Pan American Seminar
The Pan-American seminar will host KU faculty, graduate students and invited speakers to present on various topics pertinent to the Americas. The seminar is aimed at promoting awareness of the many diverse disciplines of research inside of Latin America studies, as well as major issues and potential opportunities associated with studying the region. Invited speakers include Kirwin Shaffer, Associate Professor of Latin American Studies at Penn State University and James Malouff III, President of the Pan American Society of Kansas City. KU speakers include Prof. Peter Herlihy (Geography), Prof. John Hoopes (Anthropology), Prof. Tamara Falicov (Film & Media Studies), Dr. Peter Haney (Latin American and Caribbean Studies), and Ms. Carolina Pardo-Torres (Graduate Student, Educational Technologies).
In her presentation, Dr. Laura Padilla will explain and discuss the technologies of clothes and makeup in new Mexican Literature. Centennial Room. Kansas Union
Stay current on Latin American events with Panorams!
The Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Pittsburgh has created a dynamic environment on the web for the exchange of academic analysis of current events and critical research findings for scholarly general audiences and classroom use. Check out Panoramas!
A link to Panoramas can also be found on our site under the News & Events secion. Posted Jan 7, 2013
New Myths About Ancient Mayas: A History of the 2012 Phenomenon
Did ancient Mayas really predict the end of the world as we know it? Whats the truth about 2012? John W. Hoopes, Associate Professor of Anthropology, will demystify the contemprary mythology that weaves together romantic assertions, metaphysical truths, and counterculture activisim, -- revealing much more about oru own hopes and fears than it does about ancient Mayas. Posted Oct 20, 2012
Witness for Peace Lecture at ECM
Tomas Gómez Membreño visiting from Honduras, where he works for the non-profit
Indigenous rights organization COPINH (Civic
Council of Popular Indigenous Organizations will be talking about the role the United States has played in the Honduran coup and its
aftermath. ECM @ 7p on Oct. 23rd. Posted Oct 17, 2012
Reinvisioning Spanish Language Education on Oct. 20th
Prof. Jennifer Leeman will examine the representations of Spanish and Spanish-speakers common in Spanish as a Second Language and Spanish as a Heritage Language education. Alderson Auditorium, KU Union Posted Oct 16, 2012
Sustainable Development in Guatemala, Winter 2012-13
Don't miss this faculty lead study abroad program to Guatemala for January 6th-20th! The field school is designed to introduce students to the social and cultural challenges of development among a historically oppressed and marginal population, the Ch’orti’ Maya while implementing micro-projects. Previous student projects have included testing water quality, conducting a needs survey, designing a website for a Ch’orti’ ethnic organization, and doing market research. Application Deadline is Oct. 8th, 2012! Posted Oct 1, 2012
Summer Study Abroad - Field Biology in Amazonian Peru
Great opportunity to earn KU credit while visiting Amazonia!
•Explore museum curation in Kansas and Peru
•Study the rainforest habitat and collect data in an insect inventory
•Planned excursions in Lima and Cusco Posted Sep 11, 2012
Health in Latin America Symposium
The Center is hosting a Symposium on Health Care in Latin America on September 7th. Held in the Big 12 Room of the Kansas Union at KU, Lawrence, KS Posted Aug 20, 2012
Facebook in Kaqchikel Maya
In celebration of World Indigenous People's Day, August 9, Wuqu' Kawoq (Maya Health Alliance), are happy to help launch an application that permits using Facebook in Kaqchikel Maya. Kaqchikel has over 450,000 speakers in Guatemala.
According to UNESCO, approximately 600 languages have disappeared in the last century and they continue to disappear at a rate of one language every two weeks. Up to 90 percent of the world’s languages are likely to disappear
before the end of this century if current trends are allowed to continue. Providing media tools to indigenous language communities is an essential part of preserving these languages.
Click http://www.wachwuj.com/ to download a script that will turn your entire user interface into qach'ab'al ("our language").
Posted Aug 9, 2012
Dr. John Hoopes featured in Honduran Newspaper Series Special
: The Honduran newspaper "El Heraldo" has begun publishing a special series on the archaeology of the Honduran Moskitia this week. The series centers on the discovery of Ciudad Blanca, a place known to oral tradition but whose existence was never before confirmed, in the jungle. The site shows both Mesoamerican and Chibchan influences. KU's John Hoopes is among those interviwed for the series that began on July 16th.
Dr. Hoopes discusses the remains — including petroglyphs — in the context of what’s known about indigenous Chibchan-speaking cultures of southern Central America and comparisons with those of Costa Rica and Colombia.
The series is also being featured online: Emergen vestigios de Ciudad Blanca (link above). Posted Jul 23, 2012
Engineers Without Borders host workshop with International Goals
: Sunflower State Professionals, the local Engineers Without Borders professional chapter, hosted a workshop on how to build a solar dehydrator Saturday. Sunflower State Professionals decided to teach locals how to construct a dehydrator in order to perfect the craft before taking the workshop abroad to Guatemala. The goal in Central America is to improve sanitary conditions by teaching the Ch’orti’-Maya how to preserve their fruits. The group works closely with Anthropology/Latin American Studies professor Brent Metz. Posted Jul 23, 2012
Dr. Anita Herzfeld's Retirement Reception
After 50 distinguished years at KU, Dr. Anita Herzfeld, Professor Emerita of Latin American Studies retired this Spring 2012. Follow the link to view Dr. Herzfeld's Retirement Reception held at the Kansas Union Malott Room on May 10th, 2012. Posted Jun 7, 2012
Dr. Jorge Soberón receives award from President Felipe Calderón of Mexico
Mexico City, 15 March 2012 – Dr. Jorge Soberón, Professor & Senior Scientist of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology was recognized by President Felipe Calderon of Mexico for his groundbreaking work on the National Commission for the Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity.
The award was given to Dr. Soberón along with fellow researchers Arturo Gómez-Pompa, Gonzalo Halffter, Peter Hamilton, Jerzy Rzedowski, and Francisco Takaki in honor of the 20th Anniversary of Conabio. This commission has been an integral part in worldwide evaluation of ecosystems and biodiversity from a social perspective, and has made biodiversity a matter of national interest, since Mexico has the fourth greatest biological diversity worldwide. Posted Mar 27, 2012
KU Librarian will be the new curator of the Latin American collection at Yale University
KU librarian, Jana Krentz has accepted the position of curator of the Latin American collection at Yale University.
During her nearly 18 years at KU Libraries, Jana has made numerous and significant contributions as the head of our International Area Studies department.
Jana serves as KU's Head of the Dept. for Spain, Portugal and Latin America, and as the liaison with the Dept. of Spanish and Portuguese and the Center of Latin American Studies. She teaches more than 70 instruction sessions a year, and has developed a series of interactive online tutorials. She also teaches a graduate seminar for the Center of Latin American Studies.
Posted Mar 26, 2012
LAS Asst. Director, Peter Haney talks Art
Dr. Peter Haney, Assistant Director of Latin American Studies, will discuss Mexican regional costume in the art of Carolos Mérida.
Spectacles of Discipline and Color: Mexican Regional Costume in the Art of Carlos Mérida
THURSDAY, APRIL 5
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART
319 GALLERY Posted Mar 19, 2012
Summer Study Abroad: Language & Culture in Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua!
: Earn undergraduate or graduate credit in Linguistics or Latin American Studies! One of the most affordable study abroad programs!!
Led by KU & LAS faculty member Laura Herlihy, the program will allow students to learn about the language and culture of the Nicaraguan Caribbean Coast, a rainforest and coast-lined region with various indigenous and ethnic groups, including the indigenous Miskitu, the Afro-indigenous Garifuna peoples, and the English-speaking Black Creoles. Posted Mar 8, 2012
New introductory level course on Modern Nahuatl (a variant from the Huasteca Veracruzana) Available
Edma Delgado is organizing an introductory level course of Modern Nahuatl (a variant from the Huasteca Veracruzana) at the University of Kansas. Nahuatl is an indigenous language belonging to the uto-Aztecan family spoken in Central Mexico and Central America.
Latin American Studies would like to extend Edma's invitation to current LAS students to join the Nahuatl Language Study Group. The class meets on Fridays in Wescoe 2600 until May 4th. If you have any questions or are interested in participating in this venture, please feel free to contact Edma at via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tlazcamati miac (many thanks) Posted Feb 14, 2012
Former Latin American Studies Masters Student and KU athlete wins Brazil’s version of ‘The Apprentice’
Jana Correa, a former KU volleyball player who attended KU for both her Undergraduate and Graduate career is the next Brazilian Apprentice! Correa who was a MA student in Latin American studies and president of BRASA during her last year at KU was accepted to be a contestant on the Brazilian television show this summer. For winning the show, Correa received about $800,000 in U.S. dollars, a new car, a painting by Brazilian artist Romero Britto valued at about $50,000 in U.S. dollars and a one-year contract for a new job. Congratulations JANA form everyone in Latin American Studies!! Posted Jan 6, 2012
KU anthropologists help re-wrap Amazonian mummy
A University of Kansas anthropologist and two KU graduate students recently coordinated the ritual re-wrapping of a 450-year-old Amazonian mummy in Tarapoto, Peru.
Bartholomew Dean, associate professor of anthropology, and graduate students Joshua Homan and Sydney Silverstein coordinated the ritual re-wrapping at the National University of San Martin Regional Museum.
Please read the full story by clicking on the link above. Posted Jan 6, 2012
Professor & Undergraduate Director of LAS, Anita Herzfeld Retires
Long time Undergraduate Director and Advisor, Professor Anita Herzfeld will be retiring at the end of the current academic year, Fall 2011. After 50 years of dedicated service to the University of Kansas and Latin American Studies she will missed! Countless students, colleagues, friends, and co-workers have Anita to thank for her help, guidance and advice throughout the years. Posted Jan 1, 2012
Charles Stansifer Gifts Latin American Collection
An extensive gift of more than 20,000 Latin American books, pamphlets and papers from a KU emeritus professor will serve to deepen an already substantial collection that he helped to create. Charles Stansifer, professor emeritus of history and a former director of the KU Center of Latin American Studies, has donated his personal collection and papers, including items from Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Mexico, Paraguay and other Central and South American countries. Please click the link above for more information. Posted Oct 24, 2011
LAS Student to Exhibit Brazilian Photography
International Street Photographers: Gary Mark Smith & Sarah Stern.
Acclaimed Kansas-based photographers present images and stories from their recent project on the poetry of everyday life the Rocinha slum in Brazil.
Thursday, September 22nd, 7PM Ellsworth Hall Living Room w/Brazilian Jazz and Bossa Nova by Guitarist Russ Kapp! Info? email@example.com
Posted Sep 13, 2011
University of Costa Rica Delegation visits KU
Students and Professors from UCR visit KU to attend and participate in two events on campus, the Identity and Community after the Cold War Era Conference and the Liberation Psychology Collective. Top:Eduardo Bolaños, Geraldo Sousa, Glen Adams, Anita Herzfeld, and Ignacio Dobles Oropeza. Bottom: Aileen Vargas, Ludwin Molina, and Marisol Fournier Pereira.
Posted Aug 25, 2011
2011 UCR COLLECTIVE
: Information on the 2011 UCR Liberation Psychology Collective is now available. Posted Aug 22, 2011
NEW KULAC Course for Fall 2011
: Race, Gender, and Ethnicity in Latin America
LAA 302 (30478)/602 (30479) M 4:00-6:30 p.m.
Taught by Dr. Laura Herlihy. . This course will focus on the history of anthropological research that has been conducted in Latin America. Many of the readings address patterns of gender, sexuality, race, and ethnic relations, as they have shaped national identity and social and political history in Latin American.
Posted Aug 17, 2011
LAS Major and Local Photographer Document Life in Brazil
: Please follow the link to the Lawrence Journal World to read about the one of kind photography project of LAS student Sarah Stern. Stern traveled to Rocinha, a slum of Rio de Janeiro, to work on a photography book depicting life in area. Stern traveled with a world renowned photographer and videographer and contributed by taking pictures and translating Portuguese. Posted Aug 15, 2011
Ignacio Carvajal finds passion for language, literature
: Ignacio Carvajal moved with his family to Lawrence from Costa Rica when he was 13. He spoke no English at the time, and everyone he knew remained in Costa Rica while he began a whole new life. Carvajal is a recent KU graduate in Latin American Studies.
Carvajal has spent his time at KU improving both his Spanish and English education, writing poetry and helping create the online Spanish & Portuguese workbook called Accesso while working for EGARC. Posted May 23, 2011
2011 Kansas-Paraguay Partnership Special Merit Scholarship. : Congratulations to Sarah Stern, the recipient of the Kansas-Paraguay Scholarship, an annual, state-wide competition for a $1000 scholarship! Posted May 20, 2011
Congratulations to our 2011-12 FLAS (Foreign Language Area Studies) Fellowship Award Winners: : Academic Year Graduate: Pablo Genaro Celis Castillo, Lindsay Dudley, Joshua Homan, Katherine Moneymaker, Diana Restrepo-Osorio, Erin Sheridan, Ezekiel Stear, and Meghan Webb
Academic Year Undergraduate: Mary Grace Felton and Jeff Miller
Summer Graduate: James Herynk, Taylor Tappan, Ezekiel Stear and Sydney Stone
Summer Undergraduate: Kelsey Adkins and Caroline Dickinson
Posted Apr 28, 2011
Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Scholarship 2011 Winners! : Congratulations to Edma Delgado Solórzano & Jacob Longaker for being selected as the 2011 Oppenheimer Scholarship recipients! The Oppenheimer supports field research in Latin America by graduate students in History and Latin American Studies. Posted Apr 28, 2011
Stansifer Fellowship Recipient : Congratulations to Jacob Rapp the 2010-2011 winner of the Stansifer Fellowship! The Stansifer fund was endowed by Professor Emeritus Charles Stansifer in 2007 for the support of graduate students in any department planning to complete a doctorate in the study of Middle America. Posted Apr 28, 2011
Faculty Research Cluster Recipients for 2011-2012!
: Felicidades to John Hoopes, Department of Global Indigenous Nations & Anthropology and Glen Adams & Ludwin E. Molina, Psychology for their winning proposals! Please check out the Faculty Research page for more information about their projects. Posted Apr 26, 2011
Congratulations to our Graduate Research Competition Winners!
: Thank you to all of our Graduate presenters and Congratulations to our 2011 Winners!
Co-1st - Ezekial Stear, Spanish & Portuguese - "Nahua Histories of Migration in the Valley of Mexico, 1519-1619"
David Lisenby, Spanish & Portuguese - "A Cecilia Valdés for the Twenty-First Century: Polemical Possession in Norge Espinosa‘s La virgencita de bronce"
1st - Andrew Norris, Geography - "Land Tenure Transformation on the Periphery of San Luis Potosí, Mexico"
2nd - Sydney Silverstein, Anthropology - "Voting, Violence and Change: A Multi-sited Inquiry into Youth and Identity in Peru"
3rd - Kevin Freudenburg, Political Science - "Home Away From Home: Migrant Organizations and Transnational Politics Among Latin
American Migrants in Spain"
4th - Andrew Bailey, School of Business & Latin American Studies - "Brazilian Coffee Cooperatives: Current Opportunities and Challenges"
Posted Apr 26, 2011
New Center of Latin American Studies ScholarWorks collection
: ScholarWorks has created a community for the Center of Latin American Studies! A community is a collection of works created by LAS affiliated faculty here at KU. The collection consists of 219 existing KU ScholarWorks records authored by the Center’s affiliated faculty. Please check out this interesting and helpful research tool.
Posted Mar 3, 2011
LAS alumni highlights connection of new OAS cousre to exciting internship
: Back in town briefly from an internship with the Organization of American States, a Kansas University alumna Daphne Hiatt speaks about the program.
As an intern, she’s involved in a new Model OAS program. At KU, a new course will become available for undergraduates interested in participating, said Anita Herzfeld, director of undergraduate studies for the KU Center of Latin American studies.
Offered next spring, the seminar in the MOAS is open to undergraduate and graduate students, with a goal of getting students to fly to Washington in March and April 2011 to participate in the MOAS simulation there.
Posted Nov 29, 2010
Latin American Studies Acting Director to receive Woodyard International Educator Award
: Peter Herlihy, associate professor of geography and acting Director of LAS at the University of Kansas, is the recipient of the 2010 George and Eleanor Woodyard International Educator Award.
The award recognizes faculty on the Lawrence campus who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in strengthening KU’s international dimension in curriculum development, study abroad programs, relationships with international partner institutions and collaboration with international colleagues in significant research and publications.
Posted Nov 11, 2010