Dr. Roberto Duncan and Dr. Betsy Partya were the recipients of the 2013-14 Faculty Travel Award.
Dr. Duncan, an assistant professor in the Department of Economics, will attend and deliver a paper at the 18th International Conference on Macroeconomic Analysis and International Finance in late May in Rethymno, Greece. Dr. Duncan's paper, "A Threshold Model of the US Current Account", is related to his current research project, which examines the role that some Latin American and other emerging economies have played in the so-called global imbalances.
Dr. Partyka, associate professor and chair of the Department of Modern Languages, will travel to Paraguay over the summer to work with Renée Ferrer on the translation of Ferrer's novel, "Nudos de Silencio"(Knots of Silence). While in Paraguay, Dr. Partyka also plans to prepare a paper on a poemario to Holocaust victims entitled La Ignominia and to participate in a conference in Asunción.
Congratulations to Chelsea Barranco, Juneann Garnett, Joan Nkansah, Thelma Quardey, and Shauna Torrington, the recipients of the Latin American Studies student travel grant.
Chelsea, Joan, and Thelma will all go to Ecuador to participate in the different study abroad programs promoted by the Tropical Disease Institute. Shauna will also go to Ecuador to complete a Teaching English as a Foreign Language in Cuenca. Juneann will go to Guyana to conduct research on the current information and communication technology being used in Latin American and the Caribbean to transfer research knowledge of best agricultural practices to the farmers that need it--the topic of her master's thesis.
Leigh Oczkowski successfully defended her thesis, "The Brazilian Banking Sector and the Effects of Bank Privatization: 1980-2012," on April 1, 2014. Her adviser was Dr. Andrew Fodor, Associate Professor and Chair of the Finance Department, in the College of Business. On April 4, 2014, Manuela Araujo successfully defended her thesis, "Innocation Management in Small and Medium-Sized Firms in Minas Gerais, Brazil," which she completed under the direction of Dr. Catherine Axinn, professor of Marketing in the College of Business. Jacqueline Briski successfully completed her comprehensive written and oral exams with Dr. Robert Duncan (Economics) and Dr. Harold Perkins (Geography). She is currently preparing herself to start a second master's degree in Applied Economics at OU.
The Latin American Studies program is proud to announce that Juneann Garnett, a first year LAS masters student, has been awarded the John Cady Graduate Fellowship for the 2014-2015 academic year for her MA project "Bridging the Gap Between Agricultural Innovation and Implementation: the way forward for Guyana." This prestigious award provides a service-free stipend and full tuition scholarship for both the fall and spring semesters. Ms. Garnett's project will assess the current information and communication technology being used in Latin American and the Caribbean to transfer research knowledge of best agricultural practices to the farmers that need it. She will also develop a model of transfer of knowledge that can meet the specific needs and resources of farmers in her home country of Guyana.
Latin American Students will be attending and presenting papers at the 13th Ohio Latin Americanist Conference hosted by Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio. OLAC's goal is to promote the exchange of knowledge and the building of professional networks among Latin Americanist and Latino Studies scholars, educators, and students from institutions of higher education in Ohio. This year's conference will include papers on displacement, identity, cultural boundaries, afro-descendants, dismantling racism, poverty and sexual violence, emigration across the Americas, social movements, sustainability, culture and the environment, new initiatives in the Americas, and representations of Latinas/os in film.
Esteban Morales Domínguez, Professor Emeritus of Economics from Universidad de la Habana, will deliver the keynote speech. Professor Domínguez is a well-known scholar and frequent participant in current discussions on race relations and related topics in Cuba.
The conference will also feature two film screenings: Alas Con Puntas, by Cuban director Roberto Chile; and Diario de Piratas, by Bolivian director Álvaro Olmos.
Latin American Studies is helping the Ohio University student chapter of REACT to FILM promote the screening of "Who is Dayani Cristal", a film by Gael García Bernal and Marc Silver. The discovery of an anonymous body in the Arizona desert with a mysterious tattoo that reads Dayani Cristal sparks the beginning of a real-life human drama. The search for the identity of the dead man leads us back across a continent to seek out the people left behind and the meaning of a mysterious tattoo. Admission is free and open to the public.
Latin American Studies MA students and affiliated faculty are eligible to apply to a LAS Travel Grant in the amount of $300-$500 (depending on the number of applicants). This fund is intended to help support travel for research and academic purposes, such as presenting at a conference, study or internship abroad, a research trip, etc. Applicants must submit the travel fund request form along with a budget and a one-page (350-word) statement describing the activity this grant will help fund and its relevance to the applicant's work on Latin America. Grants will be announced by March 31.
In the last decades countries in Latin America have designed and
implemented innovative public health and social programs to address
large inequalities in income and access to health services, as well as
epidemiological and demographic transition. The examples of public
health insurance plans targeted at the uninsured, such as Seguro Popular
in Mexico and Plan Nacer/Summar in Argentina; subsidized insurance in
Columbia and the Seguro Integral de Salud in Peru; and social programs
such as Progresa/Oportunidades in Mexico and Bolsa Familia in Brazil can
offer useful models to other countries struggling with similar issues.
Drawing from her research and professional experience as a senior economist of the Health, Nutrition and Population unit of the Latin America and the Caribbean region at the World Bank, Dr. Bonilla will discuss examples of health and social programs from Latin America. She invites us to consider what lessons might be learned from the efforts of countries and governments in that region.
Wexner Center’s multidisciplinary initiative, Via Brazil, is hosting an exhibition on contemporary Brazilian art and culture named Cruzamentos: Contemporary Art in Brazil. The exhibition which has been made possible in part by a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, is scheduled to run from Saturday, February 1st, to Sunday, April 20th (galleries are closed on Mondays).
This exhibition features the work of 35 dynamic Brazilian artists, many of whom have never been widely exhibited in the US, and whose practices and influences are as varied as the social, racial, and geographical composition of the country itself. In light of the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics to be hosted in Brazil, Cruzamentos offers a timely focus on the country’s vibrant culture and art.
Cruzamentos opens with a free public reception on Friday, January 31, from 7 to 11 pm, with several of the artists in the exhibition in attendance. There will be hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar in the café, and a dance party in the Performance Space starting at 9 pm. Those interested in attending must RSVP at wexarts.org/rsvp or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about this event, admission, and gallery hours, go to http://wexarts.org/exhibitions/cruzamentos-contemporary-art-brazil
Since its inception, in 1987, the Tropical Disease Institute has been a source of transformative learning and life experience to students from Ohio University and other universities alike. Committed to the development of sustainable programs that help to prevent or minimize the effects of infectious diseases among underserved populations, TDI has provided numerous Latin American Studies students with training and research opportunities in the fields of public health, community organization, and others. Through participation in the institute's campus initiatives and study abroad programs, LAS students have been able to discover and develop new talents and interests while working to make a difference in a number of communities in Ecuador.
In 2014, TDI will offer four study abroad programs: Tropical Disease Research Program and International Research Training Course in Ecuador, Primary Care Clinical Elective in Ecuador, Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) in Ecuador, Community and Public Health in Ecuador. Information about the application process is available at http://www.oucom.ohiou.edu/tdi/Education_Abroad_TDI.htm.
The program of Latin American Studies invites all members of the Ohio University and Athens community to its annual public lecture:
"Patronage and Jobs for the Boys: Perspectives on Latin America" Monday, February 3, 4pm, Bentley Hall 227
This year's guest speaker is Dr. Merilee Grindle, the Edward S. Mason Professor of International Development and director of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University, and the current president of the Latin American Studies Association.
Dr. Grindle will discuss patronage as a method of staffing government and the contentious processes through which it has been replaced by merit-based civil service systems. Using the examples of Brazil, Mexico, Chile, and Argentina, she explores the perspective Latin America has to offer to studies and discussions of institutional reform in public service.
Latin American Studies congratulates its faculty members on receiving three prestigious teaching awards. Julia Paxton, Associate Professor of Economics, received the Presidential Teacher Award and will hold the title for three consecutive years. Ariaster Chimeli, Associate Professor of Economics, received the Dean's Outstanding Teaching Award for 2012-2013. Brad Jokisch, Associate Professor of Geography, received the Jeanette G. Grasselli Brown Faculty Teaching Award in the Social Sciences for 2012-2013. Doctors Paxton, Chimeli, and Jokisch are well known among the LAS students for their excellence in teaching and advising, and for their inspiring research and contributions to our program. "This recognition of their accomplishments by the broader university community is very well-deserved indeed!
Latin American Studies and the Department of Modern Languages invite all members of the university and Athens community to a public lecture by Dr. Haralambos Symeonidis, "Romanization of the Guaranic Region: A Study through Kinship Terms."
Dr Symeonidis is an associate professor of Spanish Linguistics at the University of Kentucky who specializes in Iberoromance linguistics. His talk will discuss the degree of Romanization of the Guaranitic Region through an analysis of kinship terms which can be traced back to the time of the Jesuit presence in the region.
Latin American Studies, Women and Gender Studies, and the Department of Modern Languages invite all members of the university and Athens community to a public lecture by Gary Ruchwarger, "Cursed by the Double Shift: Single Mother Tobacco Workers in Esteli, Nicaragua."
Gary Ruchwarger is a scholar of Nicaragua and the author of "People in Power: Forging a Grassroots Democracy in Nicaragua" and "Struggling for Survival Workers, Women, and Class on a Nicaraguan State Farm." He currently lives in Esteli, in northwest Nicaragua, where he has founded the Instituto Segoviano para Eruditos Norte Americanos. The mission of the Institute is to provide accommodations and research facilities to visiting graduate students and professors from across the United States. His lecture will focus on the lives of women workers in the tobacco and cigar factories of Esteli, Nicaragua. Single mothers in their majority, these women suffer the double burden of providing for their families in an often unforgiving market economy while also being the main caregivers at home. By focusing on three case studies of Estelian women, his talk will highlight the difficulties and possibilities working women in the developing world face today.
During International Education Week, Latin American Studies and OLA (Organización LatinoAmericana) are promoting a book drive to help the elementary school La Renovacion, in Nicaragua, set up a bi-lingual library and to support the library at the Instituto Segoviano para Eruditos Norte Americanos. We welcome English and Spanish book donations from members of the university and Athens community. Children's literature books, Spanish dictionaries, English-Spanish dictionaries, novels, and history books are especially welcomed. There will be collection bins spread throughout campus during the week of Nov. 11-16. Please revisit our website soon for further details.
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