Professor of History and Director of CLACS at NYU, Ada Ferrer participates in the recent PBS series Black in Latin America
PBS recently aired Cuba: The Next Revolution, the second episode of a four-part series titled Black in Latin America. The latest production effort of Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr., this series explores the influence of African descent on Latin America, looking specifically at the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Cuba, Brazil, Mexico, and Peru. Enriching the episodes with interviews with scholars, overlooked or underrepresented historical moments, and recent research on the region, Prof. Gates has created a series which “celebrates the massive influence of millions of people of African descent on the history and culture of Latin America and the Caribbean, and considers why and how their contribution is often forgotten or ignored” (PBS website).
Last summer, Professor Gates interviewed Ada Ferrer about ideas of race in Cuba during the mid to late 19th century. This interview has been included in the Cuba: The Next Revolution episode (starts at minute 7:00), and helps describe sentiments toward racism and nationalism in Cuba at the time of the War of Independence. Ada Ferrer is Associate Professor of History at NYU and Director of CLACS, and has written extensively on Cuba. The French translation of her highly acclaimed book Insurgent Cuba: Race, Nation, and Revolution, 1868-1898 is forthcoming this year.
Among the online resources which accompany the series are curricular materials developed by Karen Michels through the Fall 2010 CLACS Teacher Residency Program. Part of CLACS’ K-12 Outreach initiatives, the Teacher Residency Program offers NYC teachers the chance to work with NYU professors and access NYU library resources as they investigate a Latin America or Caribbean-related topic of interest to them. A teacher at the Beacon School in New York City, Karen had proposed to study Race and Government Policy in Revolutionary Cuba while participating in the program. Prof. Ferrer served as Karen’s principal advisor, offering her intellectual guidance and support throughout Karen’s time on the NYU campus. While Karen’s lesson ideas can be found on the CLACS website along with other K-12 curricular materials, they have also been included on the PBS website as educational resources which complement the Race in Latin America series.
Watch the Full Episode: Cuba: The Next Revolution
View Race and Government Policy in Revolutionary Cuba curricular materials
Posted by Christine Mladic – Program Administrator at CLACS at NYU
Barbara Weinstein - NYU Silver Professor
, a CLACS affiliated Professor of History at NYU, was recently awarded the prestigious NYU Silver Professorship
. Wienstein has taught at NYU since 2007, and previously taught at University of Maryland-College Park, the State University of New York at Stony Brook and Vanderbilt University. Her research has focused on 19th and 20th centruy Brazil, specifically around issues of gender, race, labor and political economy in São Paulo and the Amazon.
Wienstein’s current research:
… considers a period in Brazilian history when the state of São Paulo emerged as the nation’s dominant economic center and political force. Tracing elite and scholarly discourses in this period, she explores the way in which “paulistas” (natives of São Paulo), deploying highly racialized discourses, constructed a notion of São Paulo exceptionalism that produced a hierarchical, almost imperial view of the region’s position within the Brazilian nation. A principal objective of this research is to illuminate the processes by which modernity in Brazil became “racialized” and identified with “whiteness” even as elites proclaimed their nation to be a racial democracy.
The Silver Professors are a select group of NYU faculty, currently totaling 43, who stand apart because of the remarkable depth and range of their research. Silver Professors are chosen based on their, “focus on important issues in the scholars’ fields, with an emphasis on the questions and concerns they think will prove the most promising, the most difficult, and the most dominant over the next 5 to 10 years.”
NYU Professors Andrew Caplin, Paul Glimcher, and Béatrice Longuenesse were also awarded Silver Professorships.
Barbara Weinstein is currently a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute in Cambridge, MA., and has won numerous awards including the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.
Posted by Von Diaz – MA Candidate at CLACS / Global Journalism at NYU
Peter Lucas has received a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship which will support The Last Hour of Summer, a feature-length documentary film about Ipanema in the early 1960s, just before the Brazilian military coup. The film focuses on a cache of found photographs in order to explore the various aestethic, cultural, political, and social dimensions of this “golden hour” before the 20-year dictatorship.
Peter Lucas is one of eight NYU professors to receive a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship this year. In total, 180 fellowships were awarded to recipients chosen from a pool of nearly 3,000 applicants. These scholars, artists and scientists were chosen because of their “prior achievement and exceptional promise,” and will carry out a diverse array of projects.
The Last Hour of Summer has its roots in a trip to a flea market in Rio de Janeiro in 2003, where Peter found and purchased 200 small black and white photos. Intrigued by the collection, which was dated 1962-63 and depicted beach scenes at Ipanema, Lucas was determined to uncover its history. He eventually identified the late photographer and has reconnected with many of the subjects of the photographs. Lucas has since purchased the remainder of the archive which will be incorporated into the film and support several narrative threads. First, because they were taken just before the repressive and violent dictatorship resulting from the 1964 military coup, the photos could be seen as capturing what many Brazilians call the “last hour” of innocence, beauty, hope, naiveté, wonder, and youth. The photos also reference the end of the era of classic black and white snapshots before the widespread introduction of Kodacolor film in 1964. Taken by Orizon Caneiro Muniz, the photographs speak to a specific moment in the history of personal photography, and also are embedded in an important cultural moment as Ipanema awaits international attention from the impending Bossa Nova movement and the influx of tourists and surfers.
Peter Lucas teaches in the Draper Program, the Department of Photography and Imaging at the Tisch School of Arts, and in the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at NYU. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of International Education at NYU in 1996. His teaching focuses on international human rights with an emphasis on media, documentary practice, human rights and photography, the poetics of witnessing, human rights education, and youth media. View more of Peter Lucas’ work on his website.
Posted by Christine Mladic – Program Administrator at CLACS at NYU
Erin Murphy-Graham is an Assistant Professor in the Steinhardt School of NYU and affiliated faculty member of CLACS
On March 30th, the U.S. Fund for UNICEF Education Department
, with support from CLACS, the New York State Spanish Bilingual Education Technical Assistance Center (BETAC)
at NYU, and the New York State Haitian BETAC
presented a follow-up workshop to the March 8th event titled “Teach UNICEF: Exploring Gender Equality through Global Education.”
Participants returned to UNICEF to continue discussions about ways in which the topic of gender equality could be incorporated into classroom activities for English Language Learners (ELLs). Teachers reviewed the TeachUNICEF website where readily accessible lesson plans, photo essays and videos can be downloaded for use in the classroom.
The workshop included a keynote speech by Professor Erin Murphy Graham, Assistant Professor of International Education at NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development. Her lecture began with an overview of her ongoing work with a mixed-methods impact evaluation of the alternative secondary education program Sistema de Aprendizaje Tutorial (Tutorial Learning System) in Honduras. She then opened a discussion that explored gender norms, discrepancies between men and women in positions of political power around the world, and portrayals of women in mainstream media. The day ended with a strong commitment by teacher participants to introduce themes of gender equality into lessons to address these issues with kids at an early age.
If you are interested in participating in K-12 Educator events such as this one, please sign up to receive email alerts for K-12 events via the CLACS website.