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Cuba and its Exile: Political Generations

Lecture by Silvia Pedraza (Sociology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor)

Thursday, December 3, 2015
Stern Center, Great Room, 7 p.m.

Using the concept of political generations, Pedraza traces the evolution of the Cuban exile, mostly in Miami, and the Cuban revolution, in the island.  Political generations refers to young people that in their transition from adolescence to adulthood experienced dramatic historical events that marked their consciousness. Pedraza identifies several major political generations that developed during the course of the Cuban revolution and its exile.

This event is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and co-sponsored by the department of Latin American, Latino and Caribbean Studies. It is also part of the Clarke Forum’s Leadership in an Age of Uncertainty Series.

Obama Is Brazilian: (Re)Signifying Race Relations in Contemporary Brazil

Lecture by Emanuelle Oliveira-Monte (Vanderbilt University)

Thursday, November 12, 2015
Stern Great Room, 7 p.m.

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Barack Obama’s election to the American presidency in 2009 sparked a renewed interest in the theme of race in the Americas and worldwide. The sight of an African American as President of the United States led analysts to declare that North America was living in a post-racial era. But Obama’s election also had a tremendous impact on the imaginary of the African Diaspora. This lecture by Emanuelle Oliveira-Monte, Vanderbilt University, will examine his characterizations in the Brazilian media, especially in examples of political humor, such as cartoons and memes. The program is sponsored by The Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues. For more information, visit the Web site  or call 717-245-1875.

Stern Great Room, 7:00

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.

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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!




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)

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

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

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

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

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