Adela

By Melissa Fuster, PhD, Assistant Professor in Public Health Nutrition at Brooklyn College – City University of New York (CUNY)  It was a hot and humid August morning. Adela sat in the back of her restaurant, peeling potatoes, with only a small fan to appease the heat. The TV was tuned to Telemundo, with ElvisContinue reading “Adela”

Ulises’ Odyssey, the Odyssey of Looking Back

Post by Juan Carlos Castillo, CLACS MA Candidate Forced by his governor’s megalomania, Ulysses had to abandon his land to fight the city of Troy. Thereafter, he spent 10 horrible years confronting the many monsters and storms that opposed his way home. But this was Homer’s story. Ulises –not Ulysses– passed through something similar, throughContinue reading “Ulises’ Odyssey, the Odyssey of Looking Back”

Meet Djatawo, the First Haitian Superhero

Post by Juan Carlos Castillo, CLACS MA Candidate The evening of October 27th, CLACS hosted the event “A Conversation with the Creator of Djatawo, Haiti’s First Comic Book Superhero,” with Anthony Louis-Jeune (Aton). This event was co-sponsored with the Haitian Creole Language Institute of New York. The intimate conversation with Aton held at CLACS room 404, which includedContinue reading “Meet Djatawo, the First Haitian Superhero”

What can pineapples tell us about identity?

Originally posted on NYU Food Studies Puerto Rico:
In today’s visits to Atenas Pineapple, the commercial-scale pineapple farm, and Hacienda La Esperanza, the slavery-based sugar plantation turned nature preserve, the question of Puerto Rican identity and its relationship to the Commonwealth’s agricultural and economic goals stood out to me – how are they intertwined? How…

Iyarina to remember and in remembering, to reflect

I ended up in Iyarina, Ecuador this last summer thanks to an invitation by Dr. Tod Swanson, Associate Professor at Arizona State University, after my dear friend Dr. Osvaldo Sala connected us. At the time, I was auditing a Quechua class at NYU and became very interested in the indigenous struggle related to the preservationContinue reading “Iyarina to remember and in remembering, to reflect”

Unique Courses, Great Opportunities, and Exciting Events: Welcome to Spring 2015

Welcome to the spring 2015 semester. We certainly hope that your friends and family are safe and unharmed after this week’s blizzard. We are pleased to share several opportunities for faculty, courses being taught this semester, and an exciting schedule of events at CLACS. The competition for Faculty Research Grants for summer 2015 and academicContinue reading “Unique Courses, Great Opportunities, and Exciting Events: Welcome to Spring 2015”

NACLA-CLACS Conversation with Carlos Pérez Guartambel: Indigenous Resistance in the Andes

This article first appeared on NACLA.org on November 18, 2013. Reposted with Permission. Ecuador’s  indigenous movement has a strong legacy of resistance in Latin America. After the national uprising of 1990, the indigenous movement directly entered electoral politics with the creation of the electoral party Pachakutik in 1996. Ecuador’s indigenous movement is a milestone inContinue reading “NACLA-CLACS Conversation with Carlos Pérez Guartambel: Indigenous Resistance in the Andes”

Patricio Navia Weighs in on How Latin Americans Vote

Hugo Chavez, Evo Morales, Fidel and Raul Castro – these charismatic leaders are not the first to capture the hearts and minds of Latin Americans. The legacy of left-wing populist leaders in Latin America has been studies by many scholars, such as Francisco Panizza, who spoke on the topic last fall at NYU. Some scholars, includingContinue reading “Patricio Navia Weighs in on How Latin Americans Vote”

Bolivian Animated Film “Abuela Grillo” Highlights Water Issues

Abuela Grillo, an adorable – though equally tear-jerking – animated short-film, calls attention to Bolivia’s fraught history with water privatization.  The film is a collaboration between Bolivian animators and the Animation Workshop of Denmark.  The Abuela Grillo character is based on a myth from the Bolivian lowlands, but the film tells the story of aContinue reading “Bolivian Animated Film “Abuela Grillo” Highlights Water Issues”