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Calendar of LASP Events Spring 2017


Sat 25

2017 Latin American Studies Program (LASP) Research Symposium February 25, 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Physical Sciences Building, Room 401.


Mon 6

¨Clandestine Cattle and Community Forestry Unraveling the Conservation Paradox in Guatemala´s Maya Biosphere Reserve¨ Jennifer Devine, Geography, Texas State University, 206 Stimson Hall, 204 East Avenue, Cornell University, 12:15 PM

Mon 13

¨Innovating to Overcome Crisis: Brazil and Latin America,¨ BRASA Annual Conference 2017, 401 Physical Sciences Building, 3 PM -8 PM.

Wed 15

¨The Cry of the Renegade: Politics and Poetry in Interwar Chile,¨ Raymond Craib, History, Olin Chats in the Stacks, Cornell University, 4:30 PM, 107 Olin Library.

Fri 24

¨Presidential Elections and Democracy in Latin America in the Trump Era,¨ Patricio Navia, Liberal Studies, New York University; Political Science, Universidad Diego Portales, Chile, 206 Stimson Hall, 12:15 PM.

Mellon Seminar Investigates Cities of the Amazon

By Rebecca Bowes
A recent field trip to cities in the Brazilian rainforest gave students a first-hand look at the complex conditions that characterize urbanization in the Amazon. The 10-day journey, which took place in March, was part of the spring semester seminar Forest Cartographies, and focused on issues including community, housing, resettlement, deforestation, political ecology, anthropology, and archaeology.


We recommend that you visit the LASP blog created by Latin American Studies Program Graduate Fellows, a very useful resource for the LASP community. Thanks to all the LASP graduate fellows, especially this year's lead on the blog, Nick Meyers. To visit the blog click here


BIG RED BARN135 President’s Way,
LIVE MUSIC with “Griot Rumbero” six piece Salsa fusion band – vocals, violin, bass, flute, guitar, and percussion – interpreting classic Son-Salsa, Rumba and Bomba from Cuba and Puerto Rico, for the dance lesson and two sets for the party. DJ spinning top Salsa and Latin dance hits between and after sets til 1am.

Cornell Programs in Latin America

Cornell offers a wide array of opportunities to make meaningful international experience a part of your Cornell education. You may choose to study abroad to enroll at a world-renowned university, improve language skills, conduct fieldwork or research, engage in service learning, or participate in an internship. Whatever you choose, Cornell Abroad can assist you every step of the way from the moment you begin your application, throughout your term abroad, and even after you return to Cornell.

LASP congratulates Prof. Maria Cristina Garcia for her Carnegie Fellowship

By Daniel Aloi
María Cristina García, the Howard A. Newman Professor in American Studies at Cornell, is the recipient of a 2016 Andrew Carnegie Fellowship, the Carnegie Corporation of New York has announced.

LASP You Tube Channel

We are excited to bring our events to you. The LASP graduate fellows, especially Jose Sanchez, Sergio Ospina, and Jaime Ortiz, for making it possible way this coming fall for the LASP community to watch and share videos of LASP events. Roundtable discussions, data collection presentations, intellectual talks are available.

Click on this YouTube story title to view our archive of 2015-present video selection, including recent LASP Seminar Series recordings.

Class observes Cuban art, medicine, farming on trip

By Sherrie Negrea
Eleni Toubanos ’16, a fiber science and apparel design major, flew to Cuba during spring break, hoping to learn about fashion trends and consumer culture on the island. What she discovered during her weeklong class trip opened her eyes to the reality of life in a Communist country.

Message from the Director

Dear friends of LASP,

Now that the semester has come to an end I wanted to take a moment to take stock of the Latin American Studies Program's accomplishments during the last year. During this time, we continued to build on the Program's strong presence at Cornell by developing new initiatives, revamping our website and online presence, and supporting the intellectual engagement of the LASP community.

There are a few initiatives that are worth mentioning. For example, the first LASP Annual Spring Conference brought together more than forty colleagues from across the University as an opportunity to present their research, network, and receive feedback. We also launched the LASP Graduate Student Fellowship, which gave eight fellows selected competitively the opportunity to play a major role in the the life of LASP and created a strong intellectual core for the Program's activities. The second cohort of fellows for next year has been selected and we are excited to welcome them in their important role.

LASP's Faculty Member, Juan Hinestroza, Part of Collaboration that Seeks to Revolutionaize Textile Industry

We aim at simulating all aspects of textile production from molecular structure, processing into fibers, manufacturing into fabrics and performance in real-life environments,” Hinestroza said.