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Warning signs for developments in U.S. militarisation in Latin America

WASHINGTON, Sep 19 2013 (IPS) – The United States needs to phase down its drug war and tighten the reins on its cooperation with local militaries and police in Latin America, according to a new report released here Wednesday by three influential think tanks.

Of particular interest is the increase in training deployments to Latin American and the Caribbean by the Special Operations Forces (SOF) – elite units like the Army’s Green Berets and Navy SEALS – due in part to the U.S. withdrawal from Iraq and drawdown from Afghanistan.

Click link to read more….

 

http://www.ipsnews.net/2013/09/u-s-urged-to-curb-militarisation-in-latin-america/

Latin American podcast

Check out this podcast, called Pulso Latino/Latin Pulse run through American University:

 

http://www.american.edu/clals/latin-pulse.cfm

 

 

For news and discussion on Latin America

The Americas Blog, run through the Center for Economic Policy and Research provides information and discussion on issues and news in Latin America. Use as a source for research and to keep up to date with current events!

http://www.cepr.net/index.php/blogs/the-americas-blog/

 

 

 

LALC and Africana Studies Senior Research Presentations

The LALC and Africana studies Senior research presentations went well this past Saturday. Unfortunately, not many people were able to come, however there was good representation among the faculty and LALC and Africana studies majors. Topics varied between modern slavery in the NBA to urban agriculture and Indigenous cultural practices and rights  in Latin America. 

Students presented and after  group was done they sat in the front and were asked question as a panel. The questions the audience asked were thought provoking and enabled the students to expand on, or clarify their research. These presentations demonstrated the impressive knowledge of our LALC and Africana studies majors. Congrats!

 

Senior Research Presentations: Departments of Africana Studies and Latin American, Latino and Caribbean Studies

Departments of Africana Studies, and Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean Studies

Senior Presentations 2013

Saturday, April 27, Althouse 106

9:30 Welcome
Lynn Johnson (chair, Africana Studies) and Marcelo Borges (chair, LALC Studies)

9:35-10:20
Andrew Hill:  “The Emancipation of LeBron James: Re-Defining the Slave Narrative of the NBA (Africana Studies)

Thiago Branco, “The Implementation of Affirmative Action Policies in Brazilian Higher Education Institutions: Overview, Challenges, Policies, and Consequences” (LALC Studies)

Edwin Einbender-Luks, “Indigenous Activism and Reemergence in Argentina: Reclaiming History and Rights” (LALC Studies)

Chair: Carolina Castellanos

10:30-11:00
Justine Davenport, “When Hegemony Meets Change: The Status of U.S. Hegemony in Latin America as Told by Brazil, China and Cuba’s Relations” (LALC Studies)

Jeanne Muller, “Those Who Build the City: Urbanization, Informality, and Self-help Housing in Quito, Ecuador” (LALC Studies)

Chair: Héctor Reyes Zaga

11:10-11:55
Alexandra Agiliga: “Reclaiming Sexuality and Asserting Agency: Black Women in Sadomasochism” (Africana Studies)

Alexandra Kaye, “Nannies on the Move: A Study of Peruvian Female Immigration to Chile” (LALC Studies)

Carolina Vallejo, “U.S. Immigrant Desirability and the 1930s Mexican Deportations and Repatriations” (LALC Studies)

Chair: Patricia van Leeuwaarde Moonsammy

Lunch break

1:30-2:15
Hannah Richardson, “Environmentalism Begins at the Breakfast Table: The Presentation of Urban Agriculture as a Sustainable Paradigm for Urban Development in Latin America and the Caribbean Region” (LALC Studies)

Amanda Jo Wildey, “The Local and the Global of Andean Agriculture: Technical Changes and Rural Economy in Coporaque, Peru” (LALC Studies)

Aidan Gaughran, “Mining Mountains, Undermining Metaphors: Human-Mountain Relationships and Mining Protests in the Peruvian Andes” (LALC Studies)

Chair: Maria Bruno

2:15 Concluding Remarks

Alvin Rangel Presents Part I Tango Vesre

 

Alvin Rangel

Alvin Rangel

In a well attended presentation on Friday April 12 in Rubendall Recital Hall, Alvin Rangel of  Tango Vesre, introduced his project and gave a brief overview of modern Argentina’s history, and the evolution of Tango over the last 100 years.

Alvin Rangel, who is currently an associate Professor of Dance at California State University, began working on Tango Vesre, which means “Inverted Tango”, in 2010. From his website, Alvin Rangel describes his project:

“Tango Vesre [Inverted Tango] is a dance performance that through live performance spotlights a 100-year  evolution of all-male tango dance in the Buenos Aires of 1910 and 2010.  Tango Vesre includes two duets, Parallel Tango by Alejandro Cervera and Bound Tango by Alvin Rangel. Although the work is framed within the Argentinean Tango aesthetics, the performance puts into motion issues of power negotiation, equality, marginalization, gender roles, sexual identity, acceptance, rejection and male dancing bodies.”

Rangel explained how Tango has become one of the most popular forms of dance, known for its “beauty, passion, drama and sexually-charged energy.” The tradition has established a heteronormative culture, where Tango has been branded as strictly a heterosexual dance. Tango has a clear leader and follower, emphasizing the macho Argentine culture, where the man is in control and the woman follows. Rangel wanted to break out of this strict tradition and explore the origins of tango in the slums and lower classes of Buenos Aires, and specifically when men danced with other men.

Rangel discussed his research into the history of tango and  reviewed the historiography. He found that there is gaping hole in information on male-male tango practices, even though it began during the formative period in the early twentieth century.

Rangel explains, “the lack of evidence concerning the male partnerships in tango’s literature raised many questions for me as a dance scholar, dancer and choreographer.  Therefore, I became interested in analyzing these male partnerships from historic, performative and choreographic perspectives, examining issues of homosexual bonding and sexual identity through tango dance practice.” In context of the discrimination of homosexuals in Argentine society in this early period, Rangel came up with the central question for his project, “Did the all-male tango dance practice enable closeted homosexuals to embody their sexual identity?” He clarifies, “This question I raise does not assume that the male/male partnerships were exclusively a homosexual performance, but rather considers how a homo-social milieu facilitated homosexual bonding.”

Male-male tango practice

Dancing in the River

 

In his presentation he explained the origins for the term Tango VesreVesre, means revés or “inverted” in lunfardo, a slang that developed among criminals as code language in prisons and slums. An example of lunfardo would be turning Café, meaning coffee, into feca, tango would become gotán, and hotel –> telo. Vesre was useful in describing how the roles are reversed in queer tango and breaks out of the strict heteronormative structure.

Rangel adopted multiple roles at once in the development of his project. He played the role of choreographer, dancer and scholar, which is quite the feat to pull off. In his presentation, he demonstrated how he developed another form of Tango called “Bounce Tango” which adopts more fluid movements and is not determined by a clear leader or follower.

Demonstrating the "hook " move

Demonstrating the “hook ” move

In the above picture, Alvin works with his partner, Yebel Gallegos and demonstrates how he reinterpreted a classic move used in tango, usually a hooking movement using the legs and he changed it to hooking the arms instead.

 

For more information, see:

http://alvinrangel.net/Tango_Vesre/HOME.html

Cuba Mosaic January 2013

The second trip that Dickinson has taken to Cuba within a year is part of another mosaic this time led by Professor Asuncion Arnedo-Aldrich. The class is Spanish 231, focusing on sustainability.

 

Please use this link to access their blog (en Español)

Habana 2013 blog

Hugo Chavéz dies

One of Latin America’s most influential and controversial leaders died today, Tuesday March 5th. Hugo Chavéz the President of Venezuela since 1998, has been the leading figure in the leftist movement in Latin America.

 

See below for a report from the New York Times:

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/06/world/americas/hugo-chavez-of-venezuela-dies.html?hp&_r=0

Tango Vesre: Queering the All-Male Tango Practice

Friday, April 12, noon

Saturday, April 13, 7 p.m.

Tango Vesre: Queering the All-Male Tango Practice

Rubendall Recital Hall,
Weiss Center for the Arts

Dickinson College presents a two-part series spotlighting the 100-year evolution of all-male tango in Buenos Aires (1910-2010), viewed from a queer perspective.

Part one (April 12) is a presentation of spoken word and dance by Alvin Rangel of Tango Vesre and members of Dickinson’s Dance Theatre Group (DTG).

Part two
 (April 13) is a concert oftango music and dance featuring performances by guest artists Héctor Del Curto (bandoneón), Ariadna Buonviri (violin),  Donovan Stokes (bass) and faculty members Jennifer Blyth (piano) and Blanka Bednarz (violin).

For more information please check out the link to Dickinson College’s website:

http://dickinson.edu/news-and-events/events/arts/2013-Spring-Tango-Verse/

Spring 2013

Course Offerings Spring 2013

Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
AFST 100-01 Intro to Africana Studies
Instructor: Patricia van Leeuwaarde Moonsammy
1030:TR   ALTHSE 207
AFST 220-02 Caribbean Diasporic Identities
Instructor: Jerry Philogene
0900:TR   DENNY 204
AFST 235-01 Introduction to Caribbean St
Instructor: Patricia van Leeuwaarde Moonsammy
1330:TR   ALTHSE 106
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
AMST 200-02 Caribbean Diasporic Identities
Instructor: Jerry Philogene
0900:TR   DENNY 204
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
ECON 236-01 Latin America Economics
Instructor: Sebastian Berger
1230:MWF   ALTHSE 110
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
LALC 101-01 Intro Latin American Studies
Instructor: J Mark Ruhl
1330:TF   DENNY 313
LALC 121-01 Intro to Africana Studies
Instructor: Patricia van Leeuwaarde Moonsammy
1030:TR   ALTHSE 207
LALC 122-01 Introduction to Caribbean St
Instructor: Patricia van Leeuwaarde Moonsammy
1330:TR   ALTHSE 106
LALC 200-01 Border Feminisms
Instructor: Gloria Garcia
1500:MR   DENNY 203
LALC 200-02 Caribbean Diasporic Identities
Instructor: Jerry Philogene
0900:TR   DENNY 204
LALC 236-01 Latin America Economics
Instructor: Sebastian Berger
1230:MWF   ALTHSE 110
LALC 300-01 Writing Chile in the 19th C
Instructor: Angela DeLutis-Eichenberger
1030:TR   BOSLER 314
LALC 300-02 Rethinking Brazilian Lit
Instructor: Carolina Castellanos
1130:MWF   BOSLER 321
LALC 490-01 Lat Am Interdisciplinary Res
Instructor: Marcelo Borges
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LALC 500-01 Independent Study
Instructor: Marcelo Borges
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Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
PORT 380-01 Rethinking Brazilian Lit
Instructor: Carolina Castellanos
1130:MWF   BOSLER 321
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
SPAN 380-01 Writing Chile in the 19th C
Instructor: Angela DeLutis-Eichenberger
1030:TR   BOSLER 314
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
WGST 202-05 Border Feminisms
Instructor: Gloria Garcia
1500:MR   DENNY 203
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