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Felicidades to our Field Research Grant Winners

CLACS logoEach year, graduate students from CLACS and from across NYU apply for competitive grants to do research in Latin America towards Masters and PhD projects. Most of the grants awarded this year were made possible by the Tinker Foundation. A big congratulations to NYU graduate students who received field research grants!

Most students will be do their research this summer, and will be traveling to countries including Colombia, Peru, Brazil, Guatemala, Argentina, Puerto Rico, Ecuador, Mexico, Cuba, Argentina, and Spain. They will be posting about their experiences here on the CLACS blog – make sure to check back often to follow their progress.

2012 Grantees
Catalina Arango-Correa, Samantha Balaban, Tatiana Bessarabova, Rebecca Bintrim, David J Bowker, Isabel Cadenas Cañón, Leani Garcia, Claudia Garriga López, Tiana Bakic Hayden, Daniel Howell, Brett Lazer, Kevin McLoughlin, Wendi Muse, Stephanie Noach, Kristi Philips, Maria Rocio Pichon Riviere, Irma  Robles Moreno, Amanda Tollefson, Emmanuel Valeyos, and Robin Whitney.

2012 FLAS Fellowship Recipients
Emily Thompson, Kelly Stetter, Anthony Andersson, Jennifer Lila Trowbridge, Nathalie Bragadir, Daniel Howell (shared award with UCLA), and Charlie Uruchima (shared award with University of New Mexico).

Felicidades grantees!

Visit the CLACS website to learn more about Tinker field research grants and FLAS Fellowships. Read about past student research projects here on the CLACS blog.

CLACS Alumni Profile: Amy Risley

CLACS Alum Amy Risley

CLACS Alum Amy Risley

Amy Risley is an Assistant Professor in the International Studies department at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, and a CLACS alum. She graduated from CLACS in 1998 and focused her research on Latin American politics.

While at CLACS she received a Tinker Field Research Grant to do field research in Argentina, where she studied civil society and activism. She’s been interested in the topic ever since.

The good news is that Amy was recently offered a tenure track position at Rhodes College, so she’ll have the opportunity to continue the research she began at CLACS!

Amy was thrilled with her experience at CLACS, and says that the inclusion of Caribbean studies, in addition to South and Central American and Mexico, distinguishes CLACS from other Latin American studies programs.  She also liked the interdisciplinary nature of the program and the access she had to faculty.  “I took excellent courses from Jeff Goodwin, Christopher Mitchell, Marty Weinstein, Elisabeth Wood, and others.  I found everyone to be remarkably accessible and encouraging,” she says. “And, of course, the endless opportunities of New York City.  I was able to take a class at Columbia, intern at Trickle Up, and listen to so many fascinating speakers who were passing through.  It was just wonderful,” Amy says.

Visit the CLACS Alumni page on the CLACS blog to learn more about our alums. If you are a CLACS alum, please join the CLACS alumni network!

Focus on Faculty: Liliana Goldín

Liliana Goldín in the Central Highlands of Guatemala

Liliana Goldín in the Central Highlands of Guatemala, photo courtesy Flickr/McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research

Anthropologist Liliana Goldín is a CLACS affiliated professor in the Silver School of Social Work, and a faculty research associate at the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research. Her research focuses on the intersections of economy and culture in Guatemala, and the ways in which primarily Mayan populations of the Central and Western Highlands negotiate the impacts of globalization in relation to migration, labor, and consumption. 

Global Maya: Work and Ideology in Rural Guatemala In 2009, Goldín published Global Maya: Work and Ideology in Rural Guatemala, which was based on more than 10 years of field research in Guatemala.  The book uses an interdisciplinary approach, relying on both ethnographic research with rural Mayan communities and surveys, to document cultural and economic changes in the region.

Goldín says her aim was to show that ideas about making a living are constructed in the process of practice. “In a non-linear way, we are the result and the motivation of what we do and how we do it.  This empirical study of the workings of ideology and practice shows the ongoing transformations that are taking place in rural Guatemala in the context of global processes and local initiatives and responses,” she says.
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CLACS Collaborates Across New York City

what moves you?

what moves you? logo – Created by Mexican designer Antonio Sánchez

CLACS hosts events and collaborates on exciting education initiatives with diverse organizations and education centers throughout New York City.

Indocumentales/Undocumentaries, the US/Mexico Interdependent Film Series, is an itinerant film and dialogue series on immigration and related issues and has been an ongoing CLACS partner. We frequently co-host film screenings and discussions on issues related to immigration and Mexico. Many of these series are co-hosted by what moves you?, another partner organization that produces  educational media that render complex global issues relevant and accessible to a diverse, international public. Cinema tropical, an organization that distributes, programs, and promotes Latin American films across the U.S., has also partnered with CLACS and what moves you? on film screenings.

CLACS has also worked closely with the America’s Society, a  forum dedicated to education, debate, and dialogue in the Americas on events, as well as  El Museo del Barrio, which recently  partnered with CLACS on a K-12 education event and film screening.

In addition to organization partners, CLACS also works closely with local academic institutions. Columbia University’s Institute of Latin America Studies (ILAS) is an ongoing partner that co-hosting events, and provides cross-registration for opportunities for  NYU and Columbia University students. CLACS also partners with the New School Ovservatory on Latin America (OLA), and the Columbia University Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, the Barnard Forum on Migration, and Lehman College.

Visit the CLACS website to learn more, or to contact us if you are interested in partnering with CLACS.

WiPLASH Features Groundbreaking Research on Latin America

WiPLASHCLACS is committed to supporting – and disseminating – cutting-edge research on Latin America and the Caribbean across disciplines. In addition to ongoing events like the CLACS Research Colloquium, CLACS also co-hosts WiPLASH.

Works in Progress in Latin American Society and History (WiPLASH) provides an interdisciplinary space for NYC Consortium students and faculty to present and discuss their ongoing research on different topics concerning Latin America. Papers are pre-circulated, and then presented to a small group of students and scholars. After a brief presentation related to the pre-circulated paper, those in attendance partake in an in-depth (and supportive!) discussion.  Because the focus of the event is on works in progress, presenters have a chance to test out ideas, and attendees have access to groundbreaking scholarship in a rather informal, workshop setting.

The most recent WiPLASH event featured Alexandra Delano’s research on “Mexico and Its Diaspora in the United States: Past and Present.” Delano is Assistant Professor of Global Studies at The New School for Social Research. Her discussant was Alyshia Galvez, Assistant Professor of Latin American and Puerto Rican Studies, Lehman College/City University of New York.
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CLACS Alum at September 11th Tribute Center

Esther Mares - CLACS AlumEsther Mares is a CLACS graduate who is now a Collections Assistant at the Tribute World Trade Center Visitor Center.

Esther graduated in January 2012 with an MA in Latin American and Caribbean Studies with a concentration in museum studies. She landed a job in her field before she even completed her last semester.

Esther came to NY from Las Vegas, New Mexico, and where studied archaeology and Spanish at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. She has also previously interned at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.

At CLACS, her MA thesis investigated the Museum of the City of Las Vegas and its role in producing local culture and Hispanic narratives. While at CLACS she also interned at the Rubin Museum and the Museum of the City of New York (MCNY).
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Profile: David Hanna of the CLACS Teacher Residency Program

As part of our K-12 Outreach, CLACS hosts a teacher residency program, attracting local educators who are interested in enhancing the Latin American studies curricula in their classrooms.

David Hanna, a history teacher at University Neighborhood High School in Manhattan’s Lower East Side, teaches Regents prep courses in both Global and U.S. History, as well as AP United States History.  In 2011 he participated in the CLACS Teacher Residency Program.

During his time in the program, he worked with NYU faculty and CLACS staff to research rural to urban migration in Brazil.  He also developed curricular materials about this topic, aimed for high school-aged students.  In January 2012, at the K-12 educator conference that marks the closing of the program, he and other participants presented their curricular materials to their peers. These curricular materials and others are available on the CLACS website for teachers around the world to use free of charge.

According to David, his students responded well to the curriculum, and had a lot to say during the activities. “They were probably the best conversations we had in class all semester,” David says.  He plans to teach the curriculum to future students.

David Hanna Knights of the SeaDavid is an avid history lover, which inspired his career choice.  His interest in history spans much farther than Latin America. This year he published his first book, titled Knights of the Sea, which chronicles the lives of two young naval officers in Maine during the War of 1812.

David says that he had a great experience participating in the teacher residency program, and that he would definitely recommend the program to other educators. “I grew as a teacher by broadening my understanding of Latin America. I also got to share my efforts with teachers from across the city both at the conference, as well as online,” David says.

In addition to the residency program, David is also contributing to the “Teaching Global History” book project, a project that brings educators and scholars together with the common goal of making recent research on global history more accessible to educators and students.

Visit the CLACS website to learn more about the Teacher Residency Program, or to access free K-12 curricular materials.