Questioning Costa Rica: Perspectives on ecotourism from the ground up

VanderJagt_Costa Rica_05_09, originally uploaded by CLACS – NYU. Hello from Quepos, Costa Rica! I arrived in Costa Rica 2 weeks ago, first participating in a language immersion program and home stay, while conducting preliminary fieldwork components. This week marks the true beginning of my interview and surveying process. My research question concerns environmental consciousness ofContinue reading “Questioning Costa Rica: Perspectives on ecotourism from the ground up”

The Discussion of Facundo in the Correspondence of Domingo Faustino Sarmiento

Armillas-Tiseyra_Magali_Argentina_05.25.09.2, originally uploaded by CLACS – NYU. I arrived in Buenos Aires a week ago, and will be here until June 11. My project is to conduct research on references to Facundo, o civilización y barbarie (1845) in the letters of Domingo F. Sarmiento, president of Argentina 1868-1874. Sarmiento wrote Facundo while in exile inContinue reading “The Discussion of Facundo in the Correspondence of Domingo Faustino Sarmiento”

Erasing Traumatic Memories

Photo credit: Hillary C. Schiff, Phd Candidate in Neuroscience at NYU Tonight is the last lecture in the CLACS Program Seminar Series titled Hauntings: Memory, Patrimony and the Contested Past. Andreas Huyssen will visit us from Columbia University, and speak about “Uses of the Past in Transnational Memory Debates.” For those who have not attended,Continue reading “Erasing Traumatic Memories”

Wikipedia in Quechua

Thanks to a classmate, I recently discovered this version of Wikipedia in Quechua. Wikipedia is a user-generated entity accessible by anyone with internet. As such, the multiple groups and dialects of the Quechua language pose a challenge to producing one version of Wikipedia in Quechua. In addition, Quechua has been and is primarily an oralContinue reading “Wikipedia in Quechua”

CLACS Summer Grant Recipients

Photo by Jelena Kopanja in 2008 while in Spain on a CLACS summer grant CLACS is excited to announce the recipients of this year’s Summer Research Grant competition. Pending funding, The NYU Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies offers an annual competition for summer research grants. Graduate students in all NYU schools and programsContinue reading “CLACS Summer Grant Recipients”

Queens Colombian Fights Drug Trade and Saves Lives

Don Orlando Tobón at his travel agency in Jackson Heights, Queens. Photo by Jordan Cooper “Fírmate aquí,” or “sign here,” Don Orlando Tobón demands. He slips a stack of papers between the metal jaws of a stapler and swiftly strokes the device with the heel of his clenched fist. “This is what you put inContinue reading “Queens Colombian Fights Drug Trade and Saves Lives”

The Quagmire in Mexico

August 4, 2008 — Members of the Washington State Cannabis Eradication Response Team (CERT), shortly before discovering over 5,600 marijuana plants being grown by a group of Mexican nationals (DEA). Photo courtesy of DEA In his first Internet town hall meeting, Obama was asked if the U.S. should legalize pot as a way to growContinue reading “The Quagmire in Mexico”

Quechua Courses at NYU

Last fall, 2008, NYU offered its first Quechua class. About 12 of us met three times a week with Odi Gonzales of Cusco, Peru. Like the beginning of learning any new language, we struggled through the first few weeks, battling knee-knocking waves of frustration, surprise, success and total confusion. Now in our second semester, weContinue reading “Quechua Courses at NYU”