Inequality in Asset Ownership in Latin America,” paper prepared for delivery at the 2009 Congress of the Latin American Studies Association, Rio de Janeiro, June 11, 2009. Doctoral student Gina Alvarado (Sociology) will be analyzing the three data sets available for Nicaragua to deepen the analysis of how women’s ownership of assets reduces a household’s vulnerability to poverty. Improving Statistics on Gender continued from page 7 UF’s Latinamericanist faculty gathered in April for a retreat to plan for the Center’s upcoming Department of Education Title VI National Resource Center proposal.WELSON TREMURA

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SPRING 20099 SPRING 20099 F ACUL TY Alfonso Flores–Lagunes (FRE) delivered a paper on “Nonparametric Partial and Point Identification of Net or Direct Causal Effects” in November 2008 at the Annual Joint Meeting of the Latin American and Caribbean Economic Association and the Latin American Econometric Society in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Clarence Gravlee (Anthropology) delivered an invited paper on “Meaning and Measurement of Race in Health Research: Lessons from Hypertension in the African Diaspora” at the Genes, Race, Ethnicity, and the Environment Symposium at the Center for Multicultural and Community Affairs at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York in November 2008. Publications: How Race Becomes Biology: Embodiment of Social Inequality. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 139(1) 2009: 47; Moving Beyond a Snapshot to Understand Changes in the Well–Being of Native Amazonians: Panel Evidence (2002) from Bolivia (with R. Godoy, V. Reyes–Garcia, T. Huanca. W. Leonard, and T. McDade). Current Anthropology, 50 2009. Tace Hedrick (English/Women’s Studies) delivered an invited lecture on “Race, ‘Spice’ and Latinas” at the Florida Hispanic–Latino Collegiate Forum in March 2009. Berta Hernndez (Law) and Tom Ankersen (Law) received a grant from the U.S. State Department to assist in developing a regional environmental law diploma for Central America, under the CAFTA–DR environment program. The three–year program will be administered by Georgia State University and includes faculty with regional expertise from throughout the U.S. Berta will develop the human environmental rights pedagogy, while Tom will introduce the participating law schools to clinical environmental law education and bring faculty representatives from each participating country to UF’s Costa Rica Environmental Law program. Paul Losch (Latin American Collection) presented the paper “The Development of Latin American Studies at the University of Florida, 1930” at the Title VI 50th Anniversary Conference in Washington, DC in March. Publication: The 1939 Visit of Gabriela Mistral. El Escribano: St. Augustine Journal of History, 45 2008: 124. Maxine Margolis (Emerita Anthropology) was named a fellow in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Tony Mata (Theatre & Dance) directed an Off–Broadway production of Cena para Dos at the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre while on sabbatical in spring 2008. The production won four Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors (HOLA) Awards, including Outstanding Achievement in a Dramatic Production, and five Association of Latin Entertainment Critics of New York (ACE) Awards, including Best Production. Terry McCoy (Emeritus LAS) The Gulf of Mexico Region as a Transnational Community. In J. Cato, ed., Gulf of Mexico Origin, Water, and Biota: Ocean and Coastal Economy. College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 2009. Susan Milbrath (FLMNH) delivered the paper “Portals and Passageways to the Underworld” at the Symposium on Sex, Caves, and Cosmic Monsters: Papers in Honor of Andrea Stone at the Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology in Vancouver, British Columbia in March 2008. She also delivered an invited paper on “La Identidad tnica en la Arquitectura de Estilo Renacimiento en Mayapn” at the Mesa Redonda de Palenque, Arqueologa, imagen y texto: Homenaje a Ian Graham in Chiapas, Mexico in November 2008. Publications: Effigy Censers of the Chen Mul Modeled Ceramic System and their Implications for Late Postclassic Maya Interregional Interaction (with J. Aimers, C.P. Lope, and L.F. Folan). Mexicon, XXX(5) 2008: 104; Review of Twin Tollans: Chichn Itz, Tula and the Epiclassic to Early Postclassic Mesoamerican World by J.K Kowalski & C. Kristan–Graham. Journal of Field Archaeology, 33 2008: 284. Michael Moseley (Anthropology) Environmental Change and Economic Development in Coastal Peru between 5,800 and 3,600 Years Ago (with D. Sandweiss, R.S. Sols, D. Keefer and C. Ortloff). Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 106(5) 2009: 1539. Jeffrey Needell (History) has received a Fulbright–Hays Faculty Research Fellowship to conduct research on the abolitionist movement in Rio in the 1880s. He presented “Brazilian Abolitionism, Its Historiography, and the Uses of Political History” at the Boston Area Latin American History Workshop and the Brazil Studies Program at Harvard University in Boston in February. He also presented “Racial Perceptions in the Era of Brazilian Abolitionism (1870-1888)” at the American Historical Association/Conference on Latin American History Annual Meeting in New York in January. He delivered “The Lost Way: Political History and the Historiography of Brazilian Abolitionism” at the United States Military Academy, West Point in September 2008. Augusto Oyuela–Caycedo (Anthropology) delivered an invited paper on “Repensando la participacin comunitaria en las fronteras del conservacionismo: El desarrollo sustentable, la universidad, las ONGs y el estado en la Amazonia” at the Ethnologisch– Altamerikanistisches Kolloquium hosted by the Institut fr Altamerikanistik und Etnhologie at Universitt Bonn in Germany in November 2008. He also delivered the invited paper “Templos, mscaras y danzas: La reproduccin de espacios sagrados entre los Tairona–Kgaba/ Kogi de la Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia” at the Socit des Amricanistes de Belgique in April 2008. He taught a field course in the Tamshiyacu–Tahuayo Reserve in Peru called “reas Protegidas: Participacin comunitaria y sustentabilidad” for the Masters degree in Planning and Management of Protected Areas at the Universidad Nacional de la Amazonia Peruana in summer 2008. This course was taught in conjunction with TCD’s Amazon Conservation Leadership Initiative (ACLI). Publications: Amazonian Dark Earth: A Model of Sustainable Agriculture of the Past and Future? (with N. Kawa). The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, 4(3) 2008: 9. Faculty News and Publications continued on page 10Faculty News and Publications continued from page 8

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10THE LATINAMERICANIST 10THE LATINAMERICANIST Charles Perrone (Spanish & Portuguese Studies) presented the paper “Of Anthologies and Antennae: Brazilian Poetry toward the Turn of the Millennium” at the Modern Language Association meeting San Francisco in December 2008. The paper “Counting Anthropophagic Scripts: Textual Navigations and Oswaldian Prescience” was presented at the Annual Meeting of the Brazilian Studies Association in New Orleans in March 2008. He was an invited panelist at “Literatura Brasileira: Mapeamentos” for an international symposium at Instituto Cultural Itau in So Paulo, Brazil in December 2008. He delivered an invited paper on “Icons and Scions: Transamerican Aesthetics Across Three Centuries” at Georgetown University in Washington, DC in January. Publications: Trs sculos, Trs Amricas: Irmandades picas e imperativos hemisfricos. Revista Via Atlntica, 11 2009: 153; Bons tons diversos versos: Antnio Carlos Jobim, parceiros e a potica da bossa nova. Letterature d'America, 29(119) 2009: 5; The Imperative of Invention: Brazilian Concrete Poetry, Intersemiotic Creation, and Poesia concreta e tropicalismo were reprinted in Swedish in OEI, 39 2009; translations of current Brazilian poets and original work were published in Dirty Goat, 20 2009. Stephen Perz (Sociology) delivered an invited paper on “The Complexities of Highway Paving in the Southwestern Amazon: Implications for Social–Ecological Resilience and the Politics of Rapid Change in Frontiers Experiencing Integration” at the Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies at the University of California at San Diego in February. He also delivered an invited paper on “Infrastructure Change, Human Agency, and Resilience in Social–Ecological Systems: The Case of Southwestern Amazonia” at the University of Wisconsin–Madison in April 2008. He presented the paper “Mudanas em infraestrutura, ao humana, e resilincia socioecolgica” (with L. Araujo Carvalho, V. Passos, K. Rocha, and M. Silveira) at the conference of the Sociedade Brasileira de Economia, Administrao e Sociologia Rural in Rio Branco, Acre in July 2008. Hugh Popenoe (Emeritus Soil and Water Sciences) was awarded the Society for Economic Botany’s Charles B. Heiser Mentor Award for “substantially impacting the training and professional development of economic botany and ethnobotany students.” Mary Risner (LAS) presented “Get Your Students Talking! Connecting World Languages and Web 2.0” at the Florida Educational Technology Conference in January. She also presented “The Fulbright–Hays Project: Integrating Technology and Authentic Materials in the Spanish Classroom” at the Southeast Association for Language Learning Technology/Southern Conference on Language Teaching in March. Helen Safa (Emerita LAS) Igualdad en diferencia: Gnero y ciudadana entre los indgenas y afrodescendientes. In M. Prieto, ed., Mujeres y Escenarios Ciudadanos. Ecuador: FLACSO, 2008. Marianne Schmink (LAS/Anthropology) was inducted into the UF Academy of Distinguished Teaching Scholars. The Academy honors faculty with exceptional teaching and scholarship. She delivered an invited paper on “Alternativas ao fogo para pequenos produtores na Amazonia” at the Institute for the Environment in Acre, Brazil in March. She presented the paper “Bridging Academic Training and Local Action in the Amazon Basin: UF's Tropical Conservation and Development Program” at the Society for Applied Anthropology Annual Meeting in Santa Fe, NM in March. The paper was part of two panels called “Partnerships for Conservation and Sustainable Development in the Amazon Region: The University of Florida's Tropical Conservation and Development Program,” with Schmink also serving as discussant. Faculty News and Publications continued from page 9 Affiliate Faculty Agricultural & Biological Engineering Rafael Muoz–Carpena (Central & South America) Botany Claudia Romero (South America) FLMNH Jacqueline Miller (Mexico, Caribbean) Scott Robinson (Peru, Brazil, Panama) Visitors Christopher Birkbeck (England) Bacardi Family Eminent Scholar Wagner Guzman (Peru) Moore Visiting FellowWelcome New Center Affiliates and Visitors! Mark Thurner (History) received a Fulbright Fellowship to conduct research on history and memory in postcolonial Peru in spring and summer 2009. He is based at the National University of San Marcos in Lima. Barbara Zsembik (Sociology) received the 2008 William R. Jones Outstanding Mentor Award from the McKnight Doctoral Fellowship program. The McKnight Doctoral Fellowship program, funded by the Florida Education Fund, is designed to increase the number of African Americans and Latinos who receive Ph.D.s in crucial disciplines in which they have been historically underrepresented. F ACUL TY Marianne Schmink (LAS) and UF President Bernard Machen at the UF Academy of Distinguished Teaching Scholars ceremony.

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SPRING 200911 F ALL 200811Recent Faculty Books Philip Williams, Timothy Steigenga & Manuel Vsquez (eds.) Rutgers University Press, 2009 A Place to Be: Brazilian, Guatemalan and Mexican Immigrants in Florida's New Destinations This book explores migration dynamics and community settlement among Brazilian, Guatemalan, and Mexican immigrants in America’s New South. It adopts a fresh perspective to explore patterns of settlement in Florida, including the outlying areas of Miami and beyond. The contributors from Latin America and the U.S. address the challenges faced by Latino immigrants, their cultural and religious practices, as well as the strategies used, as they move into areas experiencing recent large–scale transformation. Marianne Schmink & Mncio Lima Cordeiro Editora Universitria, UFPA, 2008 Rio Branco: A Cidade da Florestania Floristania is a neologism that expresses the notion of citizenship with a “forest face.” It is a term created in Acre, Brazil, a state that, despite its forests and rubber tappers, has its population concentrated in the capital of Rio Branco. To understand the rapid transformation of Rio Branco due to migration from rural areas to the capital, the authors carried out exhaustive surveys of the demography, economy, and quality of life of Rio Branco’s inhabitants in five year intervals from 1989 to 2004. The data from these surveys captures the socio–economic trends of the capital before and after the paving of BR 364 and in the initial moments of the state politics of the Government of the Forest. Carmen Diana Deere & Frederick S. Royce (eds.) University Press of Florida, 2009 Rural Social Movements in Latin America: Organizing for Sustainable Livelihoods All across Latin America, ordinary people are organizing in support of broadly distinct but interrelated issues. Fair trade, agrarian reform, mining, the rights of landless workers, sustainable development, women's rights, and immigration issues are the focus of a large number of social movements found in countries such as Bolivia, Colombia, Mexico, Nicaragua, Brazil, and Peru. This volume highlights the central role these movements play in opposition to the neoliberal model of development and analyzes the similarities—notably the struggle for sustainable livelihoods--as well as the difference among these various peasant, indigenous, and rural women's movements. This book is the result of the Center’s 2006 Annual Conference on the rural social movements in Latin America. LAS Course Development GrantsFive LAS faculty members received Latin American Studies Course Development Grants to develop new courses with 100% Latin American content. Funding was provided by the Center’s Title VI National Resource Center grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The grantees and the courses are as follows: Lance Gravlee (Anthropology) Health and Health Policy in Latin AmericaBenjamin Hebblethwaite (World Languages & Cultures) Introduction to Haitain VoudouAna Margheritis (LAS/Political Science) Transnational Political Perspectives on South American Out–MigrationWelson Tremura (LAS/Music) Brazilian Music: Politics and Social ChangeFred Royce (Agricultural & Biological Engineering) Agrarian Reform and Rural Development in Venezuela F ACUL TY

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12THE LATINAMERICANIST 12THE LATINAMERICANISTUF is home to five grants from the U.S.– Brazil Higher Education Consortia Program funded by the Fund for the Improvement of Post–Secondary Education (FIPSE) at the U.S. Department of Education. The program, jointly administered by FIPSE and the Brazilian Ministry of Education, provides grants for up to four years to consortia of academic institutions from Brazil and the U.S. The grants foster student and faculty exchange within the context of bilateral curricular development. Four of the five UF grants focus on natural resource management, while the fifth deals with urban sustainability. All of the PIs for these grants are affiliate faculty of the Center for Latin American Studies. Through the various FIPSE grants at UF, undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in natural resource management or urban sustainability issues can enroll at a Brazilian university as exchange students for a semester while paying UF tuition and fees. Students receive stipends to cover living expenses while in Brazil and can also receive stipends for studying intensive Portuguese. The Brazilian universities are located throughout the country in southern, central, and northeastern Brazil, as well as in the Amazon. Shorter programs of study are available at some of the Brazilian universities. The Water Resources and Watershed Management program, managed by Rafael Muoz–Carpena (Agricultural & Biological Engineering), offers a July term program in Brazil in addition to the full semester program. An equal number of students from the Brazilian partner institutions will study at UF as exchange students. During the spring 2009 semester, there were six Brazilian exchange students on campus as part of the Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development program. Students who are interested in applying to participate in a FIPSE exchange should contact the faculty manager of the program that interests them and consult the UF Study Abroad Services web site (http://www.abroad. ufic.ufl.edu).FIPSE Student Exchange Programs with BrazilForest and Soil Ecosystem Services Faculty Manager: Walter Bowen, IFAS International Programs U.S. Partner: University of Georgia Brazilian Partners: Universidade Federal de Viosa and Universidade Federal do Paran Energy, Environment, and Sustainable Development Faculty Manager: Emilio Bruna, LAS/WEC U.S. Partner: Washington and Lee University Brazilian Partners: Universidade Federal do Amazonas and Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro Climate Impacts on Agricultural and Water Resources Faculty Manager: Clyde Fraisse, Agricultural and Biological Engineering U.S. Partner: Texas Tech University Brazilian Partners: Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul and Universidade Federal do Par Water Resources and Watershed Management Faculty Manager: Rafael Muoz–Carpena, Agricultural and Biological Engineering U.S. Partner: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Brazilian Partners: Universidade Federal de Espirito Santo and Universidade Federal Santa Maria Urban Sustainability and the Built Environment Faculty Manager: Joseli Macedo, Urban and Regional Planning U.S. Partner: University of Cincinnati Brazilian Partners: Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro and Universidade Federal do Paran CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY , 1994

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SPRING 200913 SPRING 200913 OUTREACH Outreach News “Through the Camera’s Eye: Caribbean Migration to Florida — A Film and Lecture Series” culminated this March with the presentation of Nuyorican Dream. Jorge Duany, a former Bacardi Family Eminent Scholar at the Center and Chair of Anthropology and Sociology at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras, introduced the movie. The film and lecture series, partially funded by a grant from the Florida Humanities Council, featured six films that addressed issues affecting and connecting Florida and the Caribbean. The guest scholars that introduced each film gave other lectures on Caribbean–oriented themes while in Gainesville. Noted Dominican scholar Frank Moya Pons presented on “Plantations and the Unity of Caribbean History” and Afro–Cuban expert Pedro Sarduy spoke on “The Politics of Race in Contemporary Cuba: An Afro-Cuban Perspective.” Jorge Duany, who specializes in Latin American immigration to the U.S., gave a talk on “The Orlando Ricans: The Recent Puerto Rican Diaspora to Central Florida.” Duany’s lecture was the first of a two–part series to prepare educators for working in diverse student populations co–sponsored with the UF College of Education. Four events on Haiti rounded out the Caribbean–themed events for the semester. Well–known author and historian, Victor Bulmer– Thomas, delivered a lecture entitled, “When and Why Did Haiti Fall Behind? From Independence to U.S. Occupation.” Maria Alvarez of the Alachua County School Board gave a talk on “The Haitian Diaspora and its Implications for Florida Educators” as the second lecture in the series on understanding diversity in Florida’s schools. The Cofrin Gallery at Oak Hall School in Gainesville displayed an art exhibit entitled, “One Island, Two Cultures: The Art of the Dominican Republic and Haiti” where Jerry Murray (Anthropology) gave an introductory lecture. Lastly, a performance of dance and poetry “Haiti and Its Mother Africa” was held at UF’s Harn Museum of Art. —Contributed by Stella Tippin, MALAS student Lending Library Featured Item: Outreach Lending Library DatabaseDuring the spring semester, the Center’s Outreach Program increased its efforts to reach K educators across the country, as well as faculty and students at UF, by redesigning the Lending Library database. Through use of the ResourceMate library software, patrons can now access an online database of available materials found in the Lending Library. Items can be requested and checked out online, rather than having to send an e–mail to the Center. The software automatically keeps track of all requested and borrowed materials, allowing for better oversight by staff. In addition to the new library software, the Outreach Program produced a CD–ROM that provides teachers with digital resources on Ecuador and Peru. These materials are also available online, as is the Latin American and Latino Studies Reader. Plans are underway to create more CD–ROMs on other topics of interest for the K classroom. Outreach staff recently created a new informational brochure on the program and chose a new Latin American– themed logo, which now appears on all outreach materials. The upgrades to the Lending Library and the production of marketing materials are just some of the recent efforts that the Outreach Program has undertaken to increase its visibility throughout the southeast and to reach K teachers in disciplines beyond social studies and foreign language. To make any requests or suggestions for resources, send Outreach staff a message at: outreach@latam.ufl.edu. —Contributed by Matt Trokan, MALAS studentHighlight on Caribbean Events UF’s Common Reading Program is designed to provide first– year students with a common intellectual experience and to encourage a sense of community among students, faculty and staff. Academic year 2009’s selected text is The Devil's Highway by Luis Alberto Urrea. Many events related to Mexico, immigration, and globalization will be held on campus in the fall that may complement Latin American courses. For more information on the program, go to: www.dso.ufl.edu/nsp/ firstyearexperience/commonread/. New LAS Outreach program materials.DEVIN DOTSON

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14THE LATINAMERICANIST 14THE LATINAMERICANIST STUDENTSAlison Boelter Advisor: Terry McCoy (LAS/Political Science) Thesis: “NAFTA and Foreign Investment in Mexico: The Case of Monterrey” Devin Dotson Advisor: Susan Jacobson (WEC) Thesis: “A Content Analysis of Conservative and Liberal Coverage of Climate Change in Santiago, Chile” Laura Fonseca Advisor: Charles Wood (LAS/Sociology) Thesis: “Conditional Cash Payments in Brazil: The View from Below” Aimee Green Advisor: Carmen Diana Deere (LAS/FRE) Thesis: “Empowerment through Cultural Practices: Women in Capoeira” Stefanie Hoehn Advisor: Brijesh Thapa (Tourism, Recreation & Sports Management) Thesis: “Conservation and Sustainable Use of Marine Resources in Kuna Yala, Panama” Elizabeth Smith Advisor: Juan Carlos Molleda (Public Relations) Thesis: “Natura Cosmeticos: Contrasting Views of a Brazilian Make–Up Company through Textual Analysis”MALAS DegreesMay 2009 GRADUATESUndergraduate LAS Minors & Certificates David Altman, History/Political Science Danielle Calin, Portuguese Lorey Campese, Political Science Emmanuel Clervius, History Lewis Curtwright, Spanish/Portuguese Jared Gars, History/Political Science/Economics Gloria Gil-Bustamante, Economics Caycee Hampton, History Lindsay Hebert, Anthropology Daniela Hogue, Political Science Ross Marshman, Political Science Gabriela Martinez, Marketing Sissy Oliver, Political Science Collin Outerbridge, Political Science Melanie Padua–Castro, Psychology Kayla Palacios, Spanish Rodrigo Parra–Ferro, Marketing Michael Pedron, Political Science Anthony Piferrer, Political Science Brian Readout, Accounting Carol Reyes, Journalism Davier Rodriguez, Sociology Kyle Savino, Advertising Priscilla Tavares, Psychology Greyzer Torrico, Political Science Paola Urrea, Political Science David Washington, Anthropology Jennifer Wolfe, Spanish Ezequiel Zylberberg, Anthropology/Religion

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SPRING 200915 SPRING 200915 STUDENTSStudent Funding The following UF students were awarded funding from the Center for Latin American Studies and the Tropical Conservation and Development program (TCD) to conduct field research in Latin America during summer 2009. Funding of these awards was made possible by the TCD Ford Foundation/State endowment, the A. Curtis Wilgus Fellowship endowment, the Boonstra Family Research Fellowship endowment, the William Carter endowment, and grants from the Tinker Foundation and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. The country where the student is conducting research follows the reference to their degree program.Gina Alvarado (PhD Sociology) Nicaragua Trent Blare (MS FRE) Ecuador Pedro Constantino (MS SNRE) Brazil Karen Coutts (PhD Anthropology) Peru Joseph Feldman (MA Anthropology) Peru Gabriel Ferraz (PhD Music) Brazil Johnny Frias (MA Music) Cuba Maria Gabriela Hernandez (MFA Graphic Design) Costa Rica William Hummel (MALAS) U.S. Eleanor Lewis (MALAS) Nicaragua Meredith Main (MALAS) Ecuador Denyse Mello (PhD SNRE) Brazil Mario Mighty (MA Geography) Jamaica Steven Minegar (MALAS) Brazil Odyscea Moghimi–Kian (MALAS) Colombia Leonardo Pacheco (MALAS) Brazil Danny Pinedo (MA Anthropology) Peru Jonathan Scholl (PhD History) Bolivia Isaac Shearn (MA Anthropology) Dominica Marlene Soriano (MS SFRC) Bolivia Stella Tippin (MALAS) Peru Jennifer Twyman (PhD FRE) Ecuador Ernane Vieira-Neto (PhD WEC) Brazil2009 Summer Research Grant Recipients 2009 Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship Recipients The following UF students received U.S. Department of Education Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships from the Center for Latin American Studies.Summer 2009William Fischer (History) Quichua Camee Maddox (Anthropology) Haitian Creole Steven Minegar (MALAS) Portuguese Tim Podkul (Anthropology) Quechua Dawn Ward (SNRE) Yucatec Maya Erin Zavitz (History) Haitian CreoleAcademic Year 2009Kiristen Bright (Anthropology) Portuguese Casey Dowd (MALAS) Portuguese Erica Felker-Kantor (MALAS) Haitian Creole Clay Giese (MALAS) Portuguese Steven Minegar (MALAS) Portuguese Andrew Tarter (Anthropology) Haitian Creole Alisa Woofter (MALAS) Portuguese Erin Zavitz (History) Haitian CreoleGraduate CertificatesAlicia Peon Arceo, Anthropology

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16THE LATINAMERICANIST 16THE LATINAMERICANIST Congratulations to the following Latinamericanist undergraduate and graduate students who have recently received awards or grants.Kiristen Bright (MA Anthropology) received a BRASA Initiation Scholarship to support thesis research in Brazil.Andrea Ferreira (MALAS) received the UF Calvin A. VanderWerf Award in recognition of her excellent performance as a Teaching Assistant for Portuguese.Nicholas Kawa (PhD Anthropology) received a Fulbright–Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad grant for fieldwork in Brazil.Sarah Kearnan (PhD History) received a Fulbright Scholarship for fieldwork in Brazil.Tom Podkul (PhD Anthropology) received an NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant for fieldwork in Bolivia. The following undergraduate students were part of UF’s University Scholars Program and worked one– on–one with a faculty member on research projects related to Latin American Studies or Latino Studies.Laura Almeida (Art History) Aaron Croft (Anthropology) Jared Gars (Political Science/History/Economics) Sarah McNamara (History/Spanish) Michael Tudeen (Health Education & Behavior) Ezequiel Zylberberg (Anthropology/Religion)ACCOLADES STUDENTSThe 9th annual Brazilian Music Institute (BMI), under the direction of Welson Tremura (LAS/Music), had another successful session in summer 2009. The BMI brings outstanding Brazilian musicians for an intensive week of instruction with musicians residing in the U.S. This year’s BMI provided a unique opportunity to study guitar with Cecilia Siqueira and Fernando Lima of Duo Siqueira Lima and Brazilian vocal technique with UF’s own Welson Tremura. The institute featured guitar and voice workshops and daily rehearsals. The BMI was co–sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies (with support from its U.S. Department of Education National Resource Center grant), the UF Center for World Arts, the UF School of Music, UF Student Government, and Santa Fe College.Brazilian Music Institute Jacar Cantores perform at the spring concert. Juan Cendan, Welson Tremura (LAS/Music), Silvio dos Santos (Music), and Dan McCoy play with the Jacar Violo ensemble.ERIK KRAMER ERIK KRAMERJacar Brazil's Acoustic ConcertJacar Brazil’s spring concert, featuring four distinct ensembles and repertoires, was enjoyed by a full house at the UF Baughman Center in late February. The Brazilian guitar quartet, the instrumental choro ensemble (guitar, cavaquinho, ute, mandolin, accordion, bassoon, and percussion), the vocal ensemble, and the cello ensemble explored Brazilian music from diverse perspectives. Traditional and non–traditional repertoires were performed, showing the possibilities of combining various musical instruments. Jacar Brazil is co–directed by Welson Tremura (LAS/Music) and Larry Crook (Music). The ensemble’s singers and instrumentalists consist of faculty and students from the School of Music and other campus units as well as from the local community. There were close to 30 performers in the spring concert which was co– sponsored by the School of Music, the Center for Latin American Studies, the Center for World Arts, and UF Student Government.

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SPRING 200917 SPRING 200917 Field Research Clinic and Poster CompetitionApproximately 35 graduate students received eld research grants in 2008 from the Center for Latin American Studies to carry out eldwork in Latin America and the Caribbean. The grants sponsored research in 13 countries by students from nine different UF departments. In an effort to disseminate the results of such a broad and rich group of studies, the Center convened the annual Field Research Clinic (FRC) in February 2009. This year’s event attracted more than 100 faculty and students from a broad variety of units across campus. The FRC is designed to bring public focus to UF graduate student research in Latin America. The rst half of the clinic consisted of a peer– learning workshop dealing with the eldwork experience, while the second half featured the research poster session. The clinic was designed and run by graduate students from LAS 6291 Facilitation Skills, taught by Jon Dain (LAS). The grand prize for best research poster was awarded to Masters student Laura Kowler (SNRE) for her poster, “Collective Action for Sustainable Forest Management in the Peruvian Amazon Basin.” Laura’s adviser is Mickie Swisher (Family, Youth & Community Sciences). Posters were evaluated by Ignacio Porzecanski (SNRE), Paul Losch (LA Collection), and Christopher Birkbeck (LAS Bacardi Family Eminent Scholar). The FRC is one of several graduate student support activities sponsored by the Center over the course of the academic year. These events serve to enhance the learning and professional preparation of LAS students. Poster Competition WINNERSGrand Prize Collective Action for Sustainable Forest Management in the Peruvian Amazon Basin Laura Kowler, SNRE 2nd Prize Masters Level Modeling the Effects of Climate Change on Small Farmer Households in Brazil Ricardo Mello, MALAS 2nd Prize PhD Level Impact of Coffee Farming Practices on Native Bee Pollination Services in Costa Rica Laura Avila, SNRE 3rd Prize Masters Level Participatory Research for Sustainable Harvests in Amazonian Flood Forests Marina Londres, SFRC Honorable Mention Masters Level Integrating Galapagos Visitors into Conservation and Community–Based Tourism Jenny Basantes, SNRE The Center for Latin American Studies’ 80th Anniversary Celebration will be held in conjunction with its 60th Annual Conference in spring 2011 on the UF campus. Tentatively entitled “The Contribution of UF to the Field of Latin American Studies and Latin American Development,” the conference will include panel presentations, roundtables, receptions and other events focusing on the many contributions and accomplishments of the Center’s faculty, staff, and alumni over the past 80 years. Proposed topics include the history of the Center; the work of emeritus faculty members, major scholarly figures in the Center’s history, and/or distinguished alumni scholars; experiences of UF alumni serving as current or former U.S. ambassadors to Latin America; immigration issues; Latin American history; business in Latin America; and alumni careers dealing with Latin America. An exhibit of antique Latin American and Caribbean maps, as well as cultural events are also planned. The conference planning committee is co-chaired by Carmen Diana Deere (LAS) and Joan Flocks (CGR/Law), a MALAS alumna and current faculty affiliate who serves as chair of the LAS Alumni Board’s Program Committee. It is not too early to begin thinking about the activities or topics that you might like to see included in this gala conference. We welcome alumni, faculty and student volunteers for the planning committee! Contact Carmen Diana Deere (deere@latam.ufl.edu) or Joan Flocks (flocks@law.ufl.edu) if you are interested in getting involved.80th Anniversary Celebration and 60th Annual Conference Spring 2011 STELLA TIPPIN Matt Trokan (MALAS) and Devin Dotson (MALAS) speak at the Field Research Clinic.

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18THE LATINAMERICANIST 18THE LATINAMERICANIST Kirsten Anderson Clanton (BA Spanish & LAS Certificate 2001; MALAS/JD 2005) is a staff attorney at Southern Legal Counsel, Inc., a non–profit public interest law firm located in Gainesville, where she litigates on behalf of a diverse group of clients who otherwise would not have access to the justice system. She was admitted to the Florida Bar in 2005, and is admitted to practice before the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Middle and Northern Districts of Florida. Kirsten serves on the Executive Council of the Public Interest Law Section of the Florida Bar, and is vice–chair of the Committee on Homelessness. She is also vice–president of the Gainesville Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild and has been an active organizer of the chapter’s Street Law project, providing presentations on legal rights to community groups. Kirsten is an inaugural member of the UF Center for Latin American Studies’ Alumni Board, and serves on the steering committee and as chair of the communications committee. She is also the Event Chair for the 2009 Southwest Gainesville Relay for Life, a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Kirsten received an Outstanding Young Alumni Award from the UF Alumni Association in spring 2009. This award recognizes alumni who are 35 years of age or younger and who have distinguished themselves in their profession and community. The Center was pleased to nominate Kirsten for this distinction. Jessica Bachay (MALAS 2007) is a Program Assistant with Microfinance Opportunities in Washington, DC. Rebecca Mills Caballero (MALAS 2002 & JD 2005) recently left the Refugee Immigration Project at Jacksonville Area Legal Aid in order to establish her own practice in the areas of immigration and family law in Jacksonville, FL. Meredith Fensom (JD 2003 & MALAS 2004) has joined Allen F. Johnson & Associates (AFJ), a business and policy consulting and commercial services firm based in Washington, DC. The firm works with trade, particularly agricultural trade, with a presence in Latin America through offices and associates. Evan “Skee” George (JD 2003 & MALAS 2004) opened an immigration and nationality law practice in Gainesville specializing in deportation defense, political asylum, family and employment based visas, naturalization, and criminal immigration issues. Valerio Gomes (MALAS 2001 & PhD Geography 2009) will start a position in the Ministry of Environment for the state government of Acre, Brazil. Deborah Hooker (MALAS 1999) is a program officer at the U.S. Department of State. She returned from Mozambique in 2008 where she spent two years working at the U.S. embassy. Currently, she covers Brazil and the Southern Cone countries for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs. Doralba Muoz (BA Anthropology & LAS Certificate 1974) earned an MPH after leaving UF and spent most of her career in public ser vice in Massachusetts. She is currently Executive Director of UnionPositiva, a Miami– based NGO focused on health issues of Latin American refugees and Latinos. Jorge R. Pin (BS Economics & LAS Certificate 1975) has had a 30 year career in the energy sector. He has been President and CEO of Transworld Oil USA, president of Amoco Corporate Development Company Latin America, president of Amoco Oil de Mxico and president of Amoco Oil Latin America, based in Mexico City. After the merger between Amoco and BP, he managed BP Europe’s western Mediterranean petroleum supply and logistics operations out of Madrid. He retired from BP in 2003 and is currently an international energy consultant, as well as a fellow at the University of Miami’s Center for Hemispheric Policy where he focuses on energy and alternative fuels. He is also an advisor and a member of the Cuba task forces at The Brookings Institution and The Council of the Americas. Wendy Pond (MALAS 2006) recently left her position at the Organization of American States to join the U.S. federal government as an International Programs Analyst for the U.S. Office of Government Ethics in Washington, DC. Ana Puentes (MALAS 2004) works as a Program Specialist for the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection in Maryland. Santiago Ruiz (PhD Anthropology 2008) has accepted a lecturer position in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the Universidad de Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras. Luisa Varona Granados (BS Telecommunications 1990) is Executive Producer of NBCUNI/mun2 where she focuses on programming for young Latinos. She would welcome student input on popular culture. In MemoriamJames Diego Hay (PhD Anthropology 1993), a native of Colorado, died in April 2009. Beginning in 1974 as an agricultural extension volunteer, Diego had a long career with the Peace Corps and with other development agencies. He eventually became Peace Corps Country Director in Paraguay, the country where he had served as a volunteer. In more recent years, Diego oversaw agricultural development programs in Iraq and Afghanistan using his skills as an applied anthropologist. His dissertation was published as a book, Tobat: Tradicin y cambio en un pueblo paraguayo, in 1999. Diego will be sorely missed by friends and colleagues.&N EWS NOTESALUMNI Carmen Diana Deere (Director, LAS), Kirsten Anderson Clanton (MALAS/JD 2005), and Robert Jerry (Dean, Levin College of Law) at the Outstanding Young Alumni Awards ceremony. ALUMNI

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SPRING 200919 SPRING 200919 My gift is to benefit: The Latin American Studies Fund (011147) LAS Alumni Graduate Student Travel Fund (012521) McCoy Travel Scholarship Fund (014527) Name ___________________________________________ Address _________________________________________ City/State/Zip _____________________________________ 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 American ExpressCard Card Number: __________________________________ Expiration Date (MM/YY): _____________________________ Name as it appears on the card: ________________________ Signature: _________________________________________ Home Phone: _______________________________________ E-mail address: _____________________________________ Credit Card billing address (if different from one at left): __________________________________________________ City/State/Zip: ______________________________________ We rely on contributions from our friends and alumni to support certain special activities such as student travel to conferences and seed support for larger fund-raising efforts. If you would like to make a donation to the Center, please fill out the form below. Giving to the Center for Latin American Studies Please return to: University of Florida Foundation, Inc. P.O. Box 14425, Gainesville, FL 32604 Thanks To Our DonorsThe Center for Latin American Studies would like to express its gratitude for the generosity of those who have responded to our mailings and to the University of Florida Foundation’s annual appeal. The donations go towards the Latin American Studies Fund, the Alumni Graduate Student Travel Fund, or the McCoy Latin American Travel Scholarship Fund. Gracias to the following people:Christopher Baker Ellen Barclay Margaret Boonstra Jay Brickman Charles & Wanda Denny Michael & Maria Handelsman William Harris Steven Keats Murdo & Shena MacLeod Omar Monteagudo Richard & Wanda Oberdorfer Jaime Parra & Yvette Vallecillo–Parra Kersten Reitz Hugh Schoolman & Francilene Diniz Jorge Uquillas Eric WagnerIt is not too late to honor Dr. Terry McCoy’s Retirement by sending your contribution to the McCoy Travel Fund with the form below. Help us reach our target of endowing this fund at the minimum $30,000 level. The fund will assist UF students to participate in short–term study abroad programs in Latin America — such as those organized by Dr. McCoy throughout his career. McCoy Travel Scholarship Donors Ellen Barclay Guardian Life Insurance Steven Keats David Salisbury Amy Woodell

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Non–Profit Org. U.S.POSTAGE PAID Permit No. 94 Gainesville FL Center for Latin American Studies 319 Grinter Hall P.O. Box 115530 Gainesville, FL 32611 The Center for Latin American Studies would love to hear from its ALUMNI If you have not already done so, please complete our electronic Alumni Update Form online at: http://www.latam.ufl.edu/Alumni/update.stm